Identify Woodland Wildflowers (Online and In-Person)

Learn the names and ecology of the wildflowers that cover the woodland floor in spring. In spring, ephemeral wildflowers cover the woodlands in an explosion of colors. In this intermediate workshop, learn to identify these plants and discover their biology through study online, in the classroom, and in our spring woods.  You’ll gain a deeper appreciation of the beauty and diversity of woodland plants and their role and importance in a functioning woodland ecosystem.

Instructor: Chris Benda, botanist
Notes: Held online, indoors, and outdoors. Please dress for the weather during the outdoor session with long sleeves and long pants/sturdy foot wear. This class will consist of one in-person meeting with an online module completed prior to the in-person session. Limit 20.
Requirements: Must have access to the internet through computer or mobile device.  Must know how to use a web browser and word processor and how to send and receive email.
Continuing education: This course fulfills a plant identification requirement for the Woodland Stewardship Program.  7 CPDHs for educators available. 
Supplies: Please bring a water bottle and materials for writing in the field. We will take a one hour lunch break - please bring a sack lunch or plan to purchase lunch at the Gingko Restaurant. A hand lens and a favorite wildflower book will be helpful.
Prerequisites: Basic Plant ID (W010) or equivalent experience with botanical terminology.

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Registration closes at 11:59 p.m. on Wednesday, April 26, 2017
Online component begins: Thursday, April 27, 2017 (Please note the corrected start date of the online component.)
In person component: Saturday, May 6, 2017,  10:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m.
Thornhill Education Center


Nonmembers: Fees include admission to the Arboretum. 

$45.00 members
$55.00 nonmembers

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