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Happy Thanksgiving-FREE Admission
Happy Thanksgiving! Enjoy FREE admission at The Morton Arboretum. All buildings and the Children's Garden will be closed. November 23, 2017.
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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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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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Colorful lights decorate Meadow Lake Trail
Enjoy live musical performances in the Ginkgo Room from 5:45 p.m. - 9:00 p.m., glowing dancers along the trail from 5:30 p.m. - 7:30 p.m., and roaming carolers along the trail from 5:00 p.m. - 8:00 p.m., on select nights, during Illumination: Tree Lights at The Morton Arboretum.
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Illumination, Treemagination. Colors splashed across the hemlock trees.
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. Open Friday, November 17, 2017 through Monday, January 1, 2018​. (Closed on Thanksgiving, Christmas Eve, and Christmas Day along with the following Mondays, November 20 & 27 and December 4, 11, & 18.) Tickets on sale now.
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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 Arboretum Store sign with spring-time flowers in the background
Shop for jewelry on whimsical themes and nature designs by local designer Nancy Neill. Saturday, November 25, 2017, 11:00 a.m.-3:00 p.m
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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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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, September 23 and Saturday, December 2, 2017 from 11:00 a.m. - 3:00 p.m.
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A bottle of wine and glasses
Celebrate the holidays with a special night out! Enjoy Illumination: Tree Lights at The Morton Arboretum, paired with a wine tasting. Thursday, November 30, and Friday, December 1, 2017
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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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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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Patricia Locke, jewelry artist
Patricia Locke Trunk Show at The Arboretum Store on Saturday, December 9, 2017 11:00am - 2:00pm
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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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Snowy larches around Meadow Lake
Enjoy free admission on Christmas Day at The Morton Arboretum! Sunday, December 25, 2016. Buildings, Children’s Garden, and Illumination closed.
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Holiday store display
Save on home decor, jewelry, books, desktop, apparel, and more. December 29 through January 19, 2018. The Arboretum Store will be closed for inventory on January 8, 2018
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Whiskey samples
Warm up this winter with whiskey in our beautiful Ginkgo Restaurant at The Morton Arboretum. January 12 or 13, 2018
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Children and adults looking at the model railroad
Watch an intricate railroad travel through a wonderland at a child-friendly level. January 13 - February 19, 2018
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A musher standing on the runners of a sled being pulled by 4 Siberian  huskies
Save the date, January 27 and 28, 2018 to see Siberian husky sled pulling, skijoring, and speed demonstrations at The Morton Arboretum. Please leave pets at home.
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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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A dog at Dog Admission Day
Hit the trails, at The Morton Arboretum, with your canine friend on the following Saturdays, February 3, March 3, and November 3, 2018, 7:00 a.m. to sunset.
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Yellow and black butterfly is pollinating a cone flower.
The Perennial Plant Association and The Morton Arboretum are teaming up to offer a day-long symposium entitled, ‘Plants for Pollinators. Saturday, February 3, 2018, 8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.
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One of the chocolate vendors engaging with the visitors
For Arboretum members only. Shop Chocolate Weekend vendors before the crowds arrive. Friday, February 9, 2018. 5:00 to 9:00 p.m.
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Chocolates wrapped in boxes and bags tied with bows
Discover chocolate’s deeply rooted tree history as you taste and shop for treats! Friday, February 9, through Sunday, February 11, 2018. Shop, sample, and celebrate chocolate indoors.
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Couples enjoying an elegant Valentine's Day dinner in the Ginkgo Restaurant.
Share a romantic dinner with someone you love with the sweep of Meadow Lake before you. February 11 or 14, 2018 at The Morton Arboretum.
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The Morton Arboretum logo,the leaves to the left of the base of the tree represent the years that have passed. The full-grown tree signifies the present. The acorns to the right of the tree anticipate the future.
Arriving in April 2018. Search for giant wooden trolls created by Thomas Dambo, a Danish artist who sculpts with reclaimed wood. They'll be living among our trees.
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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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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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A dog running the agility course
Join us for Tails on the Trails on September 9, 2017, 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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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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Runners participating in the Fall Color 5k Run & Walk
Save the date for our 15th annual Fall Color 5K Run & Walk, Sunday, October 7, 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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Veteran's get in free on Veteran's Day
All veterans free today, November 11!
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Opt outside this Black Friday with a peaceful hike along the Arboretum’s quietest trails. (Registration is closed) Friday, November 24, 2017, 8:00 to 10:00 a.m.
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Just in time for the holiday season, find out how you can incorporate evergreen branches and boughs into elegant holiday swags at The Morton Arboretum. Thursday, November 30, 2017, 7:00 to 9:30 p.m., or Saturday, December 2, 2017, 1:00 to 3:30 p.m.
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This class will cover the best ways to use your smartphone to capture attractive images, and recommend a selection of good starter apps for some basic post-processing of your photos at The Morton Arboretum. Saturday, December 2, 2017, 8:00 to 11:00 a.m.
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Produce high quality, exhibit-worthy photographs with your smartphone at The Morton Arboretum. Saturday, December 2, 2017, noon to 3:00 p.m.
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Join writer and naturalist Cindy Crosby to hear stories of how wildflowers have changed human history: through literature, art, medicine, as love charms, and more at The Morton Arboretum! Saturday, December 2, 2017, 1:30 to 3:30 p.m.
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Make an ornament using air plants and festive decorations at The Morton Arboretum. Thursday, December 7, 2017, 7:00 to 9:00 p.m.
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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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Learn techniques for painting on a wooden surface using acrylics at at The Morton Arboretum. Saturday, December 9, 2017, 10:00 a.m. to 2:00 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. Monday, August 28, Thursday, November 9, or Wednesday, December 6, 2017, 6:00 to 7:00 p.m.
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Search the woods, fields, and edges of the Arboretum for birds. The third Saturday of each month, December 16, 2017 through March 17, 2018, 8:00 to 10:30 a.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 Saturday, November 18, 2017.
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Create a festive, long-lasting botanical arrangement to display in your home during the holidays, using a wintery mix of greenery and flowers at The Morton Arboretum. Tuesday, December 19, 2017, 7:00 to 9:00 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. New Year’s Day, Monday, January 1, 2018, 8:00 to 11:00 a.m., and select Saturdays, January 20 through March 24, 2018, 9:30 a.m. to 11:15 a.m.
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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. Thursday, January 11 or Friday, February 16, 2018, 6:30 to 8:30 p.m.
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First Aid and CPR class will teach you the skills you need to keep yourself and others safe while working at The Morton Arboretum. Wednesday, January 17, 2018, or Sunday, February 11, 2018, 10:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m.
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Ward off winter blues with a diet rich in seasonal, plant-based foods at The Morton Arboretum. Thursday, January 18, 7:00 to 9:00 p.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. Online component available beginning January 11, or February 1. In-person component occurs, January 19, 2018, or Saturday, February 10, 2018, 9:00 to 11:00 a.m.
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Join us for a FREE orientation program on the Woodland Stewardship Program at the Morton Arboretum. In-Person. Tuesday, January 23, 2018, 6:30 to 8:00 p.m.
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Learn to identify trees after they shed their leaves for the winter at The Morton Arboretum. Online component available beginning January 19 or 26, 2018. In-person component occurs Saturdays, January 27, or February 3, 2018, 1:00 to 4:00 p.m.
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Capture the color, glimmer, and mottling of rocks and minerals using colored pencil at The Morton Arboretum. Three Fridays, January 26 through February 9, 2018, 9:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m.
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Learn the basics of how to use your new camera at The Morton Arboretum. Saturday, January 27, 2018, 9:00 a.m. to noon
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Learn to save your own seeds in this hands-on workshop at The Morton Arboretum. Saturday, January 27, 2018, 9:00 to 11:00 a.m.
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Meet the animals that prowl our woods and ponds all winter long at The Morton Arboretum. Saturday, January 27, 2018, 9:00 to 11:30 a.m.
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Browse a selection of ornamental and edible seeds, and take home a variety to plant this spring at The Morton Arboretum. Saturday, January 27, 2018, 11:00 a.m. to 1:00 p.m.
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Get the botany basics you need to identify plants at The Morton Arboretum. In-person section: Saturday, March 31, 2018, 1:00 to 3:30 p.m.
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Learn how biologists study and take action to conserve plants at The Morton Arboretum. Mondays and Wednesdays, January 29 through May 2, 2018. 6:00 to 8:00 p.m.
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Brighten your winter landscape with plants and combinations that add color and texture at The Morton Arboretum. Two Thursdays, February 1 and 8, 2018, 6:30 to 9:00 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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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, February 2, 2018. In person component: Saturday, February 10, 2018, 10:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m.
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The Perennial Plant Association and The Morton Arboretum are teaming up to offer a day-long symposium entitled, ‘Plants for Pollinators.’ Saturday, February 3, 2018, 8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.
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Learn the benefits of essential oils and make your own essential-oil products to take home with you at The Morton Arboretum. Saturday, February 3, 1:00 to 3:00 p.m.
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Improve your plant identification skills by learning characteristics of plant families at The Morton Arboretum. Saturday, February 3, 8:00 a.m. to noon
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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 Saturdays, February 3 through 24, 2018, 8:00 to 11:00 a.m.
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Create a necklace inspired by the beautiful winterberry bush at The Morton Arboretum. Three Thursdays, Feb 8 through 22, 2018, 9:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m.
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Learn the basics of beekeeping at The Morton Arboretum. Four Thursdays, February 8 through March 1, 2018, 6:30 to 8:30 p.m.
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Design a stunning front garden that integrates seamlessly with your house and neighborhood at The Morton Arboretum. Friday, February 9, 9:00 a.m. to noon
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Tuck a variety of lovely succulents into a clear, glass container to create a modern and delightful arrangement that will warm up any home at The Morton Arboretum. Saturday, February 10, 2018, 1:00 to 3:00 p.m.
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Learn to create your own unique collection of linoleum block prints at The Morton Arboretum. Two Saturdays, February 10 and March 10, 2018, 10:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m.
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Discover and delight in the many ways trees have shaped the history of the United States, from industry and economics, to politics and war, to culture and literature at The Morton Arboretum. Two Thursdays, February 15 and 22, 2018, 7:00 to 9:00 p.m.
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Develop an eye for form, light and patterns to compose dramatic black and white nature photographs at The Morton Arboretum. Five days: Three Thursdays,, February 15, 22, and March 1, 2018, 6:30 to 9:30 p.m., and two Saturdays, February 17 and 24, 2018, 7:00 to 10:00 a.m.
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Tackle nature’s most prickly textures with this watercolor workshop at The Morton Arboretum. Saturday, February 17, and Sunday, February 18, 2018, 9:30 a.m. to 3:30 p.m.
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Join an Arboretum expert for a cup of hot cocoa and a winter stroll through the conifer collection. Saturday, February 10 or 17, 2018, 10:00 a.m. to noon
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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, February 9, 2018. In person component: Sunday, February 18, 2018, 1:00 to 5:00 p.m.
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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. Saturday, February 17, 2018, 9:00 to 11 :00 a.m., or Thursday, February 22, 2018, 7:00 to 9:00 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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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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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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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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Join award-winning, prolific photographer Rick Sammon for a full-day seminar that will both entertain and enrich your nature photography skills. Saturday, March 3, 2018, 9:00 a.m. to 3:00 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, March 3, 2018, 1:00 to 4:00 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 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
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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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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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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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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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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 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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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.
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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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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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Learn spring methods for propagating your favorite native plants at The Morton Arboretum.Sunday, March 18, 2018, 9:00 a.m. to noon
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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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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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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 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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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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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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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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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 to identify and manage the most common invasive plants in the Great Lakes region at The Morton Arboretum. This class will be offered again in April 2018. Registration will open Tuesday, February 20, 2018
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Learn the names and ecology of the wildflowers that cover the woodland floor in spring at The Morton Arboretum. This class will be offered again in April 2018. Registration will open Tuesday, February 20, 2018
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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 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. 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 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 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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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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