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Intro to Ecological Restoration (Online and in-person)

Schedule and location

Registration will open Tuesday, February 18, 2020.

Tuesday, April 7, 2020, 11:59 p.m.: Registration closes
Wednesday, April 8, 2020, 12:00 p.m.: Online materials become available
Saturday April 18, and Saturday, May 2, 2020, 9:00 a.m. to 12:30 p.m.: In person sessions meet at the Thornhill Education Center

Fees and Registration

$39.00 member
$46.00 nonmember
(Fees include admission to the Arboretum)

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

Course description

Discover the principles and practice of ecosystem restoration. Ecological restoration is a process for recovering forests, grasslands, and other ecosystems that have been degraded. Engage with experts in natural resource conservation and fellow participants and volunteers to challenge your assumptions and have conversations about ecological restoration. Explore what we mean when we say ecological restoration, examples in concept and practice, and discuss the implications of this work.

The online component of this class is self-guided. Your instructor will not be online with you and online components can be completed wherever you have access to a computer, at your own pace. Online assignments will be due before each in-person session.

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Kurt Dreisilker, head of natural resources and collections horticulture, The Morton Arboretum

Kurt Dreisilker has been managing the natural resources at The Morton Arboretum since 2004.  In this capacity he leads the development and implementation of ecological restoration projects within the Arboretum's 900 acres of wetlands, woodlands, and prairies.  He has been teaching classes on numerous natural area topics, such as ecosystem conservation and management, invasive species, native plant identification, and many others.

Course details


  • This class includes both online and in-person sessions. Some online assignments must be completed before the in-person class. All online assignments need to be completed by 1 week after the second in-person class.
  • The online materials will take approximately 90 minutes to complete.
  • Participants will have access to online materials for 60 days after the course start date, until June 7, 2020.
  • Please dress for the weather during the in-person sessions, 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)
  • Participants must know how to send and receive email.
  • A unique email address for each participant is required at registration.
  • Online assignments will be due the Thursday before each in-person session.

Continuing education: This class fulfills a requirement for the Natural Areas Conservation Training (N-ACT) Program. (Learn more about N-ACT.)

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