For eleven years parents, teachers, school nurses, custodians, advocates, and agencies have promoted National Healthy Schools Day activities nationwide. Whether you are at the beginning stages of investigating school environments or have an established Indoor Air/Environmental Quality program, we invite you to host a local activity that educates others and celebrates your school’s successes. National Healthy Schools Day is coordinated by Healthy Schools Network in cooperation with US EPA and promotes the use of EPA's IAQ Tools for Schools guidance as well as other EPA environmental health guidelines and programs for schools and children’s health.
With the continued prevalence of bed bugs in schools, it's important all schools and school systems are proactive in developing a bed bug plan.
EPA's links to Earth Day events and activities around the country.
Nina Jenkins and Matt Thomas of Penn State's entomology department will host the NanoDays Science Café from 3:30 to 4:30 p.m. Thursday, April 11, at Zola New World Bistro, 324 W. College Ave., State College, Pa.
This presentation is focused on mitigating the increased bed bug issues that health departments, shelter administrators and health care providers have to contend with. The program reviews how bed bugs are introduced, how they travel, their identification, bed bug myths, pests often confused with bed bugs, where bed bugs hide and how to inspect for them.
Learn how to kill fire ants in sensitive and challenging areas including vegetable gardens, fish ponds, compost piles and electrical boxes. Presented by Vicky Bertagnolli-Heller, Extension Agent, Clemson University, and Bastiaan Drees, Professor and Extension Entomologist, Texas AgriLife Extension. Hosted by Willie Datcher, Regional Extension Agent, Alabama Cooperative Extension System.
Bats are unique creatures in the animal kingdom. They are mammals that can truly fly and many use sonar to echolocate insect prey. Bats are very beneficial in the environment, but they can cause problems when they occupy our homes, schools, and other structures. Most problems are associated with the guano they leave behind and potential for transmitting diseases to humans, especially rabies and histoplasmosis. We will discuss how to recognize signs of bats and how to conduct a bat watch. Exclusion is the key to managing bat problems, so we will cover how to keep bats out and how to evict them if they get in.
Do you want to learn home gardening techniques that are more earth-friendly and that can save you time and money? Do you want to create gardens and landscapes that are healthy, productive, and beautiful? Are you interested in raising poultry in your backyard? Then join Penn State Extension in Cumberland County for a series of four informal classes on “Sustainable Gardening” topics to be held on April 3, 10, 17, and 24, 2013.
This year’s National Public Health Week theme is: “Public Health is ROI: Save Lives, Save Money!” Public Health is a positive return on investment. When we invest in prevention strategies and health programs, we save lives and money. This year’s event will focus on the following daily themes: Ensuring a Safe, Healthy Home for Your Family; Providing a Safe Environment for Children at School; Creating a Healthy Workplace; Protecting You While You’re on the Move; Empowering a Healthy Community.
Penn State's Extension Vegetable & Small Fruit Program Team presents a series of webinars to keep you informed on critical production issues. The series provides convenient access to timely updates in commercial vegetable and small fruit production for extension educators, producers, and industry representatives in Pennsylvania and surrounding states. Topics include irrigation, nutrient management, GAPs, pollinators, and cucurbit pest management strategies.
A person suffering from delusional infestation (DI) has a fixed belief that his or her skin and body is infested by pathogens, despite lack of evidence. Sometimes the supposed infestation includes the close environment. The condition is also known as delusional parasitosis and Ekbom's syndrome. Dealing with DI can be time consuming, frustrating, and unproductive. Often, the suffer bounces between pest management professionals, entomologists, and dermatologists looking for confirmation. Attend this webinar to learn about DI and your role in managing these cases from two leading experts on DI.
POISON IVY grows and thrives over much of the humanly inhabited regions of North America. Between 75 and 80 percent of us are at risk of suffering from a skin rash caused by the resins present in this dangerous plant. Although some people can correctly identify poison ivy, many cannot. If you would like to learn more about and correctly be able to identify poison ivy (and their subspecies) then we highly recommend attending this conference. You will learn what these mysterious and pervasive plants look like and where they are likely to be found.
The City of Coatesville Codes Department is hosting an Integrated Pest Management (IPM) training to be conducted by the Philadelphia School & Community IPM Partnership of Penn State University on March 22, 2013. This one day training is limited to 40 participants on a first come basis.
The 2013 High Tunnel Growers School will teach new growers the latest techniques to produce high quality, high tunnel-grown vegetables.
Now in its third year, this event will bring together over 600 industry, education and community leaders to share best practices, ask challenging questions and provide cutting edge information about sustainability in the Delaware Valley.
Penn State Extension is partnering with Ohio State and University of Nebraska to offer a series of webinars to help small ag business owners understand how to integrate social media and mobile applications into the company’s marketing plan. Webinar participants will gain a better understanding of social media and mobile tools but, more importantly, will learn how the tools can improve their marketing effectiveness and customer service.
This webinar will describe basics of school IPM, the potential health, environmental and economic benefits, and what it takes to put IPM into practice.
State, federal and local and tribal officials meet with NGO's, industry and stakeholder groups addressing invasive species to examine laws, policies and creative approaches to prevent and reduce invasive species threats to our health, economy, environment and natural resources including special places. Attend events in the US Capitol and in Washington, DC or host your own event that explores local problems and solutions to invasive species.
Tawny Crazy Ant recently invaded areas such as Texas, Louisiana, and Mississippi. Argentine Ant is present throughout the United States. These ants can be troublesome in the landscape because their colonies are so large. They are uninvited guests at our outdoor activities and can invade our homes. Learn how these ants live and the latest research based information on how to control. Presented by Dr. Paul Nester, Texas A&M AgriLife Extension Specialist, IPM. Hosted by Bethany O'Rear, Regional Extension Agent, Alabama Cooperative Extension System.
An overview of USDA's GreenSchools! program, told through stories from students and their teachers.