Greenways Conference

The 2020 Greenways Conference had to be cancelled, but stay tuned for information on 2021's event!


What is the Greenways Conference?

The conference showcases our community’s greenways—narrow bands of open spaces that provide habitat for wildlife, are essential routes for species migration, filter pollutants from water, enhance scenic and aesthetic qualities, and, in many instances, expand recreational, social, cultural, and economic opportunities for our community. Anyone who cares about our greenways is invited to mingle, learn from each other, and get inspired.


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Past Events

Greenways Conference 2017


The fall 2017 event was held at Uptown Station on November 3, featuring Jeff Walk (pictured on the right) of the Nature Conservancy as our keynote speaker, presenting the benefits of green infrastructure for watersheds. The Agricultural Watershed Institute’s Steve John closed the event with a discussion of the renewable energy potential of perennial prairie grasses. Other sessions included:


Keynote: The benefits of Green Infrastructure for Watersheds

  • Jeff Walk, The Nature Conservancy, Director of Conservation

Outdoor Recreational Opportunities: What's Available Right Now?

  • Terry Brown,
  • Bill Davison, University of Illinois Extension
  • Mike Steffa, Director of McLean County Parks and Recreation

Stewardship of Urban Waterways: Sugar Creek

  • Michael Brown, Ecology Action Center
  • Randy Stein, Bloomington-Normal Water Reclamation District
  • Mark Beach, Bloomington-Normal Water Reclamation District
  • Wayne Aldrich, Town of Normal

Greenways Opportunities Throughout the Region

  • Angela Funk, Sugar Grove Nature Center
  • Erin Herbez, ParkLands Foundation
  • Joan Brehm, Illinois State University

The Once and Future Prairie State

  • Steve John, The Agricultural Watershed

Conclusion: optional tour of Uptown Normal

  • Mercy Davison, Town of Normal

Event Details:

Friday, November 3, 2017, from 8:30 AM to 2:30 PM.

Registration: $25 per attendee and includes lunch.

Registration: open until Friday, October 27, 2017.

The American Planning Association (APA) has approved 1 CM credit for each session.