Seminars and Workshops

Our sites are a great place to attend or host your seminar or workshop.  Our buildings, such as our Ashland Nature Center Lodge, are available for rent. Contact us at 302.239.2334 to learn more about building rentals.

Check out upcoming seminars and workshops below and register.

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Copeland Native Plant Seminar

Attracting Birds & Wildlife to Your Garden

Co-sponsored by Delaware Nature Society and Mt. Cuba Center

Sat, Apr 8, 2017 | 9 am – 2:30 pm

Members: $50 | Non-members: $65 | Ashland Nature Center, Hockessin, DE
Join nationally recognized C. Colston Burrell and Doug Tallamy for inspirational talks, a bird banding demonstration, and garden workshops and tours. Copies of their most recent books will be available for purchase and signing. A Native Plant garden package will be given away during the seminar.

Registration is closed


9:15 am – 10:45 am

Beauty, Integrity and Resilience: Can A Garden Have Everything?

Led by C. Colston Burrell

Speaker C. Colston Burrell

Do our gardening practices have a negative impact on the environment? Can we make a difference by changing the way we approach design, plant choice, planting techniques and maintenance regimes? How do we meet our aesthetic goals while providing the structure and resources necessary to maintain the insects and birds we love? Can we create healthy habitat with a mixture of native and exotic plants? These are a few questions Colston explores when melding aesthetic expectations with ecosystem form and function.

About C. Colston Burrell

C. Colston Burrell is an acclaimed lecturer, garden designer, award-winning author and photographer. A certified chlorophyll addict, Cole is an avid and lifelong plantsman, gardener and naturalist.

11 am – 12 pm

Lunch, Book Signing, and Bird Banding

Enjoy lunch on us, get your books signed by our speakers, and drop in on our Bird Banding with our Ornithologist Ian Stewart. Get a close-up view of birds. Delaware Nature Society is conducting a bird banding study to determine how its’ land practices are affecting the number and diversity of birds present. Are similar birds in your backyard?

12 pm – 1 pm

Super plants in our Landscapes

Led by Doug Tallamy

Speaker Doug Tallamy

Recent studies have shown that a few native plants produce most of the food that supports local biodiversity. Designing landscapes with lots of plant species does help create stable food webs and productive ecosystems, but the “super plants” must be part of your landscape for the food web to exist at all. Tallamy will explain why this is so, and how we can build diverse landscapes that always include “super plants”.

About Doug Tallamy

Doug Tallamy is a celebrated author and ecologist, professor in the Department of Entomology and Wildlife Ecology at the University of Delaware, awarded Garden Club of America Margaret Douglas Medal for Conservation and the Tom Dodd Jr. Award of Excellence.

1 pm – varies

Afternoon sessions - select one, space is limited.

Private Garden Tour

1 pm – 2:30 pm
Visit the National Wildlife Federation Backyard Habitat Certified garden of Michael Riska and Angie Dunson. Their property is featured in "The Living Landscape" by Rick Darke and Doug Tallamy and is landscaped with over 200 mostly native species, has outdoor living spaces and amphibian-friendly water features. The developing trail system traverses the richly layered and diverse property.

Spring Container Garden Workshop

1 pm – 1:45 pm
Greet the spring season with a naturalistic container planting using moss and native bluets. Learn how to compose, plant, and maintain this eye-catching woodland vignette. Bring a 6” diameter container, gardening gloves, and a small box to carry your creation home.

Mt. Cuba Center Stroll

1 pm – 4 pm
Observe spring wildflowers emerging in the woodland gardens. Simply give your name at the admissions tent upon arrival and receive free general admission to Mt. Cuba Center for the rest of the afternoon.

Seminar named in honor of the Copelands

The Copeland Native Plant Seminar was named in honor of the late Pamela C. and Lammot du Pont Copeland, noted philanthropists and conservationists. Along with the late Henry B. and Emily DuPont, the Copelands founded Red Clay Reservation, contributed funds for the original building at the Ashland Nature Center and provided land and resources for environmental education programs.

While supporting many worthy causes, the Copelands created one of the premier native woodland wildflower gardens in the country at their Mt. Cuba home on the rolling hills of the Piedmont in Northern Delaware. Later, their concern grew over the loss of the native species in the wild, they founded Mt. Cuba Center. Mrs. Copeland encouraged Delaware Nature Society to create the seminar and annual plant sale promoting the use of native species. This seminar recognizes the Copeland’s input in the growth and development of Delaware Nature Society plus their understanding of plants in a healthy ecosystem.