March 2021 Print

President's Message

Wisconsin Chapter Members,

Happy World Landscape Architecture Month!

As the days are growing longer and the weather is getting warmer WI ASLA is narrowing in on our three Summer Field Sessions.  We are excited to be able to get outside, see the great work that landscape architects are doing around the state, advocate for our profession and get to see each other again!

With the vaccine roll out moving along and our plan to provide outdoor opportunities to obtain CEU’s, we’re confident that we will be able to pull off a new, exciting and fun way to earn our credits. We have brainstormed some ideas for the sessions, but we want to hear from you! Let us know what exciting built projects you want to share! See below for more information.



Sarah McDonald, PLA, ASLA
Wisconsin Chapter President


2021 Call for Field Session Ideas!

As you know we are planning field sessions for the summer of 2021 to provide safe, in-person education opportunities (up to 9 credits), in lieu of our traditional, two-day conference.  We have targeted certain regions, but we are searching for hidden landscape architecture gems and need your ideas for field session locations! See parameters below and fill out the ideas form here.

Return by April 30th to [email protected] by 5pm.                 

Basic Parameters

  1. Anywhere in the State of Wisconsin
  2. Residential, Public or Private Development
  3. Afternoon, half day tours (12pm-6pm range)
  4. Must meet LACES requirements (we are targeting 3 credits per field session)
  5. Must be mostly outdoors, or allow for social distancing for up to 20 people at a time (up to 60 people rotating locations)
  6. Client/owner has to be a willing participant.
  7. Could be one or multiple sites.
  8. The ability to highlight vendor products and materials onsite is a bonus.

We will also be offering chapter curated, virtual online opportunities for credit throughout the year. We plan to provide an opportunity for an ethics course along with our Fall Annual Meeting sometime in October.

Save the Dates! *

We have targeted the following three dates to host our field sessions:

July 22nd
August 26th
September 23rd

*dates are subject to change as final planning is still in progress.

Sponsorship Opportunities

We greatly value our sponsors and could not operate without your support. We understand the lack of a spring conference and expo has minimized in-person exposure to members. Consider working with a member on a field session and/or sponsoring a Third Thursday or special virtual event to get in front of members.   Please check out our improved sponsorship menu for more information.  We have adjusted our offerings due to the pandemic and offered additional benefit options for firms!  If you have ideas, let us know!


Mentorship Roundtable

Mentorship Round Table will be hosted by the UW-Madison Student Chapter on April 14th at 4:30pm. If you are interested in participating let [email protected] know!

Call for Nominees!

It’s that time of year where we’re looking for the next Member-at-large and Secretary.  If you are interested or know someone who would be a great addition to the board please nominate them!


April is World Landscape Architecture Month and WI ASLA is taking over ASLA’s Instagram account on April 10th. We will also be posting sneak peaks to our Award winners on the WI ASLA Instagram account so keep an eye out!

SAVE THE DATE:  APRIL 15th, 2021  6:00-7:00PM

Our Engagement Team is planning virtual social events for 2021 on every Third Thursday of the month.  Different themes, trivia, or discussion topics will be featured at each event.  This month, our Third Thursday will be sponsored by Landscape Forms and they will be presenting about new products. If you have ideas for themes or topics that you want to see featured, or if you are a Sponsor with an idea that you would like to spearhead, contact Kristi Sherfinski ([email protected]). Registration is free through the WI ASLA website.

Jensen Longenecker Banquet (virtual edition)

The Annual Jensen Longenecker Banquet is scheduled for April 16th from 7:00-8:00pm.

Milwaukee Riverkeepers Earth Day Clean Up Event

April 24, Times & Locations Vary

Why not celebrate WLAM by participating in an Earth Day clean-up activity near you?  The Milwaukee Riverkeepers host this event annually and it is back in person this year.  Bring your mask and a friend.  See the registration info at the following link:

2021 HALS Challenge: Historic Black Landscapes

Let’s Work Together!
Interested in contributing to HALS, but don’t have much time or experience? HALS Liaison Megan Turner is hoping to crowdsource a HALS submission this year for Cheyenne Valley in Vernon County and is looking for volunteers to help with any of the following tasks:

o   Online research to collect historic materials

o   Analysis and writing

o   Site photography 

o   Onsite survey of existing conditions

o   Site mapping

o   Report editing and formatting  

The deadline to submit entries is July 31st so let’s get to work – together!

Still not sure what HALS is?
Check out the HALS Report in the March newsletter for some quick facts.  Also, HALS Challenge submission guidelines and resources are available here.

If you have questions or plan to submit an entry to this year’s HALS Challenge contact Megan at [email protected]

Have an idea?

Please share ideas on how we can strengthen our community. E-mail us today [email protected]  

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