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Trees and Ecology

Natural history

Join us on the Acorn Express for a family friendly tram ride adventure through the Arboretum! The first Wednesday of each Month, April 6 through October 5, 2016 9:30 to 10:15 a.m.
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Connect with the outdoors with the cast from Nature at The Morton Arboretum! Tuesday, July 26, 2016, 6:30 to 8:00 pm or Saturday, July 30, 2016, 10:00 to 11:30 a.m.
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Learn how humans have used prairie plants on this summer hike at The Morton Arboretum. Friday, August 5, 2016 9:30 a.m. to 12:00 p.m.
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Learn the identifying characteristics of local shorebirds at The Morton arboretum.Thursday, August 11, 2016, 6:30 to 8:30 p.m., and Sunday, August 14, 2016, 8:00 a.m. to noon
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Celebrate 100 years of the National Parks and learn great places to see trees at The Morton Arboretum. Thursday, August 11, 7:00 to 8:30 p.m.
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Hike, listen to stories, and play games in this interactive sensory based class. We’ll dress up like butterflies, sip some nectar and play butterfly seek and find at The Morton Arboretum. Wednesday, August 10 or Tuesday, August 16, 2016, 9:30 to 10:45 a.m.
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Hike, listen to stories, and play games in this interactive sensory based class. We’ll dress up like butterflies, sip some nectar and play butterfly seek and find at The Morton Arboretum! Tuesday, August 9 or Wednesday, August 17, 2016, 9:30 to 11:00 a.m.
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Enjoy summer at The Morton Arboretum by searching the woods, fields, and edges for summertime birds. Saturdays, June 18, July 16, or August 20, 2016, 8:00 to 10:30 a.m.
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Join us for a full-day training for landscapers, streets and sanitation technicians, and public works crews that will cover selection, planting, and care of trees in sessions led by local experts at The Park Ridge Service Center. Wednesday August 24, 2016, 8:00 a.m. to 3:30 p.m.
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Join us for a camp-out designed especially for scouts at The Morton Arboretum. Friday, August 26th through Saturday August 27th, 6:30 p.m. to 9:00 a.m
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Enjoy a stroll along tree-lined trails with an Arboretum expert.Thursday, July 7, 2016, 8:30 to 11:00 a.m. or Saturday, August 27, 2016, 8:30 to 11:00 a.m.
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Spend the day at The Morton Arboretum observing live species of insects in their habitats while learning why they are different from other animals species. Two Sundays, August 28 and September 25, 10:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m.
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Examine the world of insects and their unique habitats at The Morton Arboretum. Four Wednesdays, September 7 through 28, 2016, 4:00 to 5:30 p.m.
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Learn to identify the grasses that add beauty and interest to the summer and fall landscape at The Morton Arboretum. Thursday, September 8, and Friday, September 9, 2016, 9:00 a.m.to 4:00 p.m.
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Learn principles and practices for managing critical habitats at The Morton Arboretum. Thursday, September 8, 6:00 to 9:00 p.m., Sunday, September 11, 10:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m., and Saturday, September 17, 9:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m.
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Get the plant and botany basics you need to identify plants at The Morton Arboretum. Dates and times vary starting Tuesday July 5. Multiple sections.
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Learn to identify the trees you see every day in the woodlands and neighborhoods of the Chicago region at The Morton Arboretum. Friday, August 26, 2016, or Sunday, September 11, 2016, 9:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m.
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Enjoy autumn’s amazing birding as you learn to identify the migratory birds filling the air at The Morton Arboretum. Four Sundays, September 11 through 25 and October 2, 2016, 8:00 a.m. to 12:30 p.m.
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Rent a self-guided family backpack that will enhance your visit to The Morton Arboretum. Daily, April-October, 2016, 10:00 a.m.-4:00 p.m.
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Learn to identify, plant, care for and prune trees in hands on classes with regional professionals at The Morton Arboretum. Eight days: Four Tuesdays, September 1​3​ through October ​4​, 6:30 to 9:00 p.m., and four Saturdays, September ​17​ through October​ 8​, 9:30 a.m. to 1:00 p.m.
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Enjoy the fall warbler migration while learning a methodical approach to dealing with fall plumages, arrival dates, migration patterns, habitat preferences, and alternate feeding approaches at the Morton Arboretum. Tuesday, September 13, 6:30 to 8:30 p.m. and Saturday, September 17, 2016, 8:00 a.m. to noon
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Join us on the Acorn Express for a family friendly tram-ride adventure through The Morton Arboretum! Wednesdays and Fridays, April through October (except July 22 and 29), 2016, 11:00 to 11:45 a.m.
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Explore the Arboretum at night as we search for answers to questions about migration. Two Thursdays, September 15 through 22, 2016, 6:30 to 9:30 p.m.
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Explore the colorful landscape of the fall prairie at The Morton Arboretum. Thursday, September 15, 2016, 8:30 to 10:30 a.m.
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Discover what happens at the Arboretum at night, when no one is around. Tuesday, July 19 or 26, 2016, or Friday, September 16, 2016, 7:30 to 9:30 p.m.
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Experience the healing and wellness promoting effects of Shinrin-Yoku, the practice of bathing the senses in the atmosphere of the forest at The Morton Arboretum. Select Mondays, June 20 through September 19, 9:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m., select Wednesdays, (sold out) June 15 through August 17, or select Saturdays, June 25 through September 24, 9:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. Please note: A new section has been added to the Wednesday walks, section E on June 22, 6:30 to 7:30 p.m.
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Join us for a fun-filled adventure after hours at the Arboretum! Dates and times vary starting July 8, 2016, Multiple sections.
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Do experiments indoors and out at The Morton Arboretum to earn your Environmental Science Merit Badge. Two Sundays, September 18 and October 16, 10:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m.
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Learn more about the wildlife in your backyard at The Morton Arboretum. Wednesday, September 21, 2016, 7:00 to 9:00 p.m.
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Stroll through the colorful fall woodlands with an expert guide at The Morton Arboretum. Sunday, September 25, 2016, 1:00 to 3:00 p.m.
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Learn how to study, protect and conserve soil and water resources in this merit badge class at The Morton Arboretum. Two Saturdays, October 1 and November 5, 10:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m.
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Learn the basics of beekeeping at The Morton Arboretum. Four Tuesdays, September 13 through October 4, 2016, 6:30 to 8:30 p.m.
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Visit the Arboretum greenhouses and get an up-close tour of plant production. Four Wednesdays, October 5 through 26, 2016, 4:00 to 5:30 p.m.
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Earn your Forestry Merit Badge at The Morton Arboretum as you create your own field book to identify local trees and shrubs by leaves, buds and bark.Two Sundays, October 9 and November 6, 10:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m.
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Take hikes to different locations in The Morton Arboretum to find out what it means to be a mammal as you earn your Mammal Merit Badge. Saturday October 22 and Sunday October 23, 10:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m.
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Discover how plants and animals are adapted to stay warm at The Morton Arboretum. Five Wednesdays, November 2 through 16, and December 7 through 14, 2016, 4:00 to 5:30 p.m. (no class on November 23 and 30).
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Examine different ways to use technology to connect with trees at The Morton Arboretum. Four Wednesdays, January 4 through 25, 2017 4:00 to 5:30 p.m.
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Discover the unique characteristics of the forest at The Morton Arboretum. Four Wednesdays, February 1 through 22, 2017, 4:00 to 5:30 p.m.
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Examine the mechanics of bird flight and feeding at The Morton Arboretum. Five Wednesdays, March 1 through 29, 2017, 4:00 to 5:30 p.m.
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Uncover alien species that have invaded the woodlands, prairies and wetlands of Illinois at The Morton Arboretum. Four Wednesday, April 5 through 26, 2017, 4:00 to 5:30 p.m.
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