Trees and Nature

Natural history

Spring Fauna

In the spring, animals emerge from their winter slumber, explore their habitats, and choose their mates. Study the field identification and natural history of reptiles and amphibians and observe patterns of emergence, habitat, mate selection, and migration at The Morton Arboretum. 2 Thursdays, April 2 and April 9, 2015, 6:30-9:30 p.m. and 3 Saturdays, April 18-May 2, 2015, 1:00-4:00 p.m.

Bird Conservation

Investigate how bird populations are naturally affected by habitat, competition, and predation; then apply these principles to understanding conservation threats at The Morton Arboretum. 3 Wednesdays, May 27 and June 3-10, 2015, 6:30-8:30 p.m., and 3 Saturdays, May 30 and June 6-13, 2015, 8:00-11:00 a.m.

Warbler Workshop

In this intensive workshop, enjoy the spring warbler migration while learning about identification, arrival dates, migration patterns, habitat preferences, and daily feeding techniques at The Morton Arboretum. Thursday, April 30, 7:00-9:00 p.m., and Saturday, May 2, 2015, 8:00 am-12:00 p.m.

Field Study: Birds of Spring-Sold Out

Learn how to identify Illinois' spring resident and migratory birds by sight and call and meet other birders at The Morton Arboretum. 5 Sundays, April 12-May 17, 2015, 8:00-11:30 a.m.

Animals in Winter Table-top Tour

If you want to experience The Morton Arboretum in winter but it’s just too cold, come inside and take a “table-top” tour with us. Wednesday, Saturday, and Sunday, January 18 through February 25.Times vary.

Beginning Birdwatching-Sold Out

In this single morning workshop for beginners, learn how to find birds, discuss equipment, what to wear, keeping track of your observations, and more at The Morton Arboretum. Saturday, March 28, 9:00 a.m.-12:00 p.m.

Waterfowl Field Study-Sold Out

Learn about the events that are a part of spring waterfowl migration and identify the birds arriving in Illinois at The Morton Arboretum. Sunday, March 15, 8:00 a.m.-2:00 p.m.

Bird Biology (New location-Research Building)

Gain a well-rounded understanding of what makes a bird a bird by discussing flight, feathers, and anatomical features such as feet, bills, and bones, along with bird metabolism, muscle structure and intelligence at The Morton Arboretum. 4 Tuesdays, February 3-February 24, 6:30-9:30 p.m., and Saturday, February 14, 9:00 a.m.-1:00 p.m.

Steward Leadership-Canceled

Strengthen your skills leading volunteers in natural areas management with this hands-on primer on workday planning, public communication, group dynamics, and safety at The Morton Arboretum. 3 Wednesdays, March 11-25, 6:30-9:00 p.m.

Winter Wildlife Tracking-Canceled

Meet the animals that prowl our woods and ponds all winter long at The Morton Arboretum. Saturday, January 31, 9:30-11:30 a.m. or Sunday, February 15, 9:30-11:30 a.m.