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Trees and Ecology

Natural history

Learn how to study, protect and conserve soil and water resources in this merit badge class at The Morton Arboretum. (Canceled) 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. (Canceled) 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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Family-friendly jack-o'-lantern-lit hike explores the night life of owls, bats, and spiders at The Morton Arboretum. (This event is Sold Out.) Saturdays, October 10 or 17, or Sundays, October 11 or 18, 2016, 6:00 p.m. to 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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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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Come to be informed and inspired, as internationally published photographer, author, and humorist, Mike MacDonald, takes you on a virtual journey into Chicago’s wild side - 350 square miles of verdant, untamed natural areas - at The Morton Arboretum. Saturday, October 22, 2016, 1:00 to 2:30 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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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 this tram ride for spooky tales after dark with naturalist Cindy Crosby at The Morton Arboretum. Wednesday, October 26, 2016, 7:00 to 9:00 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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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 and January 18), 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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