Adult Programs

Volunteer Leadership (online)

Strengthen your skills leading volunteers in natural areas management with this interactive primer for volunteer stewardship activity planning, group dynamics, safety, and volunteer empowerment.

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Strengthen your skills leading volunteers in natural areas management with this interactive primer for volunteer stewardship activity planning, group dynamics, safety, and volunteer empowerment. Learn how to plan and run a productive volunteer workday for activities such as invasive brush removal and seed collection that inspire volunteers to keep coming back. Discover some methods of bringing volunteers together with social media, mailing lists, and in-person meetings. Gain skills to recruit, retain, and empower volunteers to lead others with community organizing fundamentals. 

 

The self-guided material can be completed wherever you have access to a computer, at your own pace. There will be one live online discussion with the instructor via Zoom web conferencing (see schedule for date and time).

How this Online Class Works:

  • To access the class, you will log into Treelearning, the Arboretum’s online learning portal. Instructions for accessing TreeLearning will be sent to registrants just after noon on the day the course begins. You have access to the course for 60 days and can complete the materials anytime.
  • Complete the self-paced e-learning modules with reading material, short videos, interactive activities, and quizzes to check your understanding. 
  • Plan to spend approximately 90 minutes to complete the online materials and to participate in a 2.5 hour live session online using Zoom web conferencing. The online materials do not need to be completed in one sitting.
  • All registrants will be able to access live sessions through links in their online course page. Registrants should click on the link to join the program at the scheduled date and time. 
  • New to Zoom? Watch this short video to learn how to join a webinar.
  • Held entirely online.  
  • Plan to spend approximately 90 minutes to complete the online materials and to participate in a 2.5 hour live session online using Zoom web conferencing. The online materials do not need to be completed in one sitting.
  • Participants will have access to online materials for 60 days after the course start date. 
  • Limit 30

Requirements:

  • Participants will need access to the internet via a computer or mobile device. 
  • A unique email address for each participant is required at registration.

Continuing education:

This class fulfills a requirement for the Natural Areas Conservation Training Program

Trinity Pierce, Chicago Region Trees Initiative stewardship manager, The Morton Arboretum

Trinity thrives on leading and learning alongside volunteers in and around green spaces. She has designed and implemented restoration projects from the mountain west to the Midwest; from rural to urban ecosystems. In her role as the Chicago Region Trees Initiative Stewardship Manager, Trinity collaborates with communities to increase awareness of the importance and benefits of trees and foster action through plantings and ongoing maintenance in order to grow a healthier, more diverse urban forest. Trinity holds a Master of Landscape Architecture from the University of Michigan and has a background in history, ecological restoration, and urban green space reconciliation.   

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