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.


Course instructor: 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 is the president of the Northeast Chapter of the Illinois Native Plant Society and is involved in a multitude of community science efforts, including serving as a curator on and organizing the Illinois Botanists Big Year competition.

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