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Make time to be inspired by nature's lessons

Backyard landscape filled with green grass, plants, flowers, and a tree.

URBANA, Ill. — Spending time in nature allows people to take in the world around them. In today's busy world, learning how to hit pause to take lessons from nature and explore the benefits of outdoor activities is vital. University of Illinois Extension has two webinars to show you how.

The Everyday Environment series explores natural resources topics and provides steps anyone can take to help improve the environment.

  • May 11 at 1 p.m. | Lessons from nature in your home landscape
    When managing a yard or landscape, there are many things to remember, including the best times to plant and fertilize, where best to place plants, and managing a landscape. However, these things, assisted by a few simple ecological concepts, can help with design considerations and make a landscape an oasis for nature and the envy of neighbors. The webinar teaches basic ecological concepts and how best to apply them to landscaping decisions. An understanding of the concepts may even reduce landscape maintenance needs.
  • June 8 at 1 p.m. | Flatwater kayaking
    The slower pace of paddling allows kayakers to see and notice the intricate natural delights of our aquatic ecosystems. The feeling of floating along a peaceful water landscape also relaxes our minds. Flatwater kayaking is becoming an increasingly popular means of outdoor recreation. Attendees will discover the health benefits of nature kayaking, gain an understanding of the dynamics of wetlands, streams, and river systems, and learn essential kayaking tips in getting started.

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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SOURCEErin Garrett, Illinois Extension, Natural Resources, Environment, and Energy educator

WRITERJenna 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.