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Natural history

Natural history

Summer Bird Walks

Enjoy summer at The Morton Arboretum by searching the woods, fields, and edges for summertime birds. Saturdays, June 21, July 19, and August 16, 8:00-10:30 a.m.

The Grounds at Thornhill Education Center

Take a habitat history walk to view the historic Hawthorn collection, discover the meaning of the stained glass tree medallions in gentleman’s library (Founder’s Room), and learn more about the Morton family mansion and the transformation to Thornhill Education Center. Thursday, May 22, 9:30 a.m.-12:30 p.m.

Tabletop Tour: Signs of Spring

It's been a long, cold winter but spring is coming! The Morton Arboretum docents will show you where the sights, sounds, smells and other signs of spring can be found.

Warbler Workshop-Sold out

In this intensive workshop, enjoy the spring warbler migration while learning about identification, arrival dates, migration patterns, habitat preferences, and daily feeding techniques at The Morton Arboretum. Wednesday, April 30, 7:00-9:00 p.m. and Sunday, May 4, 8:00 am-12:00 p.m.

Birding by Ear

Learn how to identify birds that you can hear, but not see at The Morton Arboretum. 3 Tuesdays, May 6-20, 7:30-11:30 a.m.

Bird Behavior

Explore the significance of songs and plumage in determining the territory, mate selection, and the different sexual strategies employed by birds at The Morton Arboretum. Dates and times vary starting May 7. One section

Spring Bird Walks-Sold Out

Celebrate spring by searching The Morton Arboretum grounds for nature’s brightly colored pageant of spring birds. Dates vary starting April 19. Two sections.

Hike and Write-Canceled

Learn how to sharpen your observational skills, take useful notes, and then create a story or essay at The Morton Arboretum. 3 Saturdays, April 26-May 10, 10:00 a.m.-12:00 p.m.

Field Ecology: Spring

Explore freshwater ecosystems and consider the various living, climatic, and geological factors that create and maintain our water systems at The Morton Arboretum. Dates and times vary starting May 14. One section.

Spring Woodland Wildflowers

Wander through the ever-changing array of blooms in our woodlands to learn how to identify wildflowers such as trillium, mayapple, and dog-tooth violet and hear about their folklore at The Morton Arboretum. Saturday, May 3, 9:30 a.m.-12:00 p.m.

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