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Natural Areas Conservation Training N-ACT Program

Course List

  • Go beyond the basics and improve your ability to identify the diverse and beautiful plants of the tallgrass prairie at The Morton Arboretum. Two days: Thursday, August 29, and Friday, August 30, 2019, 9:00 a.m. to 4:00 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 September and October 2019.
  • Learn to identify the grasses that add beauty and interest to the summer and fall landscape at The Morton Arboretum. (SOLD OUT) Two days: Tuesday, September 10, and Wednesday, September 11, 2019, 9:00 a.m.to 4:00 p.m.
  • Learn to identify the common trees you see in local preserves or in your neighborhood at The Morton Arboretum. Saturday, September 7, 2019, 8:00 to 10:30 a.m. , or Wednesday, October 9, or Saturday, October 12, 2019, 8:30 to 11:00 a.m.
  • Learn to identify the less common trees and shrubs found in the state of Illinois at The Morton Arboretum. Friday, September 13, 2019, 10:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m.
  • Explore the colorful landscape of the fall prairie and discover the amazing relationships between the plants and animals that call it home at The Morton Arboretum. Saturday, September 14, 2019, 8:30 to 11:30 a.m.
  • Learn to effectively and efficiently use the tools of the trade to tackle different restoration jobs at The Morton Arboretum. SUMMER: Tuesday, September 10, 2019, 12:00 p.m.: Online materials become available. Tuesday, September 17, 2019, 6:30 to 8:30 p.m: In-person session. FALL: Tuesday, October 15, 2019, 12:00 p.m.: Online materials become available. Tuesday, October 22, 2019, 6:30 to 8:30 p.m: In-person session
  • 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, September 21, 9:00 to 11:30 a.m., or Saturday, October 12, 2019, 12:30 to 3:00 p.m.
  • Learn the essentials of woodland ecology and the woodland management techniques necessary to maintain threatened woodland ecosystems at The Morton Arboretum. Thursday, September 26, 2019, 12:00 p.m., or Thursday, November 21, 2019, 12:00 p.m. 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, June 27, 2019, or Wednesday, September 18, 2019, 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. Wednesday, July 17, 2019, 12:00 p.m.: Online course becomes available and Saturday, July 27, 2019: Meet in-person, 8:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m., OR Wednesday, September 11, 2019, 12:00 p.m.: Online course becomes available, and Saturday, September 21, 2019: Meet in-person, 8:30 a.m. to 12:30 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: Saturday and Sunday, September 21 and 22, 2019, 8:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m., or Thursday and Friday, October 3 and 4, 2019, 8:00 a.m. to 3:00 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 September and October 2019.
  • Learn to identify the common trees you see in local preserves or in your neighborhood at The Morton Arboretum. Saturday, September 7, 2019, 8:00 to 10:30 a.m. , or Wednesday, October 9, or Saturday, October 12, 2019, 8:30 to 11:00 a.m.
  • Learn to effectively and efficiently use the tools of the trade to tackle different restoration jobs at The Morton Arboretum. SUMMER: Tuesday, September 10, 2019, 12:00 p.m.: Online materials become available. Tuesday, September 17, 2019, 6:30 to 8:30 p.m: In-person session. FALL: Tuesday, October 15, 2019, 12:00 p.m.: Online materials become available. Tuesday, October 22, 2019, 6:30 to 8:30 p.m: In-person session
  • Discover the principles and practice of ecosystem restoration at The Morton Arboretum. Wednesday, October 16, 2019, 12:00 p.m.: Online materials become available Saturday October 26, and Saturday, November 2, 2019, 9:00 a.m. to 12:30 p.m.: In person sessions meet. (Registration will open Tuesday, August 20, 2019.
  • Learn principles and practices for managing critical habitats at The Morton Arboretum. Thursday, October 17, 2019: Online materials become available. Two days: Sunday, October 27, 9:00 a.m. to 1:00 p.m., Saturday, November 9, 2019, 9:00 a.m. to 1:00 p.m. (Registration will open Tuesday, August 20,2019.)
  • 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, September 21, 9:00 to 11:30 a.m., or Saturday, October 12, 2019, 12:30 to 3:00 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. Sunday, November 3, 2019, 9:00 a.m. to 1:00 p.m.: In person session meets at Thornhill Education Center. (Registration will open Tuesday, August 20, 2019.)
  • Join us for a FREE orientation program on the Natural Areas Conservation Training Program Orientation (formally the Woodland Stewardship Program) at the Morton Arboretum. Wednesday, August 7, or Tuesday October 29, 2019, 6:30 to 8:00 p.m.
  • 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. Tuesday, October 29, 2019: Registration closes at 11:59 p.m. Wednesday, October 30, 2019: Online course available. (Registration will open Tuesday, August 20, 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. Thursday, November 7, 2019: Online materials become available. Thursday, November 14, 6:00 to 9:30 p.m., 2019. (Registration will open Tuesday, August 20, 2019.)
  • Learn to identify and manage the most common invasive plants in the Great Lakes region at The Morton Arboretum. Wednesday, November 13, 2019: Online course becomes available.
  • Learn the essentials of woodland ecology and the woodland management techniques necessary to maintain threatened woodland ecosystems at The Morton Arboretum. Thursday, September 26, 2019, 12:00 p.m., or Thursday, November 21, 2019, 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: Online materials available. (Registration will open Tuesday, August 20, 2019.)