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Natural history

Natural history

Monitoring and Managing Insect Pests

Learn the life cycles, signs and symptoms, and methods of control for the most common insects in our landscapes at The Morton Arboretum. Dates and times vary starting May 5. One section.

Soils and Composting

Create better garden soil with the knowledge, tips, and techniques you gain in this class at The Morton Arboretum. 4 Tuesdays, April 22-May 13, 6:00-9:00 p.m.

Forest Ecology for Naturalists

Learn the basics of forest ecology and the options available to us for managing forests for natural values at The Morton Arboretum. Saturday, November 16, 9 a.m.–Noon

New! Reading the Landscape of the Palos

Discover how the glacial geology of the region sets the stage for the plant diversity found in this area with The Morton Arboretum. Sunday, November 3, 10:00 a.m.–4 p.m.

Steward Leadership

Strengthen your skills leading volunteers in natural areas management with this hands-on primer on workday planning, public communication, group dynamics, and safety at The Morton Arboretum. 3 Wednesdays, March 5-19, 6:00-9:00 p.m.

Conservation Site Planning

Gain the tools you need to develop a plan for restoration at your site at The Morton Arboretum. Tuesday, February 11, 6:00-9:00 p.m.

Birds of the Rock River Valley-Canceled

Explore the Lowden-Miller State Forest and discover a winter birding hot spot with The Morton Arboretum. Saturday, May 3, 9:00 a.m..-12:00 p.m.

New! The Birds We Don’t See

Join Denis Kania to discover the stories behind the extinction of the Passenger Pigeon as well as conservation success stories such as the Whooping Crane, California Condor, Peregrine Falcon, and more at The Morton Arboretum. Tuesday, February 25, 7:00-9:00 p.m.

Bird Biology

Gain a well-rounded understanding of what makes a bird a bird by discussing flight, feathers, and anatomical features such as feet, bills, and bones, along with bird metabolism, muscle structure and intelligence at The Morton Arboretum. Starting Tuesday, February 4, 6:30-9:30 p.m.

Field Study: Birds of Winter

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. 5 Sundays, January 5-February 2, 8:00-11:30 a.m.

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