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  • Member Appreciation Month

    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

    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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  • Cross-Country Ski & Snowshoe Rental

    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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  • Lawn-Free Design Workshop

    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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  • 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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  • Vanishing Acts: Trees Under Threat Exhibit

    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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  • Sensational Seeds tabletop tour

    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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  • Nature at Night Hike

    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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  • Get Started with Edible Gardening

    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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  • Dog Admission Day

    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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  • 2017-2018 Chamber Concert Series

    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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  • 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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  • Howl at the Moon

    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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  • Artist's Trunk Show: Art by Rozanne

    Painting of a bunny
    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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  • Edible Gardening Workshop Series

    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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  • Arboretum Running Tour

    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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  • Easter Brunch

    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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  • Bike Rentals

    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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  • Nature Artists’ Guild Spring Exhibit of Natural History Art

    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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  • The Future of Trees: Hope in a Changing Climate

    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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  • Acorn Express Tram Tours

    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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  • The Champion of Trees 10K Run

    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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  • Arbor Day Plant Sale

    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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  • Dress Like a Tree, Get In Free

    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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  • The Morton Arboretum Photographic Society Spring Exhibit

    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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  • Troll Hunt

    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 Dinner

    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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  • 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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  • National Public Gardens Day

    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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  • Mother’s Day Brunch

    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 Tasting

    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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  • Arbor Evenings: Music and More

    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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  • Craft Beer Festival

    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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  • 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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  • 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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  • 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
    Save the date for the 2018 Growing Brilliantly Dinner Party on Saturday, September 29, 2018!

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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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  • Fall Color 5K Run & Walk

    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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  • 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! Monday, December 25, 2017. Buildings, Children’s Garden, and Illumination are closed.

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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.
  • 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. OR Spring Flowers in Colored Pencil Saturday, April 7, or Sunday, April 8, 2018, 10:00 a.m. to 1:00 p.m.
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • 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. (CANCELED) Sunday, February 25, 2018, 11:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m.
  • 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
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • 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).
  • 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.
  • Learn to identify plants without leaves or flowers at The Morton Arboretum. Saturday, March 3, 2018, 8:00 a.m. to noon.
  • 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. Please note: the March 3, 2018, 1:00 to 4:00 p.m. is Sold out
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • 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, March Through May 2018.
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • 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
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • 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
  • 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.
  • Strap on your running shoes for an informative running tour of the Arboretum. Saturday, March 24, 2018, 8:00 to 9:30 a.m.
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • 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
  • Use the style of renowned landscape architect Tony Tyznik for inspiration as you create a drawing of an oak tree, working either in graphite or in pen and ink at The Morton Arboretum. Four Thursdays, April 5, 19, 26, and May 3, 2018, 6:30 to 9:30 p.m. (No class April 12)
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • Keep your yard looking great all year at The Morton Arboretum! Saturday, April 7, 2018, 9:00 a.m. to noon
  • Perennials come back year after year. Learn about the incredible variety of perennials plants that thrive in the Chicago area at The Morton Arboretum. Thursday, April 12, 2018, 7:00 to 9:00 p.m.
  • 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.
  • Healthy Soil, Healthy Plants at The Morton Arboretum. Thursday, April 12, 2018, 9:00 a.m. to noon
  • 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.
  • Learn the art of abstract photography with nature as your inspiration at The Morton Arboretum. Two Saturdays, April 14 and 21, 2018, 1:00 to 4:00 p.m.
  • Design an attractive spring container with hardy plants that will bring color to any outdoor space at The Morton Arboretum. Thursday, April 12, 2018, 7 to 9:00 p.m., or Saturday, April 14, 2018, 1:00 to 3:00 p.m.
  • Protect your body from wear and tear so you can stay active in the garden for years to come at The Morton Arboretum. Saturday, April 14, 2018, 1:00 to 3:00 p.m.
  • Create a one-of-a-kind piece of art for your garden at The Morton Arboretum. Sunday, April 15, 2018, 10:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.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. Mondays, April 9; April 30; June 4; or June 18, 2018, 6:00 p.m. to 7:00 p.m. p.m.
  • 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.
  • Make the most of your small garden with smart design at The Morton Arboretum. Thursday, April 19, 2018, 9:00 a.m. to 1:00 p.m.
  • Learn a new skill and add whimsy to your home garden this spring at The Morton Arboretum! Friday, April 20, 2018, 9:30 a.m. to noon
  • Wander through the ever-changing array of blooms in our woodlands and prairie to learn how to identify wildflowers such as trillium, mayapple, and dog-tooth violet and hear about their folklore at The Morton Arboretum. Friday, April 20, Saturday, April 28, or Friday, May 4, 2018, 8:30 to 11:00 a.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 essential skills and knowledge for raising happy, healthy backyard chickens at The Morton Arboretum. Saturday, April 21, 2018, 10:00 a.m. to noon
  • See the Arboretum through the eyes of an expert photographer. Saturday, April 21, 2018, 8:00 to 11:00 a.m.
  • Learn how to build a safe and comfortable home for your hens at The Morton Arboretum. Saturday, April 21, 2018, 1:00 to 3:00 p.m.
  • 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.
  • 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, April 7, through June 25, 2018, 9:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m.
  • Take a walk through the display gardens at the Arboretum with horticulturist Samantha Peckham as she discusses the best ways to “wake up” your garden for the season. Thursday, April 26, 2018, 6:00 to 8:00 p.m.
  • 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.
  • Hone your waterfowl identification skills as you explore this magnificent wetland restoration in Putnam County. Two days: Wednesday, April 25, 7:00 to 9:00 p.m., 2018 at The Morton Arboretum, and Saturday, April 28, 9:00 a.m. to noon, 2018 at Dixon Waterfowl Refuge.
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • Capture nature in colored pencil. Discover how colors impact each other and the viewer at The Morton Arboretum. Four Tuesdays, May 1 through 22, 2018, 6:30 to 9:30 p.m.
  • After dark, the wild things come alive! Hoots, howls, and rustling in the bushes--what’s behind the sounds that frighten or intrigue us on our evenings out at The Morton Arboretum. Two Tuesdays, May 1 and 8, 2018, 6:30 to 9:30 p.m.
  • 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.
  • Study the portfolio of renowned nature photographer Eliot Porter. Discuss his artistic choices and techniques, then create your own images in his style at The Morton Arboretum. Five days: Three Wednesdays, May 2, 9, and 16, 6:30 to 9:30 p.m., and Two Saturdays, May 5, and 12, 2018, 7:00 to 10:00 a.m.
  • 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
  • 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. Saturday, May 5 and June 2, 2018, 10:00 to 11:00 a.m.
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • Help your new plantings establish and thrive. Learn best practices when planting new trees and shrubs from a member of the Arboretum’s horticulture crew. Saturday, May 5, 2018, noon to 2:00 p.m.
  • Get the knowledge you need to grow beautiful, bountiful pepper plants at home. Saturday, May 5, 2018, 9:30 a.m. to noon
  • Join biologist and nature photographer Jack Shouba for an outing to Bliss Woods in Sugar Grove, Illinois. Saturday, May 5, 2018, 9:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m.
  • In this intensive workshop, enjoy the spring warbler migration while learning about identification, arrival dates, migration patterns, habitat preferences, and daily feeding techniques at The Morton Arboretum. Two days: Wednesday, May 2, 6:30 to 8:30 p.m., and Sunday, May 6, 2018, 8:00 a.m. to noon
  • Grow your own bouquet! Get traditional and nontraditional ideas on which flowers to plant in a cut-flower garden at The Morton Arboretum. Thursday, May 10, 2018, 6:30 to 9:00 p.m.
  • Look beyond flowers and consider how foliage can add color, texture, and shapes to your garden at The Morton Arboretum. Friday, May 11, 2018, 10:00 a.m. to 1:00 p.m.
  • Learn the fundamentals of mammal anatomy and tips for sketching from photos and specimens from the Field Museum collection at The Morton Arboretum. Saturday, May 5, or Saturday, May 12, 2018, 9:00 a.m. to 12:30 p.m.
  • Create a spring arrangement in a basket bursting with vibrant flowers and greenery under the guidance of the Arboretum’s botanical arrangers. Saturday, May 12, 2018, 10:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m.
  • Take a journey through a tree, from roots to leaves at The Morton Arboretum. Saturday, May 12, 2018, 9:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m.
  • Join Andrea Mattson of Edible Alchemy to learn the basics of creating natural skincare remedies at The Morton Arboretum.Saturday, May 12, 2018, 10:00 a.m. to noon, or 1:00 to 3:00 p.m.
  • Learn how to capture the natural landscape with your camera at The Morton Arboretum. Three Thursdays, May 17-31, 2018, 6:30 p.m. to 9:30 p.m.
  • 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, 2018, 7:00 to 9:00pm
  • 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.
  • Learn to make your own healthy, cost-effective snack bars at The Morton Arboretum. Saturday, May 19, 2018, 1:00 to 3:00 p.m.
  • Hear the stories behind some of the Arboretum’s most treasured trees on this walking tour of the west side grounds.Saturday, May 19, 2018, 10:00 a.m. to noon
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • Stroll the Arboretum's stunning perennial beds where you’ll learn about plant placement, dividing, transplanting, watering, fertilizing, mulching and more.Thursday, May 17 or June 28, 2018, 6:30 to 8:30 p.m.
  • Stretch, strengthen, and release stress while having fun, cocooned in a hammock suspended from the trees at The Morton Arboretum. Four Wednesdays, May 30 through June 20, 2018, 9:30 a.m. to 10:45 a.m., or four Thursdays, May 31 through June 21 , 6:00 to 7:15 p.m.
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • 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. Friday and Saturday, June 8 and 9, 2018, 9:30 a.m. to 3:30 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 a.m.
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • 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 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.
  • 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.
  • 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! Friday, June 8 or 15, 2018, 7:00 to 8:00 p.m., or Tuesday, June 12 or 26, 2018, 6:30 p.m. to 7:30 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 2018, 5:00 to 6:15 p.m. or 7:00 to 8:15 p.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.
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • 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
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • Learn principles and practices for managing critical habitats at The Morton Arboretum. This class will be offered again in August 2018. Registration will open Tuesday, May 22, 2018.
  • 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.
  • 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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