Adult Opportunities

New Invaders Watch Training Program (online)

Learn about invasive plants and forest pests that are new to Illinois and how to get involved in monitoring and reporting them.

Content Detail

Participants will learn

  • how to identify target species that threaten our natural
  • how to monitor and report invasive species on the Early Detection and Distribution Mapping System ( and
  • how this program results in on-the-ground control of many early detection plant populations.

This program is part of Illinois Invasive Species Awareness Month, a statewide effort held each May to educate and inform citizens of Illinois about the threat of invasive species.

This program meets live online and will not be recorded; please plan to attend live.

Instructor: Tricia Bethke

Age: 16 and older


Tricia Bethke, forest pest outreach coordinator, State of Illinois and The Morton Arboretum

Tricia Bethke is the forest pest outreach coordinator for the state of Illinois. Her position is funded through a cooperative grant with the US Department of Agriculture, Animal and Plant Health Inspection Service. Her responsibilities include statewide training of key stakeholders on invasive species, forest pest identification, regulations, and quarantines and reporting protocols. She  also coordinates and instructs tree identification classes, pest detection programs, and tree health monitoring.

What to Know

This program will take place using Zoom. A link will be provided to all registrants by email. Registrants should click on the link to join the program at the scheduled date and time.

Please add to your address book. You will receive an email from this address with the link to join class.

Participants will need access to the internet via a computer or mobile device.

This program will not be recorded; please plan to attend live.

Program Schedule

Thursday, May 11, 2023, 7:00 p.m. to 8:30 p.m.

Live online session meets on Zoom.


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