2017 Philadelphia Poison Ivy Conference

Welcome to the 2017 Philadelphia Poison Ivy Conference, our fifth annual conference. We are proud to have made a significant contribution to better understanding of the poison ivy problem.

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.

2017 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)

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.

Our Fifth Annual Conference will be held at the historic Philadelphia Zoo. Click on the Conference Registration tab to attend. Hurry! Space is limited!

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TUESDAY, APRIL 25, 2017 — REPORTS ON RESEARCH FINDINGS at the Philadelphia Zoo, Independence Schoolhouse, 3400 West Girard Avenue, Philadelphia, PA 19104

8:00 — Registration, Continental breakfast
8:40 — Welcome and opening remarks
9:00 — 1st session "BACKBEAT AND 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.
9:30 — 2nd session "USING THE APPALACHIAN TRAIL AS A NATURAL POISON IVY LABORATORY" Presenter: John Jelesko, MS, PhD, Associate Professor, Plant Pathology, Physiology, and Weed Science, Virginia Polytechnic Institute and State University, Blackburg, VA
9:50 — Break
10:00 — 3rd session "SOLVING THE MYSTERY OF POISON IVY LEAFLET EDGE SHAPE BY USING THE ANALOGY OF POISON IVY AS A TREE THAT HUNTS ITS PREY" Presenter: Umar Mycka, AS, Poison Ivy Horticulturist. A discussion about how poison ivy could possibly use the edges of its leaflets as a way to gather and transmit spatial direction for the plant's ultimate benefit, achieving successful flowering maturity
11:00 — 4th session "INVESTIGATING POISON IVY—AVIAN MICROBIOME INTERACTIONS" Presenter: John Jelesko, MS, PhD, Associate Professor, Plant Pathology, Physiology, and Weed Science, Virginia Polytechnic Institute and State University, Blackburg, VA
11:30-1:30 — Lunch
1:30 — 5th Session "MARKETING AND BRANDING CASE STUDY" Presenter: John Messerschmidt, Owner, Poison Ivy Patrol Specialty Landscaping
1:50 — 6th Session "HARNESSING THE WEEDING POWER OF 99 ALPINE GOATS" Presenter: Jon Tropea, owner and goat herd of J&M Goats
2:10 — 7th Session "POISON IVY LEARNING LAB" Back by popular demand—a high energy, informative learning experience which is certain to be valuable to all participants. New for this year: we have noticed a difference in the level of scarification on the poison ivy seed coat when comparing those eaten by a Mockingbird and those eaten by a flock of Starlings or Robins. Come and see what you think!
4:30 — Wrap up of day's activities
5:00 — Conclusion of today's session

WEDNESDAY, APRIL 26, 2017 — SEMINAR at the Philadelphia Zoo, Independence Schoolhouse, 3400 West Girard Avenue, Philadelphia, PA 19104

8:00 — Continental breakfast
8:40 — Welcome and opening remarks.
9:00 — 1st session "REMOVING A POISON IVY PLANT; 5 STORIES TALL AT THE RIGHT PRICE AND USING THE RIGHT TOOLS" Presenter: Helaine Hughes, owner, Poison Ivy Removal Company
9:25 — 2nd session "ITCHING FOR SUCCESS OR HOW TO OBTAIN MORE LEADS" Presenter: Steve Greenspan, owner, Poison Ivy Removal, Inc.
9:50 — Break
10:00 — 3rd session "ADDING INVASIVE PLANT REMOVAL TO OUR REPERTOIRE OF SERVICES" Presenter: John Messerschmidt, Owner, Poison Ivy Patrol Specialty Landscaping
10:30 — 4th session "CONVERSATION VIA SKYPE WITH KAJA BLACKLEY, GRAPHIC NOVELIST AND CHRISTINA BLACKLEY, ILLUSTRATOR — CO-CREATORS OF PARTNERS5, A COMIC ABOUT POISON IVY"
11:00 — 5th session "PRESENTING A NEW SHORT FILM ABOUT POISON IVY" Presenter: Zia, film maker, Temple University School of Theater, Film and Media Arts
11:30-1:30 — Lunch
1:30 — 6th session "GROUP DISCUSSION ABOUT BEST PRACTICE USE OF HAND TOOLS AND PERSONAL PROTECTIVE EQUIPMENT (PPE) USED FOR POISON IVY REMOVAL"
2:00 — 7th session "REVIEW OF APP "RASHPLANTS" Presenter: Tara Johnson, President of Nature Digger Tara Johnson has updated her very useful app called Rashplants. We will view the app on our smartphones for our review and critique.
2:30 — 8th 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?
4:30 — Wrap up of day's activities
5:00 — Conclusion of today's session and the 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.
  • Two-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 = $2700.

* 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 two days and all event documentation.

Investment = $270.

Other Sponsorship Opportunities

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

For further information contact Umar Mycka at 215-879-5969 or email idontwantpi@gmail.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: $270.00 for two days or $135.00 for each single day.
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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