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 Woodland Stewardship 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 Woodland Stewardship 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 B: Online
Registration closes at 11:59 p.m., Thursday, May 31, 2018
Online component begins: Friday, June 1, 2018


Section A: Online
Registration closes at 11:59 p.m., Thursday, August 2, 2018
Online component begins: Friday, August 3, 2018

Section B:  In-person
Saturday, September 8, 10:00 a.m. to 12:30 p.m.
Thornhill Education Center

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.