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. You will be expected to complete the online portion of the course before you arrive for the in-person session.


Instructor: Trinity Pierce, natural areas conservation training program coordinator, The Morton Arboretum, or Cecil Hynds-Riddle, steward and community organizer
Notes: Held online, indoors, and outdoors.  Please dress for the weather and wear sturdy shoes for walking on rough terrain 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. 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 Natural Areas Conservation Training Program. 7 CPDH credits for educators are available. 7 Continuing Education Credits are available from the Society for Ecological Restoration (SER).

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Schedule and Location

Thornhill Education Center

Section A: Trinity Pierce, natural areas conservation training program coordinator, The Morton Arboretum
Registration closes at 11:59 p.m. on Thursday, September 20, 2018
Online component begins: Friday, September 21, 2018
In person component: Saturday, September 29, 2018, 10:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m.

Section B: Cecil Hynds-Riddle, steward and community organizer
Registration closes at 11:59 p.m. on Thursday, November 1, 2018
Online component begins: Friday, November 2, 2018
In person component: Saturday, November 10, 2018, 10:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m.


Fees and Admission

Nonmembers: Fees include admission to the Arboretum. 

$55.00 member
$64.00 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.