Basic Plant ID (Online or In-person)

Get the botany basics you need to identify plants. Whether you are a gardener, naturalist, artist, or natural resources specialist or volunteer, this class provides the fundamentals you need to get started. This class is open to all - you do not have to be enrolled in the Natural Areas Conservation Training Program to participate.

Basic Plant ID (Online Only)
From the comfort of your home or office, use new, self-paced online learning modules to learn about plant identification. Slides narrated by an Arboretum plant expert and interactive, no-pressure quizzes will help you learn the vocabulary to name plants and describe their structures and life histories. Plan to spend a total of about 90 minutes completing the online material. 

Basic Plant ID (In-Person Only)
attend a 2 hour session at the Arboretum to learn botanical vocabulary and plant ID skills with the guidance of an Arboretum plant expert. 

Instructor: Sharon Yiesla, Plant Knowledge Specialist, The Morton Arboretum
The online only class can be taken wherever you have access to a computer, at your own pace. Limit 40.
The in-person class will include time both indoors and outdoors, so please dress for the weather. Limit 20. 

Requirements: If signing up for the online only session, you 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 have 60 days to complete the course from the day you first access the online material.
Continuing education: This class fulfills a requirement for the Natural Areas Conservation Training Program. 3 CPDH credits for educators are available. 3 Continuing Education Credits are available from the Society for Ecological Restoration (SER). 

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Schedule and Location



Section A: In-person version
Sunday, October 7, 2018, 1:00 to 3:30 p.m.
Thornhill Education Center

Section B: Online version
Registration closes at 11:59 p.m., Monday, November 26, 2018
Online component begins: Tuesday, November 27, 2018

Fees and Admission

Nonmembers: Fees include admission to the Arboretum. 

$16.00 member
$20.00 nonmember

Registration Information

ONLINE: Register now
BY PHONE: 630-719-2468 (or to be waitlisted, M-F, 9:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m.)
IN PERSON: Stop by Visitor Center during open hours.

Weather Cancellation Hotline
Classes run rain or shine unless there is a threat of server weather. If severe weather is forecast please call 630-719-7979 for updates on weather related cancellations.