Basic Plant ID (Online and in-person)

Get the botany basics you need to identify plants. From the comfort of your home or office, use new, self-paced online learning modules to learn about plant identification. These narrated slides and interactive, no-pressure quizzes will help you learn the vocabulary to name plants and describe their structures and life histories. Then attend a 2 hour session at the Arboretum to apply these skills in the field while learning how to use a variety of field guides and tools with the guidance of an Arboretum plant expert.  The online and in-person sessions complement each other; please plan to complete the class materials online before coming to the field session. Whether you are a gardener, naturalist, artist, or natural resources specialist or volunteer, this class provides the fundamentals you need to get started.

Instructor: Sharon Yiesla, Plant Knowledge Specialist, The Morton Arboretum
Notes: Held online, indoors, and outdoors. Please review the materials online before coming to the field session. Please dress for the weather during the outdoor session. Limit 20. 
Requirements: Must have access to the internet and provide an email address at registration.  Must know how to use a web browser (ex: Chrome, Safari, Internet Explorer) and how to send and receive email. You will be expected to complete the online portion of the course before you arrive for the in-person session on September 9th, or October 28th.
Continuing education: This class fulfills a requirement for the Woodland Stewardship Program. Woodland Stewardship Program Certificate requirement. 3 CPDH credits for educators are available.


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Registration closes at 11:59 p.m., Wednesday, August 30, 2017
Online component begins: Thursday, August 31, 2017
In person component: Saturday, September 9, 2017, 9:00 to 11:00 a.m.
Thornhill Education Center


Registration closes at 11:59 p.m., October 19, 2017
Online component begins: October 20, 2017
In person component: Saturday, October 28, 2017, 1:30 to 3:30 p.m.
Thornhill Education Center


Nonmembers: Fees include admission to the Arboretum. 

$25.00 members
$34.00 nonmembers

ONLINE: Register now
CALL: 630-719-2468 (or to be wait listed)
IN PERSON: Stop by the Visitor Center during open hours.