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Build knowledge of environment, natural resources with summer series

Up close piece of Foxtail grass in a field.

URBANA, Ill. — Summertime is the perfect time for adventure, exploration, and education on nature-related topics. The Everyday Environment series from University of Illinois Extension explores natural resources and provides steps anyone can take to help improve the environment. Upcoming webinars include:  

July 13 at 1 p.m. | Which Grass is Which? Explore Annual Grasses
While many grasses are perennial and return year after year, other grasses are annual and only live for one year. Many of these annual grasses emerge, grow, and flower in the summer, while others grow in the winter and spring. Learn the basics of grass identification to dive into the identification of grasses in Illinois, including both summer and winter annuals. 

August 10 at 1 p.m. | A Storm is Always Ready, Are You?
Get a head start on National Preparedness Month, held each September, by participating and learning tips for staying safe before, during, and after a storm. Explore generator safety, how to avoid deadly carbon monoxide poisoning, how and when to test smoke alarms, and leave with a checklist to help youth and adults prepare for storms. Presented by Safe Electricity.

September 14 at 1 p.m. | New Tools for Healthy Waterways
The Illinois Nutrient Loss Reduction Strategy is a multi-agency partnership that works to keep our waterways and everything healthy downstream. Explore the three new best practices that have recently been added to the list of recommended practices: water and sediment control basins, saturated buffers, and terraces. Finally, hear how farmers and landowners can apply these to help their bottom line and the environment. 

The live webinars are free, but registration is required. Register at for series sessions. If you need a reasonable accommodation to participate in this program, contact Erin Garrett at Early requests are strongly encouraged to allow sufficient time to meet your access needs. 

Recordings are available after the session on YouTube at

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SOURCE: Erin Garrett, Illinois Extension, Natural Resources, Environment, and Energy educator 

WRITER: Jenna Braasch, Illinois Extension, media communications coordinator 

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Illinois Extension leads public outreach for University of Illinois by translating research into action plans that allow Illinois families, businesses, and community leaders to solve problems, make informed decisions, and adapt to changes and opportunities. Illinois Extension is part of the University of Illinois Urbana-Champaign College of Agricultural, Consumer and Environmental Sciences.