Come early and participate in one of the optional field trips where Integrated Pest Management practices-and their associated challenges-will be showcased. These field trips take place on Monday afternoon, March 19. Space is limited. Sign up available during registration.
"IPM in Professional Sports Facility Management”
Have you ever wondered about the behind the scenes action of a professional sports stadium? It’s not just about getting the food ready, the locker rooms cleaned and the bar stocked, much more preparation goes into providing a quality experience for fans and players alike. From ensuring the turf is top notch to controlling urban pests, so much goes into that picture perfect game! Join in this walking tour to visit Oriole Park at Camden Yards, home of the Baltimore Orioles, and M&T Bank Stadium, home of the Baltimore Ravens, where head groundskeepers Nicole McFayden (Orioles), Don Follett (Ravens), and Assistant Professor Turfgrass Pathology Dr. Joseph Roberts (University of Maryland) will discuss the history, seasonal challenges and care of highly managed professional sports turf. Stadium pest control professionals will also present their integrated pest management techniques and challenges associated with unique large facility care. Tour leaves the hotel Monday at 1:00pm with expected return at 4:30pm. Snacks and bottled water provided. Additional cost.
“Urban Growth-The Green Kind”
Take a small group bus tour through Baltimore City to see the variety of urban agriculture being practiced, from intensive vegetable market gardening, high tunnel season extension, to hydroponics. Your tour guide, Neith Grace Little, extension educator with the University of Maryland Extension-Baltimore City, will lead you through three diverse sites to explore IPM issues that urban farmers encounter, including heat island effects, organic practices, controlled environments, and neighbor relations. Visit HydroCity, a hydroponic rowhouse which grows microgreens for restaurants, Urban Pastoral, and adapted shipping container growhouse which grows salad greens and herbs for restaurants, and Strength to Love 2, the largest collection of high tunnels in the city which employs people returning from prison in a varied vegetable garden. Tour leaves the hotel Monday at 1:00pm with expected return at 4:30pm. Snacks and bottled water provided. Additional cost.
“Urban Housing IPM”
This small group bus tour will take a close-up look at the challenges and successes in pest management in public housing. Susannah Reese from the Northeastern IPM Center’s Stoppests program and Dr. Dini Miller, Professor of Entomology at Virginia Tech, will be your tour guides for a visit to a development of the Housing Authority of Baltimore City. This development is currently practicing integrated pest management in some units and participating in another project to reduce childhood asthma. This opportunity is invaluable for those working in structural pest management, particularly housing. Tour leaves the hotel Monday at 1:00pm with expected return at 4:30pm. Snacks and bottled water provided. Additional cost.