VISIT & explore

Adults

Two adults cross-country skiing down a small slope
When there is four inches or more of snow on the ground at The Morton Arboretum, trails are available to cross-country ski or snowshoe. The rental season runs December 1, 2017 through March 11, 2018.
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2 Visitors cross-county skiing
Members enjoy the following benefits during the month of February. Thank you for your support!
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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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The Vanishing Acts exhibit with a light dusting of snow.
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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Seeds in a wide variety of sizes shapes and colors
What do coffee, chocolate and your morning oatmeal have in common? They are all made from seeds. Stop by our tabletop tour and learn more about those sensational seeds.
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The Thornhill Mansion with snow
On February 22, 2018, Arborvitae and Thornhill Society members are invited to join Arboretum President and CEO Gerard T. Donnelly, PhD, for an inside view of progress, current projects, and future plans.
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A garden with ferns, hostas and other flowers.
Take the leap toward a lawn-free yard. Saturdays, February 24, 2018, 9:00 a.m. to noon.
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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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A path through the snowy woods at dusk
With the moon shining through the trees and reflecting off the snow, a winter evening reveals a captivating symphony of sounds and mysterious spaces as we hope to spot wildlife darting through the darkness. Thursday, February 1, March 1, or Friday, March 2, 2018, 7:00 to 9:00 p.m.
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A dog at Dog Admission Day
Hit the trails, at The Morton Arboretum, with your canine friend on the following Saturdays, March 3 and November 3, 2018, 7:00 a.m. to sunset.
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Squash, tomatoes, and green beans in a basket on a table
Grow your own food this summer! Learn the basics of vegetable gardening in this class designed for true beginners. Saturday, March 3, 2018, 1:00 to 4:00 p.m.
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Paul Galbraith with his guitar
All concerts in our 2017-2018 Chamber Concert Series are sold out! Select Sundays, November, 2017 through March, 2018 at 2:15 p.m.
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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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Painting of fall leaves
Shop for beautiful nature images available on greeting cards, prints, canvases, pillows, and more with designs by Rozanne Priebe of Elmhurst. At The Morton Arboretum Store, Saturday, March 10, 2018 from 11:00 a.m. - 3:00 p.m.
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Two piano players dueling on pianos
Get down and dance with the Howl at the Moon ensemble. Saturday, March 10, 2018
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Tomatoes ripening on a vine.
Join us for the annual Edible Gardening Workshop Series each spring at The Morton Arboretum! Select Saturdays, March 17 through April 14, 2018, 9:30 a.m. to noon
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A person is jogging down the road.
Strap on your running shoes for an informative running tour of the Arboretum. Saturday, March 24, 2018, 8:00 to 9:30 a.m.
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Spring table setting with centerpiece
Celebrate Easter with your loved ones while savoring a delicious meal and the breathtaking view of Meadow Lake. Sunday, April 1, 2018.
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A postcard with a botanical art drawing of purple flowers .
Enjoy more than 150 works of art celebrating nature and see demonstrations by the artists. Saturday and Sunday, April 7 and 8, 2018, 10:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m.
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Row of bikes to rent
Explore nine miles of paved roads that wind through our magnificent tree collections. Weekends in April and daily beginning on Memorial Day. 10:00 a.m.-4:00 p.m.
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A man is walking through an oak savanna.
With extreme weather events, flooding, drought, and habitat fragmentation on the rise, will our trees be able to weather the storm? Join us for a compelling discussion on Thursday, April 12, 2018, 7:00 to 9:00 p.m.
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The Acorn Express open-air Tram
Beginning weekends in mid-April, 2018 hop on the Acorn Express tram for a tour of our 1,700 acres of blooming beauty (weather permitting) narrated by one of our expert guides. Call 630-968-0074 for times and pricing.
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Participants at the start line in our annual The Champion of Trees 10K Run
Tap into the championship spirit as you run through a springtime morning surrounded by trees from around the world. Save the date for next year, Sunday, April 22, 2018.
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Inside the Arbor Day Plant Sale tent, a Plant Genius is giving advice to a customer
Shop the Arbor Day Plant Sale at The Morton Arboretum for an exciting variety of plants chosen by our experts for success in your Chicago-area garden. This sale takes place Arbor Day weekend, Friday, April 27, through Sunday, April 29, 2018
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Photo of children dressed like a tree
On April 27, 2018 celebrate trees by dressing like one. On Arbor Day get free admission to The Morton Arboretum when you dress like a tree. One free general admission per costumed individual. Arbor Day only, April 27, 2018.
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A man and women are viewing art at an Exhibit
Enjoy original nature photography, many of which are of The Morton Arboretum grounds, at the sixth annual Nature Photography Exhibit of the Morton Arboretum Photographic Society (MAPS). Saturday, April 28, and Sunday, April 29, 2018,10:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m.
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Close-up of a giant troll created from discarded wood. His hand is wrapped around a tree trunk.
May 1 through June 21, 2018. Artist in Residence, Danish artist Thomas Dambo uses discarded wood to create the giant trolls who will inhabit the Arboretum. The hunt begins June 22, 2018!
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Wine being poured into a glass from a wine bottle
Join us for our first ever Wine Dinner. Combine flavorful wine and a delectable dinner with a view of scenic Meadow Lake. May 3, 2018 at 6:00 p.m.
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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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Aerial view of the Maze Garden
Celebrate National Public Gardens Day on Friday, May 11, 2018 at The Morton Arboretum. 7:00 a.m. to sunset there is something to do at The Morton Arboretum.
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Springy table setting
Celebrate Mom with a fabulous brunch against the blooming backdrop of Meadow Lake. Sunday, May 13, 2018.
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Wine sampling station with guest sampling wine
A Springtime Stroll with Wine and Trees, Thursday, May 24, 2018 at 6:00 p.m.
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Four attendees standing around a table outside drinking wine
Wednesday is the new Friday! Unwind with wine and a live concert outdoors on summer evenings. Wednesdays, June 6 through August 29, 2018
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Visitors sampling craft beer
Come sample local favorites and explore new beers from 40 breweries, surrounded by summer's beauty at the Arboretum. Saturday, June 23, 2018
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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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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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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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A 4,000-square-foot white tent at dusk
Save the date for the 2018 Growing Brilliantly Dinner Party on Saturday, September 29, 2018!
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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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Runners participating in the Fall Color 5k Run & Walk
Save the date for our 15th annual Fall Color 5K Run & Walk, Sunday, September 30, 2018.
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Veteran's get in free on Veteran's Day
All veterans free today, November 11!
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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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Snowy larches around Meadow Lake
Enjoy free admission on Christmas Day at The Morton Arboretum! Monday, December 25, 2017. Buildings, Children’s Garden, and Illumination are closed.
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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 Wednesdays or Thursdays, December 2017 through February 2018.
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Join Denis as he shares tales of his journeys from the Amazon to Africa, searching the world for rare and vanishing species at The Morton Arboretum. Wednesday, February 21, 2018, 7:00 to 9:00 p.m.
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Discover techniques for and benefits of growing your vegetables from seed started indoors at The Morton Arboretum. Thursday, February 22, 2018, 7:00 to 9:00 p.m.
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Gain a new appreciation of the Arboretum and further scientific research by learning how to observe and record changes in nature throughout the seasons. Saturday February 24, or Friday March 9, 2018, 9:30 a.m. to 3:30 p.m.
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Tap into your creative side with an introductory workshop on nature art at The Morton Arboretum. Winter Foliage in Graphite on Saturday, February 24, or Sunday, February 25, 2018, 10:00 a.m. to 1:00 p.m.
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Take the leap toward a lawn-free yard. Lawns are labor - and resource-intensive. Learn ways to reduce the amount of lawn in your home landscape and replace it with an attractive, more sustainable design that meets your goals at The Morton Arboretum. Saturdays, February 24, March 3 and 10, 2018 9:00 a.m. to noon.
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Learn techniques for accurately identifying Illinois' winter birds, spot species that are in the area this winter, and meet the migratory species that overwinter in our region at The Morton Arboretum. (CANCELED) Five Sundays, January 28 through February 25, 2018, 8:00 to 11:30 a.m.
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Join freelance artist JoAnne Laudolff at The Morton Arboretum and learn how to turn dress pattern paper, old magazine pages, found objects and even some organic objects into a beautiful piece of upcycled mixed media art for your home. Sunday, February 25, 2018, 11:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m.
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Feel your best and focus on total body health and well-being with a short hike outdoors, followed by a warming indoor yoga class at The Morton Arboretum. Wednesday, February 21, 2018, 6:00 to 7:30 p.m. or Wednesday, February 28, 2018, 10:00 to 11:30 am
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Workshops are designed to assist urban and rural foresters and arborists, landowners, and community decision makers in planning and implementing an effective EAB management plan. Wednesday, February 21;Thursday February 22; Friday, February 23; or Wednesday, February 28, 2018, 9:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m.
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Discover what happens at the Arboretum at night when no one is around. Enjoy a night hike, then warm up with s’mores by the fire. Thursday, February 1, March 1, or Friday, March 2, 2018, 7:00 to 9:00 p.m.
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The tools that tree scientists use to study the natural world, are evolving. Discover the innovative ways that Morton Arboretum Scientists are utilizing current technology to study trees, plants and woody shrubs. Friday, March 2, 2018, 9:00 a.m. to 3:30 p.m.
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Grow your own food this summer! Learn the basics of vegetable gardening in this class designed for true beginners at The Morton Arboretum. Saturday, March 3, 2018, 1:00 to 4:00 p.m.
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Learn the basics of drawing in a class designed for true beginners at The Morton Arboretum.Four Saturdays, March 3 through 24, 2018, 9:00 to noon, or Four Thursdays, April 26 through May 17, 2018, 6:30 to 9:30 p.m.
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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. Registration opens February 20 for the Saturday, June 2, 2018, 1:00 to 4:00 p.m. class. Please note: the MARCH 3, 2018, 1:00 to 4:00 p.m. is SOLD OUT
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Practice correct pruning techniques and learn which plants to prune now and more importantly, which to prune later at The Morton Arboretum. In-person component occurs, Saturday, March 3, 2018, 9:00 to 11:00 a.m. (Registration closed February 1).
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Develop your skills as a nature photographer through thoughtful compositions at The Morton Arboretum. Four Saturdays, March 3 through 24, 2018, 8:00 to 11:00 a.m.
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Join award-winning, prolific photographer Rick Sammon for a full-day seminar that will both entertain and enrich your nature photography skills. (CANCELED) Saturday, March 3, 2018, 9:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m.
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Learn to identify plants without leaves or flowers at The Morton Arboretum. Saturday, March 3, 2018, 8:00 a.m. to noon.
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Learn to capture early spring with graphite, the perfect medium for textures. at The Morton Arboretum. Four Thursdays, March 8 through 29, 2018, 6:30 to 9:30 p.m.
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Be prepared for your next wilderness outing; learn to find your way using a map and compass at The Morton Arboretum. Saturday, March 10, 2018, noon to 4:00 p.m.
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Learn to effectively and efficiently use the tools of the trade to tackle different restoration jobs at The Morton Arboretum.Online component begins: Tuesday, March 6, 2018. In-person component meets: Tuesday, March 13, 6:30 to 8:30 p.m., OR Online component begins: Tuesday, June 5, 2018. In-person component meets: Tuesday, June 12, 6:30 to 8:30 p.m.
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Learn the ins and outs of sharpening garden tools and bring a tool of your own to sharpen at The Morton Arboretum. Saturday, March 10, 2018, or Friday, April 13, 2018, 9:30 to 11:00 a.m.
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Chicago Wilderness will offer three winter sessions of the Midwest Ecological Prescription Burn Crew Member Training class at The Morton Arboretum. Two days: Saturday, February 24, and Sunday, February 25; Thursday, March 1, and Friday, March 2; or Thursday, March 15, and Friday, March 16, 2018, 8:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m.
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Make a difference in your own backyard with simple ideas that have a big impact on the planet at The Morton Arboretum. Thursday, March 15, 2018, 7:00 to 9:30 p.m.
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Get the botany basics you need to identify plants at The Morton Arboretum. New Online section added: Registration closes at 11:59 p.m., Wednesday, March 14, 2018. Online component begins: Thursday, March 15, 2018. Winter sessions start Sunday, May 6 for In-person only or Friday, June 1 for online only section.
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Search the woods, fields, and edges of the Arboretum for birds. The third Saturday of each month, January 20 through June 16, 2018, 8:00 to 10:30 a.m. Extra Saturday on May 5.
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Join us for the annual Edible Gardening Workshop Series each spring at The Morton Arboretum! Select Saturdays, March 17 through April 14, 2018, 9:30 a.m. to noon
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Learn to graft in this hands-on workshop and go home with your very own grafted apple tree at The Morton Arboretum. Saturday, March 17, 2018, 1:00 to 4:00 p.m.
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Connect the mind and body in this peaceful yoga class in honor of the full and new moons each month at The Morton Arboretum. Multiple sections. Dates and times vary starting Monday, December 18, 2017.
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Learn spring methods for propagating your favorite native plants at The Morton Arboretum.Sunday, March 18, 2018, 12:30 to 3:30 p.m. New section added for 8:30 to 11:30 a.m.
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Get early spring color in your garden. Horticulturist Nina Koziol will share her favorite perennials that flower early in the season at The Morton Arboretum. Thursday, March 22, 2018, 6:30 to 9:30 p.m
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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 or Saturdays, February 3 through June 23, 2018, 9:30 a.m. to 11:15 a.m.
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Strap on your running shoes for an informative running tour of the Arboretum. Saturday, March 24, 2018, 8:00 to 9:30 a.m.
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Practice correct pruning techniques and learn which plants to prune now and more importantly, which to prune later at The Morton Arboretum. Saturday, March 24, 2018, 9:00 to noon, or Friday, April 13, 2018, noon to 3 p.m.
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Learn how to safely use herbicides to benefit natural areas management at The Morton Arboretum. Saturday, March 24, 2018, 9:00 a.m. to 12:00 p.m.
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Learn the essentials of woodland ecology and the woodland management techniques necessary to maintain threatened woodland ecosystems at The Morton Arboretum. Online component begins: Thursday, March 29, 2018
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Join us for a full-day training for landscapers, streets and sanitation technicians, and public works crews that will cover selection, planting, and care of trees in sessions led by local experts. Wednesday, April 4, 2018, 8:30 a.m. to 3:30 p.m., and/or Thursday, April 5, 2018, 9:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m.
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In this single morning workshop for beginners, learn how to find birds, discuss equipment, what to wear, keeping track of your observations, and more at The Morton Arboretum. Saturday, April 7, 2018, 9:00 a.m. to 12:30 p.m.
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Learn about the benefits of herbs and spices and how to infuse them into salves, tonics and tisanes, and an invigorating and delicious beverage called a shrub at The Morton Arboretum. Saturday, April 7, 1:00 to 3:00 p.m.
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Join us for a FREE orientation program on the Woodland Stewardship Program at the Morton Arboretum. In-Person. Saturday, April 7 , 2018, 1:30 to 3:00 p.m. or online only.
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Learn to creatively use light in your photography. Improve your results by considering the quantity, color, and quality of light found during the course of the day and throughout the seasons at The Morton Arboretum. Four Saturdays, April 7 through 28, 2018, 8:00 a.m. to 11:00 a.m.
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With extreme weather events, flooding, drought, and habitat fragmentation on the rise, will our trees be able to weather the storm? What will our parks, preserves, and urban landscapes look like in 50 or 100 years? Grab a drink at the bar (one drink is included in price of ticket), and join us for a compelling discussion led by moderator Jerome McDonnell of WBEZ Radio’s Worldview. Thursday, April 12, 2018, 7:00 to 9:00 p.m.
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Discover the principles and practice of ecosystem restoration at The Morton Arboretum. Online component begins: Monday, April 9, 2018. In person component: Two Saturdays, April 14 and April 21, 2018, 9:00 a.m. to 12:30 p.m.
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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. Mondays, April 9; April 30; June 4; or June 18, 2018, 6:00 p.m. to 7:00 p.m. p.m.
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Discover the basics of backyard composting and composting with worms at The Morton Arboretum. Thursday, April 19, 2018, 7:00 to 9:00 p.m.
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Learn about forests, what they are, how they function, and why they are so important for our future at The Morton Arboretum. Three Saturdays: April 21, May 12, and May 19, 2018, 9:30 a.m. to 2:00 p.m., and Mondays and Wednesdays, May 7 through 30, 2018, 3:30 to 8:00 p.m.
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Learn how to identify Illinois' spring resident and migratory birds by sight and call and meet other birders at The Morton arboretum. Five Saturdays, April 28 through June 2 (no class on May 19), 2018, 8:00 to 11:30 a.m.
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Discover the principles and practice of ecosystem restoration at The Morton Arboretum .This class will be offered again in April 2018. Registration will open Tuesday, February 20, 2018to 12:30 p.m.
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Learn about the New Invaders Watch Program and how to get involved in monitoring and reporting invasive plants that are new to our region at The Morton Arboretum. Wednesday, May 2, 2018, 6:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m.
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Save the date for a summit for educators and researchers to advance early childhood learning in nature at The Morton Arboretum. Wednesday through Thursday, May 2 and 3, 2018
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Learn the names and ecology of the wildflowers that cover the woodland floor in spring at The Morton Arboretum. Online component begins: Friday, April 20, 2018 In person component: Saturday, May 5, 2018, 10:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m.
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REI is partnering with NOLS to offer a comprehensive 16 hour, two day course that will teach you the wilderness medicine skills you need to recreate with confidence in the backcountry at The Morton Arboretum. Saturday and Sunday, May 5 and 6, 2018, 9:00 a.m. to 6:00 p.m.
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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, 2018. In-person component: Saturday, May 19, 2018, 9:00 a.m. to 12:30 p.m.
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Learn to identify prairie plants in their early stages of seasonal development at The Morton Arboretum. Saturday, May 19, 2018, 1:30 to 4:30 p.m.
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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.
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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.
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Learn the essentials of wetland ecology and the vital management techniques necessary to maintain threatened wetland ecosystems at The Morton Arboretum. This class will be offered again in June 2018. Registration will open Tuesday, February 20, 2018.
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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.
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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.
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Learn to identify the trees you see every day in the woodlands and neighborhoods of the Chicago region at The Morton Arboretum. This class will be offered again in July 2018. Registration will open Tuesday, May 22, 2018.
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Learn principles and practices for managing critical habitats at The Morton Arboretum. This class will be offered again in June 2018. Registration will open Tuesday, February 20, 2018.
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Learn the identification skills to manage, restore, or simply enjoy prairie habitats at The Morton Arboretum. This class will be offered again in July 2018. Registration will open Tuesday, May 22, 2018
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Learn how humans have used prairie plants on this summer hike at The Morton Arboretum. Friday, August 11, 2017 8:30 to 11:00 a.m.
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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.
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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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