Volunteer Leadership (Online and In-person)

A group of volunteers are in a field during a volunteer leadership class.
Strengthen your skills leading volunteers in natural areas management with this interactive primer for volunteer stewardship activity planning, group dynamics, safety, and volunteer empowerment. Learn how to plan and run a productive volunteer workday for activities such as invasive brush removal and seed collection that inspire volunteers to keep coming back. Discover some methods of bringing volunteers together with social media, mailing lists, and in-person meetings. Gain skills to recruit, retain, and empower volunteers to lead others with community organizing fundamentals.

Instructor: Cecil Hynds-Riddle, community organizer and apprentice steward
Notes: Held online, indoors, and outdoors.  Please dress for the weather and wear sturdy shoes for winter conditions during the outdoor sessions. Limit 20.
Supplies: Please bring a water bottle and materials for writing. We will take a one hour lunch break - please bring a sack lunch.
Requirements: Intro to Ecological Restoration (W100) and previous volunteer experience recommended. 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 February 10. 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. 7 CPDH credits for educators are available. 3 Continuing Education Credits are available from the Society for Ecological Restoration (SER). 


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Registration closes at 11:59 p.m. on Thursday, February 1, 2018
Online component begins: Friday, February 2, 2018
In person component: Saturday, February 10, 2018, 10:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m.
Location: Thornhill Education Center



Nonmembers: Fees include admission to the Arboretum. 

$55.00 members
$64.00 nonmembers


CALL: 630-719-2468 (or to be waitlisted)
IN PERSON: Stop by the Visitor Center during open hours.