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Welcome to the ninth Turning a New Leaf sustainable landscaping conference. In a time that has felt anything but normal we dedicate the 2021 conference to "Planting a New Normal" , with the goal of highlighting collaborations that normalize sustainable practices and ensure diversity, equity, inclusion, and justice.

We believe that landscape professionals have a unique opportunity to effect positive change in the Chesapeake Bay region- a task best achieved when we work together. Join us as we work together to create a healthier, and more equitable, watershed. 
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Thursday, December 9 • 12:10pm - 2:20pm
Session 7. Growing the Workforce, Connecting with Youth = Conservation Training in Correctional Settings, Working with Youth and the CBLP-A Program, & Connecting with Youth at Dikon Wilderness

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The future is bright! Panelists in this session will share their experiences working with youth and the incarcerated to expand the workforce of trained environmental stewards and practicing professionals.


Larry Davis

Lead Consultant & Green Infrastructure Specialist, Green Mechanics Benefit LLC
Thank you for taking time to read a brief story about me. I had the privilege of growing up in Baltimore County. My Dad and I had an African Cichlid fish tank that piqued my interest in the greater ecology of things. I very much learn from natural systems as a compass for making decisions... Read More →


Antonia Bookbinder

Conservation Outreach Specialist Special Programs Division, M-NCPPC, Department of Parks and Recreation, Prince George’s County
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David J. Hirschman

Hirschman Water & Environment, LLC
Hirschman Water & Environment, LLC (HWE) is a small stormwater consulting business based in Charlottesville, VA. HWE has a broad portfolio of water resources projects and programs. HWE conducts research and analysis on stormwater BMP performance and innovative strategies for water... Read More →
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Kim Patten

Director, The Wilderness Greenhouse - Diakon Youth Services -
Kim Patten runs The Wilderness Greenhouse & Native Plant Nursery and serves an educator at the Diakon Wilderness Center in Boiling Springs, Pennsylvania. The Diakon Wilderness Center serves as an alternative school and community resource for kids and families dealing with trauma... Read More →

Thursday December 9, 2021 12:10pm - 2:20pm EST