TUESDAY, MARCH 13, 2018 — PPIC at the Philadelphia Zoo, 3400 W. Girard Ave., Philadelphia, PA 19104
8:00 — Registration, Continental breakfast
8:40 — Welcome and opening remarks
9:00 — 1st session “BACKBEAT, HEARTROOT, FREEFALL AND KHI: FOUR TRIBES (Phenome) OF CLIMBING POISON IVY” Discovering how climbing poison ivy adapts to niche environments. Presenter: Umar Mycka, AS, Poison Ivy Horticulturist.
9:30 — 2nd session “USING THE APPALACHIAN TRAIL AS A NATURAL POISON IVY LABORATORY” Presenter: John Jelesko, MS, PhD, Associate Professor, Plant Pathology, Physiology, and Weed Science, Virginia Polytechnic Institute and State University, Blackburg, VA
9:50 — Break
10:00 — 3rd session “POISON IVY: A LIVING BIRD FEEDER” Presenter: Anita Sanchez, natural history author, environmental educator for over twenty-five years Deadly. Powerful. Beautiful. The much-hated plant called poison ivy is all of these things and more. But the astounding paradox is that poison ivy is a plant of immense ecological value. Wild mammals from mice to moose, as well as honeybees and butterflies, woodpeckers, wild turkeys, mockingbirds and warblers all defy poison ivy’s nasty nature and feast on its leaves and fruit. Poison ivy berries are an especially important winter survival food for beloved birds like robins, bluebirds, and cardinals.
11:00 — 4th session “INVESTIGATING POISON IVY—AVIAN MICROBIOME INTERACTIONS” Presenter: John Jelesko, MS, PhD, Associate Professor, Plant Pathology, Physiology, and Weed Science, Virginia Polytechnic Institute and State University, Blackburg, VA
11:30 — 5th Session “RESTORING NATIVE PLANTS TO THE WINGOHOCKING SPRING/CREEK” The removal of poison ivy and other invasive vines for renovation of this historic waterflow. Presenter: Karen Flick, Horticulturist, Awbury Arboretum, Philadelphia, PA
12:00 — Lunch
1:00 — 6th Session “EXPLORING POISON IVY-A BIOLOGY FORUM” – a high energy, informative learning and sharing experience which is certain to be valuable to all participants. New for this year: asking each poison ivy contractor and participant to discuss what aspects of poison ivy have you observed this year? What are you curious about? What was your most difficult or interesting removal project during 2017?
4:30 — Wrap up of day’s activities
5:00 — Conclusion of today’s session
WEDNESDAY, MARCH 14, 2018 — PPIC at the Philadelphia Zoo, 3400 W. Girard Ave., Philadelphia, PA 19104
8:00 — Continental breakfast
8:40 — Welcome and opening remarks.
9:00 — 1st session “POISON IVY IN THE GARDEN” Presenter: Anita Sanchez, natural history author, environmental educator for over twenty-five years Poison ivy has played an unexpected part in human history, starting with the plant’s long career as—of all things—a popular garden plant. We’ll discuss why North American plants like poison ivy were the stars of European gardens from Versailles to Buckingham Palace. Poison ivy also had a place in “physic gardens” since many 18th century doctors prized it as a cure-all for ailments, including (ironically) skin diseases. We’ll also consider Thomas Jefferson’s revolutionary habit of planting native species in his Monticello gardens, and the particular benefits of native plants for wildlife.
9:50 — Break
10:00 — 2nd session “IDENTIFYING INVASIVES” Presenter: John Messerschmidt, Owner Poison Ivy Patrol Specialty Landscaping. John will detail the “Ten Most Wanted” list of invasive plants that the Poison Ivy Patrol encounters in the Hudson Valley.
10:30 — 3rd session “CONVERSATION VIA SKYPE WITH KAJA BLACKLEY, GRAPHIC NOVELIST AND CHRISTINA BLACKLEY, ILLUSTRATOR — CO-CREATORS OF PARTNERS 5, A COMIC ABOUT POISON IVY”
11:00 — 4th session “PRESENTING A NEW SHORT FILM ABOUT POISON IVY” Presenter: Zia, film maker, Temple University School of Theater, Film and Media Arts
11:30-1:30 — Lunch
1:30 — 5th session “REMOVING POISON IVY IN NORTHERN NEW ENGLAND” Presenter: Helaine Hughes, owner Poison Ivy Removal Company, Greenfield, New Hampshire
2:00 — 6th session “REVIEW OF APP “RASHPLANTS” Presenter: Tara Johnson, President of Nature Digger Tara Johnson has updated her very useful app called Rashplants. We will view the app on our smartphones for our review and critique.
2:30 — 7th session “A GOAL: ELIMINATING ACCIDENTAL POISON IVY RASH BY 2020” Is it possible by 2020 to proactively teach all residents of North America a clear and simple way to identify poison ivy so they no longer suffer from accidental contact with the plant?
4:30 — Wrap up of day’s activities
5:00 — Conclusion of today’s session and the Conference
2018 Philadelphia Poison Ivy Conference Details
Touching human skin to poison ivy resin causes a rash and a national concern.
Untold hours of agony suffered, countless days of productive work time idled, months of fear and uncertainty surround the unidentified vegetative assailant…and there’s no 911 to call for this dilemma.
Merging efforts together, we poison ivy removal experts, scientists and business professionals look toward the day when all North Americans, if they choose, will recognize and avoid this dangerous plant.
Toward this goal we meet in conference to:
• Exchange ideas
• Collaborate input for identification, removal and prevention of reoccurring poison ivy plant growth to alleviate human suffering .
Conference sponsors are exclusively permitted to conduct commercial business exchanges during and at the conference. All conference participants who are not members of sponsoring companies are asked and must agree to refrain from conducting their companies’ business during the conference times.
Join us for an in-depth discussion about poison ivy. See conference schedule for details.
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 the subspecies) we highly recommend attending this conference. You will learn what these mysterious, pervasive plants look like and where they are likely to be found.
A few individuals brave the toxic resins of poison ivy and oak. They remove these poisonous plants so that their clients can enjoy their properties worry-free. At the 2018 Philadelphia Poison Ivy Conference you will have an opportunity to meet and talk with some of our country’s top poison ivy removal contractors.
Our Sixth Annual Conference will be held at the historic Independence Schoolhouse (formerly the Kangaroo building) at the Philadelphia Zoo.
Fee per person: $260.00
Registration includes continental breakfast, lunch, break refreshments
You may withdraw from the conference with a full refund (minus a $50.00 processing fee) if we are notified at least 3 full working days prior to the course. Beyond that, you may be responsible for the full registration fee.