Adult Programs

Native Plant ID (in person)

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

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Enrich your understanding of local natural areas by learning to identify common native plants. Knowing the names of the 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 with an expert, learning the names and characteristics of common native plants.

This class is great for the beginner or for any naturalist looking to brush up on native plant ID. Held entirely outdoors, come prepared to walk on wood-chipped trails and in tall grass. 


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


  • Held outdoors.
  • Please dress for the weather and for walking in tall grass.
  • Limited to 18 participants.


  • Please bring your 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).

Spencer Campbell, natural resources technician

Spencer Campbell has more than 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 will 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. 

As the collections volunteer program coordinator at the Morton Arboretum, his current focus is providing opportunities for the public to participate in land stewardship and equipping them with the skills to lead natural resource management projects in their own communities.

Katrina Lewin, plant collections coordinator, The Morton Arboretum

Katrina Lewin holds 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.


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