Intro to Ecological Restoration (Online and in-person)


Discover the principles and practice of ecosystem restoration. Ecological restoration is a process for improving the quality of our regional forests, water, air, and biodiversity. Engage with experts in natural resource conservation and fellow participants and volunteers to challenge your assumptions and have conversations about ecological restoration. Explore what we mean when we say ecological restoration, examples in concept and practice, and discuss the implications of this work. The program will include both online learning modules and in-person discussions; additional online material will be available between the first and second in-person sessions. This class can be taken as a component of the Natural Areas Conservation Training Program in natural areas management.

Instructor: Kurt Dreisilker, head of natural resources, The Morton Arboretum
Notes: Held online, indoors, and outdoors. Please dress for the weather during the outdoor session with long sleeves and long pants/sturdy footwear. This class will consist of two in person meetings with an online module completed during the two weeks in between.
Limit 20.
Requirements: Must have access to the internet and provide an email address at registration.  Must know how to use a web browser (ex: Chrome, Safari, Internet Explorer) and how to send and receive email. You will be expected to complete online portions of the course before you arrive for the in-person sessions on July 14 and 21 for Section A, or November 3 and 10 for section B; plan to spend about 90 minutes completing the materials online. You will have access to online material for 60 days after you begin the course.
Continuing education: This class fulfills a requirement for the Natural Areas Conservation Training Program.


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Schedule and Location


Section B:
Registration closes 11:59 p.m. on Thursday, October 25, 2018
Online component begins: Friday, October 26, 2018
In person component: Two Saturdays, November 3 and 10, 2018, 9:00 a.m. to 12:30 p.m.
In person sessions meet at the Thornhill Education Center

Fees and Admission

Nonmembers: Fees include admission to the Arboretum. 

$39.00 member
$46.00 nonmember

Registration Information

BY PHONE:: 630-719-2468 (or to be waitlisted, M-F, 9:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m.)
IN PERSON: Stop by Visitor Center during open hours.


Weather Cancellation Hotline
Classes run rain or shine unless there is a threat of server weather. If severe weather is forecast please call 630-719-7979 for updates on weather related cancellations.