Trees and Ecology

Natural history

Give kids the freedom and space to explore nature and indulge in free play with inspirational ideas from author and unconventional landscape designer Amanda Thomsen at The Morton Arboretum. Thursday, April 4, 2019, 7:00 to 9:00 p.m.
What’s so “hot” about soil ecology? Grab a grown-up hot chocolate and get “the dirt” on soils from Arboretum soil ecologist Meghan Midgley. Thursday, February 21, 2019, 7:00 p.m. to 8:30 p.m.
What exactly is wilderness? In America, it's been a threatening frontier to be conquered; a place where timber and minerals lay ready for extraction; a refuge for wildlife; a home for indigenous people; a retreat for city folks to retreat from the hustle and bustle of civilization; and a "untrammeled, unspoiled cathedral" which inspires art, poetry, and transcendent thought. Two Thursdays, February 21 and 28, 2019, 6:30 to 9:00 p.m.
Join the author of the new biography, Force of Nature: George Fell, Founder of the Natural Areas Movement, to be inspired by the story of this Illinois conservation visionary at The Morton Arboretum. Thursday, March 21, 2019, 7:00 to 9:00 p.m.
Enjoy a pleasant morning and a warm beverage as you listen to stories of the unusual stained glass windows that decorate the beautiful Founders Room at Thornhill Education Center, as seen through the eyes of naturalist interpreter and writer Cindy Crosby. Saturday, February 16, 2019, 10:30 a.m. to noon
Learn to call plants by their botanical names through The Morton Arboretum. Online course begins Friday, March 15, 2019
Browse a selection of seeds, and take home a variety to plant this spring. Bring your leftover seed packets or self-saved seeds to share. Saturday, January 26, 2019, 11:00 a.m. to 1:00 p.m.
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, April 6, 9:00 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. (registration opens November 20, 2019)
Spring bird migration begins earlier than most people realize. Many species are already on the move in February. Waterfowl are the first to make major migration moves. As soon as the ice begins to leave our lakes and ponds waterfowl start pushing north. Three Saturdays, February 16, March 2, and March 9, 2019, 8:00 a.m. to noon.
Grab a flashlight and hit the trail for a night of troll hunting at The Morton Arboretum! Wednesday November 28 or December 12, 2018, 7:00 to 8:30 p.m. (open for registration). Select Thursdays starting January 14 through May 2, 2019, varied times.

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