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Introduction to Plant Identification


Course Code: AL0267WA22

Introduction to Plant Identification

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Date & Time

November 4 & 5, 2021
9:00am - 3:30pm EDT (Log- in time: 8:30am EDT)


In this two-day online class, Licensed Tree Expert Ted Szczawinski will share a wealth of information about how to positively identify plants, trees, and shrubs. You'll learn to unlock clues found in the bark, fruit, leaves, flowers, and more! You'll learn a step-by-step method that limits endless memorizing!

Click here to read comments about the course from past participants.

Click here to meet the instructor, Ted Szczawinski, and to see what past attendees said about the "passionate," "outstanding," "gem" of a teacher.

Interested in earning a Landscape Certificate?
Then don’t miss this once-a-year foundational course. It is required for these certificate programs:


Certified Public Works Manager (CPWM) Credits

International Society of Arboriculture (ISA) Credits

NJ Urban and Community Forestry Continuing Education Units

NJ Licensed Tree Experts

Early Registration Fee $395.00 Register on or before October 28, 2021 and save!
Registration Fee $425.00 After October 28, 2021
Cancellation Fee $35.00  

Substitutions are permitted. View cancellation policy.


No meals will be provided.

Accessing this Online Course

This online course will be delivered via Canvas.

Equipment you will need to access this training:

  • A computer, tablet, or smartphone
  • Microphone is necessary if you'd like to ask questions.
  • Webcam is optional but not necessary
  • Speaker is optional but not necessary (you will be able to listen to the presentation by dialing in on your phone if your computer does not have a speaker)

Photo ID Requirement:

Each registrant will be asked provide a photo of him/herself holding their government-issued photo ID. This is required by credit boards so that you may receive credits for participating in this online course.

  • You will receive a reminder email prior to the start of the class with further instructions. Wait to receive these instructions before you attempt to upload your ID.
  • The photo must be clear enough that we can read your name and verify that the person pictured on the ID is in fact the person holding it.
  • After an OCPE staff member reviews the picture and verifies your identity, you will have access to participate in the course when it begins.


  • If this is your first time registering with us, please provide your own unique email address when registering; do not provide an email address that you share with co-workers.

  • If you have previously taken classes with us and have used an email address that you share with your co-workers or supervisor, your account must be updated with a unique email address. To do this, please send an email to registration@njaes.rutgers.edu stating that your email address needs to be changed and include:

    • Your full name
    • The shared email address that needs to be changed
    • Your unique email address
    • A phone number where you can be reached if we have any questions

Note: Pre-registration is required.


Registration will close on November 2, 2021.

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Program Questions? Contact Us!

Program Coordinator: Joe Canzano, 848-932-7317
Administrative Assistant: Beth Perez, 848-932-7483

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Comments about the Class from Past Attendees

"I learned the tools needed to go out in the field and identify trees/shrubs. Learning how to 'key it out!'"

"I now have enough know how to at least start identifying trees and shrubs"

"Great ways to remember particular details ... [and] what you're looking for"

"Very easy to understand what to do to get ID of plant"

"Learned so much! Thank you!"

"An emphatic yes! I can't wait to take more!" (in answer to this question: "Did this course stimulate your interest in the topic?")

"Can't wait to use it everyday."

"Packed full of non-stop info"

"I really feel this course will help day to day in my work."

Meet Instructor Ted Szczawinski

Instructor Ted Szczawinski Ted Szczawinski – Ted is a Licensed Tree Expert and professor of plant science and biology. He teaches students plant identification skills in a manner that's fun, interactive, and easy-to-understand!

Comments About the Intructor from Past Attendees:

"Ted is outstanding, He did a super job.  Everyone was engaged."

"Great teacher, very passionate"

"The best, a true gem and asset for Rutgers."

"Very knowledgeable and can modify his teaching style for varying knowledge levels of students. Highly recommend."

"Excellent instructor who encouraged questions and participation."

"Ted is enthusiastic and extremely knowledgeable. He presents all info in an 'understandable' manner."

"Wonderful teacher, makes it fun."

"Ted is an enthusiastic instructor who is extremely knowledgeable on the topic. He explains everything thoroughly."

"Very passionate, well done, a master!"

"Kept it lively and interesting. Very knowledgeable."

"Knows so much about plant ID. Great teacher on the subject."

"Wonderful teacher - makes it fun."

"Great instructor, learned a lot, very engaging!"

"Very interesting and informative. Personally inviting, makes for easy interaction."

"Very passionate about plants and what he teaches."

"Ted does a great job of getting whole group involved in activity."