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October 21, 2020 – Celebrating OAKtober with a Healthy Yard, Hosted by The Conservation Foundation and DuPage County Stormwater Management
Learn about the significance of oaks in Illinois and what challenges they are facing across our region. Get involved in supporting our natural area by planning a healthy, native garden in your own yard. This presentation will cover the natural history of Illinois, current challenges facing oak ecosystems, why your yard is critical to helping oaks and how you can do your part!

October 14, 2020 – Organic Farming with Green Earth Harvest, Hosted by The Conservation Foundation
Green Earth Harvest, as a program of The Conservation Foundation, grows organic vegetables for 600 families a year and in doing so, conserves natural resources along the way. Learn more about the work that we do and how you can use some of these ideas for your home garden, too!

October 7, 2020 – Beautiful Ponds–Using Native Plants for Color and Function in Stormwater Basins, Hosted by The Conservation Foundation
A naturalized neighborhood pond shoreline can reduce erosion, geese and algae. But does this mean your pond will look weedy? Of course not! Learn the why, where and how to create native areas for stormwater Best Management Practices, the many benefits they provide, and how to keep them looking and working their best.

September 30, 2020 – Creating a New Urban Forest, Hosted by The Conservation Foundation
Trees are on the forefront of climate change mitigation, human health, and social justice. Their importance cannot be understated. However, it can be difficult to fund, plant and support more trees. DuPage County has worked to overcome many of these obstacles at their 202-acre government campus. What used to be a monoculture landscape is now a hotbed of diversity. From trees, to funding, to an Arboretum level status, the campus has made vast improvements with more in the pipeline to continue to increase the tree canopy. Join Andi Dierich, the DuPage County Environmental Coordinator, for this presentation that will have some tips and ideas for those planting a single tree to folks planting hundreds.

September 24, 2020 – The Bombus Among Us – Bumble Bee Basics, Hosted by Wild Ones – Native Plants, Natural Landscapes
Bumble bees (Bombus) are by far our most charismatic and recognizable native bees. In order to help our bumble bees thrive, we must understand their life cycle and nutritional needs. Wild Ones Honorary Director, Biologist, and author of “Bee: An Identification and Native Plant Forage Guide” and “Pollinators of Native Plants”, Heather Holm, illustrates the bumble bee life cycle through the growing season; the importance of selecting the right native (woody and herbaceous) plants to meet the nutritional needs of the queens, workers, and males; their habitat; the impacts on populations from climate change; and common upper Midwestern and eastern bumble bee species. She also features species in decline including the federally endangered rusty patched bumble bee.

September 23, 2020 – Just Passing Through–Fall Migrating Birds, Hosted by The Conservation Foundation
Birds perform some amazing feats in their twice a year migrations. They have been making these legendary trips for hundreds of thousands of years. There must be some advantage that outweighs the hazards. Join world birder, Denis Kania, as he sheds some light on these incredible flights and how each of us can play a part in assisting our avian friends.

September 16, 2020 – Leave the Leaves, Hosted by The Conservation Foundation and DuPage County Stormwater Management
Leaves are free and one of the most nutrient rich resources available in the fall. Find out how leaves impact water quality in our rivers and streams and how you can put leaves to work in your garden. Sponsored by DuPage County Stormwater Management.

September 12, 2020 – Native Gardens Through the Seasons: A Virtual Walk, Hosted by West Cook Wild Ones and the Interfaith Green Network
Get a virtual, behind-the-scenes look at three gorgeous, Oak Park and Berwyn native gardens through the seasons! You’ll learn from three outstanding home gardeners who have been experimenting with and observing native plants for more than 50 years between them.

September 9, 2020 – How to Collect and Sow Native Plant Seeds, Hosted by Barrington Area Library
Sarah Michehl from The Land Conservancy of McHenry County discusses collecting and sowing native plant seeds. Learn basic seed identification, collection methods and timelines, and tips on how to sow. Our habitats need all the native plant help they can get!

September 9, 2020 – Raptors in Your Neighborhood: Learning About Our Local Birds of Prey, Hosted by The Conservation Foundation
Did you know that many Birds of Prey (also known as Raptors) can be found in our area? Join us to see our Owls, Hawks and Falcons up close. You will learn fascinating facts about them and explore the various issues they face, including predator/prey relationships and the important role they have in our ecosystem. You will come away with a new understanding and a deep appreciation of these truly wild creatures that live among us.

September 2, 2020 – Oaks are A-Oak-Kay!, Hosted by The Conservation Foundation
Oak trees are an iconic symbol of hardwood forests. Recently, stewards discovered oaks were struggling in the Chicago area. Join us to learn about the Oak Recovery Program, how you can to improve habitats for oaks, which oaks to plant, and what other plants like to live around oaks.

August 25, 2020 – Tom Talks – Woody Plants Webinar – Part 1, Tom Talks – Woody Plants Webinar – Part 2, Hosted by McHenry County Conservation District
One of Tom’s favorite topics, we’ll be splitting this webinar into 2 parts. You’ll learn not only how to tell oak species apart, but how trees work as well!

August 19, 2020 – Recycling Confusion–Let’s Sort it Out!, Hosted by The Conservation Foundation
When China ceased accepting many of the world’s recyclables in 2018, it not only caused the value of materials to plummet due to oversupply but also brought to light how misunderstood recycling has become over the past 20 years. Residents and businesses alike are placing items in traditional collection containers that can only be recycled elsewhere. Marta Keane, Recycling Specialist for Will County, will sort through these issues and highlight the many specialty collections the County offers to divert as much material from the landfill as possible.

August 12, 2020 – Bringing Hummingbirds to Your Yard, Hosted by The Conservation Foundation
People have always been fascinated by hummingbirds. Their acrobatic flight capabilities along with their colorful plumage are just some of the reasons. Denis Kania has traveled around the world to see 212 different species of hummingbirds. Today he will talk about the only species that shows up in our area, the Ruby-throated Hummingbird. We will discuss ways to make your yard appealing to these amazing creatures.

August 5, 2020 – Magnificent Monarchs, Hosted by The Conservation Foundation
There is no more iconic butterfly than the monarch. But this symbol of delicate beauty and grace hides a truly amazing story. Learn about the life cycle of this amazing creature, the fantastic journey they make, and how you can attract them to your yard.

July 30, 2020 – What’s Blooming Now (Late July)?, Hosted by The Conservation Foundation
Take a pictorial walk through some Chicagoland habitats and see what’s blooming now! Become familiar with native plants you might see blooming in a prairie, woodland, or even in your yard! The third webinar in this series shows that no matter the time of year, there’s always something blooming!

July 16, 2020 – Beginning Birdwatching at Home, Hosted by The Conservation Foundation
This webinar is an introduction to backyard birding. Learn to identify some common backyard birds and find out how can you bring more varieties of birds to your yard.

July 13, 2020 – Converting Lawn to Pollinator Habitat, Hosted by The Conservation Foundation
Eric Anderson has many years of experience converting turf to native plants. Learn from his successes (and mistakes!) how you can remove grass and create a pollinator haven in your yard.

July 9, 2020 – Nature’s Best Hope by Dr. Doug Tallamy, Hosted by Wild Ones
Wild Ones Lifetime Honorary Director Dr. Doug Tallamy spends an evening discussing why we are ‘Natures Best Hope.’

July 9, 2020 – Bringing Butterflies to Your Yard, Hosted by The Conservation Foundation
Flashes of orange and yellow flitting among my flowers. How do you bring them to your yard? In this webinar, we will see some examples of native butterflies and find out what native plants will encourage them to visit you, too!

June 30, 2020 – Solutions for Water Problems: Rain Barrels, Rain Gardens & More, Hosted by The Conservation Foundation
This [email protected] program is all about creating more eco-friendly yards with an emphasis on water conservation. Learn how to make improvements to your property that can help reduce water run-off, increase wildlife habitat, and improve the soil. The benefits of improving the environment are many including, reducing your water use (and water bill), creating more area for birds and butterflies, reducing chemical use, less lawn mowing, and learning about invasive species that may need to be controlled in your yard. This education program will cover a variety of techniques for transforming your yard, including the use of Rain Barrels, Rain Gardens, and the selection and use of native plants to solve water problems. Native plants grow naturally and need no watering or fertilizers once established. Native plants thrive on their own and do well, even during drought conditions. Their deep roots hold the soil, allow water to filter down deep into the ground where it belongs and, because they evolved here, they attract dozens of species of beneficial wildlife such as butterflies and songbirds.

June 29, 2020 – Common Invasive Plants (and What to Plant Instead), Hosted by The Conservation Foundation
In this webinar, we discuss a few invasive plants that are common to the Chicago region. Find out how to remove them from your yard and what to plant instead.

June 25, 2020 – Summer Flowers, Hosted by The Conservation Foundation
What’s bloomin’? Have you been out in nature lately? What might you find blooming in your favorite preserve? Or even in your yard? Join us to see some great native flowers you can plant to bring nature into your yard!

June 22, 2020 – [email protected], Hosted by The Conservation Foundation
Our intro class is back! Learn what [email protected] is and how you can use native plants to make your yard a better habitat. Also covered will be rain gardens, rain barrels, and more!

June 18, 2020 – Landscaping Design Ideas for Your Native Plant Garden, Hosted by The Conservation Foundation
Join TCF’s Nancy Cinatl to learn about how to design your native plant gardens to not only help your plants thrive, but also give your home that “curb appeal”.

June 15, 2020 – Healthy Streams, Healthy Communities, Hosted by The Conservation Foundation
The health of our streams is reflective of all that we do on and to the land. This webinar will discuss how we assess the quality and health of our local streams, dive into stream ecology and wrap up with the issues our streams face and how we can all be a part of protecting and improving water quality in the communities that we live in.

June 11, 2020 – Saving Dark Skies, Hosted by The Conservation Foundation
Adam Kreuzer of the International Dark Skies Association talks about the importance of reducing light pollution, how we can reduce our own light pollution, and more.

June 8, 2020 – Talking to Your Neighbors About Conservation, Hosted by The Conservation Foundation
Sometimes we don’t all see eye-to-eye. Things that seem important to us, aren’t even on other people’s radars. No matter your political leanings, conservation matters to everyone. The Conservation Foundation conducted polls of people in the Chicago region to learn what conservation issues matter to people on BOTH sides of the political aisle.

June 4, 2020 – Composting 101, Hosted by The Conservation Foundation
Learn about the different types of compost, what to put in a compost, and how to troubleshoot common problems with your compost.

June 2, 2020 – Organic Gardening, Hosted by The Conservation Foundation
Learn tips and techniques for having your own organic garden at home. TCF educator Connie discusses organic pest control methods, companion planting, and much more!