Trees and Nature

Natural history

History of Oaks in Northern Illinois

Learn why oaks are critical to healthy woodlands and what makes them a “keystone” species at The Morton Arboretum. Sunday, September 20, 2015, 1:00-4:00 p.m.

Local Flora: Fall

Learn the names and characteristics of native and introduced plants flowering in the woodlands, prairies, wetlands, and other areas of the Arboretum during this program. 4 Saturdays, September 19-October 10, 2015, 8:00 a.m.-12:00 p.m.

Tree ID and Ecology

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. 4 Saturdays, September 26-October 17, 2015, 1:00 –5:00 p.m.

Nature at Night Tram Tour (sold out)

Discover what happens at the Arboretum at night when no one is around. Nightime reveals a captivating symphony of sounds, mysterious spaces, and wildlife on the move. Friday, September 18, (canceled due to the threat of server weather) or Saturday, October 17, 2015, 7:00-9:00 p.m.

Sedge Identification Workshop-Sold Out

Learn to identify the sedges, a diverse and ecologically important group of plants at The Morton Arboretum. Thursday, June 25 and Friday, June 26, 2015, 9:00 a.m.-4:00 p.m.

Grass Identification and Ecology (sold out)

Learn to identify the grasses that add beauty and interest to the summer and fall landscape at The Morton Arboretum. Thursday, September 17 and Friday, September 18, 9:00 a.m.-4:00 p.m.

Bird Evolution

Examine the evolutionary relationships of birds and the theories behind their scientific classification at The Morton Arboretum. 3 Tuesdays, October 6-20, 2015, 6:00-9:00 p.m., and 2 Saturdays, October 10-17, 2015, 8:00-11:00 a.m.

Sparrows of DuPage County (sold out)

Learn how to identify the sparrows found along woodland edges, wetlands, and grasslands at The Morton Arboretum. Tuesday, September 29, 2015, 6:30-8:30 p.m., and Sunday, October 4, 2015, 8:00 a.m.-12:00 p.m.

Fall Bird Walks

Search the woods, fields, and edges of the Arboretum for fall birds. Saturdays, September 19, October 17, November 7, OR December 5, 2015, 8:00-10:30 a.m.

Field Study: Birds of Fall

Enjoy autumn’s amazing birding as you learn to identify the migratory birds filling the air at The Morton Arboretum. 4 Sundays, August 30 and September 13-27, 2015, 8:00 a.m.-12:30 p.m.