Learn New Skills
TLC strives to give landowners the skills they need to enact restoration on their own land. We offer workshops, training and resources throughout the year on a variety of subjects.
Learn to Burn Workshop
In spring TLC offers a landowner prescribed burn training to teach landowners about the value of prescribed burns, as well as how to safely and effectively conduct one on your own land. The one day training will include classroom instruction and hands on training for a real prescribed burn at a nearby natural area (weather permitting).
Prescribed burns are an important tool for maintaining natural areas and preserving high quality habitat for plants and animals. Periodic fire has been an important part of the historical landscape, and is one of the best ways to control weeds and unwanted brush, as well as to promote a healthy diversity of plants.
Check back in late winter/early spring for updated details.
Beginner's Chainsaw Training
Have you ever wanted to learn about chainsawing, but just don’t know where to get started?
Join us each fall as we guide you through the basics and give you hands-on experience.
TLC’s Ecologist, Melissa Grycan, will introduce the participants to personal protective equipment, basic chainsaw maintenance, and the development of technique to safely fell a tree and cut it up. This course is tailored toward beginners who have never used a chainsaw. This workshop will be held both indoors and outdoors, so dress accordingly. Please register here or call 815-337-9502 to register.
Winter Tree Identification
Join Melissa Grycan, TLC’s restoration ecologist, to learn how trees can be identified based on only the twigs and bark. The first hour of the class will be inside looking at different twig samples, and the next three hours will be walking the hiking trails and using your new skills. Remember to wear clothes and shoes appropriate for an outdoor winter hike. Please check back in early winter for updated details.