Woodland Trees (Online and In-person)

Learn to identify the trees you see every day in the woodlands and neighborhoods of the Chicago region as you enjoy their brilliant fall colors. Explore the ecology of the various tree species and find out why they grow in each habitat.

Instructor: Chris Benda, botanist
Notes: Held online, indoors, and outdoors. Please dress for the weather during the outdoor session, including long pants and sturdy walking shoes, and bring a water bottle.  Limit 20
Requirements: Basic Plant ID or previous experience with plant identification recommended. Must have access to the internet through computer or mobile device.  Must know how to use a web browser and how to send and receive email.
Continuing education: This class fulfills a requirement for the Natural Areas Conservation Training Program. 

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Schedule and Location

Registration closes at 11:59 p.m., Wednesday, September 26, 2018
Online component begins: Thursday, September 27, 2018
In-person component: Friday, October 5, 2018, 10:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m.
Thornhill Education Center

Fees and Admission

Nonmembers: Fees include admission to the Arboretum. 

$55.00 member
$65.00 nonmember

Registration Information

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.