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Earth Day Symposium 2021

Earth Day Symposium
Sunday, April 25 1:00pm-4:00pm

Join up to four 30-minute webinars followed by live Q&A with the experts. This online event, geared for adults, is sponsored by the Glen Ellyn Park District and the Glen Ellyn Environmental Commission.


About the Event

KEYNOTE: Conservation @ Home

by Jim Kleinwachter of The Conservation Foundation.
Invite nature into your yard and get certified! The Conservation @ Home program is all about creating eco-friendly yards. The “typical” property can easily be improved to help reduce water run-off, increase wildlife habitat, and improve the soil. Benefits include reducing your water and chemical use, less lawn mowing, control of invasive species, and supporting local wildlife. Learn about the certification process. Plant lists and help will be available, along with a scheduled yard visit to get you started.

Creating Darker Skies

by Adam Kreuzer, Delegate with International Dark Sky Association
Learn what you can do at home to reduce outdoor light pollution. Excessive light at night negatively impacts your health, our wildlife friends and our ecosystems. It wastes energy and money and contributes to global warming. It also diminishes our ability to see the stars and planets that inspire us! Adam will guide us to what fixtures, bulbs and other measures we should consider to save and protect our beautiful night sky.

Landscaping for Birds & Pollinators

by Denis Kania, DuPage Birding Club and Instructor with The Morton Arboretum
You’ve made the decision to landscape for nature, but how we landscape and the features in our yards can have varying levels of benefit for local wildlife. Both bird and insect populations are declining, but collectively we can make small changes at home that have positive environmental impacts. Learn about the right plants, trees and shrubs that attract pollinators and provide food and shelter for birds. Learn what management practices will enhance the quality of your yard as a home for critical species.

Natural Lawn Care

by Ryan Anderson of Midwest Grows Green and Jeff Swano of Dig Right In Landscaping

Our nation uses a lot of pesticides, fertilizers, and water to maintain its largest irrigated crop: turfgrass. In this presentation, Midwest Grows Green’s Ryan Anderson covers the far-reaching environmental and health effects of the US lawn & garden sector and the need to follow the cost-effective, more biologically sound approach of natural lawn care. 2:30 presentation.

Jeff Swano, President of Dig Right In Landscaping presents the “Organic Lawn Care: the Science and Strategies”. With more than 13 years of technical experience providing organic yard care services, Jeff and his team of soil scientists have developed the state-of-the-art organic lawn care techniques.  This presentation covers the pros and cons of traditional lawn care practices, and practical advice for you to transition your lawn using organic practices and products.  3:15 presentation.

Recycling Basics & Curbside Composting

by Bart Visser of Groot Recycling and Waste Connections
Get your recycling questions answered. Learn what you can and should recycle, the prep needed before you toss things into your curbside container, ideas to reduce waste, and information about the curbside composting program.

Urban Forest Stewardship: Native Tree Selection & Community Engagement

by Trinity Pierce, Stewardship Coordinator, Chicago Region Trees Initiative based out of The Morton Arboretum
Our urban forest needs you! With over 150 million trees in the 7-county Chicago region, our urban forest is an invaluable living heritage in need of your protection and care. Learn more about the different tree species that make up our urban forest, the importance of diversity in selecting native species, and different ways to engage others in stewardship to ensure a sustainable future.

Water Management/Stormwater Solutions at Home

by Jan Roehll of The Conservation Foundation and Amy McKenna, Stormwater Engineer with the Village of Glen Ellyn
This educational program will help you discover a variety of techniques to help you tackle those tricky wet areas in your yard through the use of rain barrels, rain gardens, permeable pavers, drywells and the selection and use of native plants to solve problem areas in your yard. For those do-it-yourselfers, find out what permits are needed and the Village codes for some of these site developments.


Questions?

Please email Renae Frigo at rfrigo@gepark.org.