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Plants of Wetlands (In-Person)

Schedule and location

Saturday, June 12, 2021, 9:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. (SOLD OUT)
Thornhill Picnic Shelter (near Parking Lot 21)

Fees and registration

$85.00 member
$100.00 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 ecology of the wildflowers, sedges, rushes, and other plants that inhabit wetlands. Explore the beauty and diversity of wetland plants, and discover how to identify them, where to find them, what plants they are commonly associated with. You’ll learn their different life cycles and gain a deeper appreciation of the role and importance of plants in a functioning wetland ecosystem.

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 bring face masks. Face masks are required while participating in Arboretum adult learning programs.
  • 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

Course details

  • Notes: Held entirely outdoors. Please dress for the weather, with long sleeves and long pants/sturdy, water resistant footwear (boots recommended). Plan to walk a mile or more over uneven ground, sometimes in wet areas. We will be eating lunch in the field in the middle of the day; please bring a sack lunch. Limit 12
  • Supplies: Please bring a sack lunch, water bottle, hand lens, your favorite field guide, and materials for taking notes in the field.
  • Prerequisites: Basic Plant ID (W010 or W011) or previous experience with plant identification required.
  • Continuing education: This class fulfills the Plant Identification elective for the Natural Areas Conservation Training (N-ACT) Program. (Learn more about N-ACT.) 

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