Schedule and location
- Monday, October 28, 2019: Registration closes 11:59 p.m.
- Tuesday, October 29, 2019: Online materials become available
- Sunday, November 3, 2019, 9:00 a.m. to 1:00 p.m.: In person session meets at Thornhill Education Center
Registration will open Tuesday, November 19, 2019.
- Tuesday, March 10, 2020: Registration closes 11:59 p.m.
- Wednesday, March 11, 2020: Online materials become available
- Sunday, March 22, 2020, 1:00 to 5:00 p.m.: In person session meets at Thornhill Education Center
Fees and Registration
Explore the interactions that drive ecosystem function and learn to identify plants, animals, and fungi in relation to ecological habitats.
By developing knowledge of ecological food webs and species interdependence you will have a better understanding of how to manage natural areas to support biodiversity. We will discuss influential variables which determine habitat quality and shape an ecosystem, such as light, water, fire, and herbivory. An emphasis on the cyclical nature of the seasons and life history of native species will allow insights for short-term and long-term natural areas management.
The online component of this class is self-guided and can be completed wherever you have access to a computer, at your own pace. Online assignments are due before the session.
Greg Rajsky has been engaged in ecological restoration since 1990 and has been teaching classes for the Morton Arboretum since 1996. An avid field botanist and ecologist, he consults with local property owners to help them understand, conserve, and maintain natural habitats. He stewards several sites in the region.
- This class includes both online and in-person sessions. Online assignments must be completed before the in-person class.
- The online materials will take approximately 30 minutes to complete.
- Participants will have access to the online materials for 60 days after the course start date.
- Please dress for the weather during the in-person session, with long sleeves and long pants/sturdy footwear.
- Limit 20
- Participants must have access to the internet and know how to use a web browser (ex: Chrome, Safari, Internet Explorer)
- A unique email address for each participant is required at registration.
- Participants must know how to send and receive email.
Continuing education: This class fulfills a requirement for the Natural Areas Conservation Training (N-ACT) Program. (Learn more about N-ACT.) 5 Continuing Education Credits are available from the Society for Ecological Restoration (SER).