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Interests - Natural Areas Conservation Training N-ACT Program

Course List

  • Join us for a FREE orientation to the Natural Areas Conservation Training (N-ACT) Program in ecological restoration. Available online anytime. You will have access to the online material for 30 days after enrolling.
  • Strengthen your skills leading volunteers in natural areas management with this interactive primer for volunteer stewardship activity planning, group dynamics, safety, and volunteer empowerment at The Morton Arboretum. Wednesday, February 19, 2020: Online materials become available. Thursday, February 27, 2020, 6:00 to 9:30 p.m.: In person session meets
  • Learn to identify and manage the most common invasive plants in the Great Lakes region at The Morton Arboretum. Wednesday, May 20, 2020, 12:00 p.m.: Online course becomes available, and Saturday, May 30, 2020: Meet in-person, 8:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. Or register for a late summer class. Wednesday, September 9, 2020, 12:00 p.m.: Online course becomes available, and Saturday, September 19, 2020: Meet in-person, 8:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m.
  • Learn to assess the invasive species issues at a site, and set priorities for efficiently and effectively managing invasive species in this engaging online class through The Morton Arboretum. Wednesday, December 4, 2019: Noon U.S. Central time: Online course becomes available or Wednesday, March 4, 2020: Noon U.S. Central time: Online course becomes available. Sold out - please call the Registrar at 630-719-2468 to be added to a waitlist.
  • Chicago Wilderness will offer two winter sessions of the Midwest Ecological Prescription Burn Crew Member Training class at The Morton Arboretum. Saturday and Sunday, February 22 and 23, 2020 8:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m., or Thursday and Friday, March 5 and 6, 2020 8:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m.
  • Learn to identify plants without leaves or flowers. Explore the Schulenberg Prairie and adjacent woodlands to practice identifying native perennials and grasses in winter with a local expert at The Morton Arboretum. Saturday, March 7, 2019, 8:00 a.m. to noon.
  • Learn spring methods for propagating your favorite native plants. Learn how to bring seeds out of stratification, plant in seed trays and transplant seedlings at The Morton Arboretum.Sunday, March 8, 2020, 9:00 a.m. to 12:30 p.m., or 1:00 to 4:30 p.m. Sold out - please call the Registrar's Office at 630-719-2468 to be waitlisted.
  • Explore the interactions that drive ecosystem function and learn to identify plants, animals, and fungi in relation to ecological habitats at The Morton Arboretum. Tuesday, October 29, 2019: Online materials become available and Sunday, November 3, 2019, 9:00 a.m. to 1:00 p.m.: In person session meets, or Wednesday, March 11, 2020: Online materials become available and Sunday, March 22, 2020, 1:00 to 5:00 p.m.: In person session meets.
  • Learn how to safely use herbicides to benefit natural areas management at The Morton Arboretum. Saturday, March 21, 2020, 9:00 a.m. to 12:30 p.m.
  • Digitally explore the intricacies of the prairie landscape and learn how to restore these signature American ecosystems at The Morton Arboretum. Thursday, March 26, 2020: Noon U.S. Central time: Online course becomes available.
  • Get the botany basics you need to identify plants. Whether you are a natural resources volunteer or specialist, gardener, naturalist, or artist this class provides the fundamentals you need to get started at The Morton Arboretum. Saturday, March 28, 2020, 12:30 to 3:00 p.m., or Wednesday, May 20, 2020, 6:00 to 8:30 p.m.
  • Join us for a FREE orientation program on the Natural Areas Conservation Training Program Orientation (formally the Woodland Stewardship Program) at the Morton Arboretum. Tuesday, March 31, 2020, 6:30 to 8:00 p.m.
  • Learn to effectively and efficiently use the tools of the trade to tackle different restoration jobs at The Morton Arboretum.Tuesday, April 7, 2020, 12:00 p.m.: Online materials become available. Tuesday, April 14, 2020, 6:30 to 8:30 p.m: In-person session meets.
  • Discover the principles and practice of ecosystem restoration at The Morton Arboretum. Wednesday, April 8, 2020, 12:00 p.m.: Online materials become available. Saturday April 18, and May 2, 2020, 9:00 a.m. to 12:30 p.m.: In person sessions meet.
  • Learn to identify the common trees you see in local preserves or in your neighborhood in this online-only class from The Morton Arboretum. Registration closes: Wednesday, April 22, 2020, 11:59 p.m. Available online: Thursday, April 23, 2020, 12:00 p.m.
  • Learn principles and practices for managing critical habitats. Join us as we visit a variety of managed ecosystems in the Chicagoland area to discuss current conservation challenges and strategies with site managers and volunteer stewards. Next offered in Spring 2020. Online registration for Spring classes opens February 18, 2020.
  • Learn the names and ecology of the wildflowers that cover the woodland floor in spring at The Morton Arboretum. for April classes. Dates vary. Online starting in April 2020, and in-person meeting in May 2020.
  • Learn to identify the common trees you see in local preserves or in your neighborhood at The Morton Arboretum. Saturday, May 16, 2020, 8:30 to 11:00 a.m., or Thursday, June 11, 2020, 6:00 to 8:30 p.m.
  • Learn to identify prairie plants in their early stages of seasonal development at The Morton Arboretum. Saturday, May 16, 2020, 9:30 to 12:30 p.m.
  • Get the botany basics you need to identify plants. Whether you are a natural resources volunteer or specialist, gardener, naturalist, or artist this class provides the fundamentals you need to get started at The Morton Arboretum. Saturday, March 28, 2020, 12:30 to 3:00 p.m., or Wednesday, May 20, 2020, 6:00 to 8:30 p.m.
  • Learn to identify and manage the most common invasive plants in the Great Lakes region at The Morton Arboretum. Wednesday, May 20, 2020, 12:00 p.m.: Online course becomes available, and Saturday, May 30, 2020: Meet in-person, 8:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. Or register for a late summer class. Wednesday, September 9, 2020, 12:00 p.m.: Online course becomes available, and Saturday, September 19, 2020: Meet in-person, 8:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m.
  • Learn about the New Invaders Watch Program and how to get involved in monitoring and reporting invasive plants that are new to our region at The Morton Arboretum. Thursday, May 21, 2020, 6:30 p.m. to 8:00 p.m.
  • Learn to identify the common trees you see in local preserves or in your neighborhood at The Morton Arboretum. Saturday, May 16, 2020, 8:30 to 11:00 a.m., or Thursday, June 11, 2020, 6:00 to 8:30 p.m.
  • Learn to identify and manage the most common invasive plants in the Great Lakes region at The Morton Arboretum. Wednesday, May 20, 2020, 12:00 p.m.: Online course becomes available, and Saturday, May 30, 2020: Meet in-person, 8:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. Or register for a late summer class. Wednesday, September 9, 2020, 12:00 p.m.: Online course becomes available, and Saturday, September 19, 2020: Meet in-person, 8:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m.