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.

Soil, Climate, and Carbon 

September 9, 2021 | 1 PM

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.

Planning for Pollinators this Fall

October 14 | 1 PM Caring for pollinators doesn't stop in the fall. After taking steps this spring and summer to promote pollinators in your yard and garden, learn what actions you can take this fall to continue supporting pollinating insects. Join Extension educator Erin Garrett to learn about pollinator friendly garden cleanup, fall planting of bareroot plants, and winter planting of native seeds. We’ll also cover what fall-blooming plants to add to your garden to provide food and habitat for pollinators after the spring and summer seasons. Register online.

Keeping Feral Swine Out of Illinois

November 11 | 1 PM 
Feral swine, also known as Eurasian boar or feral hogs, are not native to North America. Peggy Doty, on behalf of the USDA Wildlife Service, will discuss why we do not want these invasive animals to become established in Illinois. Learn why feral swine are threats to our ecosystem and what to do if these animals show up on your property. Register online.

Winter Precipitation

December 9 | 1 PM
Winter brings snow, sleet, freezing rain, and the dreaded polar vortex. Extension educator Duane Friend will discuss the causes and differences between snow, sleet, and freezing rain, as well as other winter phenomenon, including Alberta Clippers, Pacific air, and the polar vortex. We'll review trends in winter weather for the last 50 years and what we expected for the future, including winter weather preparedness. Register online.

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.