Basic Plant ID (Online or In-person)

Schedule and Location


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Section B: Online version
Registration closes at 11:59 p.m., Monday, November 26, 2018
Online component begins: Tuesday, November 27, 2018


Winter and Spring 2019 

(opens for registration November 20, 2018)

Section A: Online version
Registration closes at 11:59 p.m., Tuesday, February 12, 2019
Online component begins: Wednesday, February 13, 2019

Section B:  In-person version
Saturday, May 11, 1:00 to 3:00 p.m.

Section C: Online version
Registration closes at 11:59 p.m., Tuesday, May 28, 2019
Online component begins: Wednesday, May 30, 2019

Section D: In-person version
Sunday, June 9, 1:00 to 3:00 p.m.

Fees and Registration

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

$16.00 member
$20.00 nonmember
(Fees include admission to the Arboretum)

Course Description

Get the botany basics you need to identify plants. Whether you are a gardener, naturalist, artist, or natural resources specialist or volunteer, this class provides the fundamentals you need to get started. This class is open to all - you do not have to be enrolled in the Natural Areas Conservation Training Program to participate.

Basic Plant ID (Online Only)
From the comfort of your home or office, use new, self-paced online learning modules to learn about plant identification. Slides narrated by an Arboretum plant expert and interactive, no-pressure quizzes will help you learn the vocabulary to name plants and describe their structures and life histories. Plan to spend a total of about 90 minutes completing the online material.  Students will have access to the online materials for 60 days after the first day they access the course.

Basic Plant ID (In-Person Only)
Attend a 2 1/2 hour session at the Arboretum to learn botanical vocabulary and plant ID skills with the guidance of an Arboretum plant expert.

Course number



Sharon Yiesla, plant knowledge specialist, The Morton Arboretum

Course Details

  • Notes: The online only class can be taken wherever you have access to a computer, at your own pace. Limit 20. The in-person class will include time both indoors and outdoors, so please dress for the weather. Limit 20.
  • Requirements: If signing up for the online only session, you must have access to the internet and provide an email address at registration.  Must know how to use a web browser (ex: Chrome, Safari, Internet Explorer) and how to send and receive email. You will have 60 days to complete the course from the day you first access the online material.
  • Continuing education: This class fulfills a requirement for the Natural Areas Conservation Training Program. 3 CPDH credits for educators are available. 3 Continuing Education Credits are available from the Society for Ecological Restoration (SER). 

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