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Interests - Natural Areas Conservation Training N-ACT Program

Course List

  • Discover the principles and practice of ecosystem restoration. Wednesday, September 30, 2020, 12:00 p.m. central time: Online materials are available to complete at your own pace. Two Saturdays, October 10, and October 24, 2020, 9:00 to 10:30 a.m. central time: live class discussions meet via Zoom. This section has been cancelled.
  • Strengthen your skills leading volunteers in natural areas management with this interactive primer for volunteer stewardship activity planning, group dynamics, safety, and volunteer empowerment. Wednesday, Dates vary starting September 23 or December 1, 2020.
  • Explore the importance and complexity of oak ecosystems in this engaging webinar. Wednesday, October 7, 2020, 6:30 to 8:00 p.m. Central time
  • Learn to identify the common trees you see in local preserves or in your neighborhood in this online-only class from The Morton Arboretum. D: Thursday, October 15, Thursday, November 19, or Thursday, December 17, 2020, 12:00 p.m. central time: Access online self-paced materials (available for 60 days)
  • Learn to call plants by their botanical names and discover the fascinating origins of names in this self-paced online class. Tuesday, September 22, or Thursday October 15, November 19, or December 17, 2020. Access online self-paced materials (available for 60 days).
  • Get the botany basics you need to identify plants in this online, self-paced class. Whether you are a natural resources volunteer or specialist, gardener, naturalist, or artist this class provides the fundamentals you need to get started. Thursday, September 24, October 15, November 19, or December 17, 2020, 12:00 p.m.: central time: Access online self-paced materials
  • Learn how community scientists are helping forecast changes to forests by tracking fall foliage. Friday, October 16, 2020, 1:00 to 3:00 p.m.
  • Learn to effectively and efficiently use the tools of the trade to tackle different restoration jobs. Thursday, October 22, 2020, 12:00 p.m.: Access online self-paced materials (available for 60 days)
  • Chicago Wilderness offers the Midwest Ecological Prescription Burn Crew Member Training class online through The Morton Arboretum. Based on the National Wildfire Coordinating Group’s (NWCG) S-130 and S-190 courses, this two-day training covers the basics of such topics as fire behavior, controlled burn techniques, and smoke management. Wednesday, October 28, 12:00 p.m. central time: Online reading materials available, Thursday and Friday, October 29 and 30, 2020 9:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m. Live Webinar
  • Learn to identify the common trees you see in local preserves or in your neighborhood in this online-only class from The Morton Arboretum. D: Thursday, October 15, Thursday, November 19, or Thursday, December 17, 2020, 12:00 p.m. central time: Access online self-paced materials (available for 60 days)
  • Learn the essentials of woodland ecology and the woodland management techniques necessary to maintain threatened woodland ecosystems at The Morton Arboretum. Thursday, November 12, 2020, 12:00 p.m.: Access online self-paced materials (available for 60 days).
  • 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, November 5, 2020: Access online self-paced materials (available for 60 days). Saturday, November 21, 2020, 1:00 to 4:00 p.m.: In person session meets at Parking Lot 25
  • Learn to identify and manage the most common invasive plants in the Great Lakes region at The Morton Arboretum. Thursday, November 12, 2020, 12:00 p.m. central time: Access online self-paced materials (available for 60 days)
  • Learn to call plants by their botanical names and discover the fascinating origins of names in this self-paced online class. Tuesday, September 22, or Thursday October 15, November 19, or December 17, 2020. Access online self-paced materials (available for 60 days).
  • Get the botany basics you need to identify plants in this online, self-paced class. Whether you are a natural resources volunteer or specialist, gardener, naturalist, or artist this class provides the fundamentals you need to get started. Thursday, September 24, October 15, November 19, or December 17, 2020, 12:00 p.m.: central time: Access online self-paced materials
  • Join us for a FREE orientation to the Natural Areas Conservation Training (N-ACT) Program in ecological restoration. Available online anytime.
  • Strengthen your skills leading volunteers in natural areas management with this interactive primer for volunteer stewardship activity planning, group dynamics, safety, and volunteer empowerment. Wednesday, Dates vary starting September 23 or December 1, 2020.
  • Learn to identify the common trees you see in local preserves or in your neighborhood in this online-only class from The Morton Arboretum. D: Thursday, October 15, Thursday, November 19, or Thursday, December 17, 2020, 12:00 p.m. central time: Access online self-paced materials (available for 60 days)
  • 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. Thursday, December 10, 2020, 12:00 p.m.: Access online self-paced materials (available for 60 days). Tuesday, January 12, 2021, 12:00 to 1:00 p.m.: Live class discussion via zoom
  • Learn to identify trees after they shed their leaves for the winter in this online class from The Morton Arboretum. Monday, December 7, 2020: Access online self-paced materials (available for 60 days). Monday, December 14 and Thursday, December 17, 2020: Live Zoom sessions, 7:00 to 8:30 p.m.
  • Get the botany basics you need to identify plants in this online, self-paced class. Whether you are a natural resources volunteer or specialist, gardener, naturalist, or artist this class provides the fundamentals you need to get started. Thursday, September 24, October 15, November 19, or December 17, 2020, 12:00 p.m.: central time: Access online self-paced materials
  • Learn to call plants by their botanical names and discover the fascinating origins of names in this self-paced online class. Tuesday, September 22, or Thursday October 15, November 19, or December 17, 2020. Access online self-paced materials (available for 60 days).
  • Join us for a FREE orientation to the Natural Areas Conservation Training (N-ACT) Program in ecological restoration. Available online anytime.