Everyday Environment

Small changes have positive impacts on the environment.

There is never a shortage of new things to learn about your everyday environment! The Everyday Environment Webinar series features a different environmental topic each month. Do your part to protect the planet for generations to enjoy.

All sessions are free and take place on the second Thursday of the month at 1 p.m. Central Standard Time. If you will need an accommodation in order to participate, please email Erin Garrett, emedvecz@illinois.edu. Early requests are strongly encouraged to allow sufficient time to meet your access needs.

flooded yard

April 13 at 1 PM

Reduce Flooding & Water Pollution with Rain Gardens and Native Plants

Rain gardens and native plants incorporated into home and business landscapes can help to reduce localized flooding, improve local water quality, provide habitat for wildlife, and much more. Learn how to consider natural options to handle rain runoff and walk through the recent renovation of the Red Oak Rain Garden, one of the premier rain gardens in Illinois that helps to inform Illinois Extension's outreach. Presenter: Eliana Brown, Water Quality and Stormwater Specialist


two people paddling kayaks on a small lake

June 8 at 1 PM

Flatwater Kayaking

The slower pace of paddling allows us to see and notice the intricate natural delights of our aquatic ecosystems. The feeling of floating along a peaceful water landscape relaxes our mind. Flatwater kayaking is becoming an increasingly popular means of outdoor recreation. Discover the health benefits of nature kayaking, learn about the dynamics of wetland, stream, and river systems, and gain introductory kayaking tips to help you get started. Presenter: Amy Lefringhouse, Natural Resources, Environment, and Energy Educator


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Sessions are recorded and available on YouTube within a month after the program to allow time for closed captioning.