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  • Acorn Express Tram Tours

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

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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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  • Teacher Tuesdays

    Teacher looking at leaves
    Teachers from preschool through college can visit The Morton Arboretum with free admission every Tuesday from June through September 2018.

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  • Troll Hunt

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

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  • Nature Play Spaces

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

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  • Vanishing Acts: Trees Under Threat Exhibit

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

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  • Arbor Evenings: Music and More

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

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  • Vehicle-free biking

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

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  • Craft Beer Festival

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

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  • Breakfast In The Ginkgo Restaurant

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

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  • Sculptures Inspired by Science: Physics, Proteins, and People

    A man is creating a sculpture with metal and glass
    Spend a summer evening with artist and scientist Julian Voss-Andreae, as he shares his work spanning quantum physics, biomolecules, and his novel approaches to figurative sculpture. Wednesday, June 27, 2018, 7:00 p.m. to 8:30 p.m.

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  • Member Night at the Plant Production Facilities

    Arboretum employee standing in the greenhouse surrounded by colorful plants
    Event for members only. Go behind the scenes in the greenhouses where the Arboretum grows its special plants. June 28, 2018. 6:00 to 8:00 p.m.

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  • Walking Plays at The Morton Arboretum

    Guests walking along with the actors along a paved trail
    Walk along with theater performers and experience classic Brothers Grimm tales a new way: surrounded by nature! All Walking Plays are approximately 90 minutes in length and will not exceed 2 miles in hiking distance. Select Weekends, July, August, and October, 2018

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  • Bikes, Branches, and Bites

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

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  • Adult Coloring Night: Troll Hunt Edition

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

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  • 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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  • Mystery Dinner

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

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  • Sustainable Gardens Series

    A lush front garden with blue and pink flowers
    Attract pollinators to your garden with native plants and sustainable gardening techniques; Designing for Birds and Bees on Saturday, July 14, 2018, 9:00 a.m. to 1:00 p.m., or add character and sustainability to your garden using repurposed materials; Designing with Reclaimed Materials on Saturday, August 18, 2018, 9:00 a.m. to noon.

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  • Wilderness Skills 101: Survival Essentials

    People are camping in the woods on a sunny morning.
    Be prepared for your next outdoor adventure. Whether you’re planning to hike, backpack, mountain bike, or paddle, know what to do to stay safe and how to handle the unexpected. Saturday, July 14, 2018, 9:00 to noon

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  • Daylily Society Show

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

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  • Science & S’mores Member Night

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

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  • Reclaimed Keepsake Box Workshop

    A cigar box decorated and reclaimed as a keepsake box.
    Turn a cigar box into a one-of-a-kind keepsake box using reclaimed materials at The Morton Arboretum. Two days, Saturday, July 21 and Sunday, July 22, 2018, 9:30 a.m. to 2:30 p.m.

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  • Fake News, Real Science: How to Make Sense of the Information Landscape

    A tree is coming out of a laptop and it is surrounded by bright light.
    We are confronted with a vast amount of information every day, and it can be difficult to find trusted and credible sources of expertise. Thursday, July 26, or Saturday, September 29, 2018, 10:30 a.m. to noon.

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  • Summer Clearance Sale

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

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  • Preserving the Harvest

    Jars of home-made preserves and jams.
    Learn home preservation methods and continue to enjoy your seasonal bounty well into the fall and winter months. Saturday, July 28, 2018, 10 a.m. to noon

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  • Beasts at Bedtime: The Environmental Wisdom of Children's Literature with Author Liam Heneghan

    Cover of the book, Beats at Bedtime: Revealing the Environmental Wisdom in Children's Literature
    Revisit your favorite childhood books--and some unknown treasures--through a new lens with author, scholar, and dad, Liam Heneghan at The Morton Arboretum. Sunday, July 29, 1:00 to 2:30 p.m.

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  • Destination Asia Festival

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

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  • The Art of Bonsai

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

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  • Great Hikes in Literature

    A wood chipped trail surrounded by evergreens.
    Travel the world's great trails as told from the perspective of beloved nature writers at The Morton Arboretum. Sunday, August 5, 1:00 to 2:30 p.m.

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  • Bees and Bourbon

    A fruity cocktail with a honey dipper and mint sprigs
    Enjoy a summery bourbon cocktail and get buzzed about bees with entomologist and author May Berenbaum. August 7, 2018.

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  • Grown-Up Play Date

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

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  • Wine and Art Walk

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

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  • Farm-to-Table Dinner

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

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  • Wine Tasting

    Visitors walking around and sampling wine
    Savor the flavors of wine and bask in the beauty of summer, August 30, 2018

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  • Celebrate International Forest Bathing Day!

    A path through a forest
    Join the movement and experience the healing power of our local forests and parks on a special FREE guided forest therapy walk. Saturday, September 8, 2018 1:00 to 2:45 p.m.

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  • Tails on the Trails

    A dog running the agility course
    Join us for Tails on the Trails on September 8, 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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  • Home Composting with Bill Shores

    A man holding soil in his hands.
    Learn to make your own compost and the basics of composting with worms. Thursday, September 13, 2018, 7:00 to 9:00 p.m.

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  • Visiting Photographer Series: Seeing Creatively with Tony Sweet

    Black and white photo of one tree and the surrounding landscape.
    Step up your nature photography with tips and techniques from well-known photographer Tony Sweet at The Morton Arboretum. Saturday, September 15, 2018, 8:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m.

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  • Ancient Grains

    Farro seeds are an ancient grain
    Get the scoop on ancient grains and their role in our diets with this hands-on program. Taste healthful recipes using ingredients such as teff, farro, and more, and prepare two recipes to take home with you. Thursday, September 20, 2018, 7:00 to 9:00 p.m.

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  • Nature at Night Tram Tour

    The sun is setting over a field with some trees, and it is creating pink clouds.
    Celebrate the autumn equinox with an after-hours tram ride through the Arboretum. Thursday, September 20, or Friday, September 21, 2018, 7:30 to 9:30 p.m.

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  • Whiskey Walks

    Several glasses are filled with different types of whiskey
    Join us for a hike and whiskey tasting at The Morton Arboretum. Saturday, September 22, 2018, noon to 1:30 p.m., 1:00 to 2:30 p.m., or 2:00 to 3:30 p.m.

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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.

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  • Growing Brilliantly Dinner Party

    Growing Brilliantly annual Dinner Party Saturday, September 29, 2018 invitation
    Join us for the 2018 Growing Brilliantly Dinner Party on Saturday, September 29!

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  • Fall Color 5K Run & Walk

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

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  • Scarecrow Trail

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

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  • Glass Pumpkin Patch

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

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  • Fall Photography Show at the Sterling Morton Library

    A maple tree has turned yellow with fall color.
    The Morton Arboretum Photographic Society members will display amazing photography of fall scenes in the Sterling Morton Library. Friday, October 12 through Sunday, October 14, 2018. Times vary.

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  • Landscape Below Ground IV

    The roots of an over-turned tree.
    Since 1993, the Landscape Below Ground conferences have provided a forum for presentation of the latest research and management practices in all aspects of tree root development in urban soils. The impact on arboricultural practices has been significant. Practices now commonplace, such as load-bearing soils that provide space for root growth beneath pavement, were introduced to international audiences at the conferences and through conference proceedings. October 15-17, 2018

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  • Cider and Ale Festival

    Adults enjoying a crisp fall day while sampling cider and ale
    Sample ciders and seasonal beers in the midst of rich fall color at the Cider and Ale Festival on October 20, 2018

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  • Dog Admission Day

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

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  • Veterans Day-Veterans Free

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

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  • Illumination: Tree Lights at The Morton Arboretum

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

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  • Happy Holidays - Free Admission

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

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  • Whiskey Dinner

    Whiskey samples
    Warm up this winter with whiskey in our beautiful Ginkgo Restaurant at The Morton Arboretum. January 11 and 12, 2019

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  • Enchanted Railroad

    Children and adults looking at the model railroad
    Watch an intricate railroad travel through a wonderland at a child-friendly level. January 11 through February 18, 2019

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  • Husky Heroes

    A musher standing on the runners of a sled being pulled by 4 Siberian  huskies
    Save the date, January 26 and 27, 2019 to see Siberian husky sled pulling, skijoring, and speed demonstrations at The Morton Arboretum. Please leave pets at home.

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  • Chocolate Weekend Member Night

    One of the chocolate vendors engaging with the visitors
    For Arboretum members only. Shop Chocolate Weekend vendors before the crowds arrive. Friday, February 8, 2019

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  • Chocolate Weekend

    Chocolates wrapped in boxes and bags tied with bows
    Discover chocolate’s deeply rooted tree history as you taste and shop for treats! Shop, sample, and celebrate chocolate indoors. February, 9 and 10, 2019

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  • Learn to identify the endangered rusty patched bumblebee so you can participate in a bee blitz on Schulenberg Prairie. Wednesday, June 20, 2018, 12:30 to 3:30 p.m., and Saturday, June 23rd, 11:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m.
  • Capture the graceful curve of an unfolding bud, the surprise of new leaves, or the lightness of a cloud through Ikebana--the art of Japanese flower arranging at The Morton Arboretum. Saturday, April 21 or June 16, 2018, 1:00 to 3:30 p.m.
  • Learn to identify the common trees you see in local preserves or in your neighborhood at The Morton Arboretum. Dates and times vary starting Jun 8 through October 6, 2018. Multiple sections.
  • 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.
  • Experience the healing and wellness promoting effects of Shinrin-Yoku, the practice of bathing the senses in the atmosphere of the forest at The Morton Arboretum. Select Saturdays or Mondays, May 21, through September 24, 2018, 9:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m.
  • Spend a summer evening with artist and scientist Julian Voss-Andreae, as he shares his work spanning quantum physics, biomolecules, and his novel approaches to figurative sculpture at The Morton Arboretum. Wednesday, June 27, 2018, 7:00 p.m. to 8:30 p.m.
  • Experience the healing and wellness promoting effects of Shinrin-Yoku, the practice of bathing the senses in the atmosphere of the forest at The Morton Arboretum. Select Mondays. Wednesdays, or Saturdays, May 26 through September 29, 2018, times vary.
  • 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. (SOLD OUT) Saturday June 30, 2018, 12:30 to 4:30 p.m.
  • Grab a paddle and join knowledgeable naturalists for a guided, 7-mile kayaking excursion through the protected acres of Glacial Park on Nippersink Creek, the largest tributary to the Fox River. (Sold out) Saturday, June 30, 2018, 9:00 a.m. to 2:30 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., or Sunday, July 1, 2018, 9:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m.
  • Improve your health and well-being with yoga. We will practice poses, breathing and meditation in the tranquil setting of the Morton Arboretum. Dates and times vary on select Wednesdays or Thursdays, May through September, 2018.
  • Discover the principles and practice of ecosystem restoration at The Morton Arboretum. Online component begins: Friday, July 6, or Friday, October 26, 2018. In person component: Two Saturdays, July 14 and 21, or Two Saturdays, Nov 3 and 10, 2018, 9:00 a.m. to 12:30 p.m.
  • Stroll the Arboretum's stunning perennial beds where you’ll learn about plant placement, dividing, transplanting, watering, fertilizing, mulching and more. Tuesday, July 10, 2018, 6:30 to 8:30 p.m.
  • Get tips for choosing, planting, and caring for hydrangeas, a top choice among home gardeners at The Morton Arboretum. Wednesday, July 11, 2018, 9:00 a.m. to noon
  • Learn the identification skills to manage, restore, or simply enjoy prairie habitats at The Morton Arboretum. Three Thursdays, July 12 through July 26, 2018, 6:00 to 8:00 p.m.
  • Kick back and relax with a night of coloring, complete with a cash bar and cheese and crackers. The theme of the night is trolls, celebrating the six larger-than-life trolls, built from reclaimed materials by Danish artist Thomas Dambo, that have moved into the Arboretum this summer. Thursday, July 12, 2018, 7:00 p.m. to 9:00 p.m.
  • Learn to capture early spring with graphite, the perfect medium for textures. at The Morton Arboretum. Four Thursdays, July 12 through August 2, 2018, 6:30 to 9:30 p.m.
  • Become a nature photographer. Move beyond shooting in automatic; learn how to adjust your camera’s manual settings to get the shot you want at The Morton Arboretum. Four Thursdays, July 12 through August 2, 2018, 6:30 to 9:30 p.m.
  • Experience the many restorative and therapeutic benefits of aerial yoga while you relax, release, and deepen into yoga poses supported by a hammock at The Morton Arboretum. Wednesday, June 27, Tuesday, July 10, or Thursday, July 12, 2018, times vary. Multiple sections. June sections are sold out. Please register for July sections starting May 22.
  • Be prepared for your next outdoor adventure. Whether you’re planning to hike, backpack, mountain bike, or paddle, know what to do to stay safe and how to handle the unexpected at The Morton Arboretum. Saturday, July 14, 2018, 9:00 to noon
  • Attract pollinators to your garden with native plants and sustainable gardening techniques; Designing for Birds and Bees on Saturday, July 14, 2018, 9:00 a.m. to 1:00 p.m., or add character and sustainability to your garden using repurposed materials; Designing with Reclaimed Materials on Saturday, August 18, 2018, 9:00 a.m. to noon.
  • Turn a cigar box into a one-of-a-kind keepsake box using reclaimed materials at The Morton Arboretum. Two days, Saturday, July 21 and Sunday, July 22, 2018, 9:30 a.m. to 2:30 p.m.
  • This forest therapy walk intertwines art and Shinrin-Yoku, the practice of bathing the senses in the atmosphere of the forest at The Morton Arboretum. Saturday July 21, Monday August 13, or Sunday September 16, 2018, 9:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m.
  • Remember, “the best camera is the one that’s with you.” Whether you are new to photography or new to smartphones, discover techniques for getting great nature images with your phone at The Morton Arboretum.Saturday. Saturday, June 2, 2018, 1:00 to 4:00 p.m., or Saturday July 21, 2018, 9:00 a.m. to noon.
  • Learn about the pesky visitors that pop up in your garden uninvited at The Morton Arboretum. Find out what qualifies as a weed; Combat Weeds on Tuesday, July 17, 2018, 7:00 to 9:00 p.m., or find out what qualifies as a pest; Combat Pets on Tuesday, July 24, 2018, 7:00 to 9:00 p.m.
  • Stretch, strengthen, and release stress while having fun, cocooned in a hammock suspended from the trees and underneath the Full Moon at The Morton Arboretum. Friday, July 27, 7:30 to 8:30 p.m., or Sunday, August 26, 7:00 to 8:00 p.m., or Monday September 24, 2018, 6:30 to 7:30 p.m.
  • Learn the geologic history of the Midwest as we cycle the the roads of the Arboretum. Friday, July 13, or July 27, 2018, 6:00 to 8:00 p.m.
  • Lindsay Sandbothe returns for a two-day, intermediate/advanced workshop at The Morton Arboretum. Two days, Saturday, July 28 and Sunday, July 29, 2018, 9:30 a.m. to 3:30 p.m.
  • Learn home preservation methods and continue to enjoy your seasonal bounty well into the fall and winter months at The Morton Arboretum. Saturday, July 28, 2018, 10 a.m. to noon
  • Learn how humans have used prairie plants on this summer hike at The Morton Arboretum. Saturday, July 28, 2018, 8:30 to 11:00 a.m.
  • Learn the basics of how to use your new DSLR camera at The Morton Arboretum. Saturday, July 28, 2018, 1:00 to 4:00 p.m.
  • We are confronted with a vast amount of information every day, and it can be difficult to find trusted and credible sources of expertise. This hands-on workshop will teach you how to identify the “symptoms” of a less-than-credible source and what questions to ask yourself as you’re looking for good advice on the internet (and beyond) to answer questions about trees, plants, and the environment. Thursday, July 26, or Saturday, September 29, 2018, 10:30 a.m. to noon.
  • Revisit your favorite childhood books--and some unknown treasures--through a new lens with author, scholar, and dad, Liam Heneghan at The Morton Arboretum. Sunday, July 29, 1:00 to 2:30 p.m.
  • Learn the essentials of wetland ecology and the vital management techniques necessary to maintain threatened wetland ecosystems at The Morton Arboretum. Two days: Wednesday, August 1, 6:30 to 8:30 p.m., and Saturday, August 4, 2018 8:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m.
  • Learn to identify the trees you see every day in the woodlands and neighborhoods of the Chicago region at The Morton Arboretum. Online component begins: Friday, August 3, 2018. In-person component: Friday, August 10, or Saturday, August 11, 2018, 10:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m.
  • Learn to identify dragonflies and damselflies on the grounds of the Arboretum. Friday, August 3, 8:00 to 11:00 a.m.
  • Enrich your understanding of our local natural areas by learning to identify the most common native plants you’re likely to encounter at The Morton Arboretum. Saturday, July 21, 2018, 9:00 to noon, or Saturday, August 4, 2018, 8:00 to 11:00 a.m.
  • Join us for a FREE orientation program on the Woodland Stewardship Program at the Morton Arboretum. Thursday, August 2, 2018, 6:30 to 8:00 p.m., or Saturday, October 13, 2018, 1:30-3:00 p.m., or online only.
  • In this workshop the PSBS 2018 bonsai master, Frank Mihalic, will work with you on your own trees at The Morton Arboretum. Saturday, August. 4, 2018, 9:00 a.m. to noon
  • This workshop is for up to 10 students from beginner to intermediate skill level at The Morton Arboretum. Saturday, August 4, 2018, 9:00 a.m. to noon.
  • Travel the world's great trails as told from the perspective of beloved nature writers at The Morton Arboretum. Sunday, August 5, 1:00 to 2:30 p.m.
  • This workshop is open to all skill levels and Artistic abilities. You DO NOT have to be an Artist to take this workshop at The Morton Arboretum. Sunday. August. 5, 2018 1:00 to 4:00 p.m.
  • This beginner to intermediate class will feature Procumbens Juniper. The primary focus of this workshop will be what to look for in creating bonsai; design and wiring will all be covered at The Morton Arboretum. Sunday, August 5, 2018, 9:00 a.m. to noon
  • This workshop features a selection field grown Douglas and Corkbark fir trees. The primary focus on this workshop will be on initial styling, including determining the height and new leader as well as wiring and branch selection. Sunday, August 5, 2018, 10:00 a.m. to 1:00 p.m.
  • Enjoy a summery bourbon cocktail and get buzzed about bees with entomologist and author May Berenbaum at The Morton Arboretum. Tuesday, August 7, 2018, 7:00 to 9:00 p.m.
  • Get the botany basics you need to identify plants at The Morton Arboretum. Online only begins: June 1, or August 3, 2018. In-person only: Saturday, September 8, 10:00 a.m. to 12:30 p.m.
  • Join botanist Chris Benda for a guided tour of the fens of Illinois. Thursday, August 9, 2018, 10:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m.
  • Learn principles and practices for managing critical habitats at The Morton Arboretum. Online component begins Friday, August 10, 2018. In person sessions: Two days: Sunday, August 19 and Saturday, August 25, 2018, 9:00 a.m. to 1:00 p.m.
  • Join renowned wildflower painter Heeyoung Kim for a watercolor workshop at The Morton Arboretum. Three days: Friday, August 10, through Sunday, August 12, 2018, 9:30 a.m. to 4:00 p.m.
  • Learn the identifying characteristics of local shorebirds. Learn the types and characteristics of shorebirds found in northern Illinois in the classroom, then spend a morning searching local hotspots to identify these birds in the field. Two days: Thursday, August 16, 6:30 to 8:30 p.m., and Saturday, August 18, 2018, 8:00 to noon.
  • Enjoy special access to the remarkable Denton Collection, a hundred-year-old collection of butterflies and moths housed in the archives of the Sterling Morton Library at The Morton Arboretum. Saturday, August 18, 2018, 9:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m.
  • The Certified Interpretive Guide program is designed for anyone who delivers interpretive programs to the public. It combines both the theoretical foundations of the profession with practical skills in delivering quality interpretive programming to the public.Four days: Monday, August 20 through Thursday, August 23, 2018 8:00 a.m. to 5:00 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. Select Mondays, June 4 through August 20, 2018, 6:00 p.m. to 7:00 p.m.
  • Try out this sampler session of aerial yoga. Stretch, strengthen, and release stress while having fun, cocooned in a hammock suspended from the trees at The Morton Arboretum! Select dates and times, starting Friday, June 8 through Wednesday, August 22, 2018. Early dates are sold out. Registration is now open for dates in July and August, 2018..
  • Enjoy the fall warbler migration while learning a methodical approach to dealing with fall plumages, arrival dates, migration patterns, habitat preferences, and alternate feeding approaches at the Morton Arboretum. Three days: Wednesday, September 5, 2018, 6:30 to 8:30 p.m. and two Fridays, September 7 and 14, 2018, 8:00 to 11:30 a.m.
  • 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.
  • Learn to use watercolor to capture the colors of nature. In this introduction to watercolor, students will learn techniques to apply paint to paper at The Morton Arboretum. Four Thursdays, September 6 through 27, 2018, 6:30 to 9:30 p.m.
  • Stretch, strengthen, and release stress while having fun, cocooned in a hammock suspended from the trees at The Morton Arboretum. Dates and times vary, starting Wednesday, May 30 through September 7, 2018. Multiply sections.Dates in May are sold out. September dates are open for registration.
  • Utilize watercolor to prepare a preliminary underpainting for your outdoor painting studies at the Morton Arboretum. Two days: Friday and Saturday, September 7 and 8, 2018, 9:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.
  • Put all those surplus tomatoes to use with creative canning recipes so you can enjoy them well beyond summer at The Morton Arboretum! Saturday, September 8, 2018, 10:00 a.m. to 1:00 p.m.
  • Learn the basics of drawing in a class designed for true beginners at The Morton Arboretum. Four Saturdays, September 8 through 29, 2018, 9:00 a.m. to noon (registration opens May 22)
  • Explore the colorful landscape of the fall prairie and discover the amazing relationships between the plants and animals that call it home at The Morton Arboretum. Saturday, September 8, 2018, 8:00 to 11:00 a.m.
  • Join the movement and experience the healing power of our local forests and parks on a special FREE guided forest therapy walk at The Morton Arboretum. Saturday, September 8, 2018 1:00 to 2:45 p.m.
  • Enjoy autumn’s amazing birding as you learn to identify the migratory birds filling the air at The Morton Arboretum. Four Sundays, September 9 through 30, 2018, 8:00 to 12:30 p.m.
  • Learn to effectively and efficiently use the tools of the trade to tackle different restoration jobs at The Morton Arboretum. Dates and times vary starting June 4, September 11 or November 6, 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. Select Saturdays, June through September, 2018, 10:00 to 11:00 a.m.
  • Study the special ecological and evolutionary relationships between plants and animals at The Morton Arboretum. Wednesdays, September 12 through December 5, 2018, 6:30 to 9:30 p.m., and select Saturdays, September 29 through November 10, 2018, 9:00 a.m. to noon.
  • Join landscape designer and horticulturist Marcy Stewart-Pyziak on a tour of Midwest Groundcovers, LLC, in St. Charles, Illinois. Wednesday, September 12, 2018, 9:30 a.m. to noon.
  • Learn to make your own compost and the basics of composting with worms at The Morton Arboretum. Thursday, September 13, 2018, 7:00 to 9:00 p.m.
  • Learn to identify the grasses that add beauty and interest to the summer and fall landscape at The Morton Arboretum. Two days: Thursday, September 13, and Friday, September 14, 2018, 9:00 a.m.to 4:00 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. Thursday, August 16, or Friday, September 14, 2018, 7:30 to 9:30 p.m.
  • Learn to identify and manage the most common invasive plants in the Great Lakes region at The Morton Arboretum. Online component begins: September 15, 2018. In-person component: September 22, 2018, 9:00 a.m. to 12:30 p.m.
  • In this hands-on workshop, you’ll create a table arrangement overflowing with fall at The Morton Arboretum. Thursday, September 13, 2018, 7:00 to 9:00 p.m., or Saturday, September 15, 2018, 1:00 to 3:00 p.m.
  • Step up your nature photography with tips and techniques from well-known photographer Tony Sweet at The Morton Arboretum. Saturday, September 15, 2018, 8:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m.
  • Learn to identify the trees you see every day in the woodlands and neighborhoods of the Chicago region at The Morton Arboretum. Saturday, September 15, 2018, 9:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m.
  • Take a walk through the display gardens at the Arboretum with horticulturist Samantha Peckham as she discusses the best ways to prepare your garden for the winter. Saturday, September 15, 2018, 8:00 to 10:00 a.m.
  • Search the woods, fields, and edges of the Arboretum for birds. The third Saturday of each month, April 21 through September 15, 2018, 8:00 to 10:30 a.m.
  • Join this small-group photography outing to capture early morning light on the Arboretum grounds with award-winning photographer Tony Sweet. Sunday, September 16, 2018, 7:00 a.m. to 1:00 p.m.
  • Learn to identify the trees you see every day in the woodlands and neighborhoods of the Chicago region at The Morton Arboretum. Sunday, September 16, 2018, 9:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m.
  • Get the scoop on ancient grains and their role in our diets with this hands-on program. Taste healthful recipes using ingredients such as teff, farro, and more, and prepare two recipes to take home with you at The Morton Arboretum. Thursday, September 20, 2018, 7:00 to 9:00 p.m.
  • Develop your skills as a nature photographer through thoughtful compositions at The Morton Arboretum. Four days: Three Thursdays, September 20 through October 4, 6:30 to 9:30 p.m. and Saturday, September 22, 2018, 8:00 to 11:00 a.m.
  • Strengthen your skills leading volunteers in natural areas management with this interactive primer for volunteer stewardship activity planning, group dynamics, safety, and volunteer empowerment at The Morton Arboretum. Online component begins: Friday, September 21, or November 2, 2018. In person component: Saturday, September 29, or November 10, 2018, 10:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m.
  • Celebrate the autumn equinox with an after-hours tram ride through the Arboretum. Thursday, September 20, or Friday, September 21, 2018, 7:30 to 9:30 p.m.
  • Honor the Autumn Equinox with a short hike outdoors followed by a yoga class set to the sounds of nature at The Morton Arboretum. Saturday, September 22 6:00 to 7:30 p.m.
  • Join us for a hike and whiskey tasting at The Morton Arboretum. Saturday, September 22, 2018, noon to 1:30 p.m., 1:00 to 2:30 p.m., or 2:00 to 3:30 p.m.
  • Capture the graceful curve of fall leaves and boughs, the delightful color of berries, or the lightness of a cloud through Ikebana -- the art of Japanese flower arranging at The Morton Arboretum. (Saturday, September 22, 2018, 1:00 to 3:30 p.m.
  • Create a woodsy, whimsical, botanical container. Bring a bit of the Troll Hunt magic to your home as you use woodland elements and flowers to plant this late summer container at The Morton Arboretum. Thursday, October 4, 2018, 7:00 to 9:00 p.m.
  • The 4th Landscape Below Ground Conference , presented by The Morton Arboretum and the International Society of Arboriculture on October 15-17, 2018, features the latest research on tree planting and care from the ground down.
  • Explore the interactions that drive ecosystem function and learn to identify plants, animals, and fungi in relation to ecological habitats at The Morton Arboretum. Online component begins: Friday, October 19, 2018. In-person component: Sunday, October 28, 2018, 1:00 to 5:00 p.m.
  • Identify and apply short and long term restoration activities to enhance wildlife habitat at The Morton Arboretum. Saturday, November 18, 2017, 10:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m.

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