TUESDAY, MARCH 26, 2019 — Philadelphia Zoo, 3400 W. Girard Ave., Philadelphia, PA 19104
8:00 — Registration, Continental breakfast
8:40 — Welcome and opening remarks
9:00 — 1st session “AN EARLY ORIENTATION” How and when poison ivy seedlings choose the tree they will climb. By the time a poison ivy seedling unfurls its seed leaves and its first set of true leaflets, it has decided which tree to climb. In an interactive discussion, we will examine this theory. Presenter: Umar Mycka, AS, Poison Ivy Horticulturist.
9:50 — Break
10:00 — 2nd session “HAS POISON IVY BECOME ECOLOGICALLY UNHINGED?” Presenter: John Jelesko, MS, PhD, Associate Professor, Plant Pathology, Physiology, and Weed Science, Virginia Polytechnic Institute and State University, Blacksburg, VA
11:00 — 3rd session “13 THINGS YOU NEED TO KNOW ABOUT POISON OAK AND IVY RASH” Presenter: Amy Martin, www.itchy.biz, Author of Itchy Business:
How to Treat the Poison Ivy and Poison Oak Rash, Prevent Exposure, and Eradicate the Plant.
12:00 — Lunch
1:00 — 4th session “STEPS TO BECOMING A HORTICULTURAL ENTREPRENEUR“ Presenter: John Wodehouse, Penn State Extension Service, Extension Educator, Business
3:00 — 5th Session “POISON IVY LEARNING LAB” Back by popular demand—a high energy, informative learning experience which is certain to be valuable to all participants. New for this year: Do you have a pressing question about poison ivy that you would like answered? Would you like to share a revelation you discovered about poison ivy?
4:30 — Wrap up of day’s activities
5:00 — Conclusion of today’s session
5:45-9:00 — Dinner together at a local restaurant. Attendance optional and charges not covered as part of the conference fee.
WEDNESDAY, MARCH 27, 2019 — Philadelphia Zoo, 3400 W. Girard Ave., Philadelphia, PA 19104
8:00 — Continental breakfast
8:40 — Welcome and opening remarks.
9:00 — 1st session “NEW INSIGHTS INTO URUSHIOL CHEMICAL DIVERSITY IN POISON IVY” Presenter: John Jelesko, MS, PhD, Associate Professor, Plant Pathology, Physiology, and Weed Science, Virginia Polytechnic Institute and State University, Blacksburg, VA
10:20 — Break
10:30 — 2nd session “PRACTICE SAFE SCRATCH” Presenter: Amy Martin
11:30 — 3rd session “CONVERSATION VIA SKYPE WITH NOVELIST KAJA BLACKLEY”
12:00 — Lunch
1:30 — 4th session “REMOVING POISON IVY IN NORTHERN NEW ENGLAND” Presenter: Helaine Hughes, owner Poison Ivy Removal Company, Greenfield, New Hampshire
2:15 — 5th session “SHORT PRESENTATION BY POISON IVY CONTRACTORS ON TOOLS AND TECHNIQUES USED IN THEIR REGION OF THE COUNTRY “ Various Presenters
3:00 — 6th 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?
4:00 — Conclusion of today’s session and the Conference
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.