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WLAM Goes Virtual: Six Ways to Participate From Home

World Landscape Architecture Month begins next Wednesday, April 1.

This year, we want World Landscape Architecture Month to focus on the question of "why landscape architecture." Why did you get into the profession? Why is your work important to your community and the world? Why are you inspired to do the work you do? Answering those questions can happen in the safety of your own home, yard, or garden.

Here are six ways you can participate in WLAM and our Life Grows Here campaign while respecting the six-foot social distancing rule.

1 - Throw Your Phone in Selfie Mode

Set yourself up in selfie mode on your phone and record a brief version of your "why." (Absolutely no longer than a minute!) Be personal. Share your inspiration. Help the world understand what’s special about landscape architecture. . . and landscape architects! Post the video on your social media with our hashtags: #LifeGrowsHere and #WLAM2020. If you can, tag @NationalASLA so we can see and share.

2 - Use That Laptop Camera

With our changing circumstances, many of us are discovering for the first time how to use our built-in laptop cameras. What you can record on your phone, you can record on your laptop - and still place it on your social media accounts.

3 - Show Off Your Work

Have some photos of your favorite projects saved in your albums? Good. Head over to www.asla.org/wlam, download one of our new social media graphics, and overlay it on a picture of your favorite project - then post on your social media. Tell the world what grows in your projects: life, community, diversity, hope, resilience, and more. And remember to use the #LifeGrowsHere and #WLAM2020 hashtags.

4 - Head Over to the National ASLA Instagram

Throughout April, the National ASLA Instagram will be taken over by Student and Professional Chapter teams from across the country. Follow @NationalASLA to see all the fantastic work. Be sure to amplify the message by liking and sharing posts you enjoy.

5 - Check Out a Virtual Webinar

Self-care is important in these difficult times. And so is self-professional-care! ASLA will have special professional development resources available throughout the month, including a "Best of the 2019 Conference" series, free PDH of the Month, and more.

6 - Send Someone a Hello

You don't need to participate alone. Email a friend you haven't seen in a while. Text a colleague or fellow chapter member who you haven't talked to recently. See how they're doing and suggest they take part as well.

Right now, we're all feeling a little alone - but there's no reason we can't be alone together. Our hope is that by moving forward with #WLAM2020 and launching "Life Grows Here," we can all remember the things that bring us together, even with physical distance between us. And remember, when this is over, all those special and beautiful spaces created by landscape architects will be there waiting to help the nation heal.

For more information, visit www.asla.org/wlam

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