October 16, 2021

Calendar: Illinois Tree Farm Forestry Field Day

KAMPSVILLE, Ill. — The Illinois Tree Farm Forestry Field Day will be from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. Oct. 2 at the McCully Heritage Project, 592 Crawford Creek Road, Kampsville.

Activities will include:

  • Shiitake mushroom production demonstration, Michelle Berg Vogel.
  • Tree identification walks, Mary Grapperhaus, Illinois Tree Farm System.
  • Woodland plant management: Ginseng, Paul Deizman, State Forester, Illinois DNR.
  • Timber stand improvement/timber management, Jim Adams, McCully Heritage Project..
  • Forest pests and management, Chris Evans, Extension forester, University of Illinois.
  • Portable sawmill demonstrations.
  • Bluebird house building and other activities for kids.
  • Educational displays and organizations.
  • Opportunities to meet with conservation professionals.
  • Self-guided tours of wetland, creek, longer walks along trails (maps provided).

The event is free and lunch will be available for purchase. For more information, contact the McCully Heritage Project at mccullyheritage@gmail.com or 618-653-4687.

Get creative with campfire cooking

MARSHALL, Ill. — The program Get Creative with Campfire Cooking will be from 9 to 10:30 a.m. Oct. 2 at Sassafras Shelter at Lincoln Trail State Park, 16985 E. 1350th Road, Marshall. Perfect your campfire cooking techniques with the experts from Illinois Extension. You will learn basic food safety and cooking tips and recipes to enhance your camping experience.

This free workshop is open to individuals and families of all ages and skill levels.

While you are at the park, be sure to check out the brand new Healthy Trails Project and the scarecrow displays by local 4-H clubs along the Air Strip trail. Register at tinyurl.com/22wrv9cy.

Bulbs featured at Gardeners’ Gathering

ROANOKE, Ill. — The Fall Gardeners’ Gathering will be from 9 a.m. to noon Oct. 2 at the Roanoke United Methodist Church, 401 N. Church St., Roanoke,

Presented programs and topics will include: Spring Flowering Bulbs: Truths and Myths; Bulbs for Bees; Garlic; Camassia; and Garden of Giving.

Woodford master gardeners will give you tips on which bulbs to plant and how to plant them. Each participant will get a bag of bulbs highlighted during the program to take home and plant.

Cost is $25. Register at tinyurl.com/e3vpr2rb.

Living Legends walk at cemetery

ROCK ISLAND, Ill. — The program Living Legends: A Walk Through the Trees of Chippiannock Cemetery will be from 1 to 2 p.m. Oct. 5 at the Chippiannock Cemetery, 2901 12th St., Rock Island,

Chippiannock Cemetery is known as the final resting place of many significant historic figures of the Quad Cities region, but did you know it is also a magnificent arboretum? The cemetery is home to many wonderful and interesting tree species. Join Illinois Extension Horticulture Educator Emily Swihart to explore this sacred place through the lens of the trees that call it home.

Participants will meet near the grave of William Morrison and stroll through the tranquil site, respecting the graves and appreciating the trees. The walk will last one hour but you are welcome to plan a longer visit as there is much to see at the site.

Register at tinyurl.com/shmvhce8. For location information, visit www.chippiannock.com/tours.

Teacher vermiculture training

BOURBONNAIS , Ill. — Are you a teacher interested in worm composting for your classroom, but don’t know where to start? Join Kankakee County Master Gardener Coordinator Holly Froning for a hands-on vermicomposting class and learn all about organic decomposition, soil, and the food web. Each participant will receive materials and a bin for worm storage.

The program will be at 4 p.m. Oct 6 at the Kankakee County Extension office, 1650 Commerce Drive, Bourbonnais. Cost is $5. Register at tinyurl.com/pbwkve8f.

For more information, call 815-933-8337 or email froning@illinois.edu.

Tips for investing

The online program 10 Tips for Investing will be from 6 to 7:30 p.m. Oct. 6, featuring Alan E. Sorcher, assistant director from the Office of Investor Education and Advocacy, U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission.

This presentation occurs during World Investor Week 2021, Oct. 4-10, a global campaign to raise awareness of the importance of investor education and protection.

Register for this free program at forms.illinois.edu/sec/605978518.

Landscaping with native plants

HILLSBORO, Ill. — The program Landscaping with Plants will be from 1 to 2 p.m. Oct. 7 online or at the Montgomery County Extension office, #1 Industrial Park Drive, Hillsboro.

Native plants offer a variety of ecological benefits for birds and insects. Join Andrew Holsinger, University of Illinois Extension horticulture educator, on how to incorporate native plants into your home landscape to add color, texture, and interest.

Regsiter at tinyurl.com/u9af8kxv.

Tree ID walk

CLINTON, Ill. — A tree ID walk hosted by DeWitt and Piatt County master gardeners will be from 2 to 4 p.m. Oct. 8 at Weldon Springs, Lakeview Hill Picnic Area, 4734 Weldon Springs Road, Clinton.

Learn about tree characteristics and improve your tree identification skills. Participants should dress appropriately for light hiking. In the event of severe weather, the session will be canceled.

Register for this free program at tinyurl.com/346kfujy.