Adult Opportunities

Reptiles and Amphibians of Northern Illinois

Learn to identify common species and explore their habitats.

Content Detail

An assessment of all amphibians and reptiles that call The Morton Arboretum home was completed in the fall of 2023. This full-day workshop will highlight the species found at the Arboretum as well as the field survey techniques used for the assessment.

In the classroom, participants will learn the names and calls of frogs and salamanders that breed throughout the Arboretum. The most common turtles and snakes found in the ponds, prairies, and creeks of the Arboretum will also be covered. In the field, survey techniques and equipment will include checking minnow traps, basking sites, and artificial cover objects for live animals.

Rubber knee boots and/or waders are recommended for the field portion. A limited number of boots will be available to borrow from the Arboretum.

This program meets in person at the Arboretum.

Instructor: Susan Lawrence, adjunct professor, Aurora University

Age: 16 and older

Course number: N377

Instructor

Susan Lawrence, adjunct professor, Aurora University

Susan Lawrence is an adjunct professor of biology at Aurora University. She is a retired senior ranger from the Forest Preserve District of DuPage County with abundant experience in urban wildlife and their habitats.

What to Know

This program is held mostly outdoors. Dress for the weather.

Bring a sack lunch and a beverage.

Rubber knee boots and/or waders are recommended for the field portion. A limited number of boots will be available to borrow from the Arboretum.

Wear comfortable shoes, and be prepared to walk up to two miles on uneven terrain.

Program Schedule

Saturday, May 4, 2024, 9:30 a.m. to 2:30 p.m.

Thornhill Education Center

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