Optional Activities

Monday, March 19 | 1:00-4:30 PM

Come early and participate in one of the optional field trips where Integrated Pest Management practices-and their associated challenges-will be showcased. Space is limited. Sign up available during registration.

Field Trip A: "IPM in Professional Sports Facility Management”

Cost: $25 per person

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.

Field Trip B: “Urban Growth-The Green Kind”

Cost: $35 per person

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.

Field Trip C: “Urban Housing IPM”

Cost: $35 per person

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.

Thursday, March 22

Field Trip: Visit Capitol Hill to Educate Your Policy Makers about IPM!

12:15-8:30 PM

Cost: $40 per person (includes lunch)

Informed policy makers are essential for a strong national IPM policy. Your IPM Symposium local arrangements and steering committee volunteers have arranged for a unique opportunity for you to educate your representatives and key staff about the many important benefits IPM provides to constituents and the nation.

Bus transportation to Capitol Hill will be available from the Renaissance Hotel immediately following the closing plenary at noon on Thursday, March 23, 2018. A catered box lunch will be provided. We expect to arrive back in Baltimore by 830 PM; we will have a dinner stop on the return trip. You may choose to stay in DC, return to Baltimore is optional. Advance registration is required.

Be prepared for a substantial amount of walking between bus drop-off and pick-up locations and Capitol Hill offices. Mobility assistance can be arranged with advance notice.

Prior to the event, we will provide a training webinar to instruct you and others how best to set up and execute effective appointments. We will also provide access to talking points and leave-behind support documents.

Important note: Many IPM Symposium attendees are prohibited from lobbying per their terms of employment. Lobbying is generally defined as advocating for specific pieces of legislation, including budgets, that have not yet become law. Prohibitions on lobbying do not restrict individuals from meeting with policy makers for education. Those that are not prohibited from lobbying can also advocate for legislation and budget increases for IPM. Your institution may be able to provide additional guidance.

Workshop: "Evaluation of IPM Programs"

12:00-5:00 PM

Cost: $45 per person (includes lunch)

This hands-on workshop on evaluation of IPM programs will allow you to make progress on your program, so please bring your projects, ideas and challenges. Using resources available in the IPM evaluation toolkit, this workshop will support you in two major areas: 1) evaluation planning and design, ranging from selecting methods to collecting data, validating those data, and linking the results to activities and outcomes, and 2) how to transform the data into an impact story. By the end of the workshop, participants will leave with an understanding of how to link their impacts with the common measures being developed for USDA-NIFA.

Presented by Western IPM Center’s IPM Adoption and Impacts Assessment Work Group: Matt Baur, Western IPM Center; Herb Bolton, USDA-NIFA; Danesha Seth Carley, Southern IPM Center; Amanda Crump, Western IPM Center; Jean-Jacques Dubois, Southern IPM Center; Al Fournier, University of Arizona; Mary Halbleib, Oregon State University; Janet Hurley, Texas A&M University; Yifen Liu, Northeastern IPM Center; Tunyalee Martin, University of California Division of Agriculture and Natural Resources; Neil McRoberts, University of California Davis; Paul Mitchell, University of Wisconsin Madison; Susan Ratcliffe, North Central IPM Center

Advance registration required.