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Natural history

Natural history

Inside the Collections: Witch-hazel Dell-LOCATION CHANGE

Explore the bright blooms and lemon-yellow flowers of the witch hazel collection in early spring at The Morton Arboretum. Tuesday, March 18, 9:30 a.m.-12:30 p.m.

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.

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.

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.

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