Natural Areas Conservation Training N-ACT Program

Course List

  • Join us for a FREE orientation program on the Natural Areas Conservation Training Program Orientation (formally the Woodland Stewardship Program) at the Morton Arboretum. In-Person. Tuesday, January 22, 2019, 6:30 to 8:00 p.m. Thornhill Education Center.
  • Learn the essentials of woodland ecology and the woodland management techniques necessary to maintain threatened woodland ecosystems at The Morton Arboretum. Online component begins: Tuesday, January 29, 2019.
  • 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. Online component begins: Thursday, January 31, 2019. In-person component: Saturday, February 9, 2019, 10:00 a.m. to 4:00 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 January 10, 2019.
  • First Aid and CPR class will teach you the skills you need to keep yourself and others safe while working at The Morton Arboretum. Thursday, February 7, 2019, or Sunday, February 10, 2019, 10:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m.
  • Chicago Wilderness will offer three winter sessions of the Midwest Ecological Prescription Burn Crew Member Training class at The Morton Arboretum. Two days: Thursday, January 31, and Friday, February 1, 2019, 8:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m.; or Thursday, February 14, and Friday, February 15, 2019, 8:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m.; or Saturday, February 16, and Sunday, February 17, 2019, 8:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m.
  • Learn to identify and manage the most common invasive plants in the Great Lakes region at The Morton Arboretum. Online class begins: Wednesday, February 20, 2019
  • What’s so “hot” about soil ecology? Grab a grown-up hot chocolate and get “the dirt” on soils from Arboretum soil ecologist Meghan Midgley. Thursday, February 21, 2019, 7:00 p.m. to 8:30 p.m.
  • Get the botany basics you need to identify plants at The Morton Arboretum. Dates vary starting February 12, 2019 with online or in-person options available.
  • Learn to effectively and efficiently use the tools of the trade to tackle different restoration jobs at The Morton Arboretum. Online component begins: Tuesday, February 26, 2019. In-person component meets: Tuesday, March 5, 2019, 6:30 to 8:30 p.m.
  • Learn to identify plants without leaves or flowers at The Morton Arboretum. Saturday, March 2, 2019, 8:00 a.m. to noon
  • Learn spring methods for propagating your favorite native plants at The Morton Arboretum.Sunday, March 10, 2019, 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. Online component begins: Wednesday, March 13, 2019. In person component: Sunday, March 24, 2019, 1:00 to 5:00 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. Online class begins Wednesday, March 20, 2019.
  • Learn how to safely use herbicides to benefit natural areas management at The Morton Arboretum. Saturday, March 23, 2019, 9:00 a.m. to noon.
  • Digitally explore the intricacies of the prairie landscape and learn how to restore these signature American ecosystems at The Morton Arboretum. Online class begins Thursday, March 28, 2019.
  • Discover the principles and practice of ecosystem restoration at The Morton Arboretum. This class will be offered again in April 2019. Registration will open Tuesday, February 19, 2019
  • Learn the names and ecology of the wildflowers that cover the woodland floor in spring at The Morton Arboretum. This class will be offered again in April 2019. Registration will open February 2019.
  • Get the botany basics you need to identify plants at The Morton Arboretum. Dates vary starting February 12, 2019 with online or in-person options available.
  • Learn principles and practices for managing critical habitats at The Morton Arboretum. This class will be offered again in April-May 2019. Registration will open Tuesday, February 19, 2019.
  • Learn the essentials of wetland ecology and the vital management techniques necessary to maintain threatened wetland ecosystems at The Morton Arboretum. This class will be offered again in June-August 2019. Registration will open Tuesday, February 19, 2019.
  • Learn to identify the trees you see every day in the woodlands and neighborhoods of the Chicago region at The Morton Arboretum. This class will be offered again in Summer 2019. Registration will open Tuesday, May 21, 2019.
  • Learn the identification skills to manage, restore, or simply enjoy prairie habitats at The Morton Arboretum. This class will be offered again in July 2019. Registration will open May 2019.