Natural history

Natural history

Beginning Birdwatching

In this single morning workshop for beginners, learn how to find birds, discuss equipment, what to wear, keeping track of your observations, and more at The Morton Arboretum. Saturday, March 8, 9:00 a.m.-12:00 p.m.

Winter Bird Walk

Explore the winter landscape with an expert guide, learn to identify the birds that overwinter in Illinois, and discuss their behaviors and natural history at The Morton Arboretum. Saturday dates, January 18, February 15, or March 15, 9:00-11:30 a.m.

Identifying Herbaceous Plants in Winter

Learn to identify plants without leaves or flowers and explore the Schulenberg Prairie and adjacent woodlands to practice identifying native perennials and grasses in winter at The Morton Arboretum. Saturday, March 8, 8:00 a.m.-12:00 p.m.

Trees of Fairy Tales

Discover the trees that haunt our imaginations at The Morton Arboretum. Saturday, February 22, 10:30 a.m.-12:30 p.m.

New! Inside the Collections Inside the Herbarium

Discover the hidden gems in the herbarium at The Morton Arboretum. Friday, February 21, 10:00 a.m.-12:00 p.m.

Winter Wildlife Tracking

Meet the animals that prowl our woods and ponds all winter long at The Morton Arboretum. Sunday, February 16, 9:00-11:00 a.m.

The Science and Craft of Wooden Instruments

Discover how wood is used in instrument making at The Morton Arboretum. Saturday, February 15, 9:30 a.m.-3:30 p.m.

Interpretation for Naturalists

Learn teaching techniques that will help you interpret local ecosystems and present environmental issues for a variety of audiences at The Morton Arboretum. 4 Wednesdays, February 5-26, 6:30-9:30 p.m.

Winter Fauna

Learn about the mammals that live in Illinois at The Morton Arboretum. 3 Saturdays, February 8-22, 8:00 a.m.-12:00 p.m.


Join us on a real-world outdoor treasure hunt among the trees around Lake Marmo at The Morton Arboretum. Sunday, February 9, 1:00-3:30 p.m.