Trees and Ecology

Natural history

Learn to identify the trees you see every day in the woodlands and neighborhoods of the Chicago region 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.
Strap on your running shoes for an informative running tour of the Arboretum. Summer tour: Saturdays, September 16, 8:00 to 9:30 a.m. Fall tours: October 14: 8:00 to 10:00 a.m., or November 11, 8:00 to 9:30 a.m.
Learn the geologic history of the Midwest as we cycle the the roads of the Arboretum. Sunday, November 5, 2017, noon to 2:00 p.m. (rain date November 11)
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. Wednesday September 27, 2017, 8:30 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. Optional day: Thursday, September 28, 9:00 a.m. to 1:00 p.m.
Learn how to study, protect and conserve soil and water resources in this merit badge class at The Morton Arboretum. Two Sundays, October 22 and November 19, 2017, 10:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m.
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, September 17 and October 15, 2017, 10:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m.
Do experiments indoors and out at The Morton Arboretum to earn your Environmental Science Merit Badge. Two Sundays, September 24 and October 29, or Two Saturdays, October 7 and November 11, 2017, 10:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m.
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 Saturdays, September 16 and October 14, 2017, 10:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m.
Learn the essentials of wetland ecology and the vital management techniques necessary to maintain threatened wetland ecosystems at The Morton Arboretum. Two days: Wednesday, July 12, 6:30 to 8:30 p.m., and Saturday, July 15, 8:00 a.m. to noon