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New Invaders Watch Training (Online)

Schedule and location

Please note: Early online spring registration is open February 24 through March 1 exclusively for Ginkgo Circle, Oak Circle, Hawthorn Circle, Elm Circle, and Thornhill Circle members. Registration opens to all members and guests on March 2.

Thursday, May 20, 2021, 7:00 p.m. to 8:30 p.m. (Central time): Attend live session online

Fees and registration

Free (donations accepted)
Suggested donations:
$10.00 member
$17.00 guest

BY PHONE: 630-719-2468 or to be waitlisted (Monday through Friday, 9:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m.) 

Course description

Learn about the new invasive plants and forest pests of Illinois and how to get involved in monitoring and reporting invasive plants that are new to our region.  Participants will learn how to identify target species that threaten our natural areas and how to monitor and report invasive species on the Early Detection and Distribution Mapping System (EDDMapS.org) and how this program results in on-the- ground control of many early detection plant populations.  This program is part of Illinois Invasive Species Awareness Month, a statewide effort held each May to educate and inform citizens of Illinois about the threat of invasive species.

How do I access the program?
Your link to join the program will be included in the Order Summary email you receive after registering. Click on the link at the scheduled date and time.

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Tricia Bethke, Forest Pest Outreach Coordinator, The Morton Arboretum

Tricia Bethke is the Forest Pest Outreach Coordinator for the State of Illinois. Her position is funded through a cooperative grant with USDA APHIS. Tricia’s responsibilities include statewide training of key stakeholders on invasive species, forest pest identification, regulations and quarantines and reporting protocols. Tricia also coordinates and instructs tree identification, pest detection programs, and tree health monitoring.

Course details


  • This program will take place using Zoom. A link will be provided to all registrants by email. Registrants should click on the link to join the program at the scheduled date and time.
  • New to Zoom? Watch this short video to learn how to join a meeting.
  • Please add education@mortonarb.org to your address book. You will receive an email from this address with the link to join class.
  • Participants will need access to the internet via a computer or mobile device.

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