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Identifying Uncommon Woodland Trees

Schedule and Location

Friday, September 13, 2019, 10:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m.
Thornhill Education Center

Fees and Registration

$55.00 member
$65.00 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

Learn to identify the less common trees and shrubs found in the state of Illinois. Due to our geographic location, a great variety of species occur in Illinois at the edge of their range.  Others occupy specialty habitats, such as dry, rocky woodlands, swamps, and savannas. Expand your knowledge of woody species and improve your ID skills by learning 25 to 30 of these lesser-known species and where you’re likely to encounter them.

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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

  • Notes: Please dress for the weather, with long sleeves and long pants/sturdy footwear. Bring a sack lunch and a water bottle. Limit 20
  • Requirements: Participants should have previously completed Woodland Trees (W214) or have previous experience with plant identification.

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