The month of April is National Landscape Architecture Month (NLAM). This year’s focus for NLAM is Public Health & Active Living. During April, landscape architects across the country will educate the public about how the profession is well-poised to address these issues. There will be public events showcasing just what can be done, including hands-on work with the public, speaking engagements, and design charrettes. On April 26, 2012 (Olmsted’s Birthday), landscape architects across the country will focus even greater attention on landscape architecture and public health by participating in coordinated public awareness events across the country.
Check with your local chapter to see what’s being planned in your area. Or plan your own event! The activities don’t have to be elaborate or lengthy. Here are some ideas:
- Spend lunch on April 26 sketching on a bench in a plaza and telling folks what you do
- Speak to a club you belong to
- Visit a school
- Help with the landscape architecture merit badge (yes there is one!)
- Consider an activity that focuses on local woman practitioners or landscape architecture’s impact on the health of local women.
The links below provide resources to help you plan your NLAM and/or public awareness event. Join us on the WILA LinkedIn page and brainstorm event ideas and share how you are celebrating NLAM this April. Then list your events in the ASLA survey [http://www.surveymonkey.com/s/QCXGWPM].
What is National Landscape Architecture Month?
Chapter Operations Workbook for National Landscape Architecture Month
(ASLA Member only)
Coordinated Public Awareness Campaign: 4-26-12 (Olmsted’s Birthday)
Nine Career Discovery Activities for National Landscape Architecture Month
Helpful materials for school visits
2012 NLAM Activities
List of activities 2003-2011
Logos to Brand your NLAM Activity
Public Awareness Campaign Materials