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Identify Woodland Wildflowers Online and Live Webinar

Schedule and location

The health and safety of visitors, volunteers, and employees continue to be the top priority for The Morton Arboretum. Following federal and state recommendations to help slow the spread of coronavirus, Identify Woodland Wildflowers has been moved to an online only format.

Section A: Changed to online and Live Webinar

  • The online class will be available just after noon Central time on Wednesday, April 29.
  • You will receive an email from registrar-ed@mortonarb.org with access information at that time. You will have access to the online content for 60 days.
  • There will be a live webinar with the instructor, Chris Benda, on Friday, May 8, 10:00 a.m. to 12:00 p.m. Central time.
  • For the live webinar, you will be provided a link through your online class site on treelearning.mortonarb.org to access a web conferencing software called Zoom.
  • This short video explains how to join a Zoom class.
  • Participants will be able to interact with the instructor and with each other.


Section B:Cancelled

  • Tuesday, April 28, 2020: Registration closes at 11:59 p.m.
  • Thursday, April 30, 2020: Online materials become available
  • Saturday, May 9, 2020, 9:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m.: In-person session meets at Thornhill Education Center

Fees and Registration

$45.00 member
$55.00 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 the names and habits 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, discover where they grow, how their life cycles work and what plants they most often grow with. 

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.

The online component of this class is self-guided and can be completed wherever you have access to a computer, at your own pace. Online assignments will be due before the session.

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Chris Benda, botanist

Chris Benda, aka Illinois Botanizer, is a botanist and past president of the Illinois Native Plant Society. He teaches at Southern Illinois University and The Morton Arboretum. He is an accomplished photographer and author of several publications about natural areas in Illinois. Find him at www.illinoisbotanizer.com.

Course details


  • The online materials will take approximately 4 hours to complete.
  • Participants will have access to online materials for 60 days after the course start date, until June 28, 2020.
  • Limit 75


  • Participants must have completed Basic Plant ID (W010) or have equivalent experience with botanical terminology.
  • Participants must have access to the internet and know how to use a web browser (ex: Chrome, Safari, Internet Explorer)
  • A unique email address for each participant is required at registration. Please add registrar-ed@mortonarb.org to your email address book; you will be receiving emails from this address about the class.

Continuing education: This class fulfills a requirement for the Natural Areas Conservation Training (N-ACT) Program. (Learn more about N-ACT.) 

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