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ACCA Intro to Ecological Restoration

Schedule and Location

The Morton Arboretum
The Administration and Research Building
4100 Illinois Route 53
Lisle, IL 60532

  • Thursdays, February 20, February 27, and March 19 through May 21, 2020, 5:30 to 8:30 p.m.
  • Three Tuesdays, April 28,  May 12, and May 19, 2020, 5:30 to 9:30 p.m.
  • Four Saturdays, March 28, April 11, April 25, and May 9, 2020, 9:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m.

(Students are expected to provide their own transportation, and defray their own expenses on field trips)

For more information about ACCA opportunities at the Arboretum, please contact: Megan Dunning, mdunning@mortonarb.org, 630-725-2101

Fees and Registration

(Fees include admission to the Arboretum)

Please contact the Registrar’s Office at The Morton Arboretum (Registrar-ed@mortonarb.org or 630-719-2468, 9:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m., Monday through Friday.) AND The Biology Department at the participating ACCA institution from which you wish to receive credit 


Course Description

Learn the theory and practice of habitat restoration. This course provides an overview of Chicago region ecosystems, threats to their biodiversity and functions, and management practices designed to restore them and the environmental services they provide.  Major ecosystem and community types will be described in terms of their biotic and abiotic components and processes, management issues, and restoration techniques. 
Classes and field trips will expose students to all phases of restoration work, from assessment and planning through project design, implementation, maintenance and monitoring.  Field sessions and workshops will provide opportunities for hands-on practice with management techniques such as vegetation and wildlife monitoring; invasive species control; collecting, cleaning and sowing seeds; greenhouse and nursery propagation of native plants; GPS/GIS applications; and prescribed burning.


Jeff Weiss, MS

Jeff Weiss is a restoration ecologist who works in Illinois, Wisconsin and Iowa as a volunteer and professional. He teaches ecological restoration and horticulture at College of Lake County and The Morton Arboretum. He founded and leads the Buffalo Grove Environmental Action Team and the Buffalo Creek Clean Water Partnership. He received his MS in Natural Resources and Environmental Sciences from the University of Illinois at Urbana Champaign in 2014, and is president of Living Lands Conservation Company.

Course Details

  • Notes: Students are expected to provide their own transportation, and defray their own expenses on field trips
  • Prerequisites: General Biology AND a previous botany, ecology, or environmental biology course required; or consent of instructor
  • Credit: Four (4) semester hours (or equivalent), undergraduate



College Credit