The Indiana Invasive Species Conference, a premier event aimed at combating the growing threat of invasive species, will be held on Thursday, June 29th at the Hamilton County 4-H Fairgrounds in Noblesville. This conference brings together experts, professionals, homeowners, and members of Collaborative Invasive Species Management Areas (CISMAs) to share knowledge, promote awareness, and foster collaboration in safeguarding Indiana’s diverse ecosystems.
The conference offers an engaging lineup of educational sessions in the morning, followed by hands-on field experiences in the afternoon. Attendees will have the opportunity to choose from three distinct tracks tailored to their specific interests and roles: land managers/homeowners, conservation professionals, and CISMAs. Each track will provide specialized insights and strategies to address the unique challenges posed by invasive species.
Designed with homeowners in mind, the land management track will provide practical tips and solutions for identifying, preventing, and managing invasive species within residential settings. Participants will gain a deeper understanding of the impact of invasive species on local flora and fauna and learn effective techniques to protect their own landscapes. There will also be sessions on landscape design using natives for HOAs, chemical safety for homeowners, and financial assistance for invasive species removal for landowners.
“We are thrilled to bring the Indiana Invasive Species Conference to Hamilton County,” said Claire Lane, Hamilton County Invasives Partnership coordinator. “This is an excellent opportunity for county residents to learn from the top professionals in the Midwest right here close to home.”
Attendees will choose from nine afternoon field experiences that align with conference tracks. Sessions will take attendees to locations across the county and even onto the White River to learn practical skills in real world settings.
In addition to the educational sessions and field experiences, the conference will feature networking opportunities, vendor exhibits, and a silent auction. Participants will have the chance to connect with like-minded individuals, share experiences, and forge collaborations in the ongoing fight against invasive species.
Registration for the Indiana Invasive Species Conference is now open. For more information about the conference program, registration, and sponsorship opportunities, please visit the conference website at www.sicim.info/invasivespeciesconference.