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Woodland Trees (Online and In-person)

Schedule and location

summer 2020

Section A: cancelled
Wednesday, August 5, 2020, 12:00 p.m.: Online materials become available
Friday, August 14, 2020, 10:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m.: In person session meets at Thornhill Education Center

Section B: cancelled
Thursday, August 6, 2020, 12:00 p.m.: Online materials become available
Saturday, August 15,  2020, 10:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m.: In person session meets at Thornhill Education Center

Fees and registration

$55.25 member
$65.00 nonmember
(Fees include admission to the Arboretum)

BY PHONE: 630-719-2468 or to be waitlisted (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.


Program participants must comply with current public health guidelines as required by the Governor of Illinois, which include social distancing and the use of face masks when indoors and when social distancing is not possible outdoors. 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



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.
  • Registration closes five hours before online materials become available. 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.
  • Bring a lunch, along with water and snacks. 
  • Bring insect repellent and sunscreen. 
  • Limit 8


  • Participants should have previously completed Basic Plant ID (W010) or have previous experience with plant identification
  • Participants must have access to the internet via a computer or mobile device
  • A unique email address for each participant is required at registration.
  • Continuing education: This class fulfills a requirement for the Natural Areas Conservation Training Program. 

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