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Local Trees

with Dan Stern, NCBG Director of Horticulture

This event is full. Now accepting wait list registrations.


Dates and Times:

  • This series will be a hybrid of pre-recorded content and one in-garden session. Online material will be released two weeks in advance of the in-garden session alongside a virtual introduction over Zoom.
  • Zoom meeting and material distribution: Wednesday, June 2 from 2:00-2:30 p.m.
  • In-garden session will take place 9:30 a.m. - 12:30 p.m. on Wednesday, June 16Rain date: Thursday, June 17,  please also reserve this date when registering

Fee: $90 ($81 Members)



This spring, this class will be offered as a blended program: half of the class will be offered as a pre-recorded lecture and the other half will be offered face-to-face using social distancing, outdoors at the North Carolina Botanical Garden.


This short course is perfect for those just beginning their study of trees or for recent transplants to the NC Piedmont who want to identify the common deciduous trees in their backyard gardens and neighborhoods. Students spend time outdoors, walking in the Garden or on the Piedmont Nature Trails, learning about common trees, how to identify them, and understanding why they grow where they do.



No prerequisites.


Certificate in Native Plant Studies Credits

Native Plant Studies Elective Course: Credits - 0.5
Certificate in Native Plants Elective Course: Credits - 0.66



Remaining Seats: 0

Registration open through 6/1/2021 12:00 PM EST | Refund Policy

About the Instructor

As the Director of Horticulture, Dan Stern oversees the development, maintenance, plant records and labelling for over 15 acres of cultivated gardens between the NCBG’s main site and the Coker Arboretum. Dan also oversees the Garden’s “Conservation through Propagation” activities including seed collection, cleaning and storage; the operation of our greenhouse and nursery facilities; and our plant sales.


Blended Program - Virtual and Face-to-Face


This class is being offered as a blended program, meaning a lecture will be offered via Zoom meeting on the first day of class, and an educational walk through the garden will be offered on the second day of class. More details for access online content will be provided a few days before the first class meeting.

Safety Precautions and UNC Community Standards

We are taking extensive precautions to make sure the Garden is a safe place to visit, and we need your help to keep it safe for everyone. When registering, you must agree to abide by the UNC Community Standards. Read the UNC Community Standards here.

In brief, please follow these practices:

  • Before leaving home for class, check for symptoms using the COVID-19 screening checklist. Do not attend class if you are experiencing any symptom(s) indicated on the screening checklist. If you are not able to attend class for this reason, we will offer you a full refund as course credit or to your credit card.

  • Watch your distance and remain 6 feet apart from others.

  • Bring a mask with you. Wear a mask at all times indoors and when you are unable to maintain a 6' distance outdoors.

  • Wash your hands often.

  • Wipe off your work area before and after class with disinfecting wipes that will be available in the classroom.

By doing these things, you are doing your part to keep others safe both on campus and in our local communities.

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