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Plants of the Prairie

Schedule and Location

Locations vary
Three Tuesdays, July 9 through July 23, 2019, 6:00 to 8:00 p.m.

  • Meadow Lake on July 9
  • Prairie Visitor Station on July 16 and 23)

Rain locations: If weather forces the class indoors, on July 9 the class will use Cudahy Room in the Administration Building; July 16 and 23 the rain location will be Classroom B in the Thornhill Education Center.

Fees and Registration

$55.00 member
$65.00 nonmember
(Fees include admission to the Arboretum)

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

Course Description

Learn the identification skills to manage, restore, or simply enjoy prairie habitats. Prairies in summer are at the peak of their bloom and color, with diverse wildflowers and grasses showing their distinctive beauty. Learn to identify plants important for prairie restoration during the growing season, and practice your identification skills in the field with guidance from a local plant expert.

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Sharon Yiesla, plant knowledge specialist, The Morton Arboretum

Sharon Yiesla is a horticulturist of 30 plus years.  She has a B.S. in horticulture from Purdue and an M.S. from University of Illinois.  She has worked with University Extension in Missouri and with University of Illinois Extension and is currently the plant Knowledge specialist at The Morton Arboretum.

Course Details

  • Notes: Held indoors and outdoors. Please dress for the weather and be prepared to walk on wood chip paths. Limit 18.
  • Supplies: Please dress for the weather, wear long-pants and close-toed shoes, and bring sun protection, a water bottle and materials for writing in the field. Your favorite field guide and a hand lens will be useful.
  • Continuing education: This class fulfills the Plant Identification elective for the Natural Areas Conservation Training (N-ACT) Program. (Learn more about N-ACT.)

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Plants of the Prairie