10th Annual Eastern Native Grass Symposium
Evansville, IN

10th Annual Eastern Native Grass Symposium

Event Information

10th Annual Eastern Native Grass Symposium

Tropicana Conference Center, Evansville, IN

Event Description

Greeting from the 10th Annual Eastern Native Grass Symposium Planning Committee!

This highly anticipated event features hot topics on the establishment, maintenance and benefits of warm season grasses in a variety of settings.  And have you seen the speaker line up yet?  It cannot be beat with the likes of NRCS's Ray Archuleta, Dr. Stephen Ball, Dr. Pat Keyser and many more.  This jam-packed, three day conference will not only feature lots of good sessions but also a variety of vendors, bus tours, a Symposium Summer Social and a good ol' fashion BBQ that you will not want to miss either!

The cost for a full conference registration is $125.  Registrations are being accepted two ways - by paying online through Eventbrite or by mail with an Eventbrite ticket.  If you pay using a credit card through Eventbrite's secured system, please note that online fees will be applied that are out of the committees hands.  If you register using the MAIL-IN ticket then registration is still $125 even though the ticket says free.  Please make sure to include a copy of the registration ticket(s) when payment is submitted.  Checks can be made payable to:  Pike County SWCD and mailed to Pike County SWCD, 2101 E Main Street, Petersburg, Indiana, 47567.  Tickets with payment MUST be postmarked by August 22nd to complete the registration process.  All registrations received AFTER August 22nd are subject to a $50.00 late fee payable at the registration table only during the event.

Tropicana Conference Center is also connected to the Tropicana Casino and Hotel.  Room reservations can be booked $89.00 per night for Sunday through Wednesday by calling 1-800-544-0120 no later than July 28th, 2016 to get the group discount.  There are a limited number (40) of non-smoking rooms available due to another event also using the same hotel.  Reservations made AFTER July 28th will be subject to the best available rate.  For more hotel and conference center details, please visit: www.TropEvansville.com.  IF you call to reserve and they are out of non-smoking rooms, yet you still wish to reserve a non-smoking room then the Le Merigot Hotel, which is connected to the Tropicana Conference Center, will also have a small block of NS rooms available at the discounted rate of $119 per night.

Have a company interested in being showcased as a vendor or sponsor of our event - give us a call to get them on the list!  For more vendor or sponsorship information, please contract 812-354-6120 ex.

Conference Agenda:


10:00am – 5:00pm     Registration & Hotel check-in        hotel check-in continues all evening        

12:00pm – 5:00pm     Vendor Row open

1:00pm – 2:30pm       Welcome & Introduction    followed by

                                   Keynote Speaker featuring Ray Archuleta

                                   “Improving Soil Health with Native Grasses”

2:30pm – 3:00pm       Break – visit with vendors / snacks provided

3:00pm - 4:00pm        Landscaping with Natives                                                

  • Ellen Jacquart – “Strategies for Addressing Invasive Plants in Restoration”

                            Warm Season Grasses as Forage

  • Steve Clubine – “Utilizing Native Warm Season Grasses for Grazing” 

4:30pm – 4:45pm       Break

4:45pm – 5:30pm       Burning for Management

  • Chuck Stanley - "Burning as a Management Tool"

5:30pm – 7:30pm       Dinner on your own & hotel room check-in - over six restaurants on site to choose from!

7:30pm – 9:30pm       Symposium Summer Social – come mingle with fellow enthusiasts at the cash bar


7:00am – 11:00am     Registration                                                            

7:00am – 8:30am       Continental Breakfast

7:00am – 6:00pm       Vendor Row - stop by and visit with vendors!

9:00am – 10:15am      Keynote Speaker featuring Dr. Pat Keyser “A Place for Warm Season Grasses”

10:15am – 10:45am    Break - visit with vendors

10:45am – 11:30am    Kankakee TNC Bison Project with Ted Anchor & Tony Capizzo

11:30am – 12:30pm    Networking Buffet Lunch

12:00pm – 12:15pm    Meal Presentation featuring Jef Hodges “National Bobwhite Quail Initiative”

12:30pm – 2:00pm      Pollinators

  • John Foster - “The Art of Using Pollinators”

  • Dr. Cris Hochwender - “Sustaining insect wildlife by enhancing native plant diversity”

2:00pm – 2:15pm       Break - visit with vendors / snacks

2:15pm – 3:45pm        Wildlife

  • Dave Howell - “Improving Older Native Grass & Forb Stands for Wildlife”

                                    Glades/Savannas Woodlands

  • John Shuey - “Oak Savannas – restoration and management”

3:45pm – 4:15pm         Break - visit with vendors / snacks

4:15pm – 5:00pm         Keynote Speaker featuring Dr. Stephen Ball “Mans Impact on Changes in Vegetation”

5:00pm – 5:15pm         Break - visit with vendors

5:15pm – 6:00pm         Successful Restoration

  • Kevin Tungesvick - “Establishing a Forb-rich Prairie Planting”

6:30pm                           Join us for Pit Style BBQ & Cash Bar       



7:00am – 8:30am         Continental Breakfast                

8:30am                          Board busses for tours                        

8:30am – 12:00pm      Symposium Tours (depart from First Street Entrance – meet in Conference Lobby)

  • Grazing & Wildlife Tour

                     Moderators: Jeff McGuire, Vic Shelton & Dave Howell

  • Patoka Fish & Wildlife Refuge Tour

                   Moderators: Health Hamilton, Brian Kruse

  • Angel Mounds/Pollinators/WSG/GreenRoof

                     Moderators: Dr. Stephen Ball, John Foster, Mark Cambron

12:00pm                        Dismiss for home as busses arrive back to Tropicana

Tropicana Conference Center - 421 NW Riverside Drive, Evansville, IN 47708 - View Map
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