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Site Planning for Invasive Species Management (Online)

Schedule and location

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Thursday, December 10, 2020, noon (Central time).: Access self-paced materials online. (available for 60 days)
Tuesday, January 12, 2021, noon to 1:00 p.m. (Central time): Attend live sessions online.

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Please note: Early online registration is open Nov 24-30 exclusively for Ginkgo Circle, Oak Circle, Hawthorn Circle, Elm Circle, and Thornhill Circle members. Registration opens to all members December 1. 

Wednesday, February 24, 2021, noon (Central time).: Access self-paced materials online. (available for 60 days)
Friday, March 12, 2021, noon to 1:00 p.m. (Central time): Attend live sessions online.

Fees and registration

$30.00 member
$37.00 guest

BY PHONE: 630-719-2468 or to be waitlisted ( Monday through Friday, 9:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m.)

Course description

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 interactive online learning modules, you will explore how to prioritize management activities, learn the importance of seasonal timing of invasive species control, and discuss how to develop a plan of action for stewardship at an example site.

The self-guided material can be completed wherever you have access to a computer, at your own pace. There will be one live discussion with the instructor via Zoom, on January 12, 2021, from noon to 1:00 p.m.

How this Online Class Works:

  • To access the class, you will log into TreeLearning, the Arboretum’s online learning portal. Instructions for accessing TreeLearning will be sent to registrants just after noon on the day the course begins.
  • You have access to the course for 60 days and can complete the materials anytime.
  • Complete the self-paced e-learning modules with reading material, short videos, interactive activities, and quizzes to check your understanding.
  • The course will take approximately 90 minutes. The course does not need to be completed in one sitting.
  • Part of the course will also be conducted through live webinars  using Zoom video conferencing. All registrants will be able to access webinars through links in their online course page. Registrants should click on the link to join the program at the scheduled date and time.
  • New to Zoom? Watch this short video to learn how to join a webinar.
  • Please add education@mortonarb.org to your address book. You will receive an email from this address with the link to join class.
  • Registration closes the evening before the online materials become available.

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Mary Zaandar

Mary Zaander works to restore native ecosystems at Witness Tree Native Landscapes as owner and manager, her vocation for 22 years.  Her ecosystem education began as a volunteer in the late 1980’s, continued with a master’s degree from Northeastern Illinois University and is ongoing today both professionally and as a volunteer.

Course details


  • This class is held entirely online.
    Registration closes at 7:00 a.m. (Central time) on the day the online materials are released.
    Participants will have access to online materials for 60 days after the course start date.
    Limit 50


  • Invasive Species (W030) or previous experience with invasive plant identification recommended.
    Participants will need access to the internet via a computer or mobile device.
    A unique email address for each participant is required at registration.

Continuing education: This class fulfills a requirement of the Natural Areas Conservation Training (N-ACT) Program. (Learn more about N-ACT.) 

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Site Planning for Invasive Species Management (Online)