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Trees and Ecology

Natural history

Rev up for a week of wet, hydrodynamic explorations! Slosh buckets and dip nets into Arboretum lakes to examine water-loving insects and plants. Monday through Friday, 21 June 19 through 23, or July 17 through 21, 9:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m.
New! Birds sing, crickets chirp, and frogs chorus out in the woods. Experiment with the sounds of nature and create your own nature-based instruments to play. Monday through Friday, June 5 through 9, June 26 through 30 or July 24 through 28, 2017, 9:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m.
New! Leaves come in all shapes, sizes, and colors! Let your imagination run wild as you discover what you can create with leaves at The Morton Arboretum. Monday through Friday, July 10 through 14, 2017, 12:30 to 3:30 p.m., or July 31 through August 4, 9:00 a.m. to noon
Have you ever been as hungry as a caterpillar? Enter the whimsical world of Eric Carle as his characters come to life through stories, games, and crafts at The Morton Arboretum. Monday through Friday, June 12 through 16, 2017, 12:30 to 3:30 p.m., or June 26 through 30, 2017, 9:00 a.m. to noon
Learn about the pests and threats facing the trees in your school yard and the woodland ecosystem at The Morton Arboretum. (Sold Out) Friday, March 3, 2017, 8:30 a.m. to 3:30 p.m.
Learn to make wood sing in this build-your-own musical instrument class at The Morton Arboretum. (Sold Out) Saturday, March 11, 2017, 9:30 a.m. to 3:30 p.m.
Marking our 95th anniversary in 2017, The Morton Arboretum has a rich history to celebrate.(Closed) Wednesday, March 1, 2017, 11:30 a.m. to 1:00 p.m.
Learn how and why to save your own seeds at The Morton Arboretum. Saturday, September 30, 2017, 9:30 a.m. to noon
Learn to identify the trees you see every day in the woodlands and neighborhoods of the Chicago region as you enjoy their brilliant fall colors at The Morton Arboretum. Online component begins: Thursday, September 14, 2017 In-person component: Saturday, September 23, 2017, 10:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m.
Discover the principles and practice of ecosystem restoration at The Morton Arboretum. Online component begins: Wednesday, July 12, 2017, In person component: Two Wednesdays, July 19 and Aug 2, 2017, 6:00 p.m. to 8:30 p.m.

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