Woodland Stewardship Training Program
Take action to conserve the natural wonders of Illinois. Plan, carry out, and lead natural areas conservation efforts in woodlands, wetlands, and prairie.
During classroom study and field experience, you will:
- Learn practical skills and techniques for habitat management and restoration.
- Be part of ecological restoration in action.
- Develop a deeper understanding of the natural habitats of northern Illinois.
- Interact with others interested in conservation.
The Woodland Stewardship Training Program has two levels of certification: Steward and Steward Supervisor. Stewards work independently managing natural areas, while supervisors lead others through the process, after completing additional training. Three core classes, one biodiversity elective, and thirty hours of volunteer work in the Arboretum’s natural areas are required for certification as a Steward. An additional two courses and organization of a reviewed workday are required for certification as a Steward Supervisor.
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