Learn to identify plants, animals, and fungi in relation to ecological habitats, and examine the interactions between them that are critical to the functioning of the ecosystem.
By developing knowledge of ecological food webs and species interdependence, you will have a better understanding of how to manage natural areas to support biodiversity. The class will discuss influential variables that determine habitat quality and shape an ecosystem, such as light, water, fire, and herbivory. An emphasis on the cyclical nature of the seasons and life history of native species will provide insights for short-term and long-term natural areas management.
Complete a self-paced, online component wherever you have access to a computer. Online assignments are due before the in-person session.
Then attend the in-person session to explore ecosystems at the Arboretum and discuss factors influencing these habitats and restoration practices.
This program includes a self-paced online component and an in-person session at the Arboretum.
Instructor: Dave Hodge, Turning Leaf Conservation
Continuing Education: This class fulfills a requirement for the Natural Areas Conservation Training (N-ACT) Program. Learn more about N-ACT.
Health and Safety: Program participants must abide by the Arboretum’s health and safety guidelines. Guidelines are subject to change, so please check back frequently.
Age: 16 and older