Adult Opportunities

Native Plant Identification

Enrich your understanding of Illinois’ local natural areas by learning to identify 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 identification.

This program meets in person at the Arboretum.

Instructor: Spencer Campbell, Plant Clinic manager, The Morton Arboretum

Age: 16 and older

Course number: N233


Spencer Campbell, Plant Clinic manager, The Morton Arboretum

Spencer Campbell is dedicated to inspiring people to develop a deeper connection with the natural world. His horticultural and natural areas management experience guides his work in The Morton Arboretum’s Plant Clinic, a service to educate professionals and the public about how to select, care for, and protect plants. He leads classes, workshops, seminars, and public presentations about gardening techniques, ecological restoration, climate change, and wilderness conservation. His teaching philosophy is that true knowledge of the natural world is best acquired by immersing oneself in the company of the plants and the animals.

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, August 10, 2024, 9:00 a.m. to noon

Lobby, Thornhill Education Center, West Side


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