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Snakes of Northern Illinois

Schedule and Location

Saturday, September 21, 2019, 8:00 to 11:00 a.m.
Thornhill Education Center

Fees and Registration

$29.00 member
$34.00 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

Meet an amazing group of animals seldom seen--snakes! In this introduction to local snakes, you will learn:

  • To identify the common species that live in the Arboretum, DuPage County, and across northern Illinois.
  • Where and how snakes live
  • Why they are an important part of our environment
  • How scientists and volunteers help monitor snakes and collect data that helps us protect snake habitats, including right here at the Arboretum.

Join snake monitor Don Arnold for a glimpse into the lives and habitats of these often underappreciated but quite spectacular animals. This program will spend a portion of time outdoors, investigating some of the places snakes are commonly found, so dress for the weather, wear long pants, and close-toed shoes.

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Don Arnold, stewardship leader

Don is a Natural Areas Conservation steward leading an Arboretum weekly work group as well as corporate workdays since 2011.  He is a frog monitor for both the DuPage Forest Preserve District and the Arboretum and he has monitored both salamanders and snakes for DuPage County.  He started the snake monitoring program at Morton Arboretum in 2017.  Don was a Brookfield Zoo docent for several years and assisted in the development of the reptile touch cart.

Course Details

Note: Held indoors and outdoors. Please dress for the weather. Limit 18

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