2014 Philadelphia Poison Ivy Conference

2014 Philadelphia Poison Ivy Conference, March 26-28, 2014, Bartram's Garden, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania Poison Ivy Identification Week

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Exposure to poison ivy is a nationwide concern. Poison ivy resin on human skin causes a rash on eight out of ten people. This poison ivy dermatitis can range from a brief irritating, itchy red bump to weeks of serious, blistering, oozing, itching skin. People from coast to coast suffer untold hours of agony. They lose days of productive work time. Many no longer enjoy being outdoors for fear of getting poison ivy.

We poison ivy removal experts, scientists and business professionals can join efforts to improve this scenario. Together we can work toward the day when all North Americans who so choose will be able to recognize and avoid this dangerous plant.

With the goal of alleviating human suffering in mind, we meet in conference to

  • Exchange ideas.
  • Network.
  • Collaborate on ways to identify, remove and prevent reoccurring poison ivy plant growth.

Conference Sponsorship

Conference sponsors are exclusively permitted to conduct commercial business exchanges during and at the conference. Conference participants who are not members of sponsoring companies must agree to refrain from conducting their companies' business during conference time.

Join us for an in-depth discussion about poison ivy, including:

  • How to positively identify poison ivy plants
  • Identification of Poison Ivy growth patterns through field study and first-hand observation
  • Secret tricks of the trade, as told from personal experience by poison ivy professionals
  • What makes the oil of poison ivy, oak and sumac so potent?
  • Best tools and methods for poison ivy removal
  • Best ways to deal with a poison ivy skin rash
  • How to correctly identify poison ivy look alike plants
  • Review of books and articles helpful to understanding poison ivy
  • The bird and poison ivy connection; Why understanding this dynamic relationship is essential to controlling poison ivy in human landscapes
  • New poison ivy terminology (naming newly observed growth formations)
  • A live study, dissection and removal of mature poison ivy plants (how we remove poison ivy in Philly)

POISON IVY grows and thrives over much of the humanly inhabited regions of North America. Between 75 and 80 percent of us are at risk of suffering from a skin rash caused by the resins present in this dangerous plant. Although some people can correctly identify poison ivy, many cannot. If you would like to learn more about and correctly be able to identify poison ivy (and the subspecies) we highly recommend attending this conference. You will learn what these mysterious, pervasive plants look like and where they are likely to be found.

A few individuals brave the toxic resins of poison ivy and oak. They remove these poisonous plants so that their clients can enjoy their properties worry-free. At the 2014 Philadelphia Poison Ivy Conference you will have the opportunity to witness first-hand professional poison ivy removal experts engage in “hand-to-vine combat.” During our exciting field trip on the final day of the conference, we take down a mature plant growing up a tree. Watch our country's best poison ivy removal professionals weigh the vines they've pulled, witness as the size and strength of these mature poison ivy plants is scientifically cataloged.

Our Second Annual Conference will be held at the historic Bartram's Garden. John Bartram is recognized as one of the first botanists to study, catalog and sell North American plants, including poison ivy.

Please register at Evite.com

Hurry! Space is limited!

Registration

Fee per person: $395.00
Registration includes continental breakfast, lunch, break refreshments and reception

Refunds

You may withdraw from the conference with a full refund (minus a $50.00 processing fee) if we are notified at least 3 full working days prior to the course.Beyond that, you may be responsible for the full registration fee.

SATURDAY March 29, 2014
Bartram’s Garden, Phila., PA

8:40- Welcome and opening remarks. Presenter: Jacob Pilon, MSW RSW
9:00- 1st session “Poison Ivy PR. Opening eyes and minds“ Presenter: Charlotte Kidd, M. Ed.
9:20- 2nd session “Poison Ivy Education: Empowering consumers“ Presenter: Dan Boelman RN, BSN, Customer Service Manager, Zanfel Laboratories, Inc.
9:40- break
9:50- 3rd session “Successful Removal of Poison Ivy Plants, Building a Successful Business“ Presenter: Helaine Hughes, Owner, The Poison Ivy Removal Company
10:10- 4th session “Update on Poison Ivy Research at Virginia Tech“ Presenter: John Jelesko, MS, PhD, Associate Professor, Plant Pathology, Physiology, and Weed Science, Virginia Polytechnic Institute and State University, Blackburg, VA
10:30- 5th session “Tale of Two Rootstocks: P.I. has more than one way to climb a tree“ Presenter: Umar Mycka, AS, Poison Ivy Horticulturist
10:50-11:30- 6th session “Best Practices for Hand Removal of Poison Ivy” Presenter: Raffiu Mohammed, Biology major at Community College of Philadelphia. Crew Foreman, Poison Ivy Horticulturist.
11:30-1:30 lunch
1:30-4:30- “Studying Post Bird Ingested Poison Ivy Seeds“ An on-your-feet interactive session coordinated by Jacob Pilon and Umar Mycka
4:30- Wrap up of day's activities
5:00-Conclusion of today's session

SUNDAY March 30, 2014
Bartram’s Garden, Phila., PA

8:40- Welcome and opening remarks. Presenter: Jacob Pilon, MSW RSW
9:00- 1st session “Rock'n Round the Year, Gett'n Poison Ivy Clear“ Presenter: Umar Mycka, AS, Poison Ivy Horticulturist
9:20- 2nd session “PI ID Shortcut“ Open participation
9:40- Children's Poison Ivy Educational Session
9:50- A new original song about poison ivy Song and Musical Accompaniment: Lyrics by Jeanne Richarde & Umar Mycka. Music composed by Brian Rudolph
10:10- A way to better understand a common problem “Poison Ivy Education 101“ Presenter: Dan Boelman RN, BSN, Customer Service Manager, Zanfel Laboratories, Inc.
10:30- A way to discover an important study 2013 Poison Ivy Citizen Science Project: “Look But Don't Touch.“ Presenter: John Jelesko, MS, PhD, Associate Professor, Plant Pathology, Physiology, and Weed Science, Virginia Polytechnic Institute and State University, Blackburg, VA
10:50- A new approach to an old problem “Poison Ivy Leaf Identification Made Simple“ Presenter: Umar Mycka, AS, Poison Ivy Horticulturist
11:10- Question and answer session and wrap up (snacks provided for participants of children's session)
11:30-1:30 lunch
1:30-4:30- An open discussion concerning the key points to promote poison ivy realization, recognition, and removal.
4:30- Wrap up of day's activities
5:00-Conclusion of today's session

MONDAY March 31, 2014
Bartram’s Garden, Phila., PA

8:40- Welcome and opening remarks. Presenter: Jacob Pilon, MSW RSW
9:00- 1st session “2013 Poison Ivy Identification Week: A look back“ Moderated by Umar Mycka, AS, Poison Ivy Horticulturist
9:20- 2nd session “2014 Poison Ivy Identification Week, June 1-7 2014: Looking to make the greatest impact on poison ivy sufferers“ Moderated by Jacob Pilon, MSW RSW
9:40- break
9:50-11:30- 3rd session “Poison Ivy Removal Demonstration“
11:30-1:30 lunch
1:30-4:30- “Poison Ivy Removal Demonstration #2“
4:30- Wrap up of day's activities
5:00-Conclusion of conference

Platinum Partner Package (Only)

  • Four Delegates entry to the event and all event documentation.
  • Sponsored networking dinner for all delegates with 15 minute after dinner presentation, with corporate branding rights in a premium venue.
  • Two 40-minute case study presentations*
  • 9 x 6 foot exhibition space
  • One full page color ad in Conference Program
  • Delegate list two weeks prior to the event.
  • Your company logo on the event website and agenda.
  • Your company branding in conference room. Your company inserts in the attendee tote bag.

Investment = $10,000.

Gold Partner Package (Speaking & Exhibiting)

  • Three Delegates entry to the event and all event documentation.
  • Two x 20-minute case study presentations*
  • 9x6 foot exhibition space.
  • One full-color ad in Conference Program
  • Your company logo on the event website and agenda. Your company inserts in attendee tote bag.

Investment = $5,000.

Silver Partner Package (Exhibitor & Showcase)

  • Three Delegates entry to the event and all event documentation. One 20-minute case study presentation.
  • 6 x 9 foot exhibition space.
  • One full black & white ad in Conference Program.
  • Your company logo on the event website and agenda. Your company inserts in attendee tote bag,

Investment = $2,500.

Workshop Package (Two Only)

  • Three Delegates entry to the event and all event documentation.
  • Six-Hour workshop on mature poison ivy plant removal with invitation to the national media and scientific community on final day of the event (Co-ordinated with Event Producer).
  • 6 x 9 foot exhibition space.
  • One full page color ad in event documentation packages.
  • Your company logo on the event website and agenda. Your company inserts in attendee tote bags.

Investment = $7500.

* Speaking opportunities are strictly limited. All presentations must be agreed upon with the event producer to add real value and to be interesting for the audience.

Standard Delegate Package

  • One delegate attendance for all three days and all event documentation.

Investment = $395.

Other Sponsorship Opportunities

  • Event USB Keys
  • Branded Coffee Breaks
  • Sponsored Lunches.

For further information contact Umar Mycka at 267 968 5971 or email info@idontwantpoisonivy.com.