Trees and Ecology

Natural history

Study the ecology of mushrooms and other fungi with Patrick Leacock, mycologist and adjunct curator at the Field Museum. Learn about the biology and ecology of fungi and walk the trails at The Morton Arboretum to search for mushrooms. (Sold Out) Saturday, June 3, 2017, 9:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m.
Learn to identify the common trees you see in local preserves or in your neighborhood at The Morton Arboretum. Friday, June 16, 2017, 9:00 to 11:30 a.m., or Thursday, June 22, 2017, 6:30 to 9:00 p.m.
Explore the ever-changing colorful flowers and swaying grasses of the Arboretum’s Schulenberg prairie alongside an expert. Saturday, June 10, 2017, 8:00 a.m. to 10:00 a.m.
Learn to identify spring prairie plants in their early stages of development at The Morton Arboretum. Saturday, May 13, 2017, 1:00 to 4:00 p.m.
Learn the methods scientists use to collect and preserve plants at The Morton Arboretum. (Canceled) Saturday, April 22, 2017, 10:00 a.m. to 12:30 p.m.
Study the sights and signs of spring as they emerge at The Morton Arboretum. (Canceled) Three Saturdays, May 20 through June 3, 2017, 9:00 a.m. to noon
Explore The Morton Arboretum’s unique flora and fauna and discover why some species need to be protected. (Canceled) Two Saturdays, April 8 and May 13, 2017, 10:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m.
New! Mix and Match this three part series where we will delve into the Arboretum’s scientific side. Dates vary starting June 12, 2017, 9:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m., Multiple sections.
New! From intricate birds nests to astounding beaver dams, animals are engineering all around us. Take a closer look at the construction techniques used in the animal kingdom and take on wild STEM building challenges at The Morton Arboretum. Monday through Friday, June 19 through 23 or July 10 through 14, or July 24 through 28, 2017 9:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m.
New! Just a spoon full of nature makes a happier and healthier you! Try out some natural ways to work towards a healthy body and mind, including nature walks, yoga, journaling, coloring, and much more as we take time for wellness at The Morton Arboretum. Monday through Friday, June 12 through 16, June 26 through 30, July 24 through 28, 2017, 9:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m.