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Online Course

Tree Identification

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This course will cover field identification techniques for common trees native to the Great Lakes region. The course will focus on winter and summer identification characteristics including leaves, bark, buds/twigs, and tree form.

Course Details

Registration Fee

$20. Click the button above to register.

Once registered, a confirmation letter with a link to the course will be e-mailed to you. From that time, you have 30 days to complete the training.

Cancellation Policy

Online trainings are nonrefundable.

Learning Outcomes

By the end of the training, participants will be able to:

  1. Identify characteristics of common tree families native to the Great Lakes region.
  2. Identify trees native to the Great Lakes region, to the family, genus and species level by leaf, bark, tree form, and bud/twig characteristics.

Target Audience

This online training is designed for professional foresters and others with an interest in tree identification.

Continuing Education Credit

This course is pre-approved for:

To obtain credit, you will need to complete the training within 30 days of registering and receive 75% or higher on all assessments. A list of individuals who successfully complete the training will be submitted to WI-DNR and SAF on the first of each month.

Any questions regarding credit can be directed to the Wisconsin Forestry Center.



Sophie Demchik

Sophie Demchik is an associate instructor at the University of Wisconsin-Stevens Point, where she teaches plant and natural resource courses. Sophie was raised in the hardwood-covered mountains of Central West Virginia where she learned to love plants.  She graduated from Davis and Elkins College with a bachelor’s degree in Biology and Environmental Science. After graduation, she attended West Virginia University where she earned a Master’s degree in plant biology.  Since then, Sophie has lived and worked in Pennsylvania, Minnesota and  Wisconsin.  In addition to working for the university, she and her husband own Oak Openings Farm, LLC (which includes a farm and natural resource consulting business), in southeastern Portage County.