Explore the interactions that drive ecosystem function and learn to identify plants, animals, and fungi in relation to ecological habitats.
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. We 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 allow insights for short-term and long-term natural areas management.
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 session.
The class will spend an afternoon outdoors and on-site exploring ecosystems at the Arboretum to discuss factors influencing these habitats and restoration practices.
How do I access the program?
- Your access information for the online materials will be emailed to you after registering.
- Log into treelearning.mortonarb.org to complete self-paced activities, such as e-learning modules, reading material, short videos, interactive activities, and quizzes to check your understanding.
- Unless otherwise noted, you will have access to the course for 60 days from the course start date.
- The self-paced activities do not need to be completed in one sitting, and your instructor will not be online with you.
Program participants must abide by the Arboretum’s safety guidelines.