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Basic Tree ID

Schedule and location

Thornhill Education Center
Registration opens Tuesday, February 18, 2020.

  • Section A: Saturday, May 16, 2020, 8:30 to 11:00 a.m.
  • Section B: Thursday, June 11, 2020, 6:00 to 8:30 p.m.


If you can't make it to the Arboretum try our Basic Tree ID (Online Only).

Fees and Registration

$29.00 member
$34.00 nonmember
(Fees include admission to the Arboretum)

BY PHONE: 630-719-2468 or to be waitlisted (Monday through Friday, 9:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m.)

Course description

Learn to identify the common trees you see in local preserves or in your neighborhood.  Use characteristics such as leaves, bark, branches, flowers, and fruit to ID a tree. Learn to use keys and field guides. Walk the grounds of the Arboretum with an expert, who will point out key identifiers of common trees. See and understand your natural surroundings in a new way.

Course number



Kelly Burns, education program guide

Kelly Burns has been teaching at The Arboretum since 2014. Earning a Biology degree in 1995, she has enjoyed a wide variety of jobs: Bat Researcher, Merit Badge Counselor, Animal Keeper, and Teacher. She draws upon her experience and passion to help her audience understand and appreciate the natural world. 

Course details

  • Notes: Held indoors and outdoors. Limit 18
  • Continuing education: 2.5 CPDHs for educators are available.

Arboretum class weather, cancellation and refund policies

Basic Tree ID