Join us for monthly sessions on environmental topics presented by University of Illinois Extension's Energy & Environmental Stewardship Team! These webinars will both provide new information on natural resources and help you learn how to make small changes in your lifestyle to have a positive impact on the environment. From lawn care, native plants, and managing home waste to understanding coyote behavior and atmospheric optics, there is never a shortage of new things to learn about your everyday environment.

The schedule of webinars is below and registration is free! Please register for each individual webinar you are interested in attending at their respective registration link.

Solar Energy for the Home

August 13, 2020 at 1:00 p.m. Central Daylight Time

Is solar energy right for you? As renewable energy production is increasing in popularity, opportunities to incorporate solar panels on your home have become more available and affordable. In this webinar, University of Illinois Extension Energy & Environmental Stewardship Educator Erin Garrett will cover the basics of solar energy, what options are available for homeowners, and what points to consider when considering if your home is suitable for solar panels. Presenter: Erin Garrett

Watershed Planning: Helping Communities Meet Their Water Resource Goals

September 10, 2020 at 1:00 p.m. Central Daylight Time

Join University of Illinois Watershed Outreach Associates Haley Haverback-Gruber and Jennifer Jones to learn how watershed-based planning is a collaborative, stakeholder supported approach to improving and protecting water resources. Learn how Illinois conservation professionals are working with local stakeholders to preserve our natural resources. Presenters: Jennifer Jones and Haley Haverback-Gruber

Composting Do's and Don'ts

October 8, 2020 at 1:00 p.m. Central Daylight Time

Composting does not have to be rocket science, but folloiwng some basic rules will help make your compost the best it can be. Join Duane Friend for a discussion of the composting process, what works in compost and what should be left out, and basic management of air, moisture, and temperature. Presenter: Duane Friend

Vermi-composting: Turning Leftovers into Soil

November 12, 2020 at 1:00 p.m. Central Daylight Time

When we are asked to describe an ocean, forest, desert, or even our backyard we can give a pretty clear description about what one might find there. When asked what is under the ground, we tend to be unsure and it becomes clear how little we know about what is below our own backyards. Worms come to mind but what purpose do they have and how can we harness what they do best? We can vermi-compost at home. Join Peggy Doty for one of her favorite topics, and personal activities, she utilizes at home and at work. Vermi-composting is one of the easiest ways to compost at home. It is odorless, easy, and makes winter composting so much more fun! Presenter: Peggy Doty

All About Squirrels

December 10, 2020 at 1:00 p.m. Central Daylight Time

This webinar focuses on the ever present urban gymnasts that live up in the trees. Squirrels are a staple on many college campuses, backyards, and of course our forests, but how much do we really know about these mischievous rodents? Join Abigail Garofalo as she delves into the ecology and life of squirrels so that we can understand these amazing creatures. Presenter: Abigail Garofalo

If you need a reasonable accommodation to participate in any of these programs, please contact the presenter at the link provided. Early requests are strongly encouraged to allow sufficient time for meeting your access needs.

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.