Bumble Bee Identification and Conservation Workshop

The Pizzo Group, in partnership with Bike a Bee, is offering a new Bumble Bee Identification and Conservation Workshop in 2019. The workshop is in Shabbona, IL on Thursday, May 30th from 9AM-3PM, including indoor and outdoor portions. Learn to identify the federally endangered rusty patched bumble bee and other bees native to northern Illinois. In this workshop, you will learn about the habitat needs and behaviors of the rusty patched bumble bee and why it has become an endangered species. Find out why bee surveys are an important part of the conservation effort, how they work, and how you can help.

Fall 2019 Seminars: Creating and Restoring Habitat Where YouLive, Work and Play

Creating and Restoring Habitat Where You Live, Work and Play

Bring the birds and butterflies back – get out and enjoy nature!

Join us for an educational seminar that will cover the hows and whys of habitat creation and restoration. We’ll provide audience members with compelling reasons and processes to create their own habitat where they live, work and play.live-work-play

Seminar Dates
We are holding this complimentary seminar on various dates and locations throughout the Chicago area and SW Michigan. Learn more.

“Green and Natural Spaces: Long-term Management is the Key” in Lexington

Professional Grounds Management Society – Annual Conference – Lexington, KY

On October 17, Jack Pizzo will be presenting Green and Natural Spaces: Long-term Management is the Key at the PGMS Annual Conference in Lexington, KY.

Presentation Summary:
Most people think natural spaces do not require maintenance and once you plant it, you can just walk away. Nothing can be further from the truth. Much like traditional gardens or your home, natural areas also require ongoing maintenance in order for them to perform. Not only do they provide benefits to our ecosystems (pollinators), they can also solve other issues such as drastically reducing soil erosion around retention areas.

Learning Objectives:

  • Your role in the natural spaces and how you can help – at work or at home
  • What are native, non-native, invasive and why it matters to your local ecosystem
  • Understand how planning is an integral part to a good natural area
  • Strategies for an effective management (stewardship) plan
  • Why consistent and ongoing management is key for success

To learn more about PGMS and the annual conference, visit their website.

Natural Areas Restoration for HOA Common Space

Classroom Seminar and Tour: Natural Areas Restoration for HOA Common Space

Thursday, October 4th – 9:00am – 11:00am
Hoffman Estates, IL

Community Association Managers and HOA Board Members will want to sign up for this seminar and tour where they will learn best practices for managing HOA common space and also earn two CAMICB credits for participating. The two hour session includes classroom discussion and a tour of a detention basin. Attendees will learn:

  • Terminology and common challenges for Community Association Managers, HOAs and common spaces
  • The benefits of a good restoration
  • How to ensure a good end product
  • What good and bad restoration looks like

Learn more and sign up for this complimentary session.

Plant Identification Training August 2018

Thursday, August 30th from 9:00 am to 3:30 pm – Lemont, IL

A hands-on lecture plus field training session for anyone interested in learning how to identify native and non-native plants found in the Chicago region, such as landscape contractors, landscape architects, environmental consultants, or interested enthusiasts. This all-day course covers methods for identifying plants found in both wetland and upland habitats, including regional books and websites, how to use a dichotomous key, tips for taking useful photos, and how to use iNaturalist. Participants will learn common terminology for describing leaves and flowers and gain an introduction to the major invasive species, common native plants, and largest plant families in our area. Led by cassi saari, ecologist with ecology + vision and Evan Barker, Quality Control Manager and Prescribed Fire Coordinator for Pizzo & Associates. Learn more

Pizzo 30! A Summer of Educational Events

We are celebrating 30 years as the leading ecological restoration firm in the Midwest. Jack Pizzo started his company in 1988 as a way to do everything he could to help our environment. We’ve come a long way since then and want to share it with you!

Join us this summer as we celebrate with a series of events where we share our knowledge and together we experience what Mother Nature has given us.

We’ve planned bus tours, nature walks, and community association seminars. Join us!

Learn more about our Pizzo 30! events.

Going Native: Backyard Native Landscaping

Saturday, July 14 at 10:00 am – Southwest Michigan

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Learn the many benefits of “going native” at this seminar

Join Chikaming Open Lands to learn the art and science of creating a sustainable native landscape in your own backyard!

Learn the many benefits of “going native” at the beautiful restored prairie on the lakefront property of Peter and Jeanie Van Nice. Participants will be guided by expert environmental consultant, Jack Pizzo, in sourcing varieties of native grasses and wildflowers, creating a landscape plan, and  selecting suitable native ornamental substitutes for some popular non-native (and potentially invasive) flowers and shrubs. The session includes a walking tour of the Van Nice’s prairie.

Learn more and register here