Tools for Management (Online and In-person)

Learn to effectively and efficiently use the tools of the trade to tackle different restoration jobs. Get to know your tools, pick the right tools for the right tasks, and learn to use the different tools safely. We’ll discuss how to plan and run safe workdays, meet site safety guidelines, and how to care for equipment. The online and in-person sessions complement each other; please plan to complete the class materials online before coming to the in-person session. This class can be taken as a component of the Woodland Stewardship Program in natural areas management.

Instructor: Jason Buss, natural resource management crew leader and volunteer liaison, Forest Preserve District of Will County
Notes: Held online, indoors and outdoors. Please dress for the weather for the in-person class, with long sleeves and long pants/sturdy footwear. 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 the online portion of the course (approximately one hour) before you arrive for the in-person session on March 20th. Students will have access to the online materials for 60 days after the first day they access the course.
Continuing education: This class fulfills a requirement for the Woodland Stewardship Program. 3 CPDH credits for educators are available. 3 Continuing Education Credits are available from the Society for Ecological Restoration (SER). 




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Winter session (register below)
Registration closes at 11:59 p.m. on Monday, March 5, 2018
Thornhill Education Center

  • Online component begins: Tuesday, March 6, 2018
  • In-person component meets: Tuesday, March 13, 6:30 to 8:30 p.m.


Spring session (registration opens February 20)
Registration closes at 11:59 p.m. on Monday, June 4, 2018
Thornhill Education Center

  • Online component begins: Tuesday, June 5, 2018
  • In-person component meets: Tuesday, June 12, 6:30 to 8:30 p.m.


Nonmembers: Fees include admission to the Arboretum. 

$16.00 members
$20.00 nonmembers

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.