Creating Healthy Landscapes: Planting for Pollinators

Creating Healthy Landscapes:
Planting for Pollinators

Wednesday, Oct. 17, 2018
8 a.m. – Noon

Danada House at Danada Forest Preserve in Wheaton

Learn how to install and maintain natural landscapes to support declining species of pollinators. Our symposium features keynote speaker, author and naturalist Cindy Crosby and other industry experts. 

The Danada House (PDF) is on the east side of Naperville Road 1 mile south of Butterfield Road (Route 56) and 0.75 mile north of I-88. 

Questions? Call Community Services & Education at 630-933-7247.

Registration for the symposium closed October 16, 2018.

* Attendance at the symposium qualifies for three professional-development hours; please request a certificate for completion.


Register for the Symposium (Required)

Symposium Agenda

7:30 – 8 a.m. Registration Opens
8 – 8:30 Continental Breakfast
8:45 – 9

Executive Director Ed Stevenson
Forest Preserve District of DuPage County

9 – 9:50

Keynote Address
Author and Steward Cindy Crosby

9:50 – 10:15

“Adding Wildlife Value to the Landscape”
Prinicipal Landscape Architect and Ecologist Andy Stahr
ecology + vision, llc

10:15 – 10:40 

“Go Green, Save Green”
Chairman Ron Nosek
Keson Industries

10:40 – 11 Break
11 – 11:25  

“Fact or Fiction? Pollinators and Plants in DuPage County”
Ecologist Andrés Ortega
Forest Preserve District of DuPage County

11:25 – 11:50

“25 Years as a Wildlife Sanctuary Golf Course”
Golf Course Superintendent Chris Pekarek
The Village Links of Glen Ellyn

11:50 – Noon 

Closing Remarks
DuPage Monarch Project 

Noon – 12:30 p.m.   Networking

About Our Keynote Speaker Cindy Crosby

cindy-crosby-planting-for-pollinators-speakerCindy Crosby is the author of "The Tallgrass Prairie: An Introduction" by Northwestern University Press. She has also written and contributed to more than 20 books. She also writes weekly for her "Tuesdays in the Tallgrass" blog. 

Crosby is a steward supervisor for the Schulenberg Prairie at The Morton Arboretum and a steward at Nachusa Grasslands. She teaches and speaks about the tallgrass prairie.

She enjoys hiking the prairie, gardening, kayaking and searching for dragonflies. 


About the Speakers

andy-stahrAndy Stahr
Andy Stahr blends design with a practical understanding of native plants and the systems in which they evolved, bridging science and design in restoration. 







ron-nosekRon Nosek
Ron Nosek is a retired criminal trial attorney who teaches wilderness skills for nonprofit Nature Education Programs, Ltd.






Andrés Ortega
andres-ortegaAndrés Ortega is an invertebrate ecologist with the Forest Preserve District of DuPage County and works to protect and restore insect populations, including the Hine's emerald dragonfly and monarch and Baltimore checkerspot butterfies.






Chris Pekarek

christian-pekarekChris Pekarek is the golf course superintendent for The Village Links of Glen Ellyn, where he has worked for 48 years.








About DuPage Monarch Project 


The DuPage Monarch Project is a group of local organizations working together to provide education about monarchs and increase the amount of suitable monarch habitat throughout DuPage County. DuPage Monarch Project is asking mayors and village boards to formally resolve to make their communities more monarch friendly.

Project Partners

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