Adult Opportunities

Basic Tree Identification

Learn how to identify trees in this in-person class at The Morton Arboretum.

Content Detail

Get to know the common trees you see in local preserves or in your neighborhood. In this class, 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.
  • practicing observation skills to see your natural surroundings in a new way.

This tree ID 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 in person at The Morton Arboretum. 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

Age: 16 and older

Course number: N142


Kelly Burns, education program guide, The Morton Arboretum

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.

What to Know

Held mostly 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.

Program Schedule

Saturday, September 21, 2024, 9:00 a.m. to 11:30 a.m.

Thornhill Education Center, West Side


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