Adult Programs

Plants of Wetlands (in person)

Learn the names and ecology of the wildflowers, sedges, rushes, and other plants that inhabit wetlands.

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Learn the names and ecology of the wildflowers, sedges, rushes, and other plants that inhabit wetlands. Explore the beauty and diversity of wetland plants, and discover how to identify them, where to find them, what plants they are commonly associated with. You’ll learn their different life cycles and gain a deeper appreciation of the role and importance of plants in a functioning wetland ecosystem. 


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


  • Held entirely outdoors. 
  • Please dress for the weather, with long sleeves and long pants and sturdy, water resistant footwear (boots recommended). 
  • Plan to walk a mile or more over uneven ground, sometimes in wet areas. 
  • We will be eating lunch in the field in the middle of the day; please bring a sack lunch. 
  • Limited to 18 participants. 


Please bring a sack lunch, water bottle, hand lens, your favorite field guide, and materials for taking notes in the field. 


Basic Plant ID (W010 or W011) or previous experience with plant identification required.

Continuing education:

This class fulfills the Plant Identification elective for the Natural Areas Conservation Training (N-ACT) Program. (Learn more about N-ACT.)

Nathanael Pilla, botanist, Orbis Environmental Consulting

Nathanael is a charismatic botanist who works for Orbis Environmental Consulting. He is experienced in botanical research and identification, has trained and led wetland restoration crews, interns, and volunteers, and is broadly engaged in environmental outreach and stewardship.

Nathanael also serves on the Chicago Wilderness Steering Committee as Executive Secretary. His most recent publications were inventories of macrofungi and microfungi in Indiana. When he is not botanizing, Nathanael spends his time writing and singing ridiculous songs.


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