Adult Opportunities

Basic Tree ID (in person)

Learn to identify the common trees you see in local preserves or in your neighborhood. 

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Learn how to identify trees in this in-person class from The Morton Arboretum. Get to know the common trees you see in local preserves or in your neighborhood. In this course, you will learn how to identify a tree by:

  • Using characteristics such as leaves, bark, branches, flowers, and fruit
  • Learning how to use tree identification keys and field guides
  • Seeing your natural surroundings in a new way, from the comfort of your home or office

This course includes examples of common trees in Illinois and the Midwest, though the basic concepts you will learn can be applied to identifying trees in any region.

Tree identification is a useful skill and knowing how to identify a tree builds a deeper connection to nature. Come prepared to walk up to two miles on wood-chipped trails.

This program meets on-site at the Arboretum. If the date does not work for you, or if you’d like to learn from home, please check out the self-paced online course, Basic Tree ID (on demand).

Instructor: Kelly Burns, education program guide, The Morton Arboretum

Health and Safety: Program participants must abide by the Arboretum’s health and safety guidelines. Guidelines are subject to change, so please check back frequently.

Age: 16 and older



  • Held indoors and outdoors.
  • Dress for the weather. Bring sun and insect protection, wear comfortable shoes, and be prepared to walk up to two miles on uneven terrain.
  • Limited to 16 participants.

Kelly Burns, education program guide

Kelly Burns has been teaching at The Morton Arboretum since 2014. After earning a biology degree in 1995, she has enjoyed a wide variety of jobs: bat researcher, merit badge counselor, animal keeper, and teacher. She draws upon her experience and passion to help her audience understand and appreciate the natural world.


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