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Adult Courses

  • Enjoy a brief history of trees in America with naturalist Cindy Crosby. at The Morton Arboretum. Wednesday, January 18, 2017, 11:30 a.m. to 1:00 p.m.
  • Explore the world of plants by learning how leaves, flowers, fruit, seeds, and roots relate to water, light, nutrients, and reproduction at The Morton Arboretum. Five Thursdays, January 19 through February 16, 2017, 6:30 to 9:30 p.m.
  • Learn how and why to save your own seeds at The Morton Arboretum. Saturday, January 21, 2017, 10:00 a.m. to noon
  • Browse a selection of ornamental and edible seeds, and take home a variety to plant this spring at The Morton Arboretum. Saturday, January 21, 2017, noon to 3:00 p.m.
  • Explore the winter landscape with an expert guide, learn to identify the birds that overwinter in Illinois, and discuss their behaviors and natural history at The Morton Arboretum. Saturdays, January 21 or February 18, 2017, 8:00 to 10:30 a.m., or March 18, 2017, 9:00 to 11:30 a.m.
  • Learn to understand the Latin names for plants and animals by relating them to English words at The Morton Arboretum. Two Sundays, January 22 and 29, 2017, 10:00 a.m. to noon
  • Learn to identify trees without their leaves. Explore the winter identification of trees at the Arboretum and develop the skills to identify trees on your own using clues found in buds, fruits, leaf scars, bark, and branching patterns of winter trees. Five Sundays, January 22 through February 19, 2017, 1:00 to 4:00 p.m. Sign up for each day a la carte or take all five sessions for a complete introduction to winter trees.
  • Meet the animals that prowl our woods and ponds all winter long at The Morton Arboretum. Saturday, January 21, 2017, or Sunday, February 12, 2017, 9:30 to 11:30 a.m.
  • Learn to mix the multitude of greens that nature offers in this intermediate/advanced watercolor class at The Morton Arboretum. Four Mondays, January 23 through February 13, 2017, 6:30 p.m. to 9:30 p.m.
  • First Aid and CPR class will teach you the skills you need to keep yourself and others safe while working at the Arboretum. Wednesday, January 25, or February 22, 2017, 10:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m., or Thursday, January 26, or February 23, 2017, 10:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m.
  • Experience the healing and wellness promoting effects of Shinrin-Yoku, the practice of bathing the senses in the atmosphere of the forest. Take a mindful walk with a certified Forest Therapy guide on a trail at the Morton Arboretum as you awaken your senses and reconnect with nature. Select Mondays, January 23 through March 20, 9:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m., or select Saturdays, January 21 through March 25, 9:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m.
  • Learn about the photographers who shaped the way we see nature at The Morton Arboretum. Thursday, January 26, 2017, 7:00 to 8:30 p.m.
  • Practice correct pruning techniques and learn which plants to prune now and more importantly, which to prune later at The Morton Arboretum. Friday, January 27, 2017, 9:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. or Saturday, February 25, 2017, 9:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m.
  • Discover the beauty of winter trees and learn their identification at The Morton Arboretum. Saturday, January 28, 2017, 9:00 to 11:30 a.m.or Friday, February 24, 2017, 10:00 a.m. to 12:30 p.m.
  • Warm up by the fire and tap into your creative side with an introductory workshop on drawing at The Morton Arboretum. Saturday, January 28 or Sunday, January 29, 2017, 10:00 a.m. to 1:00 p.m.
  • Learn the basics of how to use your new camera. Whether a point & shoot or a digital SLR you will be introduced to focus, exposure, histograms, and how to take a picture in the field at The Morton Arboretum. Saturday, January 28, 2017, 8:00 to 11:00 a.m.
  • Discover how the struggle to survive the cold shapes the interactions of plants and animals in Midwestern habitats at The Morton Arboretum. Saturday, January 28, or Saturday, February 11, 2017, 9:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m.
  • Explore your lunar energy while connecting the mind and body in this peaceful yoga class in honor of the full and new moons each month. Dates and times vary starting Thursday, January 12, 2017. Multiple sections
  • Explore the world underground at The Morton Arboretum. Mondays and Wednesdays, January 30 through May 3, 2017, 6:00 to 8:00 p.m.
  • Learn the basics of beekeeping at The Morton Arboretum. Four Wednesdays, February 1 through 22, 2017, 6:30 to 8:30 p.m.
  • Create a garden space that offers rest and renewal at The Morton Arboretum. Two Wednesdays, February 1 and 8, 2017, 1:00 to 4:00 p.m.
  • Compose dramatic photographs of water in its many forms in this nature photography class for intermediate and advanced photographers at The Morton Arboretum. Three Wednesdays, February 1 through 15, 2017, 6:30 p.m. to 9:00 p.m.
  • Join Jessica Turner-Skoff, treeologist at The Morton Arboretum, to learn about the growing body of scientific literature demonstrating the many ways trees benefit humans and our environment. Wednesday, February 1, 2017, 11:30 a.m. to 1:00 p.m.
  • Create a nest in a pencil drawing. Observe and capture the essence of nest structures and their intricacies in combination with subtle additions not necessarily present in the specimen at The Morton Arboretum. Friday, February 3, and Saturday, February 4, 2017, 9:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m.
  • Look for magnificent Bald Eagles (and other birds) at one of the most spectacular places to find them in west-central Illinois, Starved Rock State Park. Saturday, February 4, 2017, 9:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m.
  • Learn techniques for accurately identifying Illinois' winter birds, spot species that are in the area this winter, and meet the migratory species that overwinter in our region at The Morton Arboretum. Five Sundays, February 5 through March 5, 2017, 8:00 to 11:30 a.m.
  • Learn about pine cones and conifers and how to capture their details in watercolor at The Morton Arboretum. Four Wednesdays, February 8 through March 1, 2017, 6:30 to 9:30 p.m.
  • Improve your health and well-being with yoga. We will practice poses, breathing and meditation in the tranquil setting of The Morton Arboretum. Wednesdays, January 11 through February 8, 6:30 to 7:30 p.m., or Thursdays, January 12 through February 9, 2017, 10:30 to 11:30 a.m.
  • Begin the process of designing a home landscape at The Morton Arboretum. Four Fridays, February 10 through March 3, 2047, 9:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m.
  • Using pen and ink, you will learn to balance and manipulate black and white elements while creating the illusion of value, depth, and texture in your botanical illustration at The Morton Arboretum. Four Tuesdays, February 21 through March 14, 2017, 6:30 to 9:30 p.m.

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