Celebrating Grassland Symposium

Celebrating Grasslands: Protecting and Growing This Critical Habitat

Thursday, October 26, 2023
9:00 am – 12:30 pm – Symposium
1:00 pm – 4:00 pm – Grassland and Meadow Project Visits

The Barn at Old Westbury Gardens
71 Old Westbury Road, Old Westbury, NY 11568

Join us for a symposium dedicated to highlighting the significant work occurring on Long Island to protect and establish grasslands and ways we can grow more biodiverse landscapes.

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Free, but advanced registration is required!

For more information, contact the Land Alliance at 516-922-1028 or [email protected].

Event Schedule:

9:00 am – Coffee and Conversation

9:15 am – Keynote Address
Dwayne Estes, Executive Director and Co-Founder of the Southeast Grasslands Initiative, Professor of Biology and Director of the Austin Peay State University Herbarium

10:00 am – The Long Island Connection
Rob Longiaru, Habitat Director, Friends of Hempstead Plains

10:15 am – Panel #1 Discussion – Local Stories: Large Initiatives and Public/Private Partnerships
Moderator: Polly Weigand, Central Pine Barrens Joint Planning & Policy Commission

Sue Feustel, Caumsett Foundation
Rob Langiaru, Friends of Hempstead Plains
Stephane Perreault, Greentree Foundation
Rusty Schmidt, Nelson Pope Voorhis

11:15 am – Panel #2 Discussion – Smaller Scale and Building Habitat at Home
Moderator: John Turner, Seatuck Environmental Association

Rick Cech, New York City Butterfly Club
Jane Jackson, North Shore Land Alliance
Anthony Marinello, Dropseed Native Landscapes
Frank Piccinnini, Spadefoot Design and Construction

12:15 pm – Lunch (Pre-ordered box lunch available for $25.  Must select during registration.)

1:00 pm – 4:00 pm – Explore one, or more, of these local grassland and meadow projects:
Caumsett State Park, Lloyd Neck
Greentree Foundation, Manhasset *
Hempstead Plains, Garden City
Humes Preserve, Mill Neck
Shore Road Sanctuary, Cold Spring Harbor
Schedule and directions to follow with registration.
* Advance registration required

Partnering Organizations (list in formation):
Central Pine Barrens Joint Planning & Policy Commission
Cooperative Extension – Suffolk County
Dropseed Native Landscapes
Greentree Foundation
Nassau County Soil & Water Conservation District
Nelson, Pope Voorhis
New York City Butterfly Club
New York State Parks, Recreation & Historic Preservation
North Country Garden Club
Old Westbury Gardens
Seatuck Environmental Association
Sisters of St. Joseph
Spadefoot Design and Construction

2023-10-26 09:00 2023-10-26 09:00 America/New_York Celebrating Grassland Symposium

Thursday, October 26, 9:00 am – Learn about the work occurring on LI to protect and establish grasslands and ways we can grow more biodiverse landscapes.

The Barn at Old Westbury Gardens [email protected]