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Natural Areas Conservation Training N-ACT Program

Course List

  • Learn about the new invasive plants and forest pests of Illinois and how to get involved in monitoring and reporting invasive plants that are new to our region. Thursday, May 20, 2021, 7:00 p.m. to 8:30 p.m. (Central time): Attend live session online
  • Learn to identify prairie plants in their early stages of seasonal development. (SOLD OUT) Saturday, May 29, 2021, 9:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m.
  • Learn to identify the common trees you see in local preserves or in your neighborhood. Use characteristics such as leaves, bark, branches, flowers, and fruit to ID a tree. Saturday, May 22, 2021, 10:00 a.m. to 12:30 p.m., or Thursday, June 3, 2021, 6:00 to 8:30 p.m.
  • Learn the names and ecology of the wildflowers, sedges, rushes, and other plants that inhabit wetlands at The Morton Arboretum. Saturday, June 12, 2021, 9:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m.
  • Learn to identify the sedges, a diverse and ecologically important group of plants. Thursday, June 17, 2021, 9:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m.
  • Enrich your understanding of our local natural areas by learning to identify the most common native plants you’re likely to encounter. Wednesday, June 23, 2021, 6:00 to 9:00 p.m.
  • Join us for a FREE orientation to the Natural Areas Conservation Training (N-ACT) Program in ecological restoration. In this online class, the self-guided material can be completed wherever you have access to a computer, at your own pace. Access self-paced materials online within one hour of registration. Available for 60 days.
  • Learn the essentials of woodland ecology and the woodland management techniques necessary to maintain threatened woodland ecosystems. Access self-paced materials online within one hour of registration. Available for 60 days.
  • Learn to identify the common trees you see in local preserves or in your neighborhood in this self-guided online class from The Morton Arboretum. Access self-paced materials online within one hour of registration. Available for 60 days.
  • Learn to identify and manage the most common invasive plants in the Great Lakes region. Access self-paced materials online within one hour of registration. 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. Register now and start learning right away. Available for 60 days.