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Advanced Summer Prairie Plant ID

Schedule and Location

Two days: Thursday, August 29, and Friday, August 30, 2019, 9:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m.
Thornhill Education Center

Fees and Registration

$195.00 member
$230.00 nonmember
(Fees include admission to the Arboretum)
BY PHONE: 630-719-2468 ( Monday through Friday, 9:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m.)

Course Description

Go beyond the basics and improve your ability to identify the diverse and beautiful plants of the tallgrass prairie. Prairies in summer are at the peak of their bloom and color, with hundreds of species of wildflowers and grasses showing their distinctive beauty. Increase the number of plants you can confidently identify, and begin to learn the specialized features and vocabulary to identify challenging groups such as the aster family, including asters and goldenrods, and the grasses, rushes, and sedges. This workshop consists of an intensive, hands-on approach incorporating both classroom work and field study.  Identify prairie plants in the field and lab, discuss their ecology, and practice identifying species from keys. 

Course number



Nathanael Pilla, botanist, Orbis Environmental Consulting

Course Details

  • Notes: Held both indoors and outdoors. Please dress for the weather each day. Limit 18
  • Supplies: Please bring a water bottle, a hand lens, and sun protection, and wear sturdy, closed-toed shoes for walking over uneven terrain.
  • Intended audience: Advanced students and professionals.
  • Prerequisites: Prior experience with plant identification required

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Advanced Summer Prairie Plant ID