Wetland Ecology

An Arboretum instructor walking by prairie plan along Meadow Lake.Learn the essentials of wetland ecology and the management techniques necessary to maintain threatened wetland ecosystems. Wetlands are critical habitats in the Great Lakes region. Today, these ecosystems are threatened by encroaching development, invasive species, and pollution. Discuss the principles of wetland ecology underlying restoration practice, visit sites that represent different stages of restoration, and explore the management of these systems.This class can be taken as a component of the Woodland Stewardship Program in natural areas management.

Instructor: Scott Kobal, plant ecologist, Forest Preserve District of DuPage County
Notes: Held indoors and outdoors. Limit 20
Driving Directions: The Saturday class will visit locations away from the Arboretum. Driving directions will be provided to registrants.
Continuing education: This class fulfills a requirement for the Natural Areas Restoration Program. 6 CPDH credits for educators are available. 6 Continuing Education Credits are available from the Society for Ecological Restoration (SER). 

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Schedule and Location

Two days: Wednesday, August 1, 6:30 to 8:30 p.m., and Saturday, August 4, 2018 8:00 a.m. to noon (new time for Saturday)
Thornhill Education Center


This class will be offered again in June 2019. Registration will open Tuesday, February, 2019.

Fees and Admission

Nonmembers: Fees include admission to the Arboretum. 

$55.00 member
$65.00 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.