Identify Woodland Wildflowers (Online and In-person)

Schedule and Location

This class will be offered again in April 2019. Registration will open February 2019.

Fees and Registration

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

$45.00 member
$55.00 nonmember
(Fees include admission to the Arboretum)

Course Description

Learn the names and habits of the wildflowers that cover the woodland floor in spring. In spring, ephemeral wildflowers cover the woodlands in an explosion of colors. In this intermediate workshop, learn to identify these plants, discover where they grow, how their life cycles work and what plants they most often grow with.  Through study online, in the classroom, and in our spring woods, you’ll gain a deeper appreciation of the beauty and diversity of woodland plants and their role and importance in a functioning woodland ecosystem. The online and in-person sessions complement each other; please plan to complete the class materials online before coming to the field session. This class can be taken as a component of the Natural Areas Conservation Training Program in natural areas management.

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Chris Benda, botanist

Course Details

  • Notes: Held online, indoors, and outdoors. Please dress for the weather during the outdoor session with long sleeves, long pants, and sturdy footwear. This class will consist of one in-person meeting with an online module completed prior to the in-person session. Plan to spend a total of about 180 minutes completing the online material.
  • Limit 20.
  • Requirements: Must have access to the internet; viewing online material on a computer is recommended. Must know how to use a web browser (such as Chrome, Safari, or Internet Explorer) and how to send and receive email. You will be expected to complete the online portion of the course (approximately 90 minutes) before you arrive for the in-person session on May 5. Students will have access to the online materials for 60 days after the first day they access the course.
  • Supplies: Please bring a water bottle and materials for writing in the field. We will take a one hour lunch break - please bring a sack lunch or plan to purchase lunch at the Gingko Restaurant. A hand lens and a favorite wildflower book will be helpful.
  • Prerequisites: Basic Plant ID (W010) or equivalent experience with botanical terminology.
  • Continuing education: This class fulfills a requirement for the Natural Areas Conservation Training Program. 7 CPDH credits for educators are available.

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