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Woodland Stewardship Program

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Help conserve the natural wonders of our region!

Gain the knowledge and skills to turn your passion for our environment into action and make a difference in your community.

The Woodland Stewardship Program is an in-depth training and certification program in natural areas restoration.  You’ll gain the knowledge and practical experience necessary to care for our natural areas, including woodlands, prairies, wetlands, and other habitats of the Chicago region.

With classes on plant identification and ecology, fundamentals of ecological restoration, invasive species management, and applied topics you will be equipped to plan and implement restoration work at a volunteer site, for work, or in your own backyard.

 

Classes

Woodland Stewardship Program classes are easy to fit into a busy lifestyle, and include online, classroom, and field components.  The Woodland Stewardship Program is open to anyone involved or interested in the stewardship of our natural heritage, regardless of prior experience. You’ll make meaningful connections with like-minded people and learn from leading experts. 

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If you share a love for the outdoors and are ready to help restore local ecosystems, then join us!

 

Woodland Stewardship Program Certificate

By obtaining the Woodland Stewardship Program Certificate, you can acquire the skills and knowledge you need to conduct and manage restoration activities. Ten classes, First Aid/CPR certification, and completion of 30 volunteer hours are required to obtain the Woodland Stewardship Certificate. 

Classes are offered throughout the year, in a regular seasonal rotation. 

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Volunteering 

Most natural areas management and restoration programs in the Chicago region depend on volunteers. The Morton Arboretum is no exception: we rely on volunteers to manage our 900 acres of natural areas. Once you enroll in the Woodland Stewardship Program, you'll be connected with the volunteer office to see how you can make a difference. Click here to see current volunteer opportunities

Learn More

Check out our Woodland Stewardship Program orientation online (click here to view) or in-person to learn more. If you are ready to start your journey towards certification, please fill out the Woodland Stewardship Enrollment Form

Have questions about the program, or want to tailor your courses or volunteer work to match your interests? Email the Woodland Stewardship Coordinator at ed-stewardship@mortonarb.org.


Woodland Stewardship Program FAQs

Get the answers to the most asked questions about the Woodland Stewardship Program. 
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