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  • Troll Hunt

    A close-up of the troll's large toes. The troll is created from reclaimed wood.
    From May 7 through June 21, 2018, artist-in-residence Thomas Dambo uses discarded wood to create six giant trolls, guardians of the forest, who will inhabit the Arboretum. The full hunt begins June 22, 2018!

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  • Bike Rentals

    Row of bikes to rent
    Explore nine miles of paved roads that wind through our magnificent tree collections. Weekends, April 28 through May 27, 2018. Daily, beginning May 28. 10:00 a.m.-5:00 p.m. (last rental is at 3 PM).

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  • Vehicle-free biking

    A biker with a child
    Enjoy bicycling in an "auto-free zone" on summer Friday nights, as well as Saturday and Sunday mornings. May through August 2018. Please note these exceptions: You will be sharing the road with cars due to special events on: August 3, 4, 18, and 19

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  • Acorn Express Tram Tours

    The Acorn Express open-air Tram
    Beginning on April 23rd, 2018 (weather permitting), hop on the Acorn Express tram for a tour of our 1,700 acres of blooming beauty narrated by one of our expert guides. Call 630-968-0074 for times and pricing.

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  • Nature Play Spaces

    A child making mud pies in the Mud Kitchen
    Enjoy creative, unstructured outdoor play spaces, Mud Kitchen near Parking Lot 20 and Word Garden near Parking Lot 13. Daily, weather permitting, 7:00 a.m. to sunset

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  • Vanishing Acts: Trees Under Threat Exhibit

    A visitor learning about endangered tree species by using the interactive panels
    Come learn about the gifts that the world's endangered trees give us—and how you can join the Arboretum in saving them. Daily, 7:00 a.m. - sunset

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  • Breakfast In The Ginkgo Restaurant

    Pancakes with blueberries and powdered sugar
    Enjoy a delicious breakfast at The Morton Arboretum in the scenic Ginkgo Restaurant! Saturdays & Sundays, 9:00-10:45 a.m.

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  • Library Exhibit: Plant Hunters

    Library Exhibit: Plant Hunters
    The exhibit features artifacts from the library’s special collection relating to famous plant hunters, and it explores modern conservation efforts by scientists at the Arboretum. Tuesdays-Saturdays, during regular library hours.

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  • Wine Tasting

    Visitors walking around and sampling wine
    A Springtime Stroll with Wine and Trees, Thursday, May 24, 2018 at 6:00 p.m.

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  • Forest Therapy Walks (1 hour 45 minutes)

    A trail through the forest is covered in snow.
    Experience the healing and wellness promoting effects of Shinrin-Yoku, the practice of bathing the senses in the atmosphere of the forest. Select Mondays or Saturdays, February 3 through, June 23, 2018, 8:00 to 11:00 a.m.

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  • Garden Pot Recycling

    A cardboard box of empty green gardening pots.
    Free! Bring your plastic pots (plastics #2, #5, and #6) back to the Arboretum for Recycling. Saturday, June 2, 2018, 9:00 a.m. to noon

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  • Northern Illinois Iris Society Show

    Northern Illinois Iris Society Show
    Experience nearly 100 varieties of blooming irises. Buy irises for your garden!

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  • Arbor Evenings: Music and More

    Visitors sitting on the grass and in lawn chairs
    Wednesday is the new Friday! Unwind with wine and a live concert outdoors on summer evenings. Wednesdays, June 6 through August 29, 2018 except July 4.

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  • Personal Habitat: Creating a Haven for Wildlife (and Yourself)

    A women in an orange rain coat is carrying photography equipment through the forest.
    This is the story of an artist's love affair with a piece of land, and the birds, animals, and plants that inhabit it. Friday June 8, 2018, 7:00 to 8:30 p.m.

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  • An Evening with the Artist: Thomas Dambo

    Artist, Thomas Dambo sitting in front of one of his wooden trolls.
    Hear from Danish artist Thomas Dambo, creator of the Arboretum's summer exhibition Troll Hunt. Thursday, June 14, 2018, 7:00 to 8:30 p.m.

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  • Leafing Through the Pages - Members' Book Discussion Group

    The Sterling Morton Library
    On the second Thursday of every month, Morton Arboretum members enjoy a morning of community, connectivity, and spirited book discussion.

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  • Craft Beer Festival

    Visitors sampling craft beer
    Come sample local favorites and explore new beers from more than 45 breweries, surrounded by summer's beauty at the Arboretum. Saturday, June 23, 2018

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  • Member Night at the Plant Production Facilities

    The hoop style greenhouses
    Event for members only. Go behind the scenes in the greenhouses where the Arboretum grows its special plants. June 28, 2018. 6:00 to 8:00 p.m.

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  • Bikes, Branches, and Bites

    Visitors biking on a paved road
    Cyclists and foodies, enjoy vehicle-free roads, live entertainment, and a food truck social. July 7, 2018 from 4:30 p.m. to sunset. at The Morton Arboretum.

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  • Adult Coloring Night: Troll Hunt Edition

    A Young couple are enjoying drinks at an adult coloring night.
    Kick back and relax with a night of coloring, complete with a cash bar and cheese and crackers at The Morton Arboretum. Thursday, July 12, 2018, 7:00 p.m. to 9:00 p.m.

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  • Mystery Dinner

    Two woman in clothes from the 1980s. One is holding a large radio and the other has on headphones.
    Join us on Friday the thirteenth to help solve a 1980s themed mystery. Costumed encouraged, but not required. July 13, 2018.

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  • Daylily Society Show

    A pink daylily
    Marvel at all the colors and varieties of these cheerful flowers and participate in judging.July 15, 2018, 10:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m.

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  • Science & S’mores Member Night

    A full moon shining through the tree tops
    Members only event. Try science experiments, meet Arboretum scientists, watch cool tree science demonstrations, and enjoy s’mores around the campfire July 19, 2018 from 6:00 to 8:30 p.m. at the Thornhill Education Center

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  • Summer Clearance Sale

    Summer display in the Arboretum Store
    Save on home decor, jewelry, books, desktop, apparel, and more. July 27 through August 24, 2018

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  • Destination Asia Festival

    A Toro Nagashi Japanese floating lantern display on water
    Explore the diverse cultures of Asia through music, dance, food and trees. Friday, August 3 through Sunday, August 5, 2018

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  • The Art of Bonsai

    Display of several Bonsai displays
    See bonsai displays and demonstrations, by Prairie State Bonsai Society members at The Morton Arboretum, August 4 & 5, 2018 10:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m.

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  • Grown-Up Play Date

    Adults standing in front of a fort that says "No grown ups allowed!"
    Join us for Grown-Up Play Date, a night of fun for adults in the award-winning Children's Garden on August 10, 2018

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  • Wine and Art Walk

    Guests browsing near a tent where exhibitors are located
    Sip wine and shop for art as you stroll around Meadow Lake. Saturday, August 18 and Sunday, August 19, 2018.

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  • Farm-to-Table Dinner

    A 4,000-square-foot white tent, set on a spacious green lawn
    Join us for The Morton Arboretum's Farm to Table Dinner featuring locally-sourced ingredients in a beautiful outdoor setting on August 24, 2018

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  • Tails on the Trails

    A dog running the agility course
    Join us for Tails on the Trails on May 5, 2018, a "paw"fect day out with your pup as you meander down The Morton Arboretum's 16 miles of hiking trails. Dogs are only allowed on special days like these!

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  • Passport Europe Festival

    A German dance trio
    Immerse yourself in the diverse cultures of Europe with visits to our European tree collections, plus culinary delights, authentic musical performances, impressive dancing demonstrations, and much more. Saturday, September 22, and Sunday, September 23, 2018, at The Morton Arboretum.

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  • Growing Brilliantly Dinner Party

    A 4,000-square-foot white tent at dusk
    Join us for the 2018 Growing Brilliantly Dinner Party on Saturday, September 29!

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  • Fall Color 5K Run & Walk

    Runners participating in the Fall Color 5k Run & Walk
    Race through our the trees at our 15th annual Fall Color 5K Run & Walk, Sunday, September 30, 2018.

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  • Scarecrow Trail

    Scarecrow depicting Horton Hears a Who
    Admire creations from local scout troops and vote for your favorite scarecrow. Daily in October, 2018. 7:00 a.m-sunset

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  • Glass Pumpkin Patch

    Glass-blown pumpkin with several gourds
    Explore a dazzling collection of hand-blown glass pumpkins and other autumnal designs in mesmerizing colors, shapes, and sizes. At The Morton Arboretum, October 10 through 14, 2018

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  • Dog Admission Day

    A dog at Dog Admission Day
    Hit the trails, at The Morton Arboretum, with your canine friend on the following Saturday, November 3, 2018, 7:00 a.m. to sunset.

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  • Veterans Day-Veterans Free

    Veteran's get in free on Veteran's Day
    All veterans free today, November 11!

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  • Illumination: Tree Lights at The Morton Arboretum

    Colors splashed across the hemlock trees - Treemagination
    See trees in a different light. Our interactive experience filled with dazzling projections, trees that respond to your touch and voice, and vivid, electric colors throughout. November 16, 2018 - January 1, 2019

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  • Happy Holidays - Free Admission

    Snowy larches around Meadow Lake
    Enjoy free admission on Christmas Day at The Morton Arboretum! Tuesday, December 25, 2018. Buildings, Children’s Garden, and Illumination are closed.

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  • Every nature-lover has a favorite place. Do you prefer the open spaces of prairielands? Or is it the shady intimacy of the woodlands that calls to you? Grab a drink at the cash bar, and join us as two local stewards take each other on, arguing the merits of their own favorite habitat at The Morton Arboretum. Thursday, May 24, 2018, 7:00 to 8:30 p.m.
  • Discover what happens at the Arboretum at night, when no one is around at The Morton Arboretum. Dates vary starting Sunday, April 29, through Thursday, June 28, 2018, 7:30 to 9:30 p.m. Multiple sections. Please note: April 29 and May 30 are sold out.
  • Grow your nature drawing skills under the guidance of a knowledgeable instructor at The Morton Arboretum. Four Thursdays, May 31, June 14-28, 2018, 6:30 to 9:30 p.m.
  • Come nibble the new shoots of wild edible plants and taste how good spring can be at The Morton Arboretum! Saturday, June 2, 2018, 10:00 a.m. to noon.
  • The woodland habitat is so much more than a bunch of trees. Get a “behind the scenes” look at life in the woods on this guided walk with an Arboretum naturalist. Saturday, June 2, 2018, 9:00 to 11:00 a.m.
  • Turn your yard into a sustainable, edible landscape using the design principles of permaculture in this two day workshop at The Morton Arboretum. Saturday and Sunday, June 2 and 3, 2018, 9:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m.
  • Remember, “the best camera is the one that’s with you.” Whether you are new to photography or new to smartphones, discover techniques for getting great nature images with your phone at The Morton Arboretum.Saturday. Saturday, June 2, 2018, 1:00 to 4:00 p.m., or Saturday July 21, 2018, 9:00 a.m. to noon.
  • Incorporate natives into your home landscape. Wednesday, June 6, 2018, 9:30 to 12:30 a.m.
  • Join an expert photographer for golden hour, that magical moment just before sunset when the soft light gives the Arboretum a special, warm glow. Thursday, June 7, 2018, 6:00 to 9:00 p.m.
  • Join artist, author, and field biologist Julie Zickefoose for a two-day exploration of nature through art and writing at The Morton Arboretum. (SOLD OUT) Friday and Saturday, June 8 and 9, 2018, 9:30 a.m. to 3:30 p.m.
  • Get the botany basics you need to identify plants at The Morton Arboretum. Online only begins: June 1, or August 3, 2018. In-person only: Saturday, September 8, 10:00 a.m. to 12:30 p.m.
  • This is the story of an artist's love affair with a piece of land, and the birds, animals, and plants that inhabit it. Join us at The Morton Arboretum on Friday June 8, 2018, 7:00 to 8:30 p.m.
  • Create a stunning container that will add summer color to your yards, decks, and patios at The Morton Arboretum. Thursday, June 7, 2018, 7:00 to 9:00 p.m., or Saturday, June 9, 2018, 1:00 to 3:00 p.m.
  • Become acquainted with the host of birds that nest and breed in our region at The Morton Arboretum.Four Saturdays, June 9 through 30, 2018, 8:00 to 12:30 p.m.
  • Learn to effectively and efficiently use the tools of the trade to tackle different restoration jobs at The Morton Arboretum. Dates and times vary starting June 4, 2018.
  • Enjoy a morning of sketching outside, or “en plein air” on the Schulenberg Prairie at The Morton Arboretum. Monday, June 4 or June 11, 2018, 9:00 a.m. to noon.
  • Learn to identify plants in the field through studying the plants of the Chicago region at The Morton Arboretum. Wednesdays, June 13 through August 1, 2018. 6:30 to 9:00 p.m., and Saturdays, June 16 through July 28, 2018, 9:00 a.m. to 1:15 p.m. Except on Saturday, July 14, class will meet 9:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m.
  • Hear from Danish artist Thomas Dambo, creator of the Arboretum's summer exhibit Troll Hunt. Dambo will share about his fascinating career making beautiful, fun, and inspirational pieces using reclaimed materials. Thursday, June 14, 2018, 7:00 to 8:30 p.m.
  • Join horticulturist Sharon Yiesla on a journey through the life of a flower. Learn how flowers develop, how they grow, and the end result of their lives, fruit at The Morton Arboretum. Saturday, June 16, 2018, 9:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m.
  • Get outdoors with your family or friends this summer! New to camping? No problem. This class will teach you everything you need to know to have a fun and safe weekend under the stars at The Morton Arboretum. Saturday, June 16, 2018, 9:00 a.m. to noon.
  • Learn to simplify a specimen into a few well placed strokes with the minimalist approach of brush painting at The Morton Arboretum. Saturday, June 16, 2018, 9:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m.
  • Learn to identify the common trees you see in local preserves or in your neighborhood at The Morton Arboretum. Friday, June 8, 2018, 9:00 to 11:30 a.m., or Thursday, June 21, 2018, 6:30 to 9:00 p.m.
  • Capture the graceful curve of an unfolding bud, the surprise of new leaves, or the lightness of a cloud through Ikebana--the art of Japanese flower arranging at The Morton Arboretum. Saturday, April 21 or June 16, 2018, 1:00 to 3:30 p.m.
  • Learn the identification skills to manage, restore, or simply enjoy prairie habitats at The Morton Arboretum. Three Thursdays, July 12 through July 26, 2018, 6:00 to 8:00 p.m.
  • Grab a pair of waders and get your feet wet in the Arboretum’s creeks and wetlands.This program is for participants ages 16 and up. Saturday, June 23, 2018, 9:00 to 11:00 a.m.
  • Learn the names and ecology of the wildflowers, sedges, rushes, and other plants that inhabit wetlands at The Morton Arboretum. Saturday, June 23, 2018, 9:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m., or Sunday, July 1, 2018, 9:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m.
  • Learn how to tell invasive aquatic plants apart from native look-alikes and how to report invaders when you find them in this one-day workshop at The Morton Arboretum. Saturday June 30, 2018, 12:30 to 4:30 p.m.
  • Grab a paddle and join knowledgeable naturalists for a guided, 7-mile kayaking excursion through the protected acres of Glacial Park on Nippersink Creek, the largest tributary to the Fox River. Saturday, June 30, 2018, 9:00 a.m. to 2:30 p.m.
  • Improve your health and well-being with yoga. We will practice poses, breathing and meditation in the tranquil setting of the Morton Arboretum. Dates and times vary on select Wednesdays or Thursdays, May through September, 2018.
  • Discover the principles and practice of ecosystem restoration at The Morton Arboretum. Online component begins: Friday, July 6, or Friday, October 26, 2018. In person component: Two Saturdays, July 14 and 21, or Two Saturdays, Nov 3 and 10, 2018, 9:00 a.m. to 12:30 p.m.
  • Experience the many restorative and therapeutic benefits of aerial yoga while you relax, release, and deepen into yoga poses supported by a hammock at The Morton Arboretum. Wednesday, June 27, Tuesday, July 10, or Thursday, July 12, 2018, times vary. Multiple sections. June sections are sold out. Please register for July sections starting May 22.
  • Kick back and relax with a night of coloring, complete with a cash bar and cheese and crackers. The theme of the night is trolls, celebrating the six larger-than-life trolls, built from reclaimed materials by Danish artist Thomas Dambo, that have moved into the Arboretum this summer. Thursday, July 12, 2018, 7:00 p.m. to 9:00 p.m.
  • Become a nature photographer. Move beyond shooting in automatic; learn how to adjust your camera’s manual settings to get the shot you want at The Morton Arboretum. Four Thursdays, July 12 through August 2, 2018, 6:30 to 9:30 p.m.
  • Stroll the Arboretum's stunning perennial beds where you’ll learn about plant placement, dividing, transplanting, watering, fertilizing, mulching and more. Thursday, May 1, or June 28, 2018, 6:30 to 8:30 p.m. (register now). Tuesday, July 10, 2018, 6:30 to 8:30 p.m. (registration open May 22).
  • Learn the geologic history of the Midwest as we cycle the the roads of the Arboretum. Friday, July 13, or July 27, 2018, 6:00 to 8:00 p.m.
  • Learn the essentials of wetland ecology and the vital management techniques necessary to maintain threatened wetland ecosystems at The Morton Arboretum. Two days: Wednesday, August 1, 6:30 to 8:30 p.m., and Saturday, August 4, 2018 8:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m.
  • Learn to identify dragonflies and damselflies on the grounds of the Arboretum. Friday, August 3, 8:00 to 11:00 a.m.
  • Learn to identify the trees you see every day in the woodlands and neighborhoods of the Chicago region at The Morton Arboretum. Online component begins: Friday, August 3, 2018. In-person component: Friday, August 10, or Saturday, August 11, 2018, 10:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m.
  • Join us for a FREE orientation program on the Woodland Stewardship Program at the Morton Arboretum. Thursday, August 2, 2018, 6:30 to 8:00 p.m., or Saturday, October 13, 2018, 1:30-3:00 p.m., or online only.
  • Learn principles and practices for managing critical habitats at The Morton Arboretum. Online component begins Friday, August 10, 2018. In person sessions: Two days: Sunday, August 19 and Saturday, August 25, 2018, 9:00 a.m. to 1:00 p.m.
  • Learn how humans have used prairie plants on this summer hike at The Morton Arboretum. Saturday, July 28, 2018, 8:30 to 11:00 a.m.
  • Explore meditative and self-nurturing yoga poses with the use of plant based essential oils to restore and rebalance the mind and body in the tranquil setting of the Morton Arboretum. Select Mondays, June 4 through August 20, 2018, 6:00 p.m. to 7:00 p.m.
  • Try out this sampler session of aerial yoga. Stretch, strengthen, and release stress while having fun, cocooned in a hammock suspended from the trees at The Morton Arboretum! Select dates and times, starting Friday, June 8 through Wednesday, August 22, 2018. Early dates are sold out. Registration opens May 22 for dates starting in July.
  • This one-day conference for green industry professionals and avid home gardeners will focus on the latest information and practice related to the selection and care of Midwestern trees, shrubs, and woody plants, as shared by leading designers and plant experts at The Morton Arboretum. Thursday, September 6, 2018, 8:30 a.m. to 3:30 p.m.
  • Stretch, strengthen, and release stress while having fun, cocooned in a hammock suspended from the trees at The Morton Arboretum. Dates and times vary, starting Wednesday, May 30 through September 7, 2018. Multiply sections.
  • Experience the Arboretum’s beauty as you get fit with your little ones along for the ride. Stroller Strides® is a stroller-based fitness program designed for moms with little ones. Select Saturdays, May through September, 2018, 10:00 to 11:00 a.m.
  • Study the special ecological and evolutionary relationships between plants and animals at The Morton Arboretum. Wednesdays, September 12 through December 5, 2018, 6:30 to 9:30 p.m., and select Saturdays, September 29 through November 10, 2018, 9:00 a.m. to noon.
  • New! For ultimate relaxation, join us for one hour of peaceful yoga stretches, then enjoy sipping your beverage of choice while looking upon the tranquil setting of the Morton Arboretum. Friday, May 18, Thursday, August 16, or Friday, September 14, 2018, 7:00 to 9:00 p.m.
  • Learn to identify and manage the most common invasive plants in the Great Lakes region at The Morton Arboretum. Online component begins: Friday, May 11 or September 15, 2018. In-person component: Saturday, May 19, or September 22, 2018, 9:00 a.m. to 12:30 p.m.
  • Strengthen your skills leading volunteers in natural areas management with this interactive primer for volunteer stewardship activity planning, group dynamics, safety, and volunteer empowerment at The Morton Arboretum. Online component begins: Friday, September 21, or November 2, 2018. In person component: Saturday, September 29, or November 10, 2018, 10:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m.
  • Experience the healing and wellness promoting effects of Shinrin-Yoku, the practice of bathing the senses in the atmosphere of the forest at The Morton Arboretum. Select Saturdays or Mondays, May 21, through September 24, 2018, 9:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m.
  • Experience the healing and wellness promoting effects of Shinrin-Yoku, the practice of bathing the senses in the atmosphere of the forest at The Morton Arboretum. Select Mondays. Wednesdays, or Saturdays, May 26 through September 29, 2018, times vary.
  • Explore the interactions that drive ecosystem function and learn to identify plants, animals, and fungi in relation to ecological habitats at The Morton Arboretum. Online component begins: Friday, October 19, 2018. In-person component: Sunday, October 28, 2018, 1:00 to 5:00 p.m.
  • Identify and apply short and long term restoration activities to enhance wildlife habitat at The Morton Arboretum. Saturday, November 18, 2017, 10:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m.

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