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Mid-Atlantic Plant Research Conference logo.

Friday, May 31 • 8:30 AM – 4:30 PM
at the Morris Arboretum & Gardens

Fee: $150
Student Fee with ID: $80
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This conference has been APPROVED  to carry 5.5 LA CES and ISA CEUs, 5.5 Category 1 CFEs from the Society of American Foresters, and has been submitted for 5.5 LTE/LTCO CEUs from the New Jersey Board of Tree Experts.


It is no secret that plants in our region are facing new challenges to their survival, growth, and reproduction due to a variety of threats that includes land use change, habitat loss, climate change, and more. One of the places this is most keenly felt is in our regional forests.  

Join us either in-person or virtually as we bring together a panel of plant scientists and conservation experts for an intensive one-day conference that highlights the intersection of plant science and conservation.  

Whether you work in conservation, forestry, arboriculture, landscape design, or plant science – or are simply interested in forests – you will learn about innovative plant research as well as how we can work to address the challenges forests face in the Mid-Atlantic Region in a multi-disciplinary way.  

In-person and virtual attendance is available. Lunch is provided to all in-person attendees. 

 In-person seats are limited – register NOW for this unique opportunity, easily accessible to individuals in the Philadelphia area.

Speaker Bios
Full Program Agenda & Descriptions
Speakers will include:

Elan Alford, PhD, Plant Conservation Scientist, and Nathan Shampine, Natural Lands Manager, Mt. Cuba Center

Tim Block, PhD, Director of Plant Science, Morris Arboretum & Gardens

Emile DeVito, PhD, Manager of Science and Stewardship, New Jersey Conservation Foundation

Matt Kasson, PhD, Mycologist & Forest Pathologist, West Virginia University

Randall Morin, Research Forester, US Forest Service

Jared Westbrook, PhD, Director of Science, American Chestnut Foundation

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Each year the Morris Arboretum & Gardens partners with a variety of organizations to convene conferences for professionals in plant related fields.  Our conferences are of interest to professional arborists, landscape architects, professional horticulturists, and avid home gardeners.  Each conference carries continuing education units (CEU’s) for arborists and landscape architects.  Our annual conferences include:

  • The Ecological Landscape Design Symposium held in January in partnership with New Directions in the American Landscape (NDAL) and Connecticut College.
  • The Woody Plant Conference held in July in partnership with Scott Arboretum, Longwood Gardens, Chanticleer, PHS, and Tyler Arboretum.
  • The Tree Canopy Conference held in October in partnership with Haverford College.