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Winter Tree ID (Online or In-person)

Schedule and location

Winter 2021

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Thursday, January 21, 2021: Access self-paced materials online. (available for 60 days)
Friday, January 29, 2021, 9:00 to 12:30 p.m. (Central time): Attend session on-site.
Thornhill Picnic Shelter, P21

Fees and registration

$39.00 member
$46.00 nonmember

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

The class will kick off with a self-paced online lesson, covering basic skills and terminology. Complete it any time you wish before your in-person session (January option) with your instructor.

How Online Classes Work:

  • To access the class, you will log into TreeLearning, the Arboretum’s online learning portal. Instructions for accessing TreeLearning will be sent to registrants on the day the course begins. You have access to the course for 60 days.
  • Complete self-paced e-learning modules with reading material, short videos, interactive activities, and quizzes to check your understanding.
  • The self-guided portion will take approximately 60 minutes and does not need to be completed in one sitting.
  • The class includes an in-person field session with your instructor. 

Course number



Kim Shearer, tree and shrub breeder

Kim Shearer is our tree and shrub breeder and manages the Daniel P. Haerther Charitable Trust New Plant Development Program.  She came to the Arboretum after completing her M.S. degree in Horticulture with a focus in Plant Breeding and Genetics at Oregon State University.  Kim’s experience and education has been primarily focused on the propagation, development and evaluation of tree and shrub species from around the world.  Kim manages the New Plant Development lab, engages audiences around the country promoting trees and shrubs through the Chicagoland Grows(R) Plant Introduction Program, and works closely with academics and the nursery industry in the evaluation of tree and shrub selections.  

Course details

Notes: Limit 18

  • 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 receive an email with log-in information at noon on the day the online materials become available. Complete the online materials before your scheduled in-person session.
  • 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.

Required Text: Winter Tree Finder, by May T. Watts and Tom Watts, $5.95, available in The Arboretum Store or from online retailers such as Amazon
Certificate information: Fills a plant identification requirement for N-ACT participants.

Winter Tree ID (Online or In-person)