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Spring Identification and Management of Native & Invasive Species

May 12 @ 9:00 am - 3:30 pm

- $55.00

Learn how to identify, manage and monitor herbaceous species during the early spring season with Riveredge restoration ecologists and UW Extension weed specialists. This field course will take place almost entirely outside, so please dress for the weather. Free invasive plant identification/management guides will be provided!  Please bring lunch. Huge thanks to UW-Extension in helping make this event possible:


9:00 AM – 12:30 PM

– Native and non-native species identification

– Herbicide and organic methods of control

– Which chemicals to use, when and how to apply

– Application restrictions in Wisconsin

– Specialty tools

– How to encourage or control clonal herbaceous species

– Managing species at various scales from backyards to hundreds of acres

12:30 PM – 1:00 PM: Lunch

1:00 PM – 1:30 PM: Intro to Great Lakes Early Detection Network (GLEDN) app

1:30 PM – 2:30 PM: Active field use of GLEDN app for mapping and tracking restoration progress

2:30 PM – 3:30 PM: Review and discussion inside

Speaker Bios:

Matt Smith is the Land Manager for Riveredge Nature Center based in Newburg, Wisconsin.  Mr. Smith has 11 years of experience in the field of ecology and restoration.  Prior to employment with Riveredge, Mr. Smith has worked as a Consulting Ecologist for Eco-Resource Consulting, Land Manager for National Audubon at the Schlitz Audubon Nature Center, a restoration technician for Tallgrass Restoration LLC, a Conservancy Steward for the Sand County Foundation, a Technician through Seifert Field & Forest, a certified Arborist and Cultural Landscape Specialist for Green Tree-Tree Care and Consulting, and a plant surveyor for NatureServe.  Mr. Smith’s work has led him to practice restoration throughout the Midwest, experiencing first hand its wide variety of diverse environments and conditions.  Mr. Smith’s work has allowed him to play an active role in projects on large and small scales in the public and private sectors.

Anne Pearce coordinates the Wisconsin First Detector Network, a citizen science network that empowers people to take action against invasive species. She supports WIFDN’s volunteer citizen scientists and develops and facilitates online and in person trainings. She holds an M.S. in Water Resources Management from the University of Wisconsin-Madison and a Graduate Certificate in Environmental Education from the University of Minnesota-Duluth. Prior to joining WIFDN, Anne spent several years teaching environmental education and working on conservation projects across the country.


Questions? Please don’t hesitate to reach out to Matt Smith at msmith@riveredge.us or 262-375-2715.

Program Fees: $65 (Non-members), $55 (Members), Pre-registration is required. 

Cancellation Policy: Registrant will be refunded 75% of registration fee if cancellation occurs up to 7 days (1 week) before the program.  Any cancellations within 7 days of the program will not be refunded unless the program is cancelled by Riveredge staff.

Please note: Riveredge has recently upgraded our registration system. The good news? Registering for programs should now be much quicker and much easier! You will easily be able to register multiple family members at once, save your contact info for easy reuse, and quickly browse available programs. The bad news? Because this is a new system, we can not transfer over your old account. Unfortunately, that means you will need to create a new account on the new system and re-enter your information. We’re very sorry for the inconvenience, but please know that once you have your new account created and your info saved, you’ll have to do very little work to register for future programs. 
Please don’t hesitate to call us at 262-375-2715 if you have any questions or run into any problems. We’re here to help! Thank you so much for your patience as we work to continue to improve our services for you!


May 12
9:00 am - 3:30 pm
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Riveredge Nature Center
4458 County Hwy Y (Hawthorne Dr)
Newburg, WI United States
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(262) 375-2715