Mar 10

March 10, 2017: Grow Native! Workshop in Edwardsville, IL

7:30am - 12:30pm

Native by Design: Purposeful Landscapes for Monarchs and Pollinators for your Yard or Land

Friday, March 10, 2017 — A Southwest Illinois Grow Native! Event

Registration is now closed for this event. Please check our events page for upcoming events!

This native landscaping workshop at the Nelson Center at Lewis and Clark Community College in Edwardsville, IL will provide information to home gardeners; landowners; landscape, landcare, and wildlife professionals; stormwater engineers; and other related professionals about how to use native plants to sustain monarchs and pollinators, songbirds, and other important wildlife. The workshop will be held Friday, March 10 from 7:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. A breakfast buffet will be provided, and exhibitors will display information as well.

CEUs available for Landscape Architects and Illinois Master Gardeners and Master Naturalists.


Special Presenting Sponsors:

Platinum Sponsor

Contributing Sponsor

Who should attend?: Home gardeners and other landscape enthusiasts, wildlife habitat professionals, landscape contractors, land care professionals, growers, garden centers, forest managers, arborists, landscape architects and designers, engineers, sustainability managers, green building professionals, Master Naturalists, and Master Gardeners.

What you will learn: 

  • best natives to plant to help sustain monarch butterfly populations
  • how to enroll in Illinois Department of Natural Resources private lands programs to help you create wildlife habitat
  • about native pollinator diversity and how to create your own backyard pollinator haven
  • about a demonstration project in Granite City, IL to transform a vacant lot into a pollinator paradise


Agenda: Friday, March 10, 2017
7:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m.

7:30 a.m. Registration, Breakfast, Visit Exhibitors. The breakfast menu includes orange juice and coffee, assorted breakfast breads, sausage strata, yogurt, and fresh fruit salad.

8:15 a.m. Welcome and Introductions

8:30–9:30 a.m. Keynote: Chip Taylor – “Monarchs and pollinators: The need for habitat restoration”

  • Chip will discuss reasons for the decline of monarchs and pollinators along with ideas and examples dealing with how these populations can be restored.

9:40–10:00 a.m. Demonstration Project – Christopher Carl, Granite City G-CADD Native Plant Garden – “Grow Native! Dream Native! A Demonstration Garden Envisions a New Urban Ecology”

  • Learn about a Grow Native! demonstration garden in which the Granite City Art and Design District are partnering with the Sierra Club and the city of Granite City to transform an assemblage of empty lots into a new urban ecology.

10:00–10:20 a.m. Break, Visit Exhibitors

10:20–11:15 a.m. Breakout Session #1: 

  • Track 1 – Homeowners: Ed Spevak – “Bees and Other Pollinators in Your Garden: How to put out the Welcome Signs”
    • The home gardener can make an inviting home for bees and other pollinators and help in their conservation  by knowing who they  are and what they need. This session will cover the essentials for understanding and helping our pollinator guests.
  • Track 2 – Rural Land Owners: Phil Cox – “Illinois Private Lands Programs”
    • Understanding cost-share programs for landowners from the Illinois Department of Natural Resources.

11:15 a.m.–11:30 a.m. Break, Visit Exhibitors

11:30 a.m.–12:30 p.m. Breakout Session #2: 

  • Track 1 – Homeowners: Mitch Leachman – “Steps to Success for Your Wildlife Sanctuary”
    • This session will review the essentials of wildlife habitat, including several that are easily overlooked, highlight a number of versatile plants, and offer tips on getting started and resources to assist you.
  • Track 2 – Rural Land Owners: Elisa Royce – “Enrolling in Private Lands Programs–If I can get it figured out you probably can, too!”
    • There is a movement among state and federal natural resource agencies and not for profit organizations to recognize and push for conservation on private lands (since 90+% of the land in IL is privately owned- that totally makes sense)!  So I went from talking the talk to walking the walk. This is my journey and keep in mind it is long from complete but I can tell you about the moments I treasure to the moments where I hang my head and would desperately like to hit the reset button. Join me as I discuss my personal adventure in conservation.

12:30 p.m. Workshop Concludes


Chip Taylor – Founder and Director of Monarch Watch

Dr. Orley R. “Chip” Taylor is founder and director of Monarch Watch and is a professor in the Department of Ecology and Evolutionary Biology, University of Kansas, Lawrence, Kansas. Trained as an insect ecologist, Chip Taylor has published papers on species assemblages, hybridization, reproductive biology, population dynamics, plant demographics, and pollination. Starting in 1974, Chip Taylor established research sites and directed students studying Neotropical African honey bees (killer bees) in French Guiana, Venezuela, and Mexico. In 1992, Taylor founded Monarch Watch, an outreach program based at the University of Kansas that is focused on education, research, and conservation relative to monarch butterflies.

Phil Cox – Rural Land Speaker

Phil Cox, from Palmyra, IL, attended Southern Illinois University – Carbondale where he received a Bachelor’s degree in forestry with a minor in plant and soil science. Cox has worked for Illinois Forest Products in Beardstown as a consulting forester and at the National Great Rivers Research and Education Center as a biological field tech doing research in the big rivers floodplains. Later, Cox worked as a Land Conservation Specialist at National Great Rivers Research and Education Center working on the federal cost-share programs CREP and CRP. Cox is currently a forester for the Illinois Recreation Access Program, and also a volunteer for his local Quail Forever chapter, establishes CRP plantings, and is an Illinois Certified Prescribed Burn Manager.

Elisa Royce – Healthy Lands Healthy People

Elisa Royce has worked in habitat management and land conservation over the last 16 years. She has worked for the US Fish and Wildlife Service, American Land Conservancy and National Great Rivers Research and Education Center. Back in 2012 she founded Healthy Lands Healthy People. A 501c3 organization focused on creating connections between communities and the environment in hands on sustainable ways including land acquisition, environmental education and natural resource engagement. Additionally, Royce holds her real estate broker’s license and has worked with buyers and sellers of land and homes specifically since 2012. She has a Masters Degree in Environmental Science from SIUE. Elisa lives on several acres with her husband and two children in Godfrey, IL where there is no loss of things to do outside that prevent her from tackling the ever growing mound of laundry in her house. And she is totally ok with that!


Christopher Carl – Granite City Art and Design DistrictChristopher Carl

Christopher Carl is is an Artist and Landscape Designer. He received a Master’s of Landscape Architecture from the University of Illinois Urbana-Champaign where he explored the relationship between public art and environmental stewardship. His most recent work, New American Gardening, is a collaboration with the Granite City Art and Design District (G-CADD), which is a consortium of indoor and outdoor creative spaces seeking to revitalize a distressed city block through art and ecology. 


Ed Spevak

Ed Spevak 018Dr. Ed Spevak is currently the Curator of Invertebrates at the Saint Louis Zoo. Dr. Spevak has dedicated the last 37 years of his career to the conservation of invertebrates and vertebrates working in zoos and aquariums as a zoo curator and small population biologist. Spevak is also an adjunct of the Association of Zoos and Aquariums Population Management Center, advising dozens of conservation breeding and reintroduction programs

Spevak is the Director of Saint Louis Zoo’s WildCare Institute Center for Native Pollinator Conservation (CNPC), serves as the Programme Officer for the IUCN SSC Bumblebee Specialist Group, Co-Chairs the Bumble Bee Task Force of the North American Pollinator Protection Campaign and is on the Steering Committees of the Honey Bee Health Coalition, Keystone Monarch Collaborative and Missourians for Monarchs Collaborative.

Mitch LeachmanMitch Leachman

Mitch Leachman is the Executive Director of the St. Louis Audubon Society and coordinator of their Bring Conservation Home program. He joined the Audubon network in 1997 and has been active with the St. Louis chapter since 2001. On staff since 2008, Leachman plans and coordinates many chapter activities, including Bring Conservation Home, community stewardship projects, fundraising, communications and outreach.



Lewis and Clark Community College, LeClaire Room at the Nelson Center

600 Troy Rd

Edwardsville, IL 62025

Directions: The Nelson Center is just south of downtown Edwardsville at 600 Troy Road.  Park in the lots marked “Hale Parking Lot” and “MCT Parking Lot.”  Look for signs.

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