Early discussions of developing a curriculum focused on integrating preservation practice with traditional grounds management techniques occurred in 2009 between the Olmsted Center for Landscape Preservation (OCLP) and the National Center for Preservation Technology and Training (NCPTT), both centers within the National Park Service (NPS).  That same year, OCLP and NCPTT brought together allied professionals both from within and outside the NPS to discuss curriculum development.  At that first meeting held at Hampton National Historic Site and a subsequent round table discussion in 2010 at Jefferson’s Monticello, this national workgroup acknowledged the critical need for trained maintenance personnel to ensure the authentic character and important features of historic landscapes are preserved successfully over time.