Winter Tree ID (Online and In-Person)

Schedule and Location

Trees in Natural Areas

Section A: Instructor Christopher Benda

  • Registration closes at 11:59 p.m., Thursday, January 10, 2019
  • Online component available beginning Friday, January 11, 2019.
  • In-person component occurs on Friday, January 18, noon to 4:00 p.m. Thornhill Education Center

 

Section B: Instructor Christopher Benda

  • Registration closes at 11:59 p.m., Thursday, January 10, 2019
  • Online component available beginning Friday, January 11, 2019
  • In-person component occurs on Saturday, January 19, 8:00 a.m. to noon, Thornhill Education Center

 

Common Urban Trees

Section C: Instructor: Kim Shearer

  • Registration closes at 11:59 p.m., Thursday, January 17, 2019
  • Online component available beginning Friday, January 18, 2019.
  • In-person component occurs on Saturday, January 26, noon to 4:00 p.m., Thornhill Education Center

 

Section D: Instructor: Kim Shearer

  • Registration closes at 11:59 p.m., Thursday, February 7, 2019
  • Online component available beginning Friday, February 8, 2019.
  • In-person component occurs on Saturday, February 16, noon  to 4:00 p.m., Thornhill Education Center

Fees and Registration

$39.00 member
$46.00 nonmember
(Fees include admission to the Arboretum)

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 trees after they shed their leaves for the winter. Develop the skills to identify winter trees on your own using clues found in buds, fruits, leaf scars, bark, and branching patterns.

Before your in-person class, get basic skills and terminology with a short, online lesson. Then spend your time at the Arboretum in the field with an expert, learning to ID trees on the grounds. Common Urban Trees (Sections C or D) will focus on common trees planted in urban settings, such as street ways and parks. Trees in Natural Areas (Sections A or B) will focus on trees found in the woodlands of northern Illinois. Sign up for one, or both!

Winter Tree ID will benefit the natural resources employee or volunteer, the urban forester, as well as the casual tree enthusiast.

Course number

N100

Instructor

Kim Shearer, tree and shrub breeder, The Morton Arboretum or Christopher Benda, botanist

Course Details

  • Notes: Each session includes an outdoor walk, so please dress for winter weather. Limit 18
  • Requirements: Must have access to the internet and provide a unique email address for each registrant at registration.  Must know how to use a web browser (ex: Chrome, Safari, Internet Explorer) and how to send and receive email. You will be expected to complete the online portion of the course before you arrive for the in-person session. The online component is the same for each section. If you sign up for multiple sections, you only need to complete it once. Plan to spend about 60 minutes completing the online material. Students will have access to the online materials for 60 days after the first day they access the course.
  • Supplies: A hand lens will be useful.
  • Recommended Text: Winter Tree Finder, by May T. Watts and Tom Watts, $4.95, available in The Arboretum Store.
  • Certificate information: Recommended class for N-ACT participants. 3.5 CPDH credits for educators are available.
Winter Tree ID (Online and In-Person)