News + Events

Catch the Pizzo Group team at one of many industry events discussing native restoration, ecology, prairies, butterflies, rain gardens and more. We also speak at industry conferences and host private lunch-n-learns for organizations by request. If you are interested in having us present to your group, fill out our speaker request form.

Here’s where we will be in the coming months:


October & November 2018

Two Sessions Left: March 25 – New Buffalo, MI and November 7 – Lake Forest, IL

Fall Seminar: 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.


 

Past Events

October 2018

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.


ILCA’s IMPACT Conference

Tuesday, October 16th at the Chicago Botanic Garden in Glencoe, IL

Visit the Pizzo Native Plant Nursery booth at the 2018 Impact conference. To learn more about the conference, visit their website.


Creating Healthy Landscapes:
Planting for Pollinators

Wednesday, Oct. 17, 2018
8 a.m. – Noon
Danada Forest Preserve in Wheaton, IL

Principal Landscape Architect and Ecologist Andy Stahr from ecology + vision, llc will be presenting: “Adding Wildlife Value to the Landscape”.  To learn more about the conference, visit their website.


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.


August 2018

Plant Identification Training

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


July 2018

Nature Walk at Graceland Cemetery

Thursday, July 19th at 9:00 am – Chicago, IL
Join us at the historic Graceland Cemetery on Chicago’s north side for one of these nature walks. This 2.5 acre prairie is a 2018 Gold award winner for Best Ecological Planting – awarded by the Illinois Landscape Contractor’s Association and is fully integrated into the functional portions of the cemetery. Bring your camera and binoculars, because you’ll see dozens of locally native plant species and any number of rare birds as Graceland has become one of Chicago’s best bird-watching hotspots.


July 2018

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.


Plant Identification Training

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.


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

Plant Identification Training

Thursday, July 12th from 9:00 am to 3:30 pm – 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.

May 2018 

Nature Walk at The Monte Bello Estate

Thursday, May 31st with start times at 10:00 am and 12:00 pm – Lemont, Illinois
Free

Join us for a nature walk at the picturesque Monte Bello Estate in Lemont, IL

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.

March 2018

Chicago Flower & Garden Show
Navy Pier
March 14-18 

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!

Learn more here.

February 2018

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:
https://www.cai-illinois.org/event/2018-il-condo-hoa-conference-expo/

December 2017

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
Where: Online

Learn more or register for this complimentary webinar here.

September 2017

Tri-City Garden Club, Presentation by Jack Pizzo: “Supporting Monarchs and Other Native Pollinators”

When: September 12, 2017; 11:00am-1:00pm
Where: Private event for members. Visit their website for more info on membership.



Chikaming Open Lands Eighth Annual Barn Benefit

When: September 16, 2017; 5:00-7:30pm
Where: Granor Farm – 3840 Warren Woods Road, Three Oaks, MI


October 2017

ACTHA 2017 Naperville Conference

When: October 14, 2017; 7:30am-1:30pm
Where: NIU Naperville Campus
Details: Stop by to talk to members of the Pizzo team at this event for property managers, board members and homeowners associations. Learn how we are helping HOAs manage their natural areas and detention basins.


Habitat Makeover – Improving the bird and butterfly habitat on your project

When: October 17, 2017; 3:10-4:10pm
Where: Impact: Building Sustainable Landscapes Conference at the Chicago Botanic Garden
Who: Andy Stahr, from ecology + vision, a Pizzo Group company.


Pizzo Native Plant Nursery End of Year Offer

When: October 19th – 1 pm to 4 pm & October 20th – 9 am to 3 pm
Where: Pizzo Native Plant Nursery – 10729 Pine Road, Leland IL 60531
Details: Take advantage of the opportunity to bring home some of our native plant inventory. We’re offering these exclusive prices to the public for two days only at our Leland, IL location.


2017 Harbor Country Chamber Annual Meeting & Dinner

When: October 25th

5:00-5:45 PM Cash Bar, Appetizers, & Networking
5:45-6:45  Dinner
6:45-7:30  Business Meeting & Installation of New Officers and Directors

  • Year-In-Review and a Look at What’s Planned for 2018
  • Recognize retiring Officers and Directors
  • Welcome New Officers and Directors of the Chamber Board

November 2017

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
5:00pm-8:00pm

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!

November Chamber Mixer at Journeyman Distillery

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!

Click here to register.


2nd Wednesday Lecture: Before the Flood Film + Panel Discussion

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.

>>Read more or register here


Garden Club Presentation – Bringing Nature to Your Yard

When: November 9, 2017
Where: Bolingbrook Garden Club Meeting – Location TBD
Who: Jack Pizzo, President of The Pizzo Group

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