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Morton Arboretum Announces New Name for Natural Areas Restoration Program

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September 24, 2018

The Morton Arboretum announces a new name for its highly regarded Woodland Stewardship Program:  the Natural Areas Conservation Training (N-ACT) Program. The new name is meant to more closely underscore the program’s focus on all types of natural areas found in the region, including wetlands, prairies, woodlands and other natural habitats. The program will offer increased flexiblity to participants. 

Since 2008, the Arboretum has provided nature enthusiasts with the skills and information needed to be effective leaders in natural areas restoration. The N-ACT Program offers a unique opportunity to network with like-minded individuals -- professionals, volunteers, and researchers who all share a common goal of conserving and restoring natural areas. The program includes a great deal of flexibility: there are classes for all experience levels, and a blended-learning format, with both online and in-person courses, offers added convenience and accessibility.  It is regarded as one of the top programs of its kind in the Midwest.
Classes are available on plant identification and ecology, fundamentals of ecological restoration, invasive species management, and applied topics useful for planning and implementing restoration work at a volunteer site, at work or at home.
“Through the N-ACT program, participants can turn passion for the environment into action and make a difference in their community,” said Megan  Dunning, manager of adult learning programs for The Morton Arboretum.
N-ACT classes are available à la carte, and a certificate program is also available. Individual courses range in price from $15 to $75 for Arboretum members, and from $25 to $100 for nonmembers. The cost to complete the program is approximately $400 for an Arboretum member and $495 for a nonmember. Fall class registration is currently open.
The Natural Areas Conservation Training Program is generously supported by Tellabs Foundation.
About The Morton Arboretum
The Morton Arboretum is an internationally recognized outdoor tree museum and tree research center located in Lisle, Illinois. As the champion of trees, the Arboretum is committed to scientifically-informed action, both locally and globally, and encouraging the planting and conservation of trees for a greener, healthier, and more beautiful world. On 1,700 acres are 222,000 plant specimens representing 4,500 different kinds of plants, along with specialty gardens, educational exhibits, the award-winning Children’s Garden, 16 miles of hiking trails and the Visitor Center, featuring The Arboretum Store and the Ginkgo Restaurant and Café. The Morton Arboretum is a not-for-profit 501(c)(3) charitable organization, welcoming 1.1 million visitors annually and serving 46,200 member households in 2017. Learn more at mortonarb.org