Introductory topics include the principles of pollinator biology, the economics of insect pollination, basic bee field identification, and evaluating pollinator habitat. Advanced modules will cover land management practices for pollinator protection, pollinator habitat restoration, incorporating pollinator conservation into federal conservation programs, selection of plants for pollinator enhancement sites, management of natural landscapes, and financial and technical resources to support these efforts. Throughout the short course these training modules are illustrated by case studies of pollinator conservation efforts across the country. Registrants will receive the Xerces Society's Pollinator Conservation Toolkit which includes Xerces' latest book, Attracting Native Pollinators. Protecting North America's Bees and Butterflies, as well as habitat management guidelines and relevant USDA-NRCS and extension publications.
The Center for Pollinator Research at Penn State will be hosting the second International Conference on Pollinator Biology, Health and Policy from August 14-17, 2013. The conference will be held at Penn State’s campus in University Park, PA.
Ag Progress Days (APD), Pennsylvania's largest outdoor agricultural exposition, is held annually during three days in August.
The farm tour will continue the tradition of getting you behind the scenes at local farms that represent the vibrancy and variety in our local food producers. You'll see diversified fruit and vegetable farms, you'll get up close to all kinds of animals - horses, pigs, cows, chickens, ducks, geese, guineas, donkeys, and more!
The presence of mold in schools can be a serious health risk to students and staff because molds are a major source of indoor allergens and can trigger asthma attacks in sensitive individuals. Prompt and effective remediation of moisture problems is essential in order to minimize potential mold exposures and health effects, and is an important part of a comprehensive indoor air quality (IAQ) management program. Learn more about preventing moisture intrusion and controlling and cleaning up mold by attending this U.S. Environmental Protection Agency's (EPA) webinar.
Enjoy free music and workshops, get delicious food from local producers, and get in touch with your inner farmer!
Pests and pesticides pose risks to the nearly 60 million children and staff who spend considerable periods of time in our nation's schools. EPA recommends that schools use an Integrated Pest Management (IPM) approach to reduce pesticide exposure in schools. Implementing IPM can help address the economic and health related issues caused by pests and pesticides.
Connecting people and resources to grow greener schools.
Registration begins at 9:30AM with the meeting to begin promptly at 10:00AM. Light lunch provided.
Bug Camp for Kids is an educational day camp for 8 to 11 year-olds. Students observe and collect insects and participate in laboratory exercises to learn a broad range of biological, ecological, and environmental topics.
How to protect your garden, plants, and property from deer. Dr. Hygnstrom is a nationally recognized expert on deer damage management. He will separate the fact from fiction about dealing with deer.
The goal for this conference is to identify key strategies and develop an action plan to generate more awareness and funding to support children with asthma and their families. With representation from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, U.S. Environmental Protection Agency, National Institutes of Health, American Lung Association, and insurance companies, key players will take this opportunity to generate ideas in partnership with community members on how to solve this important public health issue.
Do you care for children with allergies and asthma? These health conditions can be triggered by insects, mice and even cleaning products. The Ladybug Child Care program, from Penn State’s Pennsylvania Integrated Pest Management Program, can help you create a healthy indoor environment for young children – and for you too!
Workshop participants will have the opportunity to learn and PRACTICE multiple methods for queen rearing (including grafting), as well as techniques for assessing parasite (Varroa and Nosema) loads in colonies and evaluating hygienic behavior. Several types of honey bee stocks will be available for grafting, and local participants can take the queen cells resulting from their grafting exercises back to their apiaries.
Dr. Dini Miller, Associate Professor from Virginia Tech University will explain how bed bugs live and give sound, research-based advice on how to get rid of them. Hosted by Chris Becker, Alabama Cooperative Extension System Regional Extension Agent
As a followup to DVGBC's successful "Green Your School Workshop" on November 30, 2012, the Bucks - Mont Branch of the Delaware Valley Green Building Council will host another "Green Your School Workshop" on June 7th.
Healthy Housing Solutions, Inc. and the National Center for Healthy Housing (NCHH) operate the National Healthy Homes Training Center and Network through a contract from HUD and support from EPA. The Training Center provides training through its network of partners around the country.
Bringing cutting-edge artists & arts professionals to Philadelphia to explore ways art can create environmental awareness while restoring ecological systems.
A pesticide safety review and sprayer calibration demonstration—third in a series of certificate courses for orchard employees, will be offered in both Spanish and English.