ACCA Plant Conservation


Learn how biologists study and take action to conserve plants. One in five plants are threatened with extinction. Critical habitats are rapidly disappearing - the once widespread Midwest prairie is 99.9% gone. What can we do to understand this loss of biodiversity? What tools do we have to accurately assess the status of threatened plant species? What are the key challenges in modern times?

This class will discuss the causes of plant species decline and the information used to make conservation decisions. We’ll discuss the history of plant conservation and the latest practices, tools, and technology for protecting plant biodiversity (cryopreservation, CRISPR, and more). Through primary literature review, discussion, and hands-on investigation, we will explore the role biological science and theory play in the conservation and management of imperiled plants.

Instructor: Dr. Sean Hoban, tree conservation biologist, The Morton Arboretum
Notes: Students are expected to provide their own transportation to sites and to cover their own expenses on field trips.
Administrator: Megan Dunning, Manager of Adult Learning Programs,
Prerequisites: General Biology or equivalent experience with botany required.
Credit: 4 semester hours (or equivalent), upper division undergraduate

Schedule and Location

(PLEASE NOTE: The Wednesday, March 28 class has been moved to Monday, April 2.)

Mondays and Wednesdays, January 29 through May 2, 2018. 6:00 to 8:00 p.m.
Saturday field trips and one week of spring break TBD.

Thornhill Education Center
The Morton Arboretum
4100 Illinois Route 53
Lisle, IL 60532

Fees and Admission

Nonmembers: Fees include admission to the Arboretum. 

Registration Information

Please contact the Biology Department faculty at the participating Associated Colleges of the Chicago Area institution from which you wish to receive credit. You must register through the Registrar’s Office at your home institution AND through the Registrar’s Office at The Morton Arboretum.  For more information or to register through the Arboretum, please contact.

The Morton Arboretum Registrar's Office
630-719-2468 or
(Monday through Friday, 9:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m.)