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Thursday, September 28, 2023
8:30 am – 4:00 pm PDT

Climate Change and Native Plants of the Southwest
Presented by:
Elise Gornish

  • Overview of climate change science
  • Focus on climate change and its effects on southwestern and arid habitats
    • Changes in precipitation and temperature
    • Increased fire frequency and intensity
    • Changes in soil health
    • Dominance of invasive plant and loss of pollinators
  • Mitigating the negative effects of climate change on native plants

Managing Invasive Plants in the Southwest
Presented by: Elise Gornish

  • Historic and current trends in invasive plant dominance in the southwest
  • Effects of invasive plants on native habitats (including plants and animals) in the southwest
  • Methods for managing invasive plants
  • Spatial and temporal management considerations

Wildlife Supporting Garden Designs and Maintenance
Presented by: Shaun McCoshum

  • Classical garden designs, native plant use and wildlife habitat
  • Adding structure with natural woods, mulch and stone habitat designs
  • Seeds, transplants and timing
  • Seasonal maintenance; pruning, trimming and sculpting plants.

Native Plants for Pollinators
Presented by: Carianne Funicelli

  • What makes native plants so valuable?
  • Overview of pollinator groups and their needs
  • Seven pollinator “super groups” (i.e., plant families) with southwestern examples

How to Create a Site-Specific Planting Palette for Any Project
Presented by: Carianne Funicelli

  • Goals and constraints that affect species choices
  • Using regional herbaria databases and bloom calendar approach to plan a site-specific species palette

Best Practices for Using Native Trees to Increase Urban Climate Resilience in the Southwest
Presented by: Ann Audrey

  • Watering native trees with harvested rainwater, stormwater, graywater and condensate water
  • Choosing native trees based on location, climate and elevation
  • Planting native trees and native understory plants together
  • Planning placement to meet your needs and the needs of trees
  • Shaping your tree’s water harvesting area
  • Planting your tree and using mulch properly
  • Using harvested water for establishment and ongoing needs
  • Pruning trees and using appropriate tree care practices

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Professional Engineers:
6.0 PDHs

6.0 HSW CE Hours

Landscape Architects:
6.0 HSW CE Hours

Continuing Education Credit Information

This webinar is open to the public and is designed to qualify for 6.0 PDHs for professional engineers, 6.0 HSW continuing education hours for licensed architects, and 6.0 HSW continuing education hours for landscape architects in all states that allow this learning method. Please refer to specific state rules to determine eligibility.

HalfMoon Education is an approved continuing education sponsor for engineers in Florida (Provider No. 0004647), Indiana (License No. CE21700059), Maryland, New Jersey (Approval No. 24GP00000700) and North Carolina (S-0130). HalfMoon Education is deemed an approved continuing education sponsor for New York engineers and architects via its registration with the American Institute of Architects Continuing Education System (Regulations of the Commissioner §68.14(i)(2) and §69.6(i)(2)). Other states do not preapprove continuing education providers or courses.

The American Institute of Architects Continuing Education System has approved this course for 6.0 HSW LUs (Sponsor No. J885). Only full participation is reportable to the AIA/CES.

The Landscape Architecture Continuing Education System has approved this course for 6.0 HSW PDHs. Only full participation is reportable to the LA CES.

Attendance will be monitored, and attendance certificates will be available after the webinar for those who attend the entire course and score a minimum 80% on the quiz that follows the course (multiple attempts allowed).

On-Demand Credits

The preceding credit information only applies to the live presentation. This course in an on-demand format may not be eligible for the same credits as the live presentation; please consult your licensing board(s) to ensure that a structured, asynchronous learning format is appropriate. The following pre-approvals may be available for the on-demand format upon request:

6.0 HSW LUs (AIA)


Ann Audrey

Ann Audrey is an environmental consultant working in the fields of urban tree management, rainwater harvesting and sustainable design. She edited the 350-page American Rainwater Catchment Systems Association (ARCSA) Rainwater Harvesting Manual, which is used throughout the U.S. to train rainwater harvesting professionals. Recent projects include developing guidance on the use native and cultivated fruit and nut trees in Arizona, developing best practices to increase the use of native trees in Tucson and compiling information on climate resilient native trees for Arizona and New Mexico. Ms. Audrey also researched and developed profiles of insect and disease threats to urban trees in Arizona and New Mexico and will be expanding the number of threat species addressed in the coming year

Carianne Funicelli

Carianne Funicelli is the owner of Strategic Habitat Enhancements, a consulting firm that focuses on helping clients bring nature to their yards with strategic native plant choices. She moved to Tucson in 1998 after earning a degree in Botany specifically because she loves the native plants of the Sonoran Desert. Since then, she has become a well-known advocate for native plant conservation and restoration. She has conducted projects large and small throughout the southwest region, both in wild areas and urban landscapes. Ms. Funicelli has served as the president of the Society for Ecological Restoration, Southwest Chapter and of the Tucson Chapter of the Arizona Native Plant Society, as well as a term as the Wildlife Habitat Representative on the City of Tucson’s Landscape Advisory Committee. She has worked in the government, business, and non-profit sectors over the past 25 years.

Elise Gornish, PhD

Cooperative Extension Specialist in Ecological Restoration at the University of Arizona

Dr. Gornish received her MS and PhD degrees from Florida State University in 2013. She then completed two years as a post doc at the University of California, Davis. Dr. Gornish’s work largely focuses on vegetation management in arid systems with a focus on ecological restoration, weed management and soil management. She has published over 80 articles, given hundreds of talks and was recently selected as an ESA Early Career Fellow. In addition to vegetation management, Dr. Gornish is passionate about STEM inclusion and is also the director of GALS (Girls on outdoor Adventure for Leadership and Science). GALS focuses on providing science learning and leadership opportunities to traditionally underserved female high school students through backcountry programming.

Shaun McCoshum, PhD

Pollinator, Ecologist and Conservationist with Westwood Professional Services

Dr. McCoshum has designed urban, suburban, and rural conservation projects across the United States. His research expertise includes monarch ecology, milkweeds, and native bee communities, and he has more than 15 years of experience working in the arid Southwest. Dr. McCoshum has extensive experience rearing monarchs in laboratory settings, growing milkweeds, and creating vegetation management plants, and urban conservation designs. In addition to his research and professional work, he is the author of Inviting Pollinators and Other Wildlife into Your Garden, which dives into the processes of creating robust, aesthetically pleasing, wildlife habitats.

AIA Info

AIA Provider Statement:

HalfMoon Education Inc. is a registered provider of AIA-approved continuing education under Provider Number J885. All registered AIA/CES Providers must comply with the AIA Standards for Continuing Education Programs. Any questions or concerns about this provider of learning program may be sent to AIA/CES ( or (800) AIA 3837, Option 3).

This learning program is registered with AIA/CES for continuing professional education. As such, it does not include content that may be deemed or construed to be an approval or endorsement by the AIA of any material of construction or any method or manner of handling, using, distributing, or dealing in any material or product.

AIA continuing education credit has been reviewed and approved by AIA/CES. Learners must complete the entire learning program to receive continuing education credit. AIA continuing education Learning Units earned upon completion of this course will be reported to AIA/CES for AIA members. Certificates of Completion for both AIA members and non-AIA members are available upon request.

Course Title: Southwest U.S. Native Plant Workshop: Native Plants in the Managed Landscape

Delivery Method: Live Online

Course Description: This six-hour course will instruct design professional on how to utilize and maintain native plants in the southwest United States to support wildlife, promote pollinators, and increase urban climate resilience. Additionally, the course will examine how climate change has altered habitats in the southwest, provide strategies for managing invasive plants, and discuss how to create a site-specific planting palette.

Learning Objectives:

Learning Objective 1:
Learners will be able to discuss how the effects of climate change on the southwest has altered the habitat for native plants, such as changes in precipitation, soil health, fire frequency, and loss of pollinators.

Learning Objective 2:
Learners will be able to describe the effects invasive plants have on native habitats, adopt methods for managing invasive plants, and explore spatial and temporal management.

Learning Objective 3:
Learners will be able to explain why native plants are valuable to the environment and identify the seven pollinator groups and their needs.

Learning Objective 4:
Learners will be able to adopt best practices for using native trees to increase urban climate resilience, such as watering trees with harvested rainwater or graywater and planting native trees and native understory plants together.

LUs: 6.0                                                                                              LU Type: LU|HSWs.

Prerequisites: Familiarity with landscaping fundamentals

Advance Preparation: None

Program Level: Intermediate

Course Expiration Date: 07/31/2026

Complaint Resolution Policy:

Complaints regarding this course can be emailed to or by calling (715) 835-5900. A HalfMoon Education representative will respond within 72 hours to resolve the complaint, which will include, but not limited to, access to another CE activity at no or reduced cost or a full or partial refund. Each instance will be resolved on a case-by-case situation.