Student Workshops

These workshops are provided as an additional educational experience for students and faculty. Students can earn points towards their CDS certificate by attending a combination of morning and afternoon sessions.

Registration is $15 per person and includes lunch. Workshops run independently of the competitive events, and participation in these workshops is not required to compete in the events. Participation is limited due to space constraints, please register early.

Workshop Schedule

Wednesday, March 20, 2019 (click here to expand)

8:30 am-11:30 am

Student Workshops - 3 Hour AM Sessions

3D Exterior Landscape Design
Arboriculture Part 1
Hardscape Installation
Irrigation 101: Irrigation Hands-On
Irrigation 102: Principles of Design
Landscape Lighting
Truck and Trailer
Woody Ornamental Plant ID

8:30 am-9:45 am

Student Workshops - 1.25 Hours - Session 1

Construction Cost Estimating
Environmental Sustainability
Trust Your Power
Sales Presentation
Compact Track/Skid Steer Loader Operation
Small Engine Repair

10:00 am-11:15 am

Student Workshops - 1.25 Hours - Session 2

Construction Cost Estimating
Environmental Sustainability
Trust Your Power
Sales Presentation
Compact Track/Skid Steer Loader Operation
Small Engine Repair

1:00 pm-4:00 pm

Student Workshops - 3 Hour PM Sessions

Arboriculture Part 2
Computer Aided Landscape Design
Hardscape Installation
Irrigation 101: Irrigation Hands-on
Irrigation 102: Principles of Design
Landscape Lighting
Plant Problem Diagnosis
Truck and Trailer
Woody Ornamental Plant ID

1:00 pm-2:15 pm

Student Workshops - 1.25 Hours - Session 3

Compact Excavator Operation
Maintenance Cost Estimating
Green Roofs: Taking the Landscape to the Roof
Compact Track/Skid Steer Loader Operation
Snow and Ice Management

2:30 pm-3:45 pm

Student Workshops - 1.25 Hours - Session 4

Compact Exavator Operation
Maintenance Cost Estimating
Green Roofs: Taking the Landscape to the Roof
Compact Track/Skid Steer Loader Operation
Snow and Ice Management


Workshop Topics

Arboriculture Workshop

Sponsored by: Husqvarna
The Arboriculture Workshop will be a continuing program from the morning session to the afternoon session. There is no limit to the number of students/faculty that may participate per school or per session. Students that are interested in climbing during this workshop must attend both sessions and bring their own climbing gear (saddles and climbing lines) and personal protective equipment (hard hat, goggles, gloves, etc.) and wear appropriate climbing shoes and attire.

Irrigation I & II Workshops

Sponsored by: Hunter Industries and American Society of Irrigation Consultants
Irrigation 101; Irrigation Hands-on, 8:30 – 11:30; repeat in the afternoon, 1:30 – 4:30
     •  3 groups, with 45 minutes per each session 
     •  Indoor Product Instruction – Product ID, installation techniques and some basic troubleshooting
     •  Outside Installation Demonstration – How to read a plan, a legend, and install the components. Groups of two
     •  Outside Troubleshooting – Basic and intermediate troubleshooting of electrical, valves and hydraulics

Irrigation 201; Principles of Design, 8:30 – 11:30; repeat in the afternoon, 1:30 – 4:30
     •  Principles of design to include basic hydraulics, layouts of zones, pipe sizing, and product selection

Landscape Lighting Workshop

Sponsored by: FX Luminaire
8:30-11:30 am; repeat in the afternoon, 1:00-4:00 pm

During this workshop, we will be exploring many avenues in landscape lighting. A few, but not all, include the following:
     •  Electrical -terms, Ohms Law, voltage drop calculations
     •  Products - Transformers and Fixture selection
     •  Installation “hands-on”- wire selection, wire splices, wiring techniques, fixture placement, transformer installation and timing mechanisms
     •  Design - basic design description with “do’s and don’ts”
     •  Maintenance - maintaining a lighting system
     •  Value to the property “Why Lighting”

Truck and Trailer and Mower Operating Safety Procedures

Sponsored by: Gravely 
8:30-11:30 am; repeat in the afternoon, 1:00-4:00 pm

General introduction of the safe operation of a truck and trailer, securing trailer loads, commercial zero turn mower operation and a generic intro into DOT rules and regulations. Personal safety will also be reviewed pertaining to personal protective wear such as ear plugs, eyewear, clothing, gloves, skin protectant, etc. Fun and engaging opportunity within a classroom and hands on field training.

Sales Presentation Workshop

Sponsored by: Gravely
8:30-9:45 am; 10:00-11:15 am

In this workshop students will be introduced to the sales cycle with a strong focus on how to listen by asking the right questions. While presenting a formal sales process, JW Washington—Director of Business Development, Ariens Company, shares 19+ years of sales management dos and don’ts providing attendees a usable road map from prospect to a successfully closed sale. Learning is fast paced for the student and focuses on immediately applicable core competencies with learnings for continued long term development.

Construction Cost Estimating Workshop

Sponsored by: Environmental Management, Inc.
8:30-9:45 am; 10:00-11:15 am

Review of general techniques to understand how to cost estimate.
     •  Basic Plan Review- understanding plans/how to read a plan (plan review/PowerPoint)
     •  Basics of Estimating- quantity take offs/formulas/general procedures (exercise to be handed out)
     •  Conversion of information and assigning costs (exercise to be handed out)

*Students will need to bring an architects and engineer’s scale and calculator.

Maintenance Estimating Workshop

Sponsored by: LandCare
1:00-2:15 pm; 2:30-3:45 pm

During the 75 minute workshop, offered twice, we will be discussing in depth the following aspects of estimating maintenance contracts:
     •  Quantitative measurements
     •  Use of measuring software GoiLawn
     •  Production factors
     •  Direct cost, Indirect cost and Profit
     •  Discovery with client
     •  Production reviews
     •  Use of estimating software Aspire

Green Roofs: Taking the Landscape to the Roof

1:00-2:15 pm; 2:30-3:45 pm

Green roofs can provide numerous environmental and economic benefits to an individual building owner, its inhabitants, and to the community at large. Learn about the various types of green roofs, how they are constructed, what plant species are suitable, how green roofs impact the environment, and how all of these factors influence ongoing maintenance.

Hardscape Installation Workshop

Sponsored by: Anchor Wall Systems
8:30-11:30 am; repeat in the afternoon, 1:00-4:00 pm

The classroom will introduce students to the hardscape industry including the history of interlocking pavers and retaining walls. Also, the components involved in creating a long lasting project, things to consider when looking to start a hardscape business and a brief overview on construction of walls and pavers. The outdoor portion will focus on demonstrating some of the tips for installation of walls and pavers as well as some good construction techniques.

Plant Problem Diagnosis

Sponsored: by Bartlett Tree Experts
1:00-4:00 pm

Spots, Rots, and Knots, Oh My! –How to diagnose plant disease, insect, and abiotic problems.

Compact Track/Skid Steer Loader Operation 

Sponsored by: Caterpillar Inc.
8:30-9:45 am; 10:00-11:15 am; 1:00-2:15 pm; 2:30-3:45 pm

The Compact Track/Skid Steer Loader Operation workshop will introduce and expand upon student/faculty current knowledge of this type of equipment within the industry.
During this workshop, we will discuss the follow topics:
     •  Basic machine applications and usage
     •  What makes a skid steer loader a "Swiss Army knife" within the industry
     •  How to maximize machine utilization
     •  Overview of available solutions, in terms of machine size and attachments
     •  Understanding how to select the appropriate machine and tool

Snow & Ice Management: When Green Turns to White

Sponsored by: WIT Advisors
1:00-2:15 pm; 2:30-3:45 pm

When you become a landscape professional working in snow belt regions of the country, the logistics of performing snow and ice management services are sometimes more challenging than performing landscape services. Take a 360-degree tour through the 12 months of planning a performing winter management services, and how they incorporate into a typical landscape business.

Environmental Sustainability Workshop

Sponsored by: The Toro Company
8:30-9:45 am; 10:00-11:15 am

Increasing global population is driving the need for more green space and growth of the green industry, but also for greater resource conservation. In this seminar, students will learn some of the fundamental concepts of sustainability in the green industry and how choices in management practices and products can help improve the sustainability of their operations as landscape managers. Specific focus will be placed on energy efficiency, nutrient management, and water conservation strategies and technologies. Knowledge gained in this session will provide a sound foundation for sustainable practices that will help students differentiate themselves in a rapidly expanding industry.