Adult Courses

Course List

  • Beginning Home Composting

    Discover the basics of backyard composting and composting with worms at The Morton Arboretum. Thursday, April 19, 2018, 7:00 to 9:00 p.m.
  • Arboretum Yoga

    Improve your health and well-being with yoga. We will practice poses, breathing and meditation in the tranquil setting of the Morton Arboretum. Dates and times vary on select Wednesdays or Thursdays, in May 2018.
  • Design a Small-Space Garden

    Make the most of your small garden with smart design at The Morton Arboretum. Thursday, April 19, 2018, 9:00 a.m. to 1:00 p.m.
  • Ecosystem Concepts (Online and In-person)

    Explore the interactions that drive ecosystem function and learn to identify plants, animals, and fungi in relation to ecological habitats at The Morton Arboretum. Online component begins: Friday, April 20, 2018. In person component: Sunday, April 29, 2018, 1:00 to 5:00 p.m.
  • Spring Wildflower Walk

    Wander through the ever-changing array of blooms in our woodlands and prairie to learn how to identify wildflowers such as trillium, mayapple, and dog-tooth violet and hear about their folklore at The Morton Arboretum. Thursday, April 19, Saturday, April 28, or Friday, May 4, 2018, 8:30 to 11:00 a.m.
  • Make Your Own Topiary Wreath

    Learn a new skill and add whimsy to your home garden this spring at The Morton Arboretum! (CANCELED) Friday, April 20, 2018, 9:30 a.m. to noon
  • Spring Ikebana: Japanese Floral Arranging

    Capture the graceful curve of an unfolding bud, the surprise of new leaves, or the lightness of a cloud through Ikebana--the art of Japanese flower arranging at The Morton Arboretum. Saturday, April 21 or June 16, 2018, 1:00 to 3:30 p.m.
  • Photography Walking Tour: Spring

    See the Arboretum through the eyes of an expert photographer. Saturday, April 21, 2018, 8:00 to 11:00 a.m.
  • Backyard Chickens 101: Chicken-Keeping

    Learn the essential skills and knowledge for raising happy, healthy backyard chickens at The Morton Arboretum. Saturday, April 21, 2018, 10:00 a.m. to noon
  • Backyard Chickens 102: Chicken Coop Basics

    Learn how to build a safe and comfortable home for your hens at The Morton Arboretum. Saturday, April 21, 2018, 1:00 to 3:00 p.m.
  • ACCA Forest Ecology in a Changing World

    CANCELED. Learn about forests, what they are, how they function, and why they are so important for our future at The Morton Arboretum. Three Saturdays: April 21, May 12, and May 19, 2018, 9:30 a.m. to 2:00 p.m., and Mondays and Wednesdays, May 7 through 30, 2018, 3:30 to 8:00 p.m.
  • Nature Rx: Forest Therapy Walks (3 hour)

    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 Saturdays or Mondays, April 23, through June 25, 2018, 9:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m.
  • Spring into Gardening Walking Tour

    Take a walk through the display gardens at the Arboretum with horticulturist Samantha Peckham as she discusses the best ways to “wake up” your garden for the season. Thursday, April 26, 2018, 6:00 to 8:00 p.m.
  • Begin to Draw Nature

    Learn the basics of drawing in a class designed for true beginners at The Morton Arboretum. Four Thursdays, April 26 through May 17, 2018, 6:30 to 9:30 p.m., or Four Saturdays, September 8 through 29, 2018, 9:00 a.m. to noon (registration opens May 22)
  • Birding at Dixon Waterfowl Refuge

    Hone your waterfowl identification skills as you explore this magnificent wetland restoration in Putnam County. Two days: Wednesday, April 25, 7:00 to 9:00 p.m., 2018 at The Morton Arboretum, and Saturday, April 28, 9:00 a.m. to noon, 2018 at Dixon Waterfowl Refuge.
  • Field Study: Birds of Spring

    Learn how to identify Illinois' spring resident and migratory birds by sight and call and meet other birders at The Morton arboretum. Five Saturdays, April 28 through June 2 (no class on May 19), 2018, 8:00 to 11:30 a.m.
  • Full Moon Tram Tour

    Discover what happens at the Arboretum at night, when no one is around at The Morton Arboretum. Dates vary starting Sunday, April 29, through Thursday, June 28, 2018, 7:30 to 9:30 p.m. Multiple sections.
  • Nature in Colored Pencil

    Capture nature in colored pencil. Discover how colors impact each other and the viewer at The Morton Arboretum. Four Tuesdays, May 1 through 22, 2018, 6:30 to 9:30 p.m.
  • Wildlife After Dark: Light, Noise, and Nocturnal Animals

    After dark, the wild things come alive! Hoots, howls, and rustling in the bushes--what’s behind the sounds that frighten or intrigue us on our evenings out at The Morton Arboretum. Two Tuesdays, May 1 and 8, 2018, 6:30 to 9:30 p.m.
  • New Invaders Watch Training Program

    Learn about the New Invaders Watch Program and how to get involved in monitoring and reporting invasive plants that are new to our region at The Morton Arboretum. Wednesday, May 2, 2018, 6:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m.
  • Nature Photography: In the Footsteps of Eliot Porter

    Study the portfolio of renowned nature photographer Eliot Porter. Discuss his artistic choices and techniques, then create your own images in his style at The Morton Arboretum. Five days: Three Wednesdays, May 2, 9, and 16, 6:30 to 9:30 p.m., and Two Saturdays, May 5, and 12, 2018, 7:00 to 10:00 a.m.
  • Outdoor Spaces and Nature-based Programming in Public Gardens: Building the Evidence Base for Early STEM learning

    Be a part of advancing early childhood learning in nature through a summit for educators and researchers on play and learning in outdoor spaces at The Morton Arboretum. Wednesday, May 2, 2018, 5:30 to 7:30 p.m., and Thursday, May 3, 2018, 8:30 a.m. to 5:00 p.m.
  • Basic Plant ID (Online or In-person)

    Get the botany basics you need to identify plants at The Morton Arboretum. New Online section added: Registration closes at 11:59 p.m., Wednesday, March 14, 2018. Online component begins: Thursday, March 15, 2018. Winter sessions start Sunday, May 6 for In-person only or Friday, June 1 for online only section.
  • Spring Wildflower Walk

    Wander through the ever-changing array of blooms in our woodlands and prairie to learn how to identify wildflowers such as trillium, mayapple, and dog-tooth violet and hear about their folklore at The Morton Arboretum. Thursday, April 19, Saturday, April 28, or Friday, May 4, 2018, 8:30 to 11:00 a.m.
  • Grow Perfect Peppers

    Get the knowledge you need to grow beautiful, bountiful pepper plants at home. Saturday, May 5, 2018, 9:30 a.m. to noon
  • Spring Planting Workshop: Trees and Shrubs

    Help your new plantings establish and thrive. Learn best practices when planting new trees and shrubs from a member of the Arboretum’s horticulture crew. Saturday, May 5, 2018, noon to 2:00 p.m.
  • Identify Woodland Wildflowers (Online and In-person)

    Learn the names and ecology of the wildflowers that cover the woodland floor in spring at The Morton Arboretum. Online component begins: Friday, April 20, 2018 In person component: Friday, May 4 or Saturday, May 5, 2018, 10:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m.
  • Bliss Woods Wildflower ID and Photography Outing

    Join biologist and nature photographer Jack Shouba for an outing to Bliss Woods in Sugar Grove, Illinois. Saturday, May 5, 2018, 9:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m.
  • FIT4MOM Stroller Strides®

    Experience the Arboretum’s beauty as you get fit with your little ones along for the ride. Stroller Strides® is a stroller-based fitness program designed for moms with little ones. Saturday, May 5 and June 2, 2018, 10:00 to 11:00 a.m.
  • Wilderness First Aid with NOLS and REI

    REI is partnering with NOLS to offer a comprehensive 16 hour, two day course that will teach you the wilderness medicine skills you need to recreate with confidence in the backcountry at The Morton Arboretum. (SOLD OUT) Saturday and Sunday, May 5 and 6, 2018, 9:00 a.m. to 6:00 p.m.

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