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Volunteer Leadership (Online and In-person)

Schedule and location


  • Tuesday, February 18, 2020: Registration closes at 11:59 p.m.
  • Wednesday, February 19, 2020: Online materials become available
  • Thursday, February 27, 2020, 6:00 to 9:30 p.m.: In person session meets at Thornhill Education Center

Fees and Registration

$45.00 member
$53.00 nonmember

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

Course description

Strengthen your skills leading volunteers in natural areas management with this interactive primer for volunteer stewardship activity planning, group dynamics, safety, and volunteer empowerment. Learn how to plan and run a productive volunteer workday for activities such as invasive brush removal and seed collection that inspire volunteers to keep coming back. Discover some methods of bringing volunteers together with social media, mailing lists, and in-person meetings. Gain skills to recruit, retain, and empower volunteers to lead others with community organizing fundamentals.

Course number



Trinity Pierce, natural areas conservation training program coordinator, The Morton Arboretum

Trinity Pierce began her restoration journey during barefoot summers exploring woodland, bogs, and roadside wildflowers of northern Wisconsin. With a formal background in history and landscape architecture, Trinity thrives on leading and learning alongside volunteers of all ages. She has designed and implemented restoration projects from the mountain west to the Midwest; from rural to urban ecosystems. In her role as the Chicago Region Trees Initiative Stewardship Coordinator Coordinator, Trinity supports tree planting and the the dynamic volunteer community and fosters partnerships locally and beyond.

Course details


  • Held online and in-person. The in-person session will be held indoors.
  • The online materials will take approximately 90-120 minutes to complete.
  • Participants will have access to online materials for 60 days after the course start date.
  • 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.
  • Supplies: Please bring materials for writing; a beverage and a snack may come in handy. 
  • Continuing education: This class fulfills a requirement for the Natural Areas Conservation Training Program. 5 Continuing Education Credits are available from the Society for Ecological Restoration (SER).
  • Arboretum class weather, cancellation and refund policies
Volunteer Leadership (Online and In-person)