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February 2019

 

 
February 8- Forest Preserves of Cook County. Law and Order. In some municipal justice systems, tree-based offenses are considered especially heinous.  In the City of Park Ridge, there are dedicated Conservators of the Peace who investigate these violations are members of an elite squad called the Forestry Division.  These are their stories.  In this class, we will discuss the City’s Tree Preservation Ordinance through actual examples of cases starting at the infraction, to citation, through prosecution and discover the reasons why these specific codes are in place and how they relate to tree health. Class will be submitted to ISA for 2 potential CEUs. Instructors: Joe Hansen, Urban Forester, City of Park Ridge. River Trail Nature Center 12:00pm-2:00pm. Email Lindsay Ivanyi to register (lindsay.ivanyi@cookcountyil.gov)
 
February 14- Forest Preserves of Cook County. Law and Order. In some municipal justice systems, tree-based offenses are considered especially heinous.  In the City of Park Ridge, there are dedicated Conservators of the Peace who investigate these violations. They are members of an elite squad called the Forestry Division.  These are their stories.  In this class, we will discuss the City’s Tree Preservation Ordinance through actual examples of cases starting at the infraction, to citation, through prosecution and discover the reasons why these specific codes are in place and how they relate to tree health. Class will be submitted to ISA for 2 potential CEUs. Instructors: Joe Hansen, Urban Forester, City of Park Ridge. Trailside Museum 12:00pm-2:00pm. Email Lindsay Ivanyi to register (lindsay.ivanyi@cookcountyil.gov)
 
February 20- Forest Preserves of Cook County. Law and Order. In some municipal justice systems, tree-based offenses are considered especially heinous.  In the City of Park Ridge, there are dedicated Conservators of the Peace who investigate these violations are members of an elite squad called the Forestry Division.  These are their stories.  In this class, we will discuss the City’s Tree Preservation Ordinance through actual examples of cases starting at the infraction, to citation, through prosecution and discover the reasons why these specific codes are in place and how they relate to tree health. Class will be submitted to ISA for 2 potential CEUs. Instructors: Joe Hansen, Urban Forester, City of Park Ridge. Sagawau Environmental Learning Center 12:00pm-2:00pm. Email Lindsay Ivanyi to register (lindsay.ivanyi@cookcountyil.gov)
 
Feburuary 21- Chicago Gateway Green's Winter Green. Join Chicago’s hardest-working group of young professionals, the Associate Board of Chicago Gateway Green, for an evening atop the dana hotel and spa at Apogee Lounge. Learn about the work Chicago Gateway Green does to continue to create and improve green spaces throughout Chicago and along its many expressways and get a sneak peak at our other upcoming amazing events – Gaming for Green and Green Tie Ball – while you enjoy beer, wine, cocktails, delicious passed appetizers, and sweeping city views. Register Here. 
 
February 26- CRTI's Transportation and Trees (TNT) Workshop. This annual workshop covers forestry issues of cocern along roadways. This year's workshop will cover the science behind the Tollway's 58,000 tree planting project, chlorides, high risk pathways for exotic species, and tree valuation methods for removal and replacement. Lunch and CEUs will be provided. Register here.
 
February 27- CRTI's Community Tree Network. Topic: Working with Volunteers. 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. at the Ladd Arboretum in Evanston. Registration will be open soon.
 
February 28- Nursery Roundtable. Growers and Tree Nurseries from Northern Illinois are invited to continue our dialogue on implementing the new CRTI Master Plan, with a focus on the vital role of nurseries. Registration will be open soon. Kankakee Nursery, 9 a.m to 1 p.m.
 
February 28- Illinois Landscape Contractors Association's Foremanship Seminar (Spanish). This workshop offers complete foremanship training. The class is taught by an instructor with decades of experience working with the landscape industry. Foremen have to walk the fine line in working side by side with employees while having to direct, motivate and critique them at the same time. In this dynamic seminar, foremen learn how to more effectively handle tight deadlines, tight margins and increase customer satisfaction. How the customer perceives the foreman’s crew is fundamental to the success of a contractor’s business! Fox Run Golf Links (333 Plum Grove Road, Elk Grove Village, IL 60007). Register Here.
 
 
 
 

Partner event: Ongoing. Openlands hosts events every month of the year for people who want to learn more about trees and our connection to them. Join us for Tree Walks, Tree Plantings, and Tree Care events throughout the region. For more information contact trees@openlands.org

 

 

March 2019

 

March 1Illinois Landscape Contractors Association's Foremanship Seminar (English). This workshop offers complete foremanship training. The class is taught by an instructor with decades of experience working with the landscape industry. Foremen have to walk the fine line in working side by side with employees while having to direct, motivate and critique them at the same time. In this dynamic seminar, foremen learn how to more effectively handle tight deadlines, tight margins and increase customer satisfaction. How the customer perceives the foreman’s crew is fundamental to the success of a contractor’s business! Fox Run Golf Links (333 Plum Grove Road, Elk Grove Village, IL 60007). Register Here.

 

March 14-15- Illinois Landscape Contractors Association's Field Staff Skills Training. A 2-day seminar for English and Spanish-speaking field staff, foremen, supervisors, and grounds managers. The seminar covers skills that everyone needs to know.  Make sure your employees are prepared for the busy landscape season and have them attend Field Staff Skills Training! Register Here.

 

March 19- University of Illinois Extension – Cook County. Webinar: Pruning Deciduous Shrubs. Good pruning habits will enhance spring bloom show of any flowering shrub in the home landscape. Proper pruning techniques will also provide health benefits to the shrub. When properly pruned, insect and disease problems will lessen, all while retaining a natural look. Join Richard Hentschel, Horticulture Educator, to learn about the three most common ways to prune flowering and non-flowering deciduous shrubs in your yard. 1:30 pm. Register by March 12, 2019. Please register here for the webinars.

 

March 24- April 18. Openlands TreeKeepers Spring Course. TreeKeepers learn how to help keep trees green and growing, volunteering in a variety of situations from street tree care and tree planting to woodland stewardship and advocacy. The TreeKeepers Program is an eight day course with classroom and field components. Lessons are taught by nationally-renowned experts. Some of the topics covered include tree biology, soils, tree identification, runing, tree selection, planting and mulching, and pests and diseases. The certification course costs $128 (limited scholarships available). Included in the tuition are a TreeKeepers Program Manual, safety glasses, and upon graduation, a TreeKeepers certificate, badge, and a t-shirt. Little Red Schoolhouse Nature Center, Willow Springs. For more information, please contact treekeepers@openlands.org or visit www.openlands.org/treekeepers.

 

March 26- Forest Preserves of Cook County. Amphibian Conservation and Monitoring in Vernal Pools at the Forest Preserves. This class will delve into amphibian biology, current conservation issues and methods for monitoring amphibians at ephemeral ponds. We will discuss: amphibian niches and needs, aquatic vegetation in wooded wetlands, and touch on techniques for restoring and managing vernal pools.  Depending on the weather and recent rainfall, we will also be outside at each forested class location to investigate any spring pool occupants and their unique window of life and adaptability.  Come dressed for a field survey. Class will be submitted to ISA for 2 potential CEUs. Instructor: George Klut, Naturalist I, Forest Preserves of Cook County. Crabtree Nature Center 12:00pm-2:00pm. Email Lindsay Ivanyi to register (lindsay.ivanyi@cookcountyil.gov)
 
 
March 27- Forest Preserves of Cook County. Amphibian Conservation and Monitoring in Vernal Pools at the Forest Preserves. This class will delve into amphibian biology, current conservation issues and methods for monitoring amphibians at ephemeral ponds. We will discuss: amphibian niches and needs, aquatic vegetation in wooded wetlands, and touch on techniques for restoring and managing vernal pools.  Depending on the weather and recent rainfall, we will also be outside at each forested class location to investigate any spring pool occupants and their unique window of life and adaptability.  Come dressed for a field survey. Class will be submitted to ISA for 2 potential CEUs. Instructor: George Klut, Naturalist I, Forest Preserves of Cook County. Little Red Schoolhouse 12:00pm-2:00pm. Email Lindsay Ivanyi to register (lindsay.ivanyi@cookcountyil.gov)
 
 
March 29- Forest Preserves of Cook County. Amphibian Conservation and Monitoring in Vernal Pools at the Forest Preserves. This class will delve into amphibian biology, current conservation issues and methods for monitoring amphibians at ephemeral ponds. We will discuss: amphibian niches and needs, aquatic vegetation in wooded wetlands, and touch on techniques for restoring and managing vernal pools.  Depending on the weather and recent rainfall, we will also be outside at each forested class location to investigate any spring pool occupants and their unique window of life and adaptability.  Come dressed for a field survey. Class will be submitted to ISA for 2 potential CEUs. Instructor: George Klut, Naturalist I, Forest Preserves of Cook County. Sand Ridge Nature Center 12:00pm-2:00pm. Email Lindsay Ivanyi to register (lindsay.ivanyi@cookcountyil.gov)
 

Partner event: Ongoing. Openlands hosts events every month of the year for people who want to learn more about trees and our connection to them. Join us for Tree Walks, Tree Plantings, and Tree Care events throughout the region. For more information contact trees@openlands.org

 

 

April 2019

 

April 9-10. Spring 2019 CRTI Urban Forestry Basic Training will be on April 9 from 8:30 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. and an optional second day focused on chainsaw basics on April 10 from 8:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. at Round Lake Public Works (751 W. Townline Road, Round Lake, IL 60073). Registration will open in late winter. Sample program here.

 

April 26- Happy Arbor Day!

 

Partner event: Ongoing. Openlands hosts events every month of the year for people who want to learn more about trees and our connection to them. Join us for Tree Walks, Tree Plantings, and Tree Care events throughout the region. For more information contact trees@openlands.org

 

 

May 2019

 

May 11 and 18- Illinois Arborist Association's ADVANCED TRAINING: Tree Diseases Workshop. Pest Diagnosis & Management Domain. 8:00am - 2:00pm at The Mulch Center, 21457 Milwaukee Avenue, Deerfield, IL 60015. Register here.
 

 

Partner event: Ongoing. Openlands hosts events every month of the year for people who want to learn more about trees and our connection to them. Join us for Tree Walks, Tree Plantings, and Tree Care events throughout the region. For more information contact trees@openlands.org

 

June 2019

 

June 8 and 15- Illinois Arborist Association's ADVANCED TRAINING: Tree Diseases Workshop. Pest Diagnosis & Management Domain. 8:00am - 2:00pm at The Mulch Center, 21457 Milwaukee Avenue, Deerfield, IL 60015. Register here.

 

Partner event: Ongoing. Openlands hosts events every month of the year for people who want to learn more about trees and our connection to them. Join us for Tree Walks, Tree Plantings, and Tree Care events throughout the region. For more information contact trees@openlands.org

 

July 2019

 

July 18- Chicago Gateway Green's “Gaming for Green®“, an annual Texas Hold “Em poker tournament and casino night benefiting Chicago Gateway Green®. Grand Prize is a seat at the World Series of Poker. All event guests  will enjoy live music, and a variety of charitable gaming including, roulette, craps, and blackjack, along with a fabulous raffle and poker prizes. Fine food & cocktails will also be offered including Galleria Marchetti’s famous Italian specialties and complementary beverages with ticket purchase. Once again, by popular demand we are firing up the grills on the patio! Enjoy BBQ favorites and fresh grilled seafood from your favorite Chicago restaurants! Register Here.

 

Partner event: Ongoing. Openlands hosts events every month of the year for people who want to learn more about trees and our connection to them. Join us for Tree Walks, Tree Plantings, and Tree Care events throughout the region. For more information contact trees@openlands.org

 

 

August 2019

 

August 1- Illinois Landscape Contractors Association's Summer Field Day. Goodmark Nurseries in Wonder Lake

 

Partner event: Ongoing. Openlands hosts events every month of the year for people who want to learn more about trees and our connection to them. Join us for Tree Walks, Tree Plantings, and Tree Care events throughout the region. For more information contact trees@openlands.org

 

September 2019

 

September 16–20- TREE Fund's Tour de Trees. Join us for five days of cycling 450 miles through the beautiful rolling terrain of northern Tennessee and western Kentucky, starting and ending in Nashville. Get details, and register to ride or participate virtually here

 

TBD- Chicago Gateway Green's Green Tie Ball. Date, details, and registration to come.

 

Partner event: Ongoing. Openlands hosts events every month of the year for people who want to learn more about trees and our connection to them. Join us for Tree Walks, Tree Plantings, and Tree Care events throughout the region. For more information contact trees@openlands.org

 

OAKtober 2019

 

 

Partner event: Ongoing. Openlands hosts events every month of the year for people who want to learn more about trees and our connection to them. Join us for Tree Walks, Tree Plantings, and Tree Care events throughout the region. For more information contact trees@openlands.org

 

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