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Natural history

Natural history

Engaging the Public

Interpretation has become a powerful tool used by volunteers to engage the community. This workshop is recommended for volunteers, stewards, and people who work in conservation, restoration and want to provide engaging education during programs, events, or work days. Saturday, February 21, 9:00 a.m.-3:00 p.m.

Winter Fauna

Learn about the mammals that live in Illinois. Explore the Arboretum’s woodlands, meadows and prairie to learn their identification, ecology, and ingenious mechanisms for survival. 3 Saturdays, February 7-21, 8:00 a.m.-12:00 p.m.

Plant Families-Sold Out

Improve your plant identification skills by learning characteristics of plant families at The Morton Arboretum. 2 Sundays, February 8-February 15, 10:00 a.m.-12:00 p.m.

Full Moon Winter Walk: Nature at Night-Sold Out

Discover what happens at the Arboretum at night when no one is around. Tuesday, February 3, 6:30-8:00 p.m.

Winter Wildlife Tracking

Meet the animals that prowl our woods and ponds all winter long at The Morton Arboretum. Saturday, January 31, 9:30-11:30 a.m. or Sunday, February 15, 9:30-11:30 a.m.

Deciduous Trees in Winter

Learn to identify trees without their leaves. Explore the winter identification of trees at the Arboretum and develop the skills to identify trees on your own using clues found in buds, fruits, leaf scars, bark, and branching patterns of winter trees. 5 Sundays, January 18-February 15, 1:00-4:00 p.m.

Winter Field Ecology

Discover how the struggle to find food and survive the cold shapes the interactions of plants and animals in Midwestern habitats at The Morton Arboretum. Dates and times vary starting Wednesday, January 14. Two sections

Winter Twigs, Buds, and Bark-Sold Out

Examine the forms and branching patterns of 18 Illinois trees, stroll around the Arboretum to identify the twigs, bark, and buds of these majestic wonders. Saturday, January 17, 1:00-4:00 p.m.

Intro to Botany

Explore the world of plants by learning how leaves, flowers, fruit, seeds, and roots relate to water, light, nutrients, and reproduction at The Morton Arboretum. 6 Tuesdays, January 13-February 17, 6:30-9:30 p.m.

Fall Color on the Heritage Trail

Enjoy an afternoon in the east woods with a hike on the Heritage Trail.

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