Woodland Ecology (Online Only)

Learn the essentials of woodland ecology and the woodland management techniques necessary  to maintain threatened woodland ecosystems. Woodlands and savannas once covered vast stretches of the Great Lakes region. Today, these ecosystems are threatened by encroaching development, invasive species, and pollution. Discuss the principles of woodland ecology underlying restoration practice, learn about sites that represent different stages of restoration, and explore the controversies surrounding management of these systems in an engaging online course. This class is held entirely online and can be taken as a component of the Natural Areas Conservation Training Program in natural areas management.

Notes: The course is held entirely online and is expected to take approximately four hours. Students will have access to the online materials for 60 days after the first day they access the course. Limit 50.
Prerequisites: Intro to Ecological Restoration (W100) or previous restoration experience.
Requirements: Must have access to the internet and provide an email address at registration.  Must know how to use a web browser and how to send and receive email.
Continuing education: This class can be used to fill the “Pick one: Woodland, Wetland, or Prairie Ecology” requirement for the Natural Areas Conservation Training Program.


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Schedule and Location

Registration closes 11:59 p.m., Tuesday, November 27, 2018
Online component begins: Wednesday, November 28, 2018

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.