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.
Section A: 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.
Section B: 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
Section A: The online only class can be taken wherever you have access to a computer, at your own pace. Limit 40.
Section B: The in-person session 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).
Section A: Online
Registration closes at 11:59 p.m., Thursday, January 25, 2018
Online component begins: January 26, 2018
Section B: In-person
Saturday, March 31, 1:00 to 3:30 p.m.
Thornhill Education Center
Nonmembers: Fees include admission to the Arboretum.
Registration for both sections will open November 21.
ONLINE: Register now
CALL: 630-719-2468 (or to be wait listed)
IN PERSON: Stop by the Visitor Center during open hours.