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March 2019

 

Partner Event: March 19- University of Illinois Extension – Cook County. Webinar: Pruning Deciduous Shrubs. Good pruning habits will enhance spring bloom show of any flowering shrub in the home landscape. Proper pruning techniques will also provide health benefits to the shrub. When properly pruned, insect and disease problems will lessen, all while retaining a natural look. Join Richard Hentschel, Horticulture Educator, to learn about the three most common ways to prune flowering and non-flowering deciduous shrubs in your yard. 1:30 pm. Register by March 12, 2019. Please register here for the webinars.

 

Partner Event: March 24- April 18. Openlands TreeKeepers Spring Course. TreeKeepers learn how to help keep trees green and growing, volunteering in a variety of situations from street tree care and tree planting to woodland stewardship and advocacy. The TreeKeepers Program is an eight day course with classroom and field components. Lessons are taught by nationally-renowned experts. Some of the topics covered include tree biology, soils, tree identification, runing, tree selection, planting and mulching, and pests and diseases. The certification course costs $128 (limited scholarships available). Included in the tuition are a TreeKeepers Program Manual, safety glasses, and upon graduation, a TreeKeepers certificate, badge, and a t-shirt. Little Red Schoolhouse Nature Center, Willow Springs. For more information, please contact treekeepers@openlands.org or visit www.openlands.org/treekeepers.

 

Partner Event: March 26- Forest Preserves of Cook County. Amphibian Conservation and Monitoring in Vernal Pools at the Forest Preserves. This class will delve into amphibian biology, current conservation issues and methods for monitoring amphibians at ephemeral ponds. We will discuss: amphibian niches and needs, aquatic vegetation in wooded wetlands, and touch on techniques for restoring and managing vernal pools.  Depending on the weather and recent rainfall, we will also be outside at each forested class location to investigate any spring pool occupants and their unique window of life and adaptability.  Come dressed for a field survey. Class will be submitted to ISA for 2 potential CEUs. Instructor: George Klut, Naturalist I, Forest Preserves of Cook County. Crabtree Nature Center 12:00pm-2:00pm. Email Lindsay Ivanyi to register (lindsay.ivanyi@cookcountyil.gov)
 
 
Partner Event: March 27- Forest Preserves of Cook County. Amphibian Conservation and Monitoring in Vernal Pools at the Forest Preserves. This class will delve into amphibian biology, current conservation issues and methods for monitoring amphibians at ephemeral ponds. We will discuss: amphibian niches and needs, aquatic vegetation in wooded wetlands, and touch on techniques for restoring and managing vernal pools.  Depending on the weather and recent rainfall, we will also be outside at each forested class location to investigate any spring pool occupants and their unique window of life and adaptability.  Come dressed for a field survey. Class will be submitted to ISA for 2 potential CEUs. Instructor: George Klut, Naturalist I, Forest Preserves of Cook County. Little Red Schoolhouse 12:00pm-2:00pm. Email Lindsay Ivanyi to register (lindsay.ivanyi@cookcountyil.gov)
 
 
Partner Event: March 29- Forest Preserves of Cook County. Amphibian Conservation and Monitoring in Vernal Pools at the Forest Preserves. This class will delve into amphibian biology, current conservation issues and methods for monitoring amphibians at ephemeral ponds. We will discuss: amphibian niches and needs, aquatic vegetation in wooded wetlands, and touch on techniques for restoring and managing vernal pools.  Depending on the weather and recent rainfall, we will also be outside at each forested class location to investigate any spring pool occupants and their unique window of life and adaptability.  Come dressed for a field survey. Class will be submitted to ISA for 2 potential CEUs. Instructor: George Klut, Naturalist I, Forest Preserves of Cook County. Sand Ridge Nature Center 12:00pm-2:00pm. Email Lindsay Ivanyi to register (lindsay.ivanyi@cookcountyil.gov)
 

Partner event: Ongoing. Openlands hosts events every month of the year for people who want to learn more about trees and our connection to them. Join us for Tree Walks, Tree Plantings, and Tree Care events throughout the region. For more information contact trees@openlands.org

 

 

April 2019

 

April 9-10. Spring 2019 CRTI Urban Forestry Basic Training will be on April 9 from 8:30 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. and an optional second day focused on chainsaw basics on April 10 from 8:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. at Round Lake Public Works (751 W. Townline Road, Round Lake, IL 60073). Register hereSample program here.

 

April 26- Happy Arbor Day!

 

Partner event: Ongoing. Openlands hosts events every month of the year for people who want to learn more about trees and our connection to them. Join us for Tree Walks, Tree Plantings, and Tree Care events throughout the region. For more information contact trees@openlands.org

 

 

May 2019

 

Partner Event: May 11 and 18- Illinois Arborist Association's ADVANCED TRAINING: Tree Diseases Workshop. Pest Diagnosis & Management Domain. 8:00am - 2:00pm at The Mulch Center, 21457 Milwaukee Avenue, Deerfield, IL 60015. Register here.
 

 

Partner event: Ongoing. Openlands hosts events every month of the year for people who want to learn more about trees and our connection to them. Join us for Tree Walks, Tree Plantings, and Tree Care events throughout the region. For more information contact trees@openlands.org

 

June 2019

 

Partner Event:June 8 and 15- Illinois Arborist Association's ADVANCED TRAINING: Tree Diseases Workshop. Pest Diagnosis & Management Domain. 8:00am - 2:00pm at The Mulch Center, 21457 Milwaukee Avenue, Deerfield, IL 60015. Register here.

 

Partner Event: June 18- Lingering Ash Citizen Science Training Workshop. The Emerald Ash Borer (EAB) has decimated our native green ash forests from the Midwest into the Eastern region of the United States. While many of our forests have been destroyed by this invasive pest, there is still hope!  Researchers at the Northern Research Station of the US Forest Service in Ohio have identified native green ashes (Fraxinus pennsylvanica) with a form of resistance to EAB in the states of Michigan and Ohio. These ashes have been dubbed the Lingering Ashes. In an effort to expand the provenance source of green ashes, The Morton Arboretum is partnering with the Ecological Research Institute of New Paltz, New York to hunt for the Lingering Ashes of Illinois.  Ultimately, identifying these trees will result in stock material to be used as a seed source for reforestation and breeding efforts.  Join us for a workshop led by Jonathan Rosenthal and Dr. Radka Wildova that will focus on training foresters, extension agents, and other outreach personnel on how to use the citizen science material developed by the Monitoring and Managing Ash project of New Paltz, NY.  This will include training for the online data collection platform Anecdata.org, a field plot mapping app, scouting for presence of EAB, identifying mortality of green ashes, and field identification of lingering ashes.  The goal of this workshop is to expand the reach of this ambitious citizen science project, and once completed we hope you will join us in the effort to train IL citizens across the state in the hunt for Lingering Ashes. Register Here.

 

Partner event: Ongoing. Openlands hosts events every month of the year for people who want to learn more about trees and our connection to them. Join us for Tree Walks, Tree Plantings, and Tree Care events throughout the region. For more information contact trees@openlands.org

 

July 2019

 

Partner Event: July 18- Chicago Gateway Green's “Gaming for Green®“, an annual Texas Hold “Em poker tournament and casino night benefiting Chicago Gateway Green®. Grand Prize is a seat at the World Series of Poker. All event guests  will enjoy live music, and a variety of charitable gaming including, roulette, craps, and blackjack, along with a fabulous raffle and poker prizes. Fine food & cocktails will also be offered including Galleria Marchetti’s famous Italian specialties and complementary beverages with ticket purchase. Once again, by popular demand we are firing up the grills on the patio! Enjoy BBQ favorites and fresh grilled seafood from your favorite Chicago restaurants! Register Here.

 

Partner event: Ongoing. Openlands hosts events every month of the year for people who want to learn more about trees and our connection to them. Join us for Tree Walks, Tree Plantings, and Tree Care events throughout the region. For more information contact trees@openlands.org

 

 

August 2019

 

Partner Event: August 1- Illinois Landscape Contractors Association's Summer Field Day. Goodmark Nurseries in Wonder Lake

 

Partner event: Ongoing. Openlands hosts events every month of the year for people who want to learn more about trees and our connection to them. Join us for Tree Walks, Tree Plantings, and Tree Care events throughout the region. For more information contact trees@openlands.org

 

September 2019

 

Partner Event: September 16–20- TREE Fund's Tour de Trees. Join us for five days of cycling 450 miles through the beautiful rolling terrain of northern Tennessee and western Kentucky, starting and ending in Nashville. Get details, and register to ride or participate virtually here

 

Partner Event: TBD- Chicago Gateway Green's Green Tie Ball. Date, details, and registration to come.

 

Partner event: Ongoing. Openlands hosts events every month of the year for people who want to learn more about trees and our connection to them. Join us for Tree Walks, Tree Plantings, and Tree Care events throughout the region. For more information contact trees@openlands.org

 

OAKtober 2019

 

Partner Event: OAKtober 6- Forest Preserve District of Lake County OAKtober Fest. Ryerson Woods

 

Partner event: Ongoing. Openlands hosts events every month of the year for people who want to learn more about trees and our connection to them. Join us for Tree Walks, Tree Plantings, and Tree Care events throughout the region. For more information contact trees@openlands.org

 

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