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Natural Areas Conservation Training N-ACT Program

Course List

  • In this three-part series, learn the identification skills to manage, restore, or simply enjoy prairie habitats. Three Tuesdays, July 14 through July 28, 2020, 6:00 to 8:00 p.m.
  • Learn to identify and manage the most common invasive plants in the Great Lakes region at The Morton Arboretum.
  • Learn to effectively and efficiently use the tools of the trade to tackle different restoration jobs. Thursday, July 16, 2020, 12:00 p.m.: Online materials become available.
  • Learn the essentials of woodland ecology and the woodland management techniques necessary to maintain threatened woodland ecosystems at The Morton Arboretum. Tuesday, July 21, 2020, 12:00 p.m.: Online course becomes available.
  • Learn to call plants by their botanical names and discover their fascinating origins in this “at your own pace" online class. Tuesday, June 23, or Wednesday, July 22, or Tuesday, September 22, 2020, Online course available at noon.
  • 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, July 28, 2020, 12:00 p.m.: Online materials available, or Thursday, September 24, 2020, 12:00 p.m.: Online materials available.
  • 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.
  • Enrich your understanding of our local natural areas by learning to identify the most common native plants you’re likely to encounter. Saturday, August 8, 2020, 8:00 a.m. to 11:00 a.m.
  • Learn to identify the common trees you see in local preserves or in your neighborhood in this online-only class from The Morton Arboretum. Multiple sections are available: Thursday, June 11:Tuesday, July 14:Tuesday, August 11, or Monday, September 21, 2020, noon: Online materials available
  • Explore the interactions that drive ecosystem function and learn to identify plants, animals, and fungi in relation to ecological habitats at The Morton Arboretum. Thursday, Aug 20, 2020, 12:00 p.m.: Online materials become available. Sunday, Aug 30, 2020, 9:00 a.m. to 1:00 p.m.: In person session meets
  • Digitally explore the intricacies of the prairie landscape and learn how to restore these signature American ecosystems at The Morton Arboretum. Monday, June 8, 2020, or Wednesday, September 2, 2020, 12:00 p.m.: Online materials available
  • Learn to identify and manage the most common invasive plants in the Great Lakes region. Managing invasive plants is one of the most common restoration tasks Wednesday, September 9, 2020, 12:00 p.m.: Online course becomes available. Saturday, September 19, 2020: Meet in-person, 8:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m.
  • Learn principles and practices for managing critical habitats. Remnant and restored natural areas act as reservoirs for plant, animal, and insect diversity. Wednesday, Sept 16, 2020: Online materials become available. Sunday, September 27, 9:00 a.m. to 1:00 p.m., 2020 at Lake in the Hills Fen and Sunday, October 4, 2020 at Pleasant Valley Conservation area, 9:00 a.m. to 1:00 p.m.
  • Strengthen your skills leading volunteers in natural areas management with this interactive primer for volunteer stewardship activity planning, group dynamics, safety, and volunteer empowerment. Wednesday, September 23, 2020: Online materials become available. Thursday, September 30, 2020, 6:00 to 9:00 p.m.: live webinar via Zoom