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Natural Areas Management (Online and In-person)

Schedule and Location

Section A:

  • Tuesday, May 21, 2019, 11:59 p.m. U.S. Central time: Registration closes
  • Wednesday, May 22, 2019, noon: U.S. Central time: Online materials become available
  • Saturday, June 1, 9:00 a.m. to 1:00 p.m., meet at Lake in the Hills Fen
  • Sunday, June 9, 9:00 a.m. to 1:00 p.m., meet at Pleasant Valley Conservation area,  (directions will be provided).

Fees and Registration

$65.00 member
$76.00 nonmember
(Fees include admission to the Arboretum)

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

Course Description

Learn principles and practices for managing critical habitats. Remnant and restored natural areas act as reservoirs for plant, animal, and insect diversity.

Join us as we visit a variety of managed ecosystems in the Chicagoland area to discuss current conservation challenges and strategies with site managers and volunteer stewards.

The online component of this class is self-guided and can be completed wherever you have access to a computer, at your own pace. Online assignments are due before the in-person session.

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Greg Rajsky, True Nature Consulting

Greg Rajsky has been engaged in ecological restoration since 1990 and has been teaching classes for the Morton Arboretum since 1996. An avid field botanist and ecologist, he consults with local property owners to help them understand, conserve, and maintain natural habitats. He stewards several sites in the region.

Course Details


  • This class includes both online and in-person sessions. Online assignments must be completed before the in-person class.
  • The online materials will take approximately 90 minutes to complete.
  • Participants will have access to the online materials for 60 days after the course start date.
  • Please dress for the weather during the in-person sessions, with long sleeves and long pants/sturdy footwear.
  • Saturday and Sunday classes meet at regional natural areas; driving directions will be provided.
  • Limit 20


  • Participants must have access to the internet and know how to use a web browser (ex: Chrome, Safari, Internet Explorer)
  • Participants must know how to send and receive email.
  • A unique email address for each participant is required at registration.

Supplies: Please bring lunch and a water bottle for the in-person sessions.
Continuing education: This class fulfills a requirement for the Natural Areas Conservation Training (N-ACT) Program. (Learn more about N-ACT.) 

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