Identifying trees and shrubs in the winter when their leaves are gone can seem difficult, but all the parts necessary to know them are there if you know what to look at.  Learn how to see trees naked (without leaves) by looking at bark, bud, and twig characteristics and you will be able to identify trees in the winter on your own! 

Instructor Chris Benda (aka, Illinois Botanizer) teaches the Flora of Southern Illinois at Southern Illinois University.  Chris has over 10 years of experience as a botanist in Illinois and is the past-president of the Illinois Native Plant Society.  See full bio at 

This workshop will be held on January 31st from 9 a.m.- noon and again from 1-4 PM. People may only register for one of the sessions. Registration is required and the cost is $7 to attend. 

Registration Opens on December 16th. Please only register for one session and be sure you are available to come. 

RSVP for the Morning Session 9 AM-Noon 

RSVP for the Afternoon Session 1-4 PM 

If you need a reasonable accommodation to participate in this program, please contact Randy Barton at 217-333-7672. Early requests are strongly encouraged to allow sufficient time for meeting your access needs. University of Illinois Extension and partners provide equal opportunities in programs and employment.

If you have any questions or concerns, contact Amanda at or by phone at 217-333-7672. 


Event Date(s)
Event Time
2 sessions: one from 9-Noon, one from 1-4 PM
University of Illinois Extension Office in Champaign County (801 North Country Fair Drive, Suite D, Champaign, IL 61821)