Plant Identification Training

WHAT: A hands-on lecture plus field training session for anyone interested in learning how to identify native and non-native plants found in the Chicago region, such as landscape contractors, landscape architects, environmental consultants, or interested enthusiasts. This all-day course covers methods for identifying plants found in both wetland and upland habitats, including regional books and websites, how to use a dichotomous key, tips for taking useful photos, and how to use iNaturalist. Participants will learn common terminology for describing leaves and flowers and gain an introduction to the major invasive species, common native plants, and largest plant families in our area.

WHEN: August 30; 9:00am-3:30pm – CLASS IS FULL – Add your name to waiting list

WHERE: Lemont Township Community Room – 16300 Alba Street Lemont, IL 60439 (Google Maps)


Co-leader, cassi saari

cassi saari is an ecologist and field botanist with ecology + vision, llc – an ecological consulting and sustainable landscape architecture firm in the Chicago region. At e+v, cassi leads natural areas assessments, conducts floristic inventories and tree surveys, and monitors habitat restoration projects. She is an ISA Certified Arborist and SER Certified Ecological Practitioner with ten years of experience in the conservation community. cassi co-directs Habitat 2030, a club for nature nerds, and is involved in a multitude of community science efforts, including serving as a curator on and organizing the Illinois Botanists Big Year competition.


Co-leader, Evan Barker

Evan Barker graduated from DePaul University with a B.S. in Environmental Science and is now Pizzo & Associates’ Quality Control Manager and Prescribed Fire Coordinator. Evan manages plant ID training and testing, as well as planning, compliance and execution of dozens of prescribed burns each year. He was the winner of the 2016 Illinois Native Plant Society’s Illinois Botanists Big Year Competition where he found, photographed, identified and confirmed over 875 plant species within the state. 


COST: $125 – includes a boxed lunch OR $115 and you bring your own lunch.

PAYMENT: You must pay by check and your check must be received by August 29. Make checks out to Pizzo & Associates and mail to: Pizzo & Associates 10729 Pine Road, Leland, IL 60531 – Attn: Plant ID Training. Questions? contact us at

This session is limited to 18 participants – Class is full! Add your name to waiting list below.


PAYMENT: Make checks payable to: Pizzo & Associates and send to: Pizzo & Associates, 10729 Pine Road, Leland, IL 60531