The National Collegiate Landscape Competition scheduled to take place at Michigan State University, March 18-21, 2020, with 850 students from 65 schools has been cancelled.
One of the most popular events in the industry, NCLC brings college students studying horticulture, landscape management, and lawn care, together with companies that are recruiting interns and future employees, and industry suppliers and manufacturers who manage and judge competitive events and workshops along with landscape contractors.
The National Association of Landscape Professionals has announced cancelaltion of the event due to the coronavirus pandemic.
“It is because of the incredible impact of this event that we’ve taken the deliberations very seriously around whether to cancel the event that we’ve taken the deliberations very seriously around whether to cancel the event this year because of the travel, business and health issues surrounding Covid-19,” an NALP press release stated.
Continuing, the release added that the safety of students, faculty and industry members is a top concern.
“We are disappointed, and we know that you are too,” NALP officials said. “We apologize for any inconvenience the timing of this cancellation has caused.”
Hotel reservations made through the NALP housing provider Orchid Housing will be automatically canceled. If you made a reservation outside of the NALP room block, you will need to cancel your reservation directly with the hotel.
“We want to recognize and thank the team at the Michigan State University Department of Horticulture, especially Marcus Duck and Bradley Rowe, PhD, for the time and careful planning that they have put into what would have been an incredible event,” the NALP press release states. “Thanks also go to our event partners and competitive event sponsors who’ve put so much time into planning a fantastic experience for our student competitors. And, we want to thank the students and faculty who worked hard to prepare for this event.”
The NALP will be working with attendees to issue refunds as needed.
Opportunities to bring aspects of the NCLC online, including looking into the possibility of hosting a virtual career fair where students and employers can connect, are also being investigated.
Additional information will be forthcoming on this year’s Foundation scholarship recipients, Educator of the Year, and other presentations that normally happen at NCLC.
The next National Collegiate Landscape Competition will take place in 2021 at Virginia Tech March 10-13, 2021.