Adult Courses

Course List

  • Landscape Below Ground IV Workshops

    Pre-conference workshops for the Landscape Below Ground IV conference. Workshops take place October 15, 2018, at The Morton Arboretum and address planting trees, root diseases, soils, stability of urban trees, and tours of the Arboretum's future to Gateway to Tree Science exhibit.
  • Bird Walks

    Search the woods, fields, and edges of the Arboretum for birds. The third Saturday of each month, April 21 through December 15, 2018, 8:00 to 10:30 a.m.
  • Forest Therapy Walks (1 hour 45 minute)

    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 Mondays or Saturdays, September 29, through November 17, 2018, 9:30 to 11:15 a.m.
  • Landscape Below Ground IV: International Conference on Tree Root Development in Urban Soils

    The 4th Landscape Below Ground Conference, presented by The Morton Arboretum and the International Society of Arboriculture on October 15-17, 2018, features the latest research on tree planting and care from the ground down.
  • The Way of Coyote: Exploring Urban Wilds with Author Gavin Van Horn

    Enjoy an evening with Gavin Van Horn, author of The Way of Coyote: Shared Journeys in the Urban Wilds at The Morton Arboretum. Thursday, October 18, 2018, 7:00 to 9:00 p.m.
  • Basic Tree ID

    Learn to identify the common trees you see in local preserves or in your neighborhood at The Morton Arboretum. Dates vary starting September 14 through October 19, 2018. 9:30 a.m. to noon.
  • Fall Photography Walking Tour

    See the Arboretum through the eyes of an expert photographer. Learn how to notice your surroundings with attention to light, angle, subject, and creative interpretation at The Morton Arboretum. Saturday, October 13, or October 20, 2018, 1:00 to 4:00 p.m.
  • Fermented Foods Series

    Enjoy demos, tastings, and hands-on learning in the Fermented Foods Series at The Morton Arboretum. Saturday, October 20 or 27, or November 3 or 10, 2018, 10:00 a.m. to noon
  • Natural Areas Management (Online and In-person)

    Learn principles and practices for managing critical habitats at The Morton Arboretum. Online component begins October 10, 2018. In person component meets Two days: Saturday October 20 and Sunday October 21, 2018, 9:00 a.m. to 1:00 p.m.
  • Photographing Intimate Landscapes in Fall Color

    (SOLD OUT) Photograph the autumn season in a bold and impactful way through the art of the simplicity in this weekend workshop with photographer Josh Merrill at The Morton Arboretum. Two days: Saturday, October 20, 2018, 1:00 to 7:30 p.m. and Sunday, October 21, 2018, 7:30 a.m. to 1:00 p.m.
  • Visiting Artist Series: Fall in Watercolor with Lynne Railsback

    Join award-winning artist Lynne Railsback in painting plants of the Midwest’s woods and prairies at The Morton Arboretum. Saturday, October 20 and Sunday, October 21, 2018, 9:30 a.m. to 4:00 p.m.
  • Aerial Tree Yoga

    Try out this sampler session of aerial yoga. Stretch, strengthen, and release stress while having fun, cocooned in a hammock suspended from the trees at The Morton Arboretum! Sunday, October 7 or 21, 2018, 9:30 to 10:30 a.m. or 11:00 a.m. to noon.
  • Tallgrass Prairie Ecology (Online Only)

    Digitally explore the intricacies of the prairie landscape and learn how to restore these signature American ecosystems at The Morton Arboretum. Online component begins Wednesday, October 24, 2018
  • Full Moon Tram Tour

    Discover what happens at the Arboretum at night, when no one is around. (SOLD OUT) Wednesday, October 24, or Thursday, October 25, 2018, 7:30 to 9:30 p.m.
  • Basic Nature Photography

    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. Four Saturdays, October 27 through November 17, 8:00 to 11:00 a.m.
  • Printmaking: Fall Leaves

    Learn to make striking prints using botanical elements, and take home one-of-a-kind, fall-inspired work of art at The Morton Arboretum. Sunday, October 28, 2018, 11:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m.
  • Nature Photography: Intro to Light and Exposure

    Learn to creatively use light in your photography. Improve your results by considering the quantity, color, and quality of light found during the course of the day and throughout the seasons at The Morton Arboretum. Four days: three Thursdays, November 1, 8, and 15, 6:30 to 9:30 p.m. and Saturday, November 3, 2018, 8:00 to 11:00 a.m.
  • Structural Pruning

    Late autumn is one of the best times to prune for plant structure at The Morton Arboretum. Saturday, October 27, or Friday, November 2, 2018, 9:30 a.m. to 3:30 p.m.
  • Volunteer Leadership (Online and In-person)

    Strengthen your skills leading volunteers in natural areas management with this interactive primer for volunteer stewardship activity planning, group dynamics, safety, and volunteer empowerment at The Morton Arboretum. Online component begins: Friday, September 21, or November 2, 2018. In person component: Saturday, September 29, or November 10, 2018, 10:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m.
  • Soap-Making Workshop

    Make your own naturally scented soaps using the cold-press process at The Morton Arboretum. Saturday, November 3, 2018, 1:00 to 3:00 p.m.
  • Beginner’s Nature Art Workshops

    Tap into your creative side with an introductory workshop on nature art at The Morton Arboretum. Fall Leaves in Watercolor; Saturday, November 3, or Sunday, November 4, 2018, 10:00 a.m. to 1:00 p.m.
  • The Plant Hunters

    History is full of exciting tales of the plant hunters who traveled the globe to discover and obtain new types of trees, orchids, wildflowers, fruits and vegetables, tea, and more! Join us at The Morton Arboretum for an exciting afternoon hearing tales of these brave men and women from years ago and the new plants they discovered that give us pleasure today. Saturday, November 3, 2018, 1:00 to 2:30 p.m.
  • Growing Greens Indoors

    This winter, grow your salad indoors. Discover how to grow your own microgreens and salad greens indoors under a very simple grow light system at The Morton Arboretum! Saturday, November 3, 2018, 1:00 to 3:00 p.m.
  • Glacial History Bike Tour

    Learn the geologic history of the Midwest as we cycle the the roads of the Arboretum. Sunday, November 4, 2018, noon to 2:00 p.m.
  • Graphite and Watercolor

    Learn to capture the textures and color of fall. Work with graphite to build form and texture, then learn to use watercolor to add a punch of color at The Morton Arboretum. Four Tuesdays, November 6 through 27, 2018, 6:30 to 9:30 p.m.
  • 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 through November 26, 2018, 9:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m., and don't miss our New Year's day hike on Tuesday, January 1, 2019, 8:00 to 11:00 a.m.
  • Stretch and Sip

    New! For ultimate relaxation, join us for one hour of peaceful yoga stretches, then enjoy sipping your beverage of choice while looking upon the tranquil setting of the Morton Arboretum. Thursday, November 8, 2018, 6:30 to 8:30 p.m.
  • Fermented Foods Series

    Enjoy demos, tastings, and hands-on learning in the Fermented Foods Series at The Morton Arboretum. Saturday, October 20 or 27, or November 3 or 10, 2018, 10:00 a.m. to noon
  • Tools for Management (Online and In-person)

    Learn to effectively and efficiently use the tools of the trade to tackle different restoration jobs at The Morton Arboretum. Dates and times vary starting September 11 or November 6, 2018.
  • Smartphone Photography II

    Produce high quality, exhibit-worthy photographs with your smartphone at The Morton Arboretum. Saturday, November 10, 2018, 1:00 to 4:00 p.m.

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