The Nature Conservancy is excited to announce that the Volunteer Stewardship Network (VSN), with funding from the Oberweiler Foundation, is offering another round of scholarships for Natural Areas Conservation Trainings through The Morton Arboretum. This opportunity is available to volunteers engaged in natural areas restoration in Illinois!
 
 
Eligibility and Requirements
 
-Volunteers, volunteer leaders, stipend staff, or early career professionals who work with native plants or on natural areas restoration/management on a regular basis and work with public agencies, such as Forest Preserve Districts, municipalities, NGOs, and community-based organizations” We understand that at this time many volunteer activities are put on hold due to COVID-19 restrictions. If you are unable to volunteer now due to these restrictions, but plan to in the future, please don't hesitate to sign-up for courses. 
 
-We ask that volunteers register for courses that they know with certainty they will be able to attend. 
 
-Registrations must be received by the closing dates listed next to each course name.
 
-At this time, volunteers may register for two courses. If  more than two courses are selected, volunteers will be registered for the first two courses they chose.
 
-Volunteers should contact Brooke Thurau at brooke.thurau@tnc.org as soon as possible if they wish to cancel their registration. However, we encourage volunteers to sign-up for courses only if they are certain they can attend. 
 
Thank you for your cooperation!
 
Additional Information
 
-Winter 2021 courses are available on a first-come, first-served basis.

-Please allow at least 5-7 business days to receive official confirmation from The Morton Arboretum.
 
-Courses are available until funding is exhausted.
 
-If volunteers do not attend a course they register for and don’t let us know in advance, they are taking space and resources from another volunteer. 

-Please contact Brooke Thurau at brooke.thurau@tnc.org if you are unsure if you qualify for scholarships or if you have any questions.
 
We hope you enjoy your learning experience!

 
For course descriptions and other information, visit The Morton Arboretum's Natural Areas Conservation Training WEBSITE

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* 1. Please enter your contact information

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* 2. Do you currently volunteer/lead volunteers in natural areas restoration and stewardship (e.g., prescribed burning, seed collection, invasive species removal, native plantings. lead restoration workdays) on public lands that are engaged in natural areas restoration?

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* 3. My age is:

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* 4. How long have you been volunteering to restore  natural areas?

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* 5. In which county/counties do you volunteer? (Please list all counties)

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* 6. List the agency, stewardship group, or non-profit organization that you currently volunteer with

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* 7. My volunteer coordinator or steward's name is:

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* 8. I would like to enroll in the following courses. Please choose no more than two.

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