SWIMGA Volunteer Opportunities


Invasive Species Newsletter

 SICIM (Southern Indiana Cooperative Invasives Management) is an alliance of various agencies, including Purdue Extension, which is monitoring and trying to control invasive plant species in the southern third of our state.  They have just sent out their spring newsletter, which has information on two nasty invasive plants (Japanese chaff flower and garlic mustard).  I invite you to join the Garlic Mustard Challenge, where landowners with this stinky weed are encouraged to pull up this weed, photograph their results, and contact SICIM.  Contest ends June 30, or whenever your garlic mustard begins blooming.

Download the latest newsletter from here: http://www.sicim.info/news/   



Judging at Knox County Fair

The Purdue Extension-Knox County is in need of a judge for our garden, melons, potatoes, tomatoes and bee keeping projects.  We would like to ask you if you would be our judge for these projects.  The judging will take place on Saturday, July 15, 2017 at the Knox County Fair Grounds at 8:00 a.m. till 11:00 a.m.  We will compensate you mileage.  Please let me know as soon as you can if you can or cannot judge for us.  We look forward to hearing back from you.  Thank you.

 Kim King
Purdue Extension-Knox County
Office Manager
4259 N Purdue Rd
Vincennes, IN  47591
Phone:  (812) 882-3509
Email:  king286@purdue.edu


 At the Jan. 7 Holiday Recycle day, 362 vehicles brought 280 trees to be mulched and approximately 17 tons of recyclables.  Thanks again for everyone who volunteered!!!

We have two opportunities for MG volunteers:

Tire Recycling – Saturday, April 29, 8:30 am – 12:00 noon (we shortened the time) 3-5 people needed, Civic Center parking lot.

Tox Away Day – Saturday, September 16, 7:30 am – 1:00 pm (can be two shifts) 10-12 people needed Civic Center parking lot.  I will remind you about this later.

If you can help out with the Tire Recycling, please contact Susan Jeffries sjeffries@vanderburghgov.org

NEIGHBORHOODS: Where Life Happens is the theme for the 2017 Regional Neighborhood Network Conference (RNNC), co-hosted by the City of Evansville’s Department of Metropolitan Development (DMD) and United Neighborhoods of Evansville (UNOE).  The 2017 RNNC is a three‐day event that runs from October 5th – 7th, 2017.  The RNNC is a cooperative network of 20+ Midwestern cities and 5 States; Indiana, Ohio, Illinois, Kentucky, and Tennessee.

The RNNC is a place where community leaders, neighborhood volunteers, corporations, local government agencies, philanthropists, real estate developers and businesses gather to exchange information with one another in order to gain valuable ideas to take back and help improve or transform their own communities. The RNNC features a wide variety of workshops about state of the art approaches to neighborhood improvements, area redevelopments, crime, safety, and public & private investments.  In addition to these informative workshops, the RNNC is a great opportunity to network with your neighboring peers from other States and enjoy Evansville’s great food and entertainment!

They are requesting Master Gardeners who would like to hold a workshop to contact Larry Caplan for the brochure or download www.rnnc2017.com/workshops

Some of the topics that could be discussed include:

      • Setting up community gardens; teaching neighbors to feed themselves and each other.
      • Getting youth involved in gardening and hands-on environmental education.
      • Local Food Networks; how to best use local farmers’ markets (and how to start a farmer’s market).
      • Various food safety, nutrition programs, including diabetes workshops, heart-healthy workshops, etc.
      • Trees: Adding beauty and shade to your neighborhood; pests of trees; Is this tree a hazard?
      • Various gardening concepts: pest control with and without pesticides; soil preparation; gardens for native pollinators.


The U.S. Fish and Wildlife’s Partners Program and Indiana DNR are participating in a grant that the Pollinator Partnership received to create habitat for monarchs and other pollinators called Monarch Wings Across the Eastern Broadleaf Forest. This effort is focused on the Eastern Broadleaf Forest ecoregion across Ohio, Indiana, Illinois, Missouri, and Arkansas. The two year plan will serve to implement a goal of 4,688 acres of monarch habitat across the 5 states. Initially, 12 volunteer seed collection teams per state will be organized and receive training in the spring of 2017 on how to correctly identify select forb species and properly collect the seed. We have a finalized plant collection list that includes native forbs that cover all of the bloom periods. The collected seed will then be processed, cleaned, tested and then made available across the 5 states to be planted in 2018.

Right now we are starting to get the word out and reach out to find interested volunteers to collect seed. If you or anyone you know would be interested in participating, please email Amber Barnes at ab@pollinator.org to be put on the volunteer list. Once we have an idea where volunteers are located, we will set up convenient training locations and provide further information. Feel free to distribute this information and the flyer below to anyone who you think may be interested!