Adult Programs

Advanced Summer Prairie Plant Identification (in person)

Go beyond the basics and improve your ability to identify the diverse and beautiful plants of the tallgrass prairie.

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Go beyond the basics and improve your ability to identify the diverse and beautiful plants of the tallgrass prairie. Prairies in summer are at the peak of their bloom and color, with hundreds of species of wildflowers and grasses showing their distinctive beauty. 

Increase the number of plants you can confidently identify, and begin to learn the specialized features and vocabulary to identify challenging groups such as the aster family, including asters and goldenrods, as well as the grasses, rushes, and sedges. This workshop consists of an intensive, hands-on approach to identifying prairie plants in the field. We’ll discuss their ecology, point out key features and distinctions, and practice identifying species using keys.  

This class is held entirely outdoors. Come prepared to walk on uneven terrain. 

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COVID-19 Precautions: Program participants must abide by the Arboretum’s safety guidelines.

Notes:

  • Held entirely outdoors. Please dress for the weather. Wear long sleeves and pants, sun protection, close-toed shoes with good traction, and rain gear if needed.
  • Please bring a sack lunch, water, and snacks.  
  • Your favorite field guide and a hand lens will be useful.
  • Limited to 18 participants.

Prerequisites: Prior experience with plant identification is required.

Nathanael Pilla, botanist, Orbis Environmental Consulting

Nathanael Pilla is a charismatic botanist who works for Orbis Environmental Consulting. He is experienced in botanical research and identification, has trained and led wetland restoration crews, interns, and volunteers, and is broadly engaged in environmental outreach and stewardship.

He also serves on the Chicago Wilderness Steering Committee as executive secretary. His most recent publications were inventories of macrofungi and microfungi in Indiana. When he is not botanizing, he spends his time writing and singing ridiculous songs.

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