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Woodland Trees (Online and In-person)

Schedule and Location

Fall 2019

  • Wednesday, October 2, 2019, 11:59 p.m.: Registration closes
  • Thursday, October 3, 2019, 12:00 p.m.: Online materials become available
  • Friday, October 11,  2019, 10:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m.: In person session meets at Thornhill Education Center Thornhill Education Center

Fees and Registration

$55.00 member
$65.00 nonmember
(Fees include admission to the Arboretum)

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

Course Description

Learn to identify the trees you see every day in the woodlands and neighborhoods of the Chicago region as you enjoy their brilliant fall colors. Explore the ecology of the various tree species and find out why they grow in each habitat.

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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


  • This class includes both online and in-person sessions. Online assignments must be completed before the in-person class.
  • The online materials will take approximately 90 minutes to complete.
  • Participants will have access to the online materials for 60 days after the course start date.
  • Please dress for the weather during the in-person session, with long sleeves and long pants/sturdy footwear.
  • Please bring a sack lunch and a water bottle.
  • Limit 20


  • Participants should have previously completed Basic Plant ID (W010) or have previous experience with plant identification
  • 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.
  • Participants must know how to send and receive email.
  • Continuing education: This class fulfills a requirement for the Natural Areas Conservation Training Program. 

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