Adult Courses

Course List

  • Meditation and Essential Oils

    Meditation and Essential Oils
    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. Tuesday, November 13 or Monday, December 17, 6:00 to 7:00 p.m.
  • Forest Therapy Walks (1 hour 45 minute)

    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,January 14 through March 23, 2019, 9:30 to 11:15 a.m.
  • Forest Therapy Walks (3 hour)

    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.
  • Beginning Smartphone Photography

    Remember, “the best camera is the one that’s with you.” Whether you are new to photography or new to smartphones, discover techniques for getting great nature images with your phone at The Morton Arboretum. Saturday, December 8, 2018, 9:00 a.m. to noon, or Saturday, January 26 or March 2, 2019, noon to 3:00 p.m.
  • Arboretum Yoga

    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. Select Mondays or Tuesdays November 19, 2018 through April 9, 2019, times vary.
  • Candlelight Yoga

    End your day with a peaceful candlelit yoga class that will leave you feeling rejuvenated and relaxed at The Morton Arboretum. Thursday, January, 10, February 7, or March 14 2019, 7:00 to 8:00 p.m.
  • Out of the Box: You and Your New Camera

    Out of the Box: You and Your New Camera
    Learn the basics of how to use your new DSLR camera at The Morton Arboretum. Saturday, January 19, 2019, 9:00 a.m. to noon (registration opens November 22, 2018)
  • Bird Walks

    Bird Walks
    Search the woods, fields, and edges of the Arboretum for birds. The third Saturday of each month, November 17, 2018 through March 16, 2019, 8:00 to 10:30 a.m.
  • Beginner’s Nature Art Workshops

    Beginner’s Nature Art Workshops
    Tap into your creative side with an introductory workshop on nature art at The Morton Arboretum. Winter Foliage in Graphite; Saturday, January 19, or Sunday, January 20, 2019, 10:00 a.m. to 1:00 p.m.
  • Winter Hike and Yoga

    Feel your best and focus on total body health and well-being with a short hike outdoors, followed by a warming indoor yoga class at The Morton Arboretum. Wednesday, January 16, February 13, or March 13, 2019, 6:00 to 7:30 p.m., or Thursday, January 24, February 21, or March 21, 2019, 9:30 to 11:00 a.m.
  • Tree Stories Memory Lab

    Preserve your memories in the digital world by joining the Sterling Morton Library in attending their Tree Stories Memory Lab at The Morton Arboretum. Tuesday, January 15, Wednesday, February 13, or Friday, February 22, 2019, 10:00 a.m. to noon.
  • Natural Areas Conservation Training Program Orientation (Online or In-person)

    Natural Areas Conservation Training Program Orientation (Online or In-person)
    Join us for a FREE orientation program on the Natural Areas Conservation Training Program Orientation (formally the Woodland Stewardship Program) at the Morton Arboretum. (Registration opens November 20, 2019) In-Person. Tuesday, January 22, 2019, 6:30 to 8:00 p.m. Thornhill Education Center.
  • Drawing Eggs, Feathers, and Nests

    Capture a unique collection of eggs, feathers, and nests in colored pencil or graphite at The Morton Arboretum. Four Fridays, January 25 through February 15, 2019, 9:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m.
  • Seed Swap

    Seed Swap
    Browse a selection of seeds, and take home a variety to plant this spring. Bring your leftover seed packets or self-saved seeds to share. Saturday, January 26, 2019, 11:00 a.m. to 1:00 p.m.
  • Begin to Draw Nature

    Learn the basics of drawing in a class designed for true beginners at The Morton Arboretum. Four Saturdays, January 26 through February 23 (no class February 2), 2019, 9:00 to noon (registration opens November 20, 2018.)
  • Seed Starting for the Edible Garden

    Seed Starting for the Edible Garden
    Discover techniques for and benefits of growing your vegetables from seed started indoors at The Morton Arboretum. Saturday, January 26, 2019, or Saturday, February 23, 2019, 1:00 to 3:00 p.m.
  • Seed-Saving Workshop

    Seed-Saving Workshop
    Learn to save your own seeds in this hands-on workshop at The Morton Arboretum. Saturday, January 26, 2019, 9:00 to 11:00 a.m.
  • Woodland Ecology (Online Only)

    Woodland Ecology (Online Only)
    Learn the essentials of woodland ecology and the woodland management techniques necessary to maintain threatened woodland ecosystems at The Morton Arboretum. Online component begins: Wednesday, November 28, 2018 (open for registration). Online component begins: Tuesday, January 29, 2019.
  • Be Well, Be Swell in 2019: Gardening and Wellness with Shawna Coronado

    Be Well, Be Swell in 2019: Gardening and Wellness with Shawna Coronado
    Shawna Coronado kicks off a national Garden Lady Wellness Tour at The Morton Arboretum. Explore the connection between gardening and wellness in this special workshop featuring gorgeous garden photos, diet and nutrition tips, techniques for reducing chronic pain naturally, and more. Monday, January 28, 2019, 7:00 to 9:00 p.m.
  • Healthy, Hearty Soups

    Healthy, Hearty Soups
    Learn to make heart-healthy soups that will keep you warm from the inside out all winter long, and make your own soup mix to take home at The Morton Arboretum. Thursday, January 31, 2019, 7:00 to 9:00 p.m.
  • Volunteer Leadership (Online and In-person)

    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. (Registration opens November 20, 2019) Online component begins: Thursday, January 31, 2019. In-person component: Saturday, February 9, 2019, 10:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m.
  • Tree Stories Memory Lab

    Preserve your memories in the digital world by joining the Sterling Morton Library in attending their Tree Stories Memory Lab at The Morton Arboretum. Tuesday, January 15, Wednesday, February 13, or Friday, February 22, 2019, 10:00 a.m. to noon.
  • Behind the Collections: Art of the Sterling Morton Library

    Join librarian Rita Hassert and artist Karen Johnson for an armchair tour of the Sterling Morton Library's extensive botanical art collection at The Morton Arboretum. Saturday, February 2, 2019, 10:00 a.m. to noon
  • Trolls After Dark Night Hike

    Trolls After Dark Night Hike
    Grab a flashlight and hit the trail for a night of troll hunting at The Morton Arboretum! Wednesday November 28 or December 12, 2018, 7:00 to 8:30 p.m. (open for registration). Select Thursdays starting January 14 through May 2, 2019, varied times.
  • Basic Nature Photography

    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, February 2 through 23, 2019, 8:00 to 11:00 a.m.
  • 2019 Midwest Perennial Plant Association Symposium: Back to Basics

    The Perennial Plant Association and The Morton Arboretum are teaming up to offer a day-long symposium entitled, ‘Back to Basics.’ Knowledgeable experts in the business will be here, and you’re invited to listen, learn, and ask questions.Saturday, Saturday, February 2, 2019, 8:30 a.m. to 3:30 p.m.
  • Beginning Beekeeping

    Beginning Beekeeping
    Learn the basics of beekeeping at The Morton Arboretum. Four Thursdays, February 7 through 28, 2019, 6:30 to 8:30 p.m.
  • Winter Tree ID (Online and In-Person)

    Winter Tree ID (Online and In-Person)
    Learn to identify trees after they shed their leaves for the winter. Develop the skills to identify winter trees on your own using clues found in buds, fruits, leaf scars, bark, and branching patterns at The Morton Arboretum. Dates and times vary starting January 10, 2019.
  • Winter Wildlife ID and Tracking

    Winter Wildlife ID and Tracking
    Meet the animals that prowl our woods and ponds all winter long at The Morton Arboretum. Saturday, January 26, or February 9, 2019, 9:00 to 11:30 a.m.
  • First Aid and CPR

    First Aid and CPR class will teach you the skills you need to keep yourself and others safe while working at The Morton Arboretum. Thursday, February 7, 2019, or Sunday, February 10, 2019, 10:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m.

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