Building Biodiversity and Stewardship with Our Native Meadows - 1.0 PDH (LA CES/HSW)

Recorded On: 10/27/2023

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In this session, an artist and academic, a non-profit administrator, and a design-build practitioner share their approaches to redefining our relationship with meadows. From creating community-friendly designs to engaging the meadow as an outdoor classroom to tracking and promoting native plant sales, this session explores the biodiversity of our native meadows.

Learning objectives:

  • Define meadow, grassland, and prairie, and learn about the ecological, cultural, and experiential benefits of these native landscapes.
  • Introduce a community-friendly, modular approach to meadow building, and learn how this type of stewardship can build biodiversity and community.
  • Learn how the meadow can be used as a pedagogical tool and outdoor classroom, with a focus on experiential learning.
  • Understand trends in the grower and nursery industry, how they impact the availability of appropriate native plants, and how landscape architects can encourage more native plant sales.

Kate Hayes, ASLA

Design Principal, Partner


Kate Hayes is a Partner and Design Principal at Miridae where she runs the firm’s design work and outreach. Kate’s process-oriented design work draws on her interdisciplinary science background, integrating ecology and a multi-scaled systems approach. She is energized by working with clients and communities to realize a collective design vision. Kate has also been a Lecturer in Landscape Architecture and Environmental Design in the Department of Human Ecology at UC Davis and in the Earth Systems Department at Stanford University. Kate holds a MLA from University of Virginia and a BS in Earth Systems from Stanford University.

Katherine Jenkins

Associate Professor

The Ohio State University

Katherine Jenkins is an Associate Professor of Landscape Architecture at the Knowlton School and cofounder of the design-research studio, Present Practice. Through research, teaching and practice, she implements original methods of fieldwork that facilitate ecological restoration and promote creative engagement with the environment. Katherine received an MLA from the University of Virginia and a BA in painting and printmaking from Yale University. She is a recipient of The Center for Land Use Interpretation Residency, the MacDowell Fellowship in Architecture and the Rome Prize in Landscape Architecture.

Ann-Marie Benz

Horticulture Programs Manager

California Native Plant Society

Ann-Marie is the Horticulture Programs Manager for CNPS. She has spent a decade and a half serving landscapes and watersheds with nonprofits in California and Arizona. She holds a deep passion for plants and landscapes, having served as the Executive Director of ReScape California (formerly Bay-Friendly Landscaping and Gardening Coalition), a nonprofit educating the large-scale landscape industry throughout Northern California on planning, constructing, and maintaining sustainable landscape. Prior to that she was with Prescott Creeks doing watershed planning and riparian restoration in Northern Arizona. Ann-Marie studied Watershed Management and Sustainable Community Development at Prescott College.


Video: Building Biodiversity and Stewardship with Our Native Meadows - 1.0 PDH (LA CES/HSW)
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1.00 PDH credit  |  Certificate available
1.00 PDH credit  |  Certificate available
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