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.
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”
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
Moderators: Dr. Stephen Ball, John Foster, Mark Cambron
12:00pm Dismiss for home as busses arrive back to Tropicana