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Professional Development

Course List

  • The Chicago Region Trees Initiative has developed a full day, hands on training event for non-forestry professionals who work with trees. Basic Urban Forestry and Chainsaw Workshops: The Richmond workshop for April 7 and 8 has been canceled. Please call the registrar at 630-719-2468 to transfer to the Montgomery workshop on September 1 and 2, or to receive a refund.
  • 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 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 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 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.
  • This one-day conference for green industry professionals and avid home gardeners will focus on the latest information and practice related to the selection and care of Midwestern trees, shrubs, and woody plants, as shared by leading designers and plant experts. Thursday, September 3, 2020, 8:30 a.m. to 4:00 p.m.
  • Practice correct pruning techniques and learn which plants to prune now and more importantly, which to prune later at The Morton Arboretum. Learn online, then apply those skills during a hands-on workshop. Next offered January 2021.