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ACCA Intro to Ecological Restoration

Schedule and Location

Mondays and Wednesdays, April 1 through May 22, 2019
April 1 through 24, 5:30 to 8:30 p.m.
April 29 through May 22, 5:30 to 9:30 p.m.

The Morton Arboretum
The Thornhill Education Center
4100 Illinois Route 53
Lisle, IL 60532

Fees and Registration

Nonmembers: Fees include admission to the Arboretum.

Please contact the Biology Department faculty at the A.C.C.A. institution from which you wish to receive credit AND the Registrar’s Office at The Morton Arboretum:

Registrar’s Office
The Morton Arboretum
4100 Illinois Route 53
Lisle, Illinois 60532-1293

Course Description

Learn the theory and practice of habitat restoration. This course provides an overview of Chicago region ecosystems, threats to their biodiversity and functions, and management practices designed to restore them and the environmental services they provide.  Major ecosystem and community types will be described in terms of their biotic and abiotic components and processes, management issues and restoration techniques. 

Classes and field trips will expose students to all phases of restoration work, from assessment and planning through project design, implementation, maintenance and monitoring.  Field sessions and workshops will provide opportunities for hands-on practice with management techniques such as vegetation and wildlife monitoring; invasive species control; collecting, cleaning and sowing seeds; greenhouse and nursery propagation of native plants; GPS/GIS applications; and prescribed burning.


Jeff Weiss, MS

Jeff Weiss is a restoration ecologist who works in Illinois, Wisconsin and Iowa as a volunteer and professional. He teaches ecological restoration and horticulture at College of Lake County and The Morton Arboretum. He founded and leads the Buffalo Grove Environmental Action Team and the Buffalo Creek Clean Water Partnership. He received his MS in Natural Resources and Environmental Sciences from the University of Illinois at Urbana Champaign in 2014, and is president of Living Lands Conservation Company.

Course Details

  • Credit: 4 semester hours (or equivalent), undergraduate
  • Recommended: Packard and Mutel, Tallgrass Restoration Handbook for Prairies, Savannas, and Woodlands, Island Press, 2005 Native plant field guide – student’s choice
  • Prerequisites: A previous botany, ecology, or environmental biology course and basic plant identification skills required; or consent of instructor


College Credit