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Basic Plant ID (Online)

Schedule and location

Spring 2020

  • Registration closes Monday, May 18, 2020, at 11:59 p.m.
  • Course available beginning at noon on Tuesday,May 19 2020

Fees and Registration

$16.00 member
$20.00 nonmember

BY PHONE: Please leave a message at 630-719-2468 or send an email to registrar-ed@mortonarb.org and let us know the best time to call you back.

NOTE: Please add registrar-ed@mortonarb.org to your address book. You will receive an email from this address with the link to join class.

Registration closes at 11:59 p.m. the day before the class begins.

Course description

Get the botany basics you need to identify plants. Whether you are a natural resources volunteer or specialist,  gardener, naturalist, or artist this class provides the fundamentals you need to get started.

From the comfort of your home or office, use self-paced online learning modules to learn about plant identification. Slides narrated by an Arboretum plant expert and interactive, no-pressure quizzes will help you learn the vocabulary to name plants and describe their structures and life histories.

Plan to spend a total of about 90 minutes completing the online material.  Students will have access to online materials for 60 days. 

Want to take this class in-person at the Arboretum? Basic Plant ID (In-person)

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Sharon Yiesla, plant knowledge specialist, The Morton Arboretum

Sharon Yiesla is a horticulturist of 30 plus years.  She has a B.S. in horticulture from Purdue and an M.S. from University of Illinois.  She has worked with University Extension in Missouri and with University of Illinois Extension and is currently the plant Knowledge specialist at The Morton Arboretum.

Course details


  • This class is held entirely online.
  • The online materials will take approximately 90 minutes to complete.
  • Participants will have access to the online materials for 60 days the course start date.
  • Limit 100


  • Participants must have access to the internet and know how to use a web browser (ex: Chrome, Safari, Internet Explorer)
  • Participants must know how to send and receive email.
  • A unique email address for each participant is required at registration.

Continuing education: This class fulfills a requirement of the Natural Areas Conservation Training (N-ACT) Program. (Learn more about N-ACT.) 2 CPDH credits for educators are available. 2 Continuing Education Credits are available from the Society for Ecological Restoration (SER). 

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