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Adult Courses

  • 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. Three days:Two Thursdays, February 23 and March 2, 2017, 6:30 to 9:30 p.m., and Saturday, February 25, 2017, 8:00 to 11:00 a.m.
  • 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, February 15, 2017, 6:00 to 7:30 p.m. or Thursday, February 23, 2017, 10:00 to 11:30 am
  • Strengthen your skills leading volunteers in natural areas management with this hands-on primer for volunteer stewardship activity planning, group dynamics, and safety at The Morton Arboretum. Online component begins: Friday, February 24, 2017, and In person component: Saturday, March 4, 2017, 10:00 a.m. to 4:00 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.
  • Learn to recognize 40 common conifers, plus a few unusual ones at The Morton Arboretum. Four Saturdays, February 25, March 4, 18, and 25, 2017, 9:00 a.m to noon (No class on March 11)
  • 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.
  • Discover techniques for and benefits of growing your vegetables from seed started indoors at The Morton Arboretum. Saturday, February 25, 2017, or Friday, March 10, 2017, 9:30 a.m. to noon
  • 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, February 25, or Saturday, March 25, 2017, 1:00 to 4:00 p.m.
  • Explore the world of butterflies and moths under the microscope at The Morton Arboretum. Thursday, February 23, or Saturday, February 25, 2017, 9:30 a.m. to 12:30 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.
  • Learn to recognize tree and shrub problems through observing the life-cycles, signs, and symptoms of the most common pests in our landscapes at The Morton Arboretum. Six days: 5 Tuesdays, February 28 through March 28, 2017, 6:30 to 9:00 p.m., and Saturday, March 25, 2017, 1:00 to 3:30 p.m. Thornhill Education Center
  • Marking our 95th anniversary in 2017, The Morton Arboretum has a rich history to celebrate.Wednesday, March 1, 2017, 11:30 a.m. to 1:00 p.m.
  • Chicago Wilderness will offer two fall sessions of the Midwest Ecological Prescription Burn Crew Member Training class at The Morton Arboretum. Dates vary starting February 16, 2017. Multiple sections.
  • Identify and apply short and long term restoration activities to enhance wildlife habitat at The Morton Arboretum. (Canceled) Online component begins: Friday, March 3, 2017. In person component: Saturday, March 11, 2017, 10:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m.
  • Keep your yard looking great all year with this workshop designed especially for new homeowners short on time at The Morton Arboretum. Saturday, March 4, 2017, 9:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m.
  • Learn to identify plants without leaves or flowers at The Morton Arboretum. (Canceled) Saturday, March 4, 2017, 8:00 a.m. to noon
  • Approach watercolor as though it were oil paint, and learn to build color and form in a slow deliberate manner at The Morton Arboretum. (Sold Out) Saturday, March 4, 2017, 9:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m.
  • Discover the principles and practice of ecosystem restoration at The Morton Arboretum. Online component begins: Tuesday, March 7, 2017, and In person component: Two Tuesdays, March 14 and March 28, 2017, 6:00 to 8:00 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. Friday, February 10, 2017, or In person only. Wednesday, March 8, 2017, 6:30 to 8:00 p.m.
  • Learn to make wood sing in this build-your-own musical instrument class at The Morton Arboretum. Saturday, March 11, 2017, 9:30 a.m. to 3:30 p.m.
  • Looking to grow your best garden yet at The Morton Arboretum? Saturday, March 11, 2017, 9:30 a.m. to noon
  • Discover techniques for and benefits of growing your vegetables from seed started indoors at The Morton Arboretum. Saturday, February 25, 2017, or Friday, March 10, 2017, 9:30 a.m. to noon
  • Learn the basics of drawing nature in this course designed for true beginners at The Morton Arboretum. Four Saturdays, March 11 through April 1, 2017, 9:00 a.m. to noon
  • Discover what happens at the Arboretum at night when no one is around. (Sold Out) Thursday, January 12, Saturday, February 11, or Sunday, March 12, 2017, 6:30 to 8:00 p.m.
  • Why does the DuPage River need to be restored? What is involved when improving the habitat of the river? Learn about the DuPage River restoration project from the head of natural resources at The Morton Arboretum. (Sold Out) Wednesday, March 15, 2017, 11:30 a.m. to 1:00 p.m.
  • Enjoy captivating discussions of trees and nature from experts as you savor a delicious meal. Wednesdays, January 18 through 15, 2017, 11:30 a.m. to 1:00 p.m.
  • Explore the nature of color and how colors impact each other and the viewer at The Morton Arboretum. Four Wednesdays, March 15 through April 12 (No class on March 29), 2017, 6:30 to 9:30 p.m.
  • Local organic gardener Jeanne Nolan shares her favorite vegetable crops proven to thrive in Chicagoland and how to best plant, manage, and harvest them throughout the season utilizing organic practices at The Morton Arboretum. Saturday, March 18, 2017, 9:30 a.m. to noon
  • 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 spring methods for propagating your favorite native plants. Learn how to bring seeds out of stratification, plant in seed trays and transplant seedlings at The Morton Arbortum. Sunday, March 19, 2017, 12:30 to 3:30 p.m.

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