Forest Ecology Series

This series will give you a sound introduction to forest ecosystems and how they function. Anyone interested in learning how to design an edible forest garden is encouraged to take this series. When you understand how a forest system functions, you can maximize the potential of the ecological systems you design. Courses will be led by Casey Sullivan, Natural Resources Manager at Argonne National Laboratory.

7:00-9:00 PM Friday, July 19: (FES 1) Tree I.D. Walkabout

Join us at McDonald Farm for a tree identification walk. Our walkabout on the 60 acres at McDonald Farm will provide the perfect venue to learn skills for proper tree identification. McDonald Farm is host to over 25 different tree species and provides the ideal classroom for learning identification for common trees that comprise our suburban landscape. This will be the first in a three part series of the forest study program. PLEASE BRING 3-5 LEAF or SPRIG SPECIMENS to practice identification skills. Class will be held rain or shine, please come prepared. Fee: $30 this class only.


7:00-9:00 PM Friday, July 26: (FES 2) Introduction to Forest Ecology – Forest Walk

Begin the study of forest ecology and systems as we walk through Black Partridge Woods in Bolingbrook, IL. You will be introduced to the ecological principles that govern forests and the applications of those principles to the management and conservation of forests. These concepts and issues are at the core of the critical struggle to find a balance between using and preserving the diversity of the natural world. We will practice tree and plant identification as we learn the art of observing and reading the forest systems. This is the second of the three part Forest Ecology Series. Class will be held rain or shine, please come prepared. Fee: $30 this class only.


10:30 AM- 5:00 PM Saturday, August 3: Regional Forest Study Tour: (FES 3)

“Seeing the Forest AND the Trees” (Overnight camping option)

Join us as we explore our northern Great Lakes region on a tour of the climax forests unique to our area. We will be led to off the beaten path areas to discover hidden treasures and areas of critical ecological significance. This tour will provide the connections to understanding how forest systems function.

Class will be held rain or shine, please come prepared. BRING A SACK LUNCH. We will coordinate carpooling for this tour. Fee: $75 this class only

Click the register link below for more information about the forests on the tour.

Full Three Course Series $125.00
Individual courses: FE1 $30, FE2 $30, FE3 $75
Camping for FE3 or Series add $20

REGISTER at The Resiliency Institute

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  • Jodi

    Don't forget to bring your 5 sample species tonight! We're going to learn a LOT! Casey is amazing:)!

    1 · July 19, 2013

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