Adult Opportunities

Native Plant Identification

Enrich your understanding of our local natural areas by learning to identify the most common native plants.

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Knowing the names of the common native plants you see on your walks, bike rides, or volunteer days can deepen your connection with the natural world. In this class, you will learn what to look for when identifying a plant, and then spend time walking the grounds of The Morton Arboretum with an expert, learning the names and identifying characteristics of common native plants of northern Illinois.

This class is great for the beginner or for any naturalist looking to brush up on native plant ID.

This program meets in person at the Arboretum.

Instructor: Katrina Lewin, plant records coordinator, The Morton Arboretum; Spencer Campbell, Plant Clinic manager, The Morton Arboretum

Continuing Education: This class fulfills a requirement for the Natural Areas Conservation Training (N-ACT) Program. Learn more about N-ACT.

Age: 16 and older

Course number: N233

Katrina Lewin, plant records coordinator, The Morton Arboretum

Katrina Lewin has a bachelor’s degree in ornamental horticulture from the University of Illinois and has been a horticulturist at The Morton Arboretum since 2004. She enjoys teaching pruning and plant identification classes and is a frequent speaker at local garden clubs.

Spencer Campbell, Plant Clinic manager, The Morton Arboretum

Spencer Campbell has over a decade of experience in ecological restoration and environmental education. He is a self-professed “plant geek” who is eager to share his knowledge of the native flora and fauna of the Midwest. His classes cover a range of topics about natural resource management, while also creating a space for participants in his classes to explore their own relationship with the natural world.

What to Know

This program meets outdoors. Check the forecast and dress for the weather.

Wear comfortable, sturdy shoes and plan to walk more than a mile on uneven terrain.

Please bring a hat and water bottle and wear sun and insect protection.

A hand lens and your favorite field guide will be useful (some will be available to borrow).

Program Schedule

Saturday, September 9, 2023, 9:00 a.m. to noon

Gateway to Tree Science, Parking Lot 8

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