Everyday Environment Webinar Series

Small changes have positive impacts on the environment.

There is never a shortage of new things to learn about your everyday environment! Learn how to make small changes in your lifestyle to have a positive impact on the environment. The Everyday Environment Webinar Series is offered by University of Illinois Extension's Natural Resources, Environment, and Energy experts and feature a different environmental topic each month. Do your part to protect the planet for generations to enjoy.

All webinars are free and take place on the second Thursday of the month at 1 p.m. Central Standard Time. Click the title to register for the workshop you want to attend.


Return of Large Predators March 10 @ 1 PM CST

There are many reasons, scientific and unknown, why we are seeing the occasional apex predator in Illinois. The black bear, timber wolf, and cougar have all made cameo appearances in recent months and have been doing so for more than a decade.  Except for a small percentage, Illinois habitats are currently unable to sustain complete or large populations of these large mammals. Our cultural advancements and changes have escorted these wildlife species away from what used to be their native habitat.

These animals are simply trying to adjust to changes in their current environments - which can send them our direction. Due to the sightings of cougars, wolves, and even black bears in Illinois, this program is being offered to discuss the animals themselves and the behaviors that may be playing a part in their attempts to return. If you are interested in learning more about these creatures, join Peggy Doty for Large Predators Return…Or Are They? Presenter: Peggy Doty


Illinois Archaeology and our Natural Resources | April 14 @ 1 PM

Archaeology isn’t just about finding arrowheads. People have lived in Illinois for over 15,000 years and have used the natural resources the state has to offer in different ways through time. Archaeologists draw on many fields in natural resource sciences to understand the people of the past and how they lived. Michelle Berg Vogel, Extension natural resources program coordinator,  will give a brief overview of Illinois prehistory and discuss how archaeology informs and is formed by research in the natural resources. Presenter: Michelle Berg Vogel


Geothermal Energy: The Heating and Cooling of Renewable Energy | May 12 @ 1 PM

Geothermal energy represents another method of using solar energy. The sun heats the earth’s surface, and geothermal systems harvest this energy to heat buildings, equipment, and livestock. During the summer, the systems cool buildings by transferring the heat to the earth. Join Jay Solomon for a discussion of this often overlooked renewable energy. He will focus on new research and opportunities for use in Illinois. Presenter: Jay Solomon


The Conundrum of Common Names | June 9 @ 1 PM

While common names are easy to remember and helpful in describing plants, they often lead to confusion. We’ve all heard the phrase “you say tomayto, I say tomahto,” but some plants have completely different common names: you say marestail, your friend says coltstail, and I say horseweed! Common names can also be misleading when they include the word “weed” in them, since people’s perceptions of weeds vary greatly. Latin names, on the other hand, are assigned to a single species and follow a naming convention. For gardeners and plant enthusiasts, understanding Latin names is a very useful skill. We’ll explore the basics of Latin naming and discuss its importance. We’ll use examples of plants with many common names, different plants that share common names, and plants named “weeds” to illustrate our message. Presenter: Erin Garrett

Webinar Archives

Each program is recorded and uploaded to Illinois Extension YouTube channel. To allow time for closed captioning, please check the YouTube channel 30 days after the scheduled program.