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Interests - Natural Areas Conservation Training N-ACT Program

Course List

  • Learn the essentials of woodland ecology and the woodland management techniques necessary to maintain threatened woodland ecosystems at The Morton Arboretum. Thursday, November 21, 2019, 12:00 p.m. U.S. Central time: Online course becomes available, or Thursday, January 30, 2020, 12:00 p.m. U.S. Central time: Online course becomes available.
  • 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.
  • 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 October 29, 2019, 6:30 to 8:00 p.m., or Tuesday, January 14, 6:30 to 8:00 p.m.
  • Learn to identify trees after they shed their leaves for the winter. Develop the skills to identify winter trees on your own using clues found in buds, fruits, leaf scars, bark, and branching patterns at The Morton Arboretum. Dates and times vary starting Thursday January 16, 2020.
  • 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. Fall: Tuesday, October 29, 2019: Registration closes at 11:59 p.m. Wednesday, October 30, 2019: Winter: Online course available, or Tuesday, January 21, 2020: Registration closes at 11:59 p.m. Wednesday, January 22, 2020: Online course available at noon
  • Learn to effectively and efficiently use the tools of the trade to tackle different restoration jobs at The Morton Arboretum. Tuesday, January 28, 2020, 12:00 p.m.: Online materials become available. Tuesday, February 4, 2020, 6:30 to 8:30 p.m: In-person session at Thornhill Education Center
  • Learn the essentials of woodland ecology and the woodland management techniques necessary to maintain threatened woodland ecosystems at The Morton Arboretum. Thursday, November 21, 2019, 12:00 p.m. U.S. Central time: Online course becomes available, or Thursday, January 30, 2020, 12:00 p.m. U.S. Central time: Online course becomes available.
  • Learn to identify and manage the most common invasive plants in the Great Lakes region at The Morton Arboretum. Tuesday, February 4, 2020: Noon U.S. Central time: Online course becomes available.
  • Join us for a FREE orientation to the Natural Areas Conservation Training (N-ACT) Program in ecological restoration. Course start date: October 21 2019 through February 17, 2020
  • 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. Thursday, November 7, 2019: Online materials become available. Thursday, November 14, 6:00 to 9:30 p.m., 2019. or 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 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.
  • Chicago Wilderness will offer three 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, 1:00 to 4:30 p.m.
  • 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.
  • First Aid and CPR class will teach you the skills you need to keep yourself and others safe while working at The Morton Arboretum. Next offered in Spring 2020. Online registration for Spring classes opens February 18.
  • Discover the principles and practice of ecosystem restoration at The Morton Arboretum. Next offered in Spring 2020. Online registration for Spring classes opens February 18, 2020.
  • 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.