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Trees and Ecology

Natural history

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 at The Park Ridge Service Center. Wednesday August 24, 2016, 8:30 a.m. to 3:30 p.m.
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Join us for a camp-out designed especially for scouts at The Morton Arboretum. Friday, August 26th through Saturday August 27th, 6:30 p.m. to 9:00 a.m
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Enjoy a stroll along tree-lined trails with an Arboretum expert.Thursday, July 7, 2016, 8:30 to 11:00 a.m. or Saturday, August 27, 2016, 8:30 to 11:00 a.m.
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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 Sundays, August 28 and September 25, 10:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m.
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Rent a self-guided family backpack that will enhance your visit to The Morton Arboretum. Daily, April-October, 2016, 10:00 a.m.-4:00 p.m.
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Join us on the Acorn Express for a family friendly tram-ride adventure through The Morton Arboretum! Wednesdays and Fridays, April through October (except July 22 and 29), 2016, 11:00 to 11:45 a.m.
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Examine the world of insects and their unique habitats at The Morton Arboretum. (The September section of Tree Science Investigators has been canceled) Four Wednesdays, September 7 through 28, 2016, 4:00 to 5:30 p.m.
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Learn to identify the grasses that add beauty and interest to the summer and fall landscape at The Morton Arboretum. This class is sold out, please call the registrar at 630-719-2468 to be wait listed. Thursday, September 8, and Friday, September 9, 2016, 9:00 a.m.to 4:00 p.m.
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Learn principles and practices for managing critical habitats at The Morton Arboretum. Three days: Thursday, September 8, 6:00 to 9:00 p.m., Two Sundays, September 11, 10:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m., and September 18, 9:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m.
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Get the plant and botany basics you need to identify plants at The Morton Arboretum. Dates and times vary starting Tuesday July 5. Multiple sections.
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Enjoy autumn’s amazing birding as you learn to identify the migratory birds filling the air at The Morton Arboretum. Four Sundays, September 11 through 25 and October 2, 2016, 8:00 a.m. to 12:30 p.m.
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Learn to identify the trees you see every day in the woodlands and neighborhoods of the Chicago region at The Morton Arboretum. Friday, August 26, 2016, or Sunday, September 11, 2016, 9:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m.
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Learn the basics of beekeeping at The Morton Arboretum. Four Tuesdays, September 13 through October 4, 2016, 6:30 to 8:30 p.m.
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Enjoy the fall warbler migration while learning a methodical approach to dealing with fall plumages, arrival dates, migration patterns, habitat preferences, and alternate feeding approaches at the Morton Arboretum. Tuesday, September 13, 6:30 to 8:30 p.m. and Saturday, September 17, 2016, 8:00 a.m. to noon
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Learn to identify, plant, care for and prune trees in hands on classes with regional professionals at The Morton Arboretum. Eight days: Four Tuesdays, September 1​3​ through October ​4​, 6:30 to 9:00 p.m., and four Saturdays, September ​17​ through October​ 8​, 9:30 a.m. to 1:00 p.m.
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Explore the Arboretum at night as we search for answers to questions about migration. Two Thursdays, September 15 through 22, 2016, 6:30 to 9:30 p.m.
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Explore the colorful landscape of the fall prairie at The Morton Arboretum. Thursday, September 15, 2016, 8:30 to 10:30 a.m.
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Discover what happens at the Arboretum at night, when no one is around. Tuesday, July 19 or 26, 2016, or Friday, September 16, 2016, 7:30 to 9:30 p.m.
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Join us for a fun-filled adventure after hours at the Arboretum! Dates and times vary starting July 8, 2016, Multiple sections.
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Experience the healing and wellness promoting effects of Shinrin-Yoku, the practice of bathing the senses in the atmosphere of the forest at The Morton Arboretum. Select Mondays, June 20 through September 19, 9:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m., select Wednesdays, (sold out) June 15 through August 17, or select Saturdays, June 25 through September 24, 9:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. Please note: A new section has been added to the Wednesday walks, section E on June 22, 6:30 to 7:30 p.m.
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Do experiments indoors and out at The Morton Arboretum to earn your Environmental Science Merit Badge. Two Sundays, September 18 and October 16, 10:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m.
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Learn more about the wildlife in your backyard at The Morton Arboretum. Wednesday, September 21, 2016, 7:00 to 9:00 p.m.
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Discover the principles and practice of ecosystem restoration at The Morton Arboretum. Online component begins: Thursday, September 15, 2016. In person component: Two Thursdays, September 22 and 29, 2016, 6:00 to 8:00 p.m.
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Discover the names of the wildflowers covering the prairie and forest floor in fall at The Morton Arboretum. Saturday, September 24, 2016, 9:00 a.m. to 1:00 p.m.
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Stroll through the colorful fall woodlands with an expert guide at The Morton Arboretum. Sunday, September 25, 2016, 1:00 to 3:00 p.m.
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Discover new wildlife living in our forest preserves. Animals such as wolves and otters that had nearly been extirpated from Illinois have recently been reported in our forest preserves. Join wildlife biologist Chris Anchor to hear more about these animals - where are they coming from, their biology, and what to expect from our new neighbors. Wednesday, September 28, 2016, 7:00 to 8:30 p.m.
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Learn how to study, protect and conserve soil and water resources in this merit badge class at The Morton Arboretum. Two Saturdays, October 1 and November 5, 10:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m.
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Delight in the changing seasons during this educational walk among the Arboretum’s trees. Saturdays, October 1, 8, OR 15, 8:30 to 11:00 a.m. OR Sundays, October 23 or 30, 2016, 1:00 p.m. to 3:30 p.m.
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Join us on the Acorn Express for a family friendly tram ride adventure through the Arboretum! The first Wednesday of each Month, April 6 through October 5, 2016 9:30 to 10:15 a.m.
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Experience the healing and wellness promoting effects of Shinrin-Yoku, the practice of bathing the senses in the atmosphere of the forest at The Morton Arboretum. Dates and times vary starting Monday October 3, 2016. Multiple sections.
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Visit the Arboretum greenhouses and get an up-close tour of plant production. Four Wednesdays, October 5 through 26, 2016, 4:00 to 5:30 p.m.
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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 29, 2016. In-person component: Thursday October 6, 6:00 to 8:00 p.m. and Saturday October 8, 9:00 a.m. to noon.
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Search the woods, fields, and edges of the Arboretum for fall birds.Saturdays, October 8 or November 12, 2016, 8:00 to 10:30 a.m.
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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, October 9 and November 6, 10:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m.
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Discover what happens at the Arboretum at night, when no one is around. Thursday, October 13, 2016, 7:30 to 9:30 p.m.
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Strap on your running shoes for an informative running tour of the Arboretum. Saturdays, October 15, 8:00 to 9:30 a.m.; November 12, 8:00 to 10:00 a.m.; OR December 10, 8:00 to 9:30 a.m.
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Join us on a family-friendly jack o lantern lit hike to explore the night life of owls, bats and spiders at The Morton Arboretum. Saturdays, October 10 or 17, or Sundays, October 11 or 18, 2015, 6:00 p.m.-8:30 p.m.
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Does candy grow on trees? Come and find out what sweet treats grow on trees and other plants and play fun candy games in this sensory based program at The Morton Arboretum. Thursday, October 13; Tuesday, October 18; OR Wednesday, October 19, 2016, 9:30 to 11:00 a.m.
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Does candy grow on trees? Come and find out what sweet treats grow on trees and other plants and play fun candy games in this sensory based program at The Morton Arboretum. Wednesday, October 12 OR Thursday, October 20, 2016, 9:30 to 10:45 a.m.
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Join professional nature photographer Mike MacDonald as he takes you on a virtual journey that celebrates the wonder and drama of the paradise known as “Chicago Wilderness” at The Morton Arboretum. Saturday, October 22, 2016, 1:00 to 2:30 p.m.
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Take hikes to different locations in The Morton Arboretum to find out what it means to be a mammal as you earn your Mammal Merit Badge. Saturday October 22 and Sunday October 23, 10:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m.
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Learn how and when to collect seeds from your favorite native plants at The Morton Arboretum. Sunday, October 23, 2016, 12:30 p.m. to 4:00 p.m.
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Learn the geologic history of the Midwest as we cycle the the roads of the Arboretum. Friday, October 21, 2016, 1:00 to 3:00 p.m. OR Sunday, November 6, 2016, 10:00 a.m. to noon
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Join us for spooky tales after dark with naturalist Cindy Crosby at The Morton Arboretum. Wednesday, October 26, 2016, 7:00 to 8:30 p.m.
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Discover how plants and animals are adapted to stay warm at The Morton Arboretum. Five Wednesdays, November 2 through 16, and December 7 through 14, 2016, 4:00 to 5:30 p.m. (no class on November 23 and 30).
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Join us in the Sterling Morton Library for this popular and interactive story time at The Morton Arboretum. Wednesdays OR Fridays, November through January (except November 25), 11:00 to 11:45 a.m.
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This sensory based program will draw upon the changing season’s themes and fall shapes and colors. Crunchy leaves, tree seeds and a color hunt will be the inspiration for creating your very own work of art to take home at The Morton Arboretum. Thursday, November 3; Tuesday, November 8; OR Wednesday, November 9, 2016, 9:30-11:00 a.m.
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This sensory based program will draw upon the changing season’s themes and fall shapes and colors. Crunchy leaves, tree seeds and a color hunt will be the inspiration for creating your very own work of art to take home at The Morton Arboretum. Wednesday, November 2 OR Thursday, November 10, 2016, 9:30 to 10:45 a.m.
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Visit the Jasper-Pulaski Fish and Wildlife Refuge to observe and learn about the fall migration of the sandhill cranes. Saturday, November 12, 2016, 9:30 a.m. to 7:30 p.m.
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Illinois is nicknamed "The Prairie State." Yet, what is a tallgrass prairie, and why does prairie matter? Saturday, December 3, 2016, 1:30 to 3:30 p.m.
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Enjoy a cup of tea and sweet treats as we celebrate the holidays with a tea party at The Morton Arboretum. Saturday, December 10, 2016, 11:00 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. OR 1:00 to 2:30 p.m.
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Explore the winter landscape with an expert guide, learn to identify the birds that overwinter in Illinois, and discuss their behaviors and natural history at The Morton Arboretum. Saturday, December 10, 2016, 8:00 to 10:30 a.m.
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Examine different ways to use technology to connect with trees at The Morton Arboretum. Four Wednesdays, January 4 through 25, 2017 4:00 to 5:30 p.m.
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Discover the unique characteristics of the forest at The Morton Arboretum. Four Wednesdays, February 1 through 22, 2017, 4:00 to 5:30 p.m.
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Examine the mechanics of bird flight and feeding at The Morton Arboretum. Five Wednesdays, March 1 through 29, 2017, 4:00 to 5:30 p.m.
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Uncover alien species that have invaded the woodlands, prairies and wetlands of Illinois at The Morton Arboretum. Four Wednesday, April 5 through 26, 2017, 4:00 to 5:30 p.m.
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