The Everyday Environment Webinar Series is offered by University of Illinois Extension's Energy & Environmental Stewardship Team, and focuses on a different environmental topic each month. 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. 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. Webinars are held on the second Thursday of the month at 1:00 p.m. Central Daylight Time.


Identification and Control of Woody Invasive Plants

July 8, 2021 at 1:00 p.m. Central Daylight Time

Invasive shrubs, trees, and vines are a serious threat to native plants and natural areas in Illinois. Species such as Amur honeysuckle and common buckthorn can grow so dense that they nearly block all of the light to the forest floor. Vines, like Oriental bittersweet can wrap around trees so tightly that it girdles them. But all is not lost, as management techniques exist that can aid in the safe and effective control of these species. Join us to learn how to identify the common woody invasive plants in Illinois and what you can do to control them. Presenter: Chris Evans


Edge of Field Practices: Water Quality Solutions for Farmers and Landowners 

August 12, 2021 at 1:00 p.m. Central Daylight Time

More tile drainage is installed in Illinois and the Midwest every year in agricultural fields. Tile drainage is an essential practice that allows farmers to get in the field earlier, but it can also cause water quality issues. Join Extension Watershed Outreach Associates as they explore four edge of field conservation practices farmers and landowners can adopt to reduce nitrogen loss through tile drains and improve water quality. They will discuss drainage water management, bioreactors, saturated buffers, and constructed wetlands. Presenters: Rachel Curry and Jennifer Jones


Soil, Climate, and Carbon 

September 9, 2021 at 1:00 p.m. Central Daylight Time

Carbon storage is a hot topic these days. Some soils contain huge amounts of carbon, mostly in the form of organic matter. Soils also have the ability to store additional amounts of carbon quickly, but can just as easily lose it. Join us to learn about why Midwest soils contain large amounts of organic matter, changes that have occurred over the last 150 years, and ways that carbon, in the form of organic matter, can be increased in these soils. Presenter: Duane Friend


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.