Calendar of Events
January 7 – 22: Urban Tree Conference
Trees are a valuable asset to nature, but they are often overlooked in urban settings. Trees cool buildings with their shade and clean the air and water through filtration. Urban trees withstand pollution, poor soils, limited legroom for roots, and pressure from insects and disease. The six-day, 18-session virtual conference will cover all aspects of urban tree planning, implementation, and management. The Illinois Arborist Association has approved this workshop to fulfill mandatory continuing education requirements. Cost is $10/day or $50 for all sessions. Fee waivers are available. Contact: Reid Young, ryoun@Illinois.edu.
February 1 - 5: Winter Tree Identification
Extension Forester Chris Evans will host a three-part webinar series on winter tree identification with sessions focusing on the characteristics used in identification, terminology, and techniques and tools for identifying unknown tree species. Contact: Chris Evans, firstname.lastname@example.org
February 5 | 2 PM: Winter Tree Identification Webinar: Uncommon Trees and Difficult Groups
HOME, COMMUNITY, COMMERCIAL HORTICULTURE
January 20 | 1 PM: How to Start a Community Garden
Access of healthy food has a major influence on overall health and well-being of individuals and families. Many families facing food access issues may also be facing issues of limited transportation, limited financial resources, and other realities of poverty. Fight hunger by planting community gardens. Contact: Elaine Craver, email@example.com.
January 21 | 6 PM: Bi-State Garden Conference
Cost is $10. Contact: Ryan Pankau, firstname.lastname@example.org. Offered by Illinois and Purdue University Extensions, the Bi-State Garden Conference will include the Perennial Plant of the Year by Martha Smith, and Growing Ginger, Horseradish, Luffa, Artichokes, and More by Erin Harper.
Four Seasons Gardening Series
Webinars are free, but registration is required and space is limited.
Growing Great Vegetables Series
Cost is $10 for all sessions. Contact: Ken Johnson, email@example.com.
Gardening in the Air Series
Contact: Martha Smith, firstname.lastname@example.org.
March 13: Garden Day
This annual event in Central Illinois will include popular gardening topics, including tree health, gardens to attract hummingbirds, sustainable water practices, starting seeds, and four-season garden favorites. Donations accepted. Contact: Erin Harper, email@example.com.
January 14 | Noon: Children and Nature
Andrea Faber Taylor has researched the benefits of nature experiences for children’s health. She is passionate about supporting children’s connection to nature. Her most recent research indicated a link between the frequency with which kindergartners used greenspaces during the school day and their capacity for self-regulation. Contact: Martha Smith, firstname.lastname@example.org.
January 14 | 1 PM: Everyday Environment Webinar: Is Radon Still an Issue?
Radon awareness, testing, and mitigation for homes has been discussed for many years. Why are we talking about it now? Is radon still an issue of concern in Illinois homes? As the leading cause of lung cancer for non-smokers, radon continues to be the odorless, radioactive gas silently sneaking into many homes. Contact: Jay Solomon, email@example.com.
February 11 | 1 PM: Everyday Environment Webinar: Waste to Renewable Energy
Anaerobic digestion technology is used as a solution to divert food waste from the landfill. Farmers also utilize the technology to capture methane emissions associated with the management of liquid manures. Contact: Ashley Belle, firstname.lastname@example.org.
March 11 | 1 PM: Everyday Environment Webinar: Severe Weather
Spring brings severe weather back to Illinois and the Midwest. Thunderstorms pack high winds, heavy rain, lightning, and potentially tornadoes. Contact: Duane Friend, email@example.com.