Extension office offering free environmental webinars


    Small changes in habits can have a positive impact on the environment from lawn care, native plants, and managing home waste, to understanding animal behavior and atmospheric optics.
    The Everyday Environment online webinar series will help individuals understand and consider choices which will protect natural resources. The series, presented by University of Illinois Extension energy and environmental experts, are free and will be held at 1 p.m. each Thursday. To learn more, one may check out the series website at https://extension.illinois.edu/global/everyday-environment-webinar-series.
    Each registration is confirmed with an email. Upcoming webinars include:
    April 23 – Planting for the Pollinators
    How can you support pollinators in your yard? Learn what types of pollinators you can attract to your yard and discover the right native plants to attract butterflies, native bees, moths, and more. Presenter: Erin Garrett.
    April 30 – Natural Lawn Care Part 1: Assessment
    Assess the health and prepare for environmentally-friendly lawns. Participants will learn tools and techniques to better assess lawn so as they make an informed natural lawn care plan. Presenter: Abigail Garofalo.
    May 7 – Natural Lawn Care Part 2: Strategies
    Learn strategies to understand your lawn, as well as learn tools to create a natural lawn care action plan. Presenter: Abigail Garofalo.
    May 14 – Managing Waste in the Home
    Have you ever thought about how much trash your household generates? Learn about the management of municipal solid waste in the US, materials that can be recycled or composted, locating recycling and composting facilities near you, and strategies for decreasing household waste. Presenter: Ashley Belle.
    May 21 – Illinois Nutrient Loss Reduction Strategy Biennial Report
    How is water quality in Illinois? The Illinois Nutrient Loss Reduction Strategy guides the state’s efforts to improve water quality at home and downstream by reducing nitrogen and phosphorus levels in our lakes, streams, and rivers. The strategy lays out a comprehensive suite of best management practices for reducing nutrient loads from wastewater treatment plants and urban and agricultural runoff. Learn how the strategy has progressed. Presenters: Eliana Brown, Kate Gardiner, Haley Haverback, Jennifer Woodyard.
    June 25 – All About Clouds
    See various types of clouds, including unique clouds only seen in a few locations and what weather is expected with each variety. Presenter: Duane Friend.
    The webinars are recorded and made available to the public to watch at any time. Visit the webpage at https://extension.illinois.edu/global/energy-environment to learn more.