Extension Webinars Offered May 11 to May 22

Extension webinars offered May 11 to May 22
University of Illinois Extension helps individuals, families, farmers, businesses, and communities solve local problems to improve lives of Illinois residents. Check out this expanded list of online webinars and trainings. These are offered by Illinois Extension professionals unless otherwise noted. Click on the title to access more information and registration links. 





Food Nutrition

  • May 14, 7 PM:  Yes! You Can: Preserving Practice Jams & Jellies Webinar
    Get ready for summer produce by learning how to preserve food safely with University of Illinois Extension. Learn the latest scientific methods for preserving food safely.
  • May 20, 1 PM: Cooking for One
    Set the table and light a candle for yourself! Single-person households are on the rise and forecast to grow over the next 15 years! Cooking for one can be creative and rewarding with or without leftovers. Indulge, choose what you like to cook, and get the good smells going in your kitchen! 

Family Health and Safety

  • May 13, 1 PM: Diabetes: Practicing Self-Car During Difficult Times
    Managing stress during difficult times is challenging for everyone; however, if you or a loved one has diabetes, it is even more important to be intentional about managing stress. Making healthy food choices, getting adequate physical activity, and understanding how stress affects diabetes are all steps you can take to get through those difficult times. 
  • May 14, 2 PM: Fit Wits: Discover Brain Health
    Learn how the brain works and lifestyle factors that may increase the chance of cognitive decline.
  • May 21, 2 PM: Head Strong: Discover Brain Health
    Learn practical ways to keep your brain healthy and engaged.

Local Food and Small Farms

  • May 19, 10 AM: Raising Rabbits: Online Webinar
    Rabbits bring joy and can provide great environmental benefits when kept away from vegetables and backyard flower gardens. Learn how to care for rabbits and what it takes to maintain a healthy home for them. 

Commercial Agriculture

  • May 13, 3 PM: Commercial Ag Webinar: Early Season Insects
    Don't let pests get an early start on your freshly-planted fields. In this first webinar of the Commercial Ag Webinar series, Dr. Nick Seiter, University of Illinois assistant crop sciences professor, will discuss some of the early season insect pests to be on the watch for in corn and soybean production fields throughout Illinois.

Gardens and Lawns

  • May 12, 1:30 PM: New Perennial Garden Theory
    Would you like to install a garden of perennials and bulbs that could actually become sustainable? Roy Diblik, perennial plant expert and author of The Know Maintenance Perennial Garden, has a fresh perspective on perennial gardening by outlining specifics on bed preparation, plant selection, garden designs, watering, and weed maintenance that allow the clients to have an easy to care for garden by year three.  
  • May 13, 10:30 AM: Growing Horticulture: Colorful Vegetables
    Join Bruce Black to discuss plant characteristics that cause changes in popular and new cultivars of unique vegetables.
  • May 13, 3 PM: Good Bugs in the Garden: Good Growing Online Webinar
    Not all insects we find in our gardens are pests. In fact, most insects aren’t pests at all. Ken Johnson will explore the most common beneficial insects and ways to attract them to your garden.
  • May 19, 1:30 PM: Creating a Pollinator Garden for Small Spaces
    Proper plant selection can give gardeners a beautiful and fruitful space that can play an important role in creating habitat for pollinators. Jennifer Fishburn, Illinois Extension Horticulture Educator, will discuss pollinator plant options for small spaces.
  • May 20, 3 PM: Landscape Safety: Good Growing Online Webinar
    There can be hazards to working  in the yard and garden. Landscape work can involve dangerous and loud equipment, pesticides, and contact with plants and animals that may be harmful. Chris Enroth will provide safety tips everyone can use when working the yard, including hearing, eye, and sun protection; best practices for operating equipment; and using pesticides safely.
  • May 21, 1 PM: What’s in My Backyard: Tree Identification 
    What's In My Backyard? is a three-part series for Master Gardeners and Master Naturalists to help answer the perennial question we receive from the public: "What is this thing?" Get practical tips on how to identify trees.

Energy and Environment

  • May 11, 1 PM: Invasive Species Research Update: Online Symposium 
    Invasive species research is a critical component of invasive species management. Research can provide a better understanding of the ecology and impacts of invasive species and can help determine the best control methods. This presentation will give updates on recent research conducted by the University of Illinois Extension Forestry Program, with assistance from the River to River Cooperative Weed Management Area
  • May 12, 1 PM: Aquatic Invaders: Online Symposium
    Aquatic invasive species are economically and ecologically detrimental to the Laurentian Great Lakes. Once populations establish, they are often difficult, expensive, or impossible to remove. We use outreach and educational materials targeted to specific audiences to prevent new introductions of aquatic species and the spread of known aquatic invaders. This presentation will discuss some known aquatic invasive species and how we apply outreach to address those issues. 
  • May 13, 1 PM: Prairie Invaders: Online Symposium
    Because prairies need disturbance to remain healthy ecosystems, certain invasive plants that are able to withstand and thrive after disturbance have an upper hand in taking over a prairie.This adaptation to a disturbance, however, also makes these invasives challenging to eradicate.This talk will cover prairie ecology, which plants are suited to invade prairies and why, and current best management practices for managing prairie invaders.
  • May 14, 10 AM: Amazing Honey Bee: Online Webinar
    The current buzz everywhere is the plight of the honey bee, but what does it mean to us? The steady decline of honey bee populations means a lot to different people: for most of us, less honey; for specialty crop growers, less pollination leading to lower food production; for biologists, reduced diversity of plant types.
  • May 14, 1 PM: Unwanted Invasive Insects: Online Symposium
    Invasive insects impact everyone living in Illinois. They are a continual threat to Illinois’ agriculture, forestry, horticulture, and natural resources. While several are on our radar, including the Asian Longhorned Beetle and Goldspotted Oak Borer, the Spotted Lanternfly continues to top our list. This invasive leafhopper is continuing to spread in several eastern states. The threat of its spread is real. Learn more about its potential impact on Illinois as well as what we are doing to prepare for it.
  • May 14, 1 PM: Managing Waste in the Home
    Have you ever thought about how much trash your household generates? Learn about the management of municipal solid waste in the US, materials that can be recycled or composted, locating recycling and composting facilities near you, and strategies for decreasing household waste. Small changes in habits can have a positive impact on the environment From lawn care, native plants, and managing home waste, to understanding animal behavior and atmospheric optics, there is never a shortage of new things to learn about your everyday environment.
  • May 15, 1 PM: Vermicomposting 101: Online Webinar
    Vermicompost is the nutrient rich by-product of worm digestion and is a super food for our soils. University of Illinois Extension Horticulture Educator Austin Little will demonstrate how to build a vermicompost box at home.
  • May 15, 1 PM: Forest Invaders: Online Symposium 
    Illinois forests are unique plant communities of towering trees as well as tiny, spring wildflowers. Invasive plants threaten native plant diversity in forest communities across Illinois by outcompeting our natives for water, light, and other resources. This presentation will focus on the identification and control of non-native forest invaders so you can help keep plant diversity up in your neck of the woods.
  • May 20, 10 AM: Illinois’ Rarest Trees: Webinar
    Illinois is home to over 180 native species of trees and shrubs. While many are very common, Illinois has some very rare species. The webinar will cover some of the rarest tree species found in Illinois and discuss why they are rare and what is being done to manage them. This webinar is free and open to the public.
  • May 21, 1 PM: Illinois Nutrient Loss Reduction Strategy Biennial Report
    How is water quality in Illinois? The Illinois Nutrient Loss Reduction Strategy guides the state's efforts to improve water quality at home and downstream by reducing nitrogen and phosphorus levels in our lakes, streams, and rivers. The strategy lays out a comprehensive suite of best management practices for reducing nutrient loads from wastewater treatment plants and urban and agricultural runoff. Learn how the strategy has progressed. 

Local Government

  • May 13, 11:30 AM: Developing Broadband Leadership 4-Part Webinar Series
    Internet has never been more important in facilitating daily activities. Households with quality broadband connections can work, learn, heal, shop, and interact to an extent not thought previously possible. The unconnected – generally older, poorer, rural, and people of color – add connectivity to their list of challenges while educators, employers, healthcare professionals, retailers, and family members struggle to maintain connections.  
  • May 20, 11:30 AM: Developing Broadband Leadership Webinar Series - Part 2 Broadband Development Process
    The four-part Developing Broadband Leadership webinar series is designed to show how communities are addressing short-term broadband connectivity issues while moving forward with longer-term solutions.