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Professional development

Edible Gardening Workshop Series

Whether you are starting your first vegetable garden or incorporating food plants into an existing ornamental landscape, The Morton Arboretum has unique, creative solutions for you. Sign up for the whole series or purchase workshops a la carte. 5 Saturdays, March 8, 22, 29, April 5 and 26.

T101 NGSS in Your Backyard

Join Arboretum scientists for an introduction to various tree and environmental science disciplines and discussion of current research projects and their relevance to your classroom. Monday, August 11, 9:00 a.m.-3:30 p.m.

Local Flora: Summer

Discover the names of the wildflowers filling the prairies in summer at The Morton Arboretum. 5 Sundays, July 13-August 10, 9:00 a.m.-12:00 p.m.

Intro to Natural Areas Management

Learn principles and practices for managing critical habitats at The Morton Arboretum. Dates and times vary starting June 19. One section.

Tree ID and Ecology

Enjoy the leafy summer canopy and learn in the shade as you become familiar with the trees commonly sighted in the woodlands and neighborhoods of the Chicago region at The Morton Arboretum. 5 Sundays, June 22-29 and July 13-27, 1:00-4:00 p.m.

Field Ecology: Summer

Explore the natural world of Illinois in the summer session of Field Ecology at The Morton Arboretum. Dates vary starting June 18. Two sections.

Sustaining Oaks in the Chicago Wilderness Region

Help shape the Chicago Wilderness oak recovery plan at The Morton Arboretum Restoration Conference: Sustaining Oaks in the Chicago Wilderness Region, September 11-12, 2014, at The Morton Arboretum, 4100 Illinois Route 53, Lisle, IL. Watch this space for further details.

Managing Urban Forests in a Changing Climate

The changes underway in our climate are having profound effects on the trees that make up our urban and suburban forest. At the same time, the right trees in the right places can help communities cope with increases in stormwater and other looming effects of climate change. Learn how you can help your urban forest and your community handle these shifts at The Morton Arboretum Urban Tree Conference, “Managing Urban Forests in a Changing Climate,” November 18–19, 2014, in Lisle, Illinois.

ISAM Field Tour

Professor Dennis Fulbright will lead a tour on the Arboretum groups continuing the discussion of the workshop topics of the day before. Friday, May 16, 8:00-11:30 a.m.

Invasive Issues in Trees

What invasive pests affect the many evergreens in our neighborhoods and woodlands? How much of an invasive threat is the Callery pear, one of the most popular flowering trees in city streets and home landscapes? How can we breed attractive and ornamental trees that will be sterile and therefore not invasive? These and other topics will be addressed at the third annual Morton Arboretum Invasive Species Workshop, "Invasive Issues in Trees," May 15, 2014, in Lisle, Illinois. It is part of Illinois' observance of Invasive Species Awareness Month (ISAM). This year's theme for the month is "Invasive Species Affect Everyone."

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