The goal of the symposium is to promote awareness of native plants, their use and impact on our environment. Internationally known mycologist Dr. Greg Mueller from the Chicago Botanic Garden will be the keynote speaker, and will be joined by other environmental experts from southern Illinois. The symposium will start with guided hikes at Giant City State Park on Friday March 15, and end on Sunday with more guided hikes at Crab Orchard National Wildlife Refuge.
Saturday's Symposium registration is required and costs $20 which includes lunch. The guided tours on Friday and Sunday are free, but registration is required.
The event is open to everyone. For more information on this and other UI Extension events, call 618.687.1727 or visit our website at http://web.extension.illinois.edu/fjprw/