Adult Courses

  • Come explore and learn a new medium and its exciting characteristics with Karen, a natural science illustrator, as she walks you through how she uses acrylics in her work at The Morton Arboretum. Four Thursdays, May 25 through June 15, 2017, 9:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m.
  • Come nibble the new shoots of wild edible plants and taste how good spring can be at The Morton Arboretum! Sunday, May 21,1:00 to 3:00 p.m., or Thursday, May 25, 2017, 6:00 to 8:00 p.m.
  • Learn to identify and manage the most common invasive plants in the Great Lakes region at The Morton Arboretum. Online component begins: Thursday, May 18, 2017, In-person component: Thursday, May 25, 2017, 6:00 to 9:00 p.m.
  • Join an expert photographer for golden hour, that magical moment just before sunset when the soft light gives the Arboretum a special, warm glow. (Sold Out) Thursday, May 25, 2017, 6:00 to 9:00 p.m.
  • This class will cover the best ways to use your smartphone to capture attractive images, and recommend a selection of good starter apps for some basic post-processing of your photos at The Morton Arboretum. Saturday, April 8, or Saturday, May 13, 2017, 1:00 to 4:00 p.m. Summer dates: Saturday, July 15, 8:00 to 11:00 a.m, or Saturday, September 30, 2017, 1:00 to 4:00 p.m.
  • Join us for a FREE orientation program on the new format for the Woodland Stewardship Program, including classes with online and in-person components at The Morton Arboretum. Online only. Registration closes 11:59 p.m. Thursday, June 1, 2017, Online session begins: Friday, June 2, 2017
  • Save the date! Join us at The Morton Arboretum on June 3rd, 2017, as we explore the many benefits of nature-based early childhood education.
  • Improve your health and well-being with yoga. We will practice poses, breathing and meditation in the tranquil setting of the Morton Arboretum. (Name changed from Adult Yoga) Wednesdays, May 3 through May 31, 2017, 6:00 to 7:00 p.m., or Thursdays, May 4 through June
  • View the variety of wading birds that nest at Lake Renwick Heron Rookery Nature Preserve, located just east of the town of Plainfield in northern Will County. Saturday, June 3, 2017, 9:00 a.m. to noon
  • Strap on your running shoes for an informative running tour of the Arboretum. Select Saturdays, April 8, 8:00 to 9:30 a.m., May 13, 8:00 to 10:00 a.m., or June 3, 8:00 to 9:30 a.m.
  • Study the ecology of mushrooms and other fungi with Patrick Leacock, mycologist and adjunct curator at the Field Museum. Learn about the biology and ecology of fungi and walk the trails at The Morton Arboretum to search for mushrooms. (Sold Out) Saturday, June 3, 2017, 9:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m.
  • Become acquainted with the host of birds that nest and breed in our region at The Morton Arboretum. Five Sundays, June 4 through July 2, 2017, 8:00 to 11:30 a.m.
  • Learn the fundamentals of bird anatomy and tips for sketching from photos, specimen as well as live birds at The Morton Arboretum. Saturday, May 6, or Monday, June 5, 2017, 9:30 a.m. to 1:00 p.m.
  • Stretch, strengthen, and release stress while having fun, cocooned in a hammock suspended from the trees at The Morton Arboretum. New Spring Session added, starting June 4. Summer classes starts Tuesday September 5, or Wednesday September 6, 2017
  • Experience the healing and wellness promoting effects of Shinrin-Yoku, the practice of bathing the senses in the atmosphere of the forest. Take a slow and mindful walk with a certified Forest Therapy guide on a trail at the Morton Arboretum as you awaken your senses and reconnect with nature. Spring session: Select Wednesdays, June 14 through July 26, 2017, 6:30 p.m. to 7:30 p.m. Summer session: Wednesday, August 16 or August 30, 2017, 6:30 to 7:30 p.m.
  • Become a nature photographer. Move beyond shooting in automatic; learn how to adjust your camera’s manual settings to get the shot you want at The Morton Arboretum. (Spring) Three days: two Thursdays, June 8 and 15, 2017, 6:30 to 9:30 p.m., and Saturday, June 10, 2017, 8:00 to 11:00 a.m. (Summer) Three days: Two Thursdays, September 21 and 28, 2017, 6:30 to 9:30 p.m., and Saturday, September 23, 2017, 8:00 to 11:00 a.m.
  • (earn the basics of drawing in a class designed for true beginners at The Morton Arboretum. (Spring) Four Saturdays, June 10 through 24, and July 8 (no class July 1), 2017, 1:00 to 4:00 p.m. (Summer) Four Thursdays, September 7 through 28, 2017, 6:30 to 9:30 p.m.
  • The Arboretum is home to many wonderful species of rare and endangered trees. Join Kimberly Mullarkey for the chance to study and sketch a different rare tree in this plein air workshop. Select Saturdays, June 10, 17, and 24, 2017, 9:00 a.m. to 12:30 p.m.
  • Explore the ever-changing colorful flowers and swaying grasses of the Arboretum’s Schulenberg prairie alongside an expert. Saturday, June 10, 2017, 8:00 a.m. to 10:00 a.m.
  • Visit a two-acre suburban garden featuring an impressive variety of landscapes. Saturday, June 10, 2017, 10:00 a.m. to noon
  • Discover what happens at the Arboretum at night, when no one is around.Friday, June 9; Saturday, June 10; Wednesday, September 6; or Thursday, September 7, 2017, 7:30 to 9:30 p.m.
  • Learn to simplify a specimen into a few well placed strokes with the minimalist approach of brush painting at The Morton Arboretum. (Sold Out) Sunday, June 11, 2017, 9:30 a.m. to 3:30 p.m.
  • Explore meditative and self-nurturing yoga poses with the use of plant based essential oils to restore and rebalance the mind and body in the tranquil setting of the Morton Arboretum. Spring Session: Mondays, April 10; April 24; June 5; or June 19, 2017, 6:00 p.m. to 7:00 p.m. Summer Session: Mondays, July 10, July 24, August 7, OR August 21, 2017, 6:00 to 7:00 p.m.
  • Join the Natural Resources staff at The Morton Arboretum and other natural resource volunteers for a guided tour of the expansive Nachusa Grasslands. Wednesday, June 15, 2017, 7:30 a.m. to 6:30 p.m.
  • Hear the stories behind some of the Arboretum’s most treasured trees on this walking tour of the west side grounds. (Open for enrollment) Thursday, June 15, 2017, 6:30 to 8:30 p.m.
  • Many of the trees you see at The Morton Arboretum are native to Asia. Why is that? Learn why the Asian collections have long been at the core of the Arboretum’s mission on this walking tour with collections supervisor Patrick Kelsch. Friday, June 9, or Saturday, June 17, 2017, 10:00 a.m. to noon
  • Turn your garden bounty or farmer’s market haul into delicious seasonal meals. Learn the benefits of eating foods in season, as well as how to store and prepare them to maintain their optimal nutrition and flavor at The Morton Arboretum. Saturday, June 17, 2017, 11:00 a.m. to 1:00 p.m.
  • Construct a salvage-style planter box using mid-century lumber reclaimed from Chicago buildings at The Morton Arboretum.Saturday, June 17, 2017, 10:00 a.m. to 12:30 p.m.
  • Celebrate spring by searching the Arboretum grounds for nature’s brightly colored pageant of spring birds. Saturdays, April 15, May 20 (this session has been canceled due to weather), or June 17, 2017, 8:00 to 10:30 a.m.
  • 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 Saturdays, April 8, 2017. Multiple sections.

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