Trees and Ecology

Natural history

Explore Illinois’s first nature preserve with botanist Jack Shouba. Illinois Beach Nature Preserve, located at the south end of Illinois Beach State Park, is a designated National Natural Landmark and is one of the richest, biologically most diverse areas in the state. Saturday July 15, 2017 9:00 a.m. to 1:00 p.m.
Enjoy an afternoon with author Cindy Crosby as she shares insights and excerpts from her new book, The Tallgrass Prairie: An Introduction at The Morton Arboretum. This class has been CANCELED. Saturday, July 8, 2017, 11:00 a.m. to 12:30 p.m.
Ron Nosek of Nature Education Programs brings his What 2 Know B4 You GoTM program to The Morton Arboretum this summer. Saturday, July 15, 2017, 9:00 to noon
The beautiful historic Schulenberg Prairie is one of the oldest tallgrass prairie reconstructions in the world, and a model of biological diversity, good management practices, and research at The Morton Arboretum. Wednesday, June 28, 2017, 6:30 to 9:00 p.m. .
Join horticulturist Sharon Yiesla on a journey through the life of a flower. Learn how flowers develop, how they grow, and the end result of their lives, fruit at The Morton Arboretum.Saturday, July 22, 2017, 9:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m.
Expand your grass identification skills in this expert workshop at The Morton Arboretum. Thursday, September 7, and Friday, September 8, 2017, 9:00 4:00 p.m.
The Certified Interpretive Guide program is designed for anyone who delivers interpretive programs to the public. It combines both the theoretical foundations of the profession with practical skills in delivering quality interpretive programming to visitors at The Morton Arboretum. Monday, August 21 through Thursday, August 24, 2017 8:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m.
Please Note: this class has been CANCELED. Learn to identify plants in the field through studying the plants of the Chicago region at The Morton Arboretum. Eight Wednesdays, June 14 through August 2, 2017, 6:30 to 9:00 p.m., and six Saturdays, June 17 through July 29, 9:00 a.m. to 1:15 p.m.
Learn how to tell invasive aquatic plants apart from native look-alikes and how to report invaders when you find them in this one-day workshop at The Morton Arboretum. Saturday (SOLD OUT) July 8, 2017, 12:30 to 4:30 p.m.
Experience the healing and wellness promoting effects of Shinrin-Yoku, the practice of bathing the senses in the atmosphere of the forest. Take a slow and mindful walk with a certified Forest Therapy guide on a trail at the Morton Arboretum as you awaken your senses and reconnect with nature. Spring session: Select Wednesdays, June 14 through July 26, 2017, 6:30 p.m. to 7:30 p.m. Summer session: Wednesday, August 16 or August 30, 2017, 6:30 to 7:30 p.m.