Chapter Events

The chapter holds monthly programs on various topics related to integrating native plants into your landscaping. The chapter also sponsors and organizes a variety of other events throughout the year. These include volunteer opportunities and social events. For full details about all of the chapter’s events, view the programs and events listed below. The Volunteer page lists the various activities where we need help from members.

Programs & Events are free and open to the public (unless otherwise designated as a members-only program).  Some of our programs are being held online via Zoom.  To register for a specific virtual program, visit the individual program links below.

Recordings of some of our past programs can be found on our YouTube Channel.

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January 2023

Jan
9

From Nursery to Nurse Log: Growing and Caring for Native Trees

Monday, January 9th, 2023
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Online/Virtual

Public Welcome Free Event Program/Speaker Presentation

This virtual program will take place on Zoom and require advance registration.  The registration link will be available soon.

Caring for nursery trees is much different than those grown in the wild. In this talk we’ll look at how nursery practices, planting and pruning can affect the health of a tree and how better to select and cultivate them. We’ll also discuss older (veteran) trees and the special techniques used to care for them.

Presenter Bio:

Christopher Roddick is an Arborist specializing in mature tree preservation. For over 25 years he was the head Arborist at the Brooklyn Botanic Garden and now consults with landscape architects, designers, and others on tree health, protection in construction, and specialized pruning. He is also the author of the Tree Care Primer, a guide to caring for young, mature, and veteran trees. His website is www.sweetbirchtree.com.

February 2023

Feb
13

A Backyard Prairie: What is a Backyard Prairie and Lessons Learned

Monday, February 13th, 2023
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Online/Virtual

Public Welcome Will be Recorded Free Event Program/Speaker Presentation

NOTE:  This virtual program will be hosted on Zoom and require advance registration.  The registration link will be posted here soon.

In 2003 Fred Delcomyn imagined his central Illinois backyard of two and half acres, farmed many years for corn and soybeans, restored to tallgrass prairie. Over the next seventeen years, Delcomyn, with the help of his friend James Ellis planned, prepared, planted seeds, photographed, and burned these acres to reconstruct a prairie. In this program, Delcomyn and Ellis will recount the journey of and lessons learned about prairie restoration through photographs and stories that they chronicle in their 2021 book, A Backyard Prairie: The Hidden Beauty of Tallgrass and Wildflowers, published by Southern Illinois University Press. More information about this book can be found at http://siupress.com/books/978-0-8093-3819-1

Presenter Bio’s:

Fred Delcomyn us a professor emeritus of the School of Integrative Biology at the University of Illinois, is the author of more than 100 popular and scientific articles. Since 2009, he has served on the board of directors of Grand Prairie Friends, a not-for-profit conservation organization and land trust involved with natural areas protection and restoration in east-central Illinois.  He completed training as a Master Naturalist in 2017, and his writing and photography are often featured in Field Notes, the quarterly newsletter of the East Central Illinois Master Naturalist program.

James L. Ellis works as the Natural Areas Coordinator for the University of Illinois Urbana-Champaign and is a botanist with the Illinois Natural History Survey. He has published articles on prairie ecology, conservation, and management for both academic and general audiences. He is a long-time member and volunteer with Grand Prairie Friends where he served on the board of directors from 2000-2021.

March 2023

Mar
13

The Pollinator Victory Garden: Win the War on Pollinator Decline with Ecological Gardening

Monday, March 13th, 2023
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Online/Virtual

Public Welcome Free Event Program/Speaker Presentation

NOTE:  This virtual program will take place on Zoom and advance registration will be required.  A registration link will be posted here soon.

Countless pollinator species have suffered dramatic declines in recent years. It’s a serious problem for all of us since pollinators are responsible for the reproduction of 80% of all flowering plants, and at least 30% of the food that we eat.  Unfortunately, most of our landscapes offer little in the way of appropriate habitat and forage for these essential animals. With simple strategies, you can attract and support not just bees, but an array of pollinators that have different requirements. Learn best practices for pollinators from the author of The Pollinator Victory Garden: Win the War on Pollinator Decline with Ecological Gardening.

Presenter Bio:

Kim Eierman is the Founder of EcoBeneficial LLC. She is an environmental horticulturist and ecological landscape designer specializing in native plants. Based in New York, Kim teaches at the New York Botanical Garden, Brooklyn Botanic Garden, The Native Plant Center, Rutgers Home Gardeners School and several other institutions.

Kim is an active speaker nationwide on many ecological landscape topics. presenting for industry conferences, sustainability events, corporate events, environmental organizations, and other groups interested in environmental improvements.  Kim also provides horticultural consulting and native landscape design to homeowners and commercial clients, including landscape architects and engineers.

In addition to being a Certified Horticulturist through the American Society for Horticultural Science, Kim is an Accredited Organic Landcare Professional, a Steering Committee member of The Native Plant Center, and a member of The Ecological Landscape Alliance and Garden Communicators International.

Kim is the author of the book, The Pollinator Victory Garden: Win the War on Pollinator Decline with Ecological Gardening.