Logo

Natural history

Natural history

Habitat History Walk: Trees of the Prairie

Learn how the ‘bruised and battered’ oaks, walnuts, maples and dogwoods survive and thrive on the forest edge of the prairie at The Morton Arboretum. Wednesday, October 29, 9:30-11:30 a.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, October 14-November 18, 6:30-9:30 p.m.

Field Ecology: Fall

Explore the natural world of Northern Illinois in the fall session of Field Ecology at The Morton Arboretum. 2 Wednesdays, October 8-15, 7:00-9:00 p.m. and 2 Saturdays, October 11-18, 8:00 a.m.-12:00 p.m..

Observing Nature

If you love being outdoors but are not sure how to truly observe all the intricacies of nature, join us for a morning of exploration at The Morton Arboretum. Sunday, September 21, 10:00 a.m.-1:00 p.m.

Turtle ID and Ecology

Explore the fascinating ecology of turtles and learn techniques for monitoring their biodiversity for management purposes at The Morton Arboretum. Saturday, September 13, 1:00-4:00 p.m.

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.

The Echo of their Wings: The Life and Legacy of the Passenger Pigeon

Explore the passenger pigeon’s natural history, extinction, and conservation lessons with author and naturalist Joel Greenberg at The Morton Arboretum. Wednesday, November 12, 7:00-8:30 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.

Pages