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Advanced Spring Prairie Plant Identification (In Person)

Schedule and location

Saturday, May 29, 2021, 9:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. (SOLD OUT)
Prairie Visitor Station (Parking Lot 25)

Fees and registration

(Fees include admission to the Arboretum)
$51.00 member
$60.00 guest
ONLINE: Register now
BY PHONE: 630-719-2468 ( Monday through Friday, 9:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m.)

Course description

Learn to identify prairie plants in their early stages of seasonal development. Plant identification can be a challenge in the spring, as many plants are just beginning to emerge. In this half-day workshop, we will head out onto the prairie to look at species that are in bloom in the spring as well as the early leaves and identifying features of plants that bloom later in the year.

Covid-19 Safety:

  • If you are unwell, or have been in contact with someone who is unwell in the last two weeks, you must stay home. A full refund will be issued on request.
  • Participants must wear face masks.
  • Maintain a distance of six feet from others whenever possible.
  • For more information on the Arboretum’s guidelines, please watch the video at https://www.mortonarb.org/visit-explore/plan-visit/know-you-go-visit-information.

Course number



Nathanael Pilla, Botanist, Orbis Environmental Consulting

Nathanael is a charismatic botanist who works for Orbis Environmental Consulting. He is experienced in botanical research and identification, has trained and led wetland restoration crews, interns, and volunteers, and is broadly engaged in environmental outreach and stewardship. Nathanael also serves on the Chicago Wilderness Steering Committee as Executive Secretary. His most recent publications were inventories of macrofungi and microfungi in Indiana. When he is not botanizing, Nathanael spends his time writing and singing ridiculous songs. 

Course details

  • Notes: Held entirely outdoors; plan for a mile or more of walking over uneven ground. Please dress for the weather and wear close toed shoes. Limit 12
  • Supplies: Please bring a water bottle, hand lens, your favorite field guide for prairie plants, and materials for taking notes in the field.
  • Prerequisites: Basic Plant ID (W010 or W011) or previous experience with plant identification required.

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