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Introduction to Plant Identification


Course Code: AL0267WB21

Introduction to Plant Identification

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Date & Time

Last Held: February 3-4, 2021
9:00am - 3:30pm EST (Log- in time: 8:30am EST)

Next offering tentatively planned for November 2021. Registration will open when course dates are confirmed.

**PLEASE NOTE: You will need to upload a photo ID before the class. You will be sent an email approximately one week prior to the class with instructions. If you cannot upload the ID, you will NOT be able to attend.


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:


The February 3-4, 2021 offering of this course was approved for the following credits. We will reapply for similar credits the next time the course runs, but we cannot guarantee credit approval for future offerings.

**PLEASE NOTE: In order to receive recertification credits for any of our online courses, you will need to upload a photo ID and your license number before the class. You will be sent an email approximately one week prior to the class with instructions. If you do not upload this information, you will NOT be able to attend.

NJ Licensed Tree Experts
10.5 CEUs for LTE and LTCO

NJ Certified Public Works Manager (CPWM) Credits
6 Technical

NJ Urban and Community Forestry Continuing Education Units
10.5 CEUs

International Society of Arboriculture (ISA) Credits
Certified Arborist: 10.25; BCMA-Science: 4.0; BCMA- Practice: 4.75; BCMA- Management: 2.0

Early Registration Fee TBD  
Registration Fee TBD  
Cancellation Fee TBD  

Substitutions are permitted. View cancellation policy.


No meals will be provided.

Accessing this Online Course

This course is offered online within the Canvas learning management system.

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: Please note that you will be prompted to upload a picture of yourself holding your government-issued photo ID before you begin the course. The photo must be clear enough that we can read the name and verify that the person pictured on the ID is in fact the person holding it. You will receive a reminder email prior to the start of the class with further instructions.


  • 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, you must update your account with a unique email address. Click the Register Online button below and sign into your account. On the left side toolbar, click My Account. On the drop-down menu, click Edit Profile/Password. Scroll down to the Email Address field (not the secondary email address field!) and enter your own, individual (not shared!) email address here. Click the Submit button at the bottom to save. If you need assistance updating your account, please email or call (848-932-9271, option 2) our Registration Department.

Note: Pre-registration is required.


Sorry, registration is not currently available for this course.

Would you like to be notified when the next offering is scheduled? 
Here are 3 convenient ways to be added to our mailing list:
1. Click here to join our email list (please reference "Introduction to Plant Identification" or Course Code AL0267) 
2. Call us at 848-932-9271, select option 3
3. E-mail us at ocpe@njaes.rutgers.edu

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."