2015 Philadelphia Poison Ivy Conference

Welcome to the 2015 Philadelphia Poison Ivy Conference, our third annual conference—the success of which belongs to you and is shared by all.

Our focus continues to be understanding and safely dealing with that most mysterious and beguiling of plants, poison ivy. We believe that an attainable goal is that all people in North America will be able to clearly realize, recognize, and remove poison ivy plants that pose a menace to humans.

2015 Philadelphia Poison Ivy Conference

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 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 second day of the conference, we take down two mature "backbeat" poison ivy plants growing up a Fir 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 Third Annual Conference will be held at the historic Philadelphia Horticulture Center. Click on the Conference Registration tab to attend. Hurry! Space is limited!

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TUESDAY, APRIL 7, 2015 — REPORTS ON RESEARCH FINDINGS at the Philadelphia Horticulture Center, 100 N. Horticulture Drive, Philadelphia, PA 19121

8:00 — Registration, Continental breakfast
8:40 — Welcome and opening remarks
9:00 — 1st session "RASH NATION" Presenter: Dan Boelman RN, BSN, Customer Service Manager, Zanfel Laboratories, Inc. A registered nurse provides emotional support and education to over 5,000 poison ivy sufferers.
9:30 — 2nd session "ADVANCES IN POISON IVY RESEARCH 2015" Presenter: John Jelesko, MS, PhD, Associate Professor, Plant Pathology, Physiology, and Weed Science, Virginia Polytechnic Institute and State University, Blackburg, VA New findings to inform and strengthen our poison ivy strategies.
9:50 — Break
10:00 — 3rd session "A GARDEN WRITER'S POISON IVY BEAT" Presenter: Charlotte Kidd, M. Ed.

Say "Poison Ivy" and everyone has an opinion or a story. I'll share a couple of my experiences writing about Toxicodendron, The Poison Tree. We'd like to hear yours. Your first time - getting the rash or removing the plant. PI and customers. Myths. Challenges. Solutions. We'll discuss. Sort Fact from Fiction. And talk about the difficulty getting the Facts out there.

My writing includes "Is THIS Poison Ivy?" http://statebystategardening.com/state.php/oh/articles/is_this_poison_ivy/

"A Larger Perspective on Poison Ivy" The American Gardener magazine Poison ivy and its relatives are universally loathed by gardeners and hikers, yet these plants have an intriguing history and an important ecological role. http://www.ahs.org/gardening-resources/gardening-publications/the-american-gardener/september-october-2014

10:30 — 4th session "IS POISON IVY GETTING WORSE?" Presenter: John Jelesko, MS, PhD, Associate Professor, Plant Pathology, Physiology, and Weed Science, Virginia Polytechnic Institute and State University, Blackburg, VA What do Dr. Jelesko's findings reveal in this p.i. reality-check?
11:00 — 5th session "BACKBEAT & HEARTROOT: TWO TRIBES OF POISON IVY" Presenter: Umar Mycka, AS, Poison Ivy Horticulturist The Poison Ivy Horticulturist shares the latest fruits of his poison ivy research in the field.
11:30-1:30 — Lunch
1:30-4:30 — 6th Session "POISON IVY LEARNING LAB" Back by popular demand—a high energy, informative learning experience which is certain to be valuable to all participants.
4:30 — Wrap up of day's activities
5:00 — Conclusion of today's session

WEDNESDAY, APRIL 8, 2015 — FIELD STUDY: First-time Removal of two mature Backbeat female poison ivy plants growing up a 14 foot tall Douglas Fir tree on the grounds of the Horticulture Center. Estimated total weight of poison ivy plant is 110 lbs.

8:00 — Continental breakfast
8:40 — Introduction, Preparations and travel to poison ivy removal location
10:50-11:30 — BEGIN POISON IVY FIELD STUDY AND PLANT REMOVAL
11:30-1:30 — Lunch
1:30-4:30 — CONTINUE POISON IVY FIELD STUDY AND PLANT REMOVAL
4:30 — Wrap up of day's activities
5:00-Conclusion of today's session

THURSDAY, APRIL 9, 2015 — SEMINAR at the Philadelphia Horticulture Center, 100 N. Horticulture Drive, Philadelphia, PA 19121

8:00 — Continental breakfast
8:40 — Welcome and opening remarks.
9:00 — 1st session "MARKETING AND BRANDING CASE STUDY" Presenter: John Messerschmidt, Owner, Poison Ivy Patrol Specialty Landscaping Follow a Poison Ivy Removal business from the inception of its brand to the creation of a franchise.
9:30 — 2nd session "NEW PRODUCTS AND SERVICES THAT WILL SUPPLEMENT YOUR POISON IVY REMOVAL BUSINESS" Moderator: Helaine Hughes, Owner, The Poison Ivy Removal Company Helaine Hughes and others will talk about tick and mosquito control, and organic fertilizer and soil conditioner
10:20 — Break
10:30 — 3rd session "CONVERSATION VIA SKYPE WITH SCOTT (KAJA) BLACKLEY, GRAPHIC NOVELIST AND CHRISTINA BLACKLEY, ILLUSTRATOR — CO-CREATORS OF PARTNERS5, A COMIC ABOUT POISON IVY"
11:00 — 4th session "PANEL DISCUSSION ON POISON IVY IDENTIFICATION WEEK" An ongoing effort to empower the public with the understanding of poison ivy and the ability to ID p.i. in its many guises.
11:30-1:30 — Lunch
1:30-4:00 — 5th session "A GOAL: ELIMINATING ACCIDENTAL POISON IVY RASH BY 2020" Is it possible by 2020 to proactively teach all residents of North America a clear and simple way to identify poison ivy so they no longer suffer from accidental contact with the plant?
4:00 — Wrap up of day's activities, closing remarks and conclusion of conference.
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Platinum Partner Package (One 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.

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Register today to attend the most exciting, the most informative, and the longest-running poison ivy conference held anywhere!

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.

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