Ecosystem Concepts (Online and In-person)

Schedule and Location

Winter

  • Tuesday, March 12, 2019: Registration closes 11:59 p.m. 
  • Wednesday, March 13, 2019: Online material becomes available
  • Sunday, March 24, 2019, 1:00 to 5:00 p.m.In person session meets at Thornhill Education Center

 

Spring

  • Wednesday, May 8, 2019: Registration closes 11:59 p.m. 
  • Thursday, May 9, 2019: Online materials become available
  • Sunday, May 19, 2019, 9:00 a.m. to 1:00 p.m.: In person session meets at Thornhill Education Center

Fees and Registration

$29.00 member
$34.00 nonmember
(Fees include admission to the Arboretum)

ONLINE: REGISTER NOW
BY PHONE: 630-719-2468 (or to be waitlisted, Monday-Friday, 9:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m.)

Course Description

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.

Course number

W040

Instructor

Greg Rajsky

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.

Course Details

Notes:

  • 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

Requirements:

  • 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 CPDH credits for educators are available. 5 Continuing Education Credits are available from the Society for Ecological Restoration (SER).  

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