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Natural Areas Conservation Training N-ACT Program

Course List

  • 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. Registration closes Monday, April 13, 2020, at 11:59 p.m. Course available beginning at noon on Tuesday, April 14, 2020
  • Discover the principles and practice of ecosystem restoration at The Morton Arboretum. This program has been cancelled.
  • This First Aid and CPR blended learning course will teach you the skills you need to keep yourself and others safe while volunteering at the Arboretum or in local natural areas. Online materials must be completed before in-person session on Thursday, April 9, 2020, 10:00 a.m. to 12:00 p.m., or Sunday, April 19, 2020, 10:00 a.m. to 12:00 p.m. In-person registration closes two weeks before in-person session.
  • Learn the essentials of woodland ecology and the woodland management techniques necessary to maintain threatened woodland ecosystems at The Morton Arboretum. Monday, April 20, 2020, at 11:59 p.m. U.S. Central time: Registration closes. Tuesday, April 21, 2020, Noon U.S. Central time: Online Course becomes available.
  • 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 to identify and manage the most common invasive plants in the Great Lakes region at The Morton Arboretum. Monday, April 27, 2020, at 11:59 p.m. U.S. Central time: Registration closes. Tuesday, April 28, 2020, Noon U.S. Central time: Online Course becomes available
  • 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., or Tuesday, May 5, 2020: Noon U.S. Central time: Online Course Becomes available.
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • Following state recommendations to help slow the spread of coronavirus (COVID-19), this program has been cancelled. For refund and more information, visit the Coronavirus (COVID-19) Preparedness and Prevention webpage.
  • 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 trees you see every day in the woodlands and neighborhoods of the Chicago region at The Morton Arboretum. Dates and times vary in August 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. Wednesday, June 3, 2020: Online materials become available. Sunday, June 14, and Sunday, June 28 , 2020, 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. meet offsite.
  • Enrich your understanding of our local natural areas by learning to identify the most common native plants you’re likely to encounter at The Morton Arboretum. Saturday, June 13, 2020, 8:30 to 11:30 a.m.
  • Learn the names and ecology of the wildflowers, sedges, rushes, and other plants that inhabit wetlands at The Morton Arboretum. Sunday, June 28, 2020, 9:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m.