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Course Name: Soil and Plant Relationships
Course Code: AL0410CA24
Date: December 7 & 8, 2023
Time: 9:00 am – 3:30 pm (Check-in time: 8:30 am)
Location: Bioresource Engineering Laboratory (formerly ECC), 18 Ag Extension Way, New Brunswick, NJ 08901 (Directions & Map)
Format: Classroom course
Registration Fee: $325 per person
Early Bird Discount Fee: $295 per person (expires November 30, 2023)
Registration Closes: December 6, 2023
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If you don’t know the science, your soil will suffer. In this class, Bruce Neary takes the mystery out of soil science. He’ll show you how to identify and correct soil conditions that create plant problems, including the proper way to read, analyze, and correct pH levels. He’ll explain the soil’s physical and biological relationship to plant growth in easy-to-understand terms and also discuss site analysis.
Bill Bamka of Rutgers Cooperative Extension joins this class to share his expertise on the chemical nature of soils.
Take this class in conjunction with Water Management and Drainage for a more comprehensive understanding of successful ornamental plant growth.
Who Should Attend?
This class is a great source of information for anyone who wants to learn more about soil science and how it affects plant growth. Past participants have included:
- Department of Public Works Employees
- Grounds Maintenance Workers
- Horticulture Technicians
- Park Maintenance Workers
Meet Your Instructors
Bill Bamka, Rutgers Cooperative Extension
William J. Bamka is the Burlington County Agricultural and Resource Management Agent with Rutgers Cooperative Extension at the New Jersey Agricultural Experiment Station.
Bruce Neary, BCN Horticultural Services
Bruce Neary is the owner of BCN Horticultural Services, where he has provided consulting services to landscape architects, contractors, developers, garden centers, nurseries, educators, and the public since 1994. Regarded as an industry expert, Bruce has written several articles for The Landscape Publication, Grounds Maintenance Magazine, and the American Nurseryman. Likewise, he has been a horticultural lecturer at Barlow Flower Farm and for other landscape organizations for more than 30 years. Bruce is a member of the Pennsylvania and American Horticultural Societies, Metro Hort Group, and Perennial Plant Association. He received his bachelor’s degree in Agronomy from Rutgers University and his Masters of Agriculture in Horticultural Sciences from Texas A&M.
Most useful part of the course: “Learning about pH and fertilizer and how to maintain healthy plants.”
– Past Participant
“Good for anyone dealing with soil management or turf management; solid introduction or refresher course.”
– Past Participant
“Helpful course that I would recommend to anyone wanting to understand the basics of soil and plants.”
– Past Participant
Continuing Education Credits
The Soil and Plant Relationships course (10.5 contact hours) is approved for the following credits from professional organizations.
NJ Certified Public Works Managers (CPWM): 2 Technical, 2 Management, 1 Government Contact Hours
NJ Licensed Tree Experts (LTE/LTCO): 10.5 CEUs
NJ Urban and Community Forestry (NJUCF): 10 CEUs (5 CEUs per day)
International Society of Arboriculture (ISA): Certified Arborist: 5; BCMA – Science: 2; BCMA – Practice: 3
No breakfast will be provided. Lunch will be available for pre-registered attendees only.
NOTE: If you have any dietary restrictions or food allergies, please alert us at least one (1) week in advance of the course start date so that we can make reasonable accommodations. We cannot guarantee accommodations for special requests made after that time.
Course Requirements and Policies
COVID-19 Mask & Vaccination Policies for Face-to-Face Classes
Registrants attending OCPE events are not currently required to wear face masks or provide proof of vaccination.
To continue to protect yourself and others:
- Masks are welcome.
- If you have symptoms, testing is encouraged.
- If you feel unwell, please recover at home. Contact us to cancel your registration at 848-932-9271, option 2 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
Pre-registration is required. We’re sorry, but we cannot guarantee a seat, materials, or meals for walk-in registrants.
Location is subject to change; registrants will be notified in the event of a change.
Campus Parking Policy
All visitors must register their vehicles ONLINE to park on campus. Please follow the guidelines below. Failure to comply with these policies may result in a citation.
- A link to register your vehicle will be provided in your course confirmation email. Please be sure to complete this important step prior to traveling to campus.
- When you park on campus, be sure that your license plate is unobstructed and visible from the driving aisle.
- All Rutgers faculty/staff/students must use their regular Rutgers permit and park in the nearest lot assigned for their permit type.
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Cancellations and Substitutions
A $35 cancellation fee applies for this course. Substitutions are permitted. View our cancellation policy.
Attention U.S. Veterans
This course is approved by the New Jersey State Approving Agency for Veterans Training for educational benefits through the GI Bill®. Learn more.
GI Bill® is a registered trademark of the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs (VA). More information about education benefits offered by VA is available at the official U.S. government website at http://www.benefits.va.gov/gibill.
Program Questions? We’re Here to Help!
If you have any questions about Soil and Plant Relationships, please don’t hesitate to reach out to us.
Program Coordinator: Joe Canzano
For registration assistance, please contact our Registration Department at 848-932-9271, option 2 or email firstname.lastname@example.org.