Learn how to identify trees in this in-person class at The Morton Arboretum. 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. This program meets in person at the Arboretum. If you’d like to learn from home, please check out the self-paced online course, Basic Tree ID (on demand).
Instructor: Katrina Lewin, plant records coordinator, The Morton Arboretum; Kelly Burns, education program guide, The Morton Arboretum
Age: 16 and older
Course number: N142