Plant Identification Training
Thursday, July 12th from 9:00 am to 3:30 pm – Leland, IL
Wednesday, July 18th from 9:00 am to 3:30 pm – Shabbona and Leland, 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.
Nature Walk at The Monte Bello Estate
Thursday, May 31st with start times at 10:00 am and 12:00 pm – Lemont, Illinois
Come explore a newly re-discovered woodland remnant with us in Lemont, IL at The Monte Bello Estate. This amazing wedding venue includes slightly degraded remnant savanna and woodland. These kinds of remnants are very rare in Illinois (for example, less than 0.07% of prairies in the state are considered high quality remnants) but this one is a special find.
On the walk, you’ll see nearly 200 native species and perhaps even a rare bird in a picturesque setting. The walk will be led by Evan Barker, one of our native plant experts. This is a great opportunity to learn more about restoration and what The Pizzo Group can do for you. Light refreshments will be available.
Space is limited. Register here.
The Pizzo Group Spring Seminar Series:
Six Essential Steps for Planning for Your Next Ecological Restoration Project
Who Should Attend
The Spring Seminar Series is ideal for all landowners and land managers including HOA Board members, property managers, municipal planners and engineers, private homeowners, landscape architects, and other professionals involved in planning or the management of green and natural spaces.
What You’ll Learn
Whether you are looking to create or manage sustainable landscapes, learn restoration best management practices, manage erosion issues within an HOA, install a native buffer around a community pond, or learn about prescribed fire and other management techniques, the Spring Seminar Series presents a variety of topics aimed to educate and inform.
Chicago Flower & Garden Show
We’ll be exhibiting at the 2018 Chicago Flower & Garden Show at Navy Pier. Stop by to learn all about native plants, native landscaping, butterfly gardens, rain gardens and more!
2018 IL Condo-HOA Conference & Expo
Donald E. Stephens Convention Center February 23-24 – Booth #224
Stop by The Pizzo Group booth at the IL Condo-HOA Conference & Expo to learn how you can reduce soil erosion around retention ponds, increase the beauty of your neighborhood, reduce the Canada Geese population, increase water quality and lower maintenance costs.
Learn more about the conference here:
Join us for our Complimentary Webinar: Native Landscapes and Ecological Restoration 101 for HOAs and Property Managers
When: December 7th, 12:00 PM Central Time
When: November 7, 2017
Where: The Grainery at Journeyman Distillery, 109 Generations Dr, Three Oaks
5:30 pm to 7:30 pm
Check out Journeyman Distillery’s newest event space — The Grainery — and hear about their upcoming events.
Network with Chamber members , enjoy OCG punch, a cash bar, light appetizers and catch up on Chamber activities. Special members-only offer for an event booking!
When: November 8, 2017, 5:30 pm to 8 pm
Where: Garfield Park Conservatory, 300 N Central Park Ave, Chicago, IL 60624 United States
Who: Jack Pizzo, MS, PLA, ASLA, ICN: Jack is the founding partner of The Pizzo Group and serves as the President, Senior Ecologist, Landscape Architect, and Nurseryman.
Join Us for ILCA’s 58th Annual Party and Member Meeting
When: Thursday, November 2, 2017
Where: Two Brothers Roundhouse
205 N. Broadway, Aurora, IL 60505
Over 300 people attended the 2016 Annual Party including the Board of Directors, Past-Presidents, company owners/senior managers, new members, and ILCA luminaries. It is a great evening of networking, recognizing achievements, food, and BEER!