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.


Shade Gardens: Native Plants & Ecological Benefits

May 13, 2021 at 1:00 p.m. Central Daylight Time

You may have heard about the benefits of planting native plants in your home landscape -- but what about in that shady spot in your yard? Are there native plants well suited to a shade garden? Join us to learn the ecological benefits of planting natives species underneath trees and to explore your options when it comes to choosing shade tolerant native plants. Learn what steps to take to replace your existing vegetation with natives that are both aesthetically appealing and help support wildlife food webs. Presenter: Erin Garrett


Protect Water Quality from the Comfort of Your Home

June 10, 2021 at 1:00 p.m. Central Daylight Time

The Illinois Nutrient Loss Reduction Strategy is a state-wide effort to improve water quality in Illinois Rivers and the Gulf of Mexico. But what can one person or one family do at their own home to help? This webinar provides background information and empowers participants with techniques and resources to keep nutrients in their yard. Topics include rain gardens, leaf management, and lawn care. Presenters: C. Eliana Brown, Kate Gardiner, and Layne Knoche.


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.