The following activities are events that expand the volunteer base in east central Illinois while having a sizable impact on the spread of invasive plant species on public lands.
Farmer's Market Information Booths (May 4 and July 6, 2019)
Urbana's Market on the Square: 7am-noon
Barnhart Prairie Invasive Control Workday & HIPP meeting (June 11)
Join HIPP and the Champaign Co. Soil & Water Conservation District at the Barnhart Prairie and Bluestem Hall at 1401 E Old Church Road, Urbana, Illinois 61802 for a business meeting and invasive removal workday. The HIPP meeting will run from 9-10:30am. Following the meeting is the workday to control invasive mulberry saplings in the prairie from 10:40am-12:40pm. Tools, gloves, and water will be provided on site. Long pants and closed toed shoes are recommended. Feel free to show up at any time for the workday, the group should be visible from the parking lot.
HIPP Private Lands Workdays (Fall 2019 Dates TBA)
HIPP has started holding workdays for invasive control on private properties. Any native area under 10 acres will be eligible, sign ups are open now! Contact HIPP if you would like to be considered to host a workday.53
Annual Illinois Invasive Species Symposium (May 23, 2019)
This event will showcase a variety of "unwanted" invasives - plant and animal and is sponsored by the University of Illinois. 9:30am-4:00pm
Great Garlic Mustard Hunt (April-May)
This is a campaign to educate the public on garlic mustard through flyers, information booths, lawn signs, and door-hangers. Hunts are scheduled at sites in east central Illinois with participation from trained volunteers, students, and the general public.
Joint Prescribed Burns (Spring and Fall)
Prescribed burns are led by certified individuals with participation from natural resource management groups and volunteers.
Regular Workdays on Public Lands
Site stewards and resource managers lead weekly workdays to target invasives at optimum times during the year. Check the HIPP calendar for details.
Annual Pesticide Training & Certification (Feb 9, 2019)
Training on identification of key invasives plants and the application of herbicides. This training will satisfy the requirements of Illinois Pesticide Act Section 250.22 - Special Application of Herbicide to Control Invasive Plants on Public Land. Includes panel discussion with Volunteer Stewards - Why and How to Become One and second presentation "What Follows Invasive Removal - Native Trees & Shrubs".
Stop the Spread - Downtown Champaign (Month of May, 2018)
An artistic installation in downtown Champaign, at Main St and Neil St, that demonstrates during invasive species month how invasive plants can spread if unattended. Brochures available to the public.