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Natural history

Natural history

Local Flora

Ever wanted to know the names of the wildflowers covering the forest floor in fall? Learn the names and characteristics of native and introduced plants flowering in the woodlands, prairies, wetlands, and other areas of The Morton Arboretum. 4 Saturdays, September 13-October 4, 8:00 a.m.-12:00 p.m.

Tree ID and Ecology

Learn to identify the trees you see every day in the woodlands and neighborhoods of the Chicago region as you enjoy their brilliant fall colors at The Morton Arboretum. 5 Saturdays, September 6-13. and September 27-October 11, 1:00 –4:00 p.m.

Intro to Natural Areas Management

Remnant natural areas act as genetic banks for plant, animal, and insect diversity. How are these critical habitats being managed for the future? Thursday, September 4, 6:00-9:00 p.m.; Sunday, September 7, 1:00-5:00 p.m.; Saturday, September 13, 10:00 a.m.-3:00 p.m.

Waterfowl at Hennepin & Hopper Lakes

Hone your waterfowl identification skills as you explore this magnificent wetland restoration with The Morton Arboretum. Thursday, October 16, 6:30-8:30 p.m., and Saturday, October 18, 9:00 a.m.-12:00 p.m.

Bird Evolution

Examine the evolutionary relationships of birds and the theories behind their scientific classification at The Morton Arboretum. 3 Wednesdays, October 8-22, 6:00-9:00 p.m., and 2 Saturdays, October 11-18, 8:00-11:00 a.m.

Fall Warbler Workshop

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. Thursday, September 11, 7:00-9:00 p.m., and Saturday, September 13, 8:00 a.m.-12:00 p.m.

Spring Conservation Seed Collecting-Canceled

Increase the diversity of spring flowering prairie plants in your natural area by learning when and how to collect their seeds at The Morton Arboretum. Saturday, June 7, 9:30 a.m.-12:30 p.m.

Prairie Ethnobotany

Learn how humans have used prairie plants on this midsummer hike at The Morton Arboretum. Saturday, August 9, 10:00 a.m.-12:00 p.m.

Conservation Biology

Explore the meaning and importance of biodiversity and its implications for natural area restoration, habitat management, and conservation of endangered species at The Morton Arboretum. 3 Wednesdays, July 9-30, 6:30-9:30 p.m. & Saturday, July 26, 9:00 a.m.-12:00 p.m.

Local Flora: Summer

Discover the names of the wildflowers filling the prairies in summer at The Morton Arboretum. 5 Sundays, July 13-August 10, 9:00 a.m.-12:00 p.m.

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