Adult Courses

Course List

  • Great Hikes in Literature

    Travel the world's great trails as told from the perspective of beloved nature writers at The Morton Arboretum. Sunday, August 5, 1:00 to 2:30 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 and times vary starting Jun 8 through October 6, 2018. Multiple sections.
  • Bees and Bourbon

    Enjoy a summery bourbon cocktail and get buzzed about bees with entomologist and author May Berenbaum at The Morton Arboretum. Tuesday, August 7, 2018, 7:00 to 9:00 p.m.
  • Basic Plant ID (Online or In-person)

    Get the botany basics you need to identify plants at The Morton Arboretum. Online only begins: June 1, or August 3, 2018. In-person only: Saturday, September 8, 10:00 a.m. to 12:30 p.m.
  • Rare Habitats Tour: Fens of Illinois

    Join botanist Chris Benda for a guided tour of the fens of Illinois. Thursday, August 9, 2018, 10:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m.
  • Natural Areas Management (Online and In-person)

    Learn principles and practices for managing critical habitats at The Morton Arboretum. Online component begins Friday, August 10, 2018. In person sessions: Two days: Sunday, August 19 and Saturday, August 25, 2018, 9:00 a.m. to 1:00 p.m.
  • Visiting Artist Series: Botanical Watercolor as More than Mere Illustration with Heeyoung Kim

    Join renowned wildflower painter Heeyoung Kim for a watercolor workshop at The Morton Arboretum. Three days: Friday, August 10, through Sunday, August 12, 2018, 9:30 a.m. to 4:00 p.m.
  • Shorebird ID

    Learn the identifying characteristics of local shorebirds. Learn the types and characteristics of shorebirds found in northern Illinois in the classroom, then spend a morning searching local hotspots to identify these birds in the field. Two days: Thursday, August 16, 6:30 to 8:30 p.m., and Saturday, August 18, 2018, 8:00 to 11:00 a.m.
  • History Up Close: Photographing Rare Butterflies

    Enjoy special access to the remarkable Denton Collection, a hundred-year-old collection of butterflies and moths housed in the archives of the Sterling Morton Library at The Morton Arboretum. Saturday, August 18, 2018, 9:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m.
  • Sustainable Gardens Series

    Attract pollinators to your garden with native plants and sustainable gardening techniques; Designing for Birds and Bees on Saturday, July 14, 2018, 9:00 a.m. to 1:00 p.m., or add character and sustainability to your garden using repurposed materials; Designing with Reclaimed Materials on Saturday, August 18, 2018, 9:00 a.m. to noon.
  • Certified Interpretive Guide Training

    The Certified Interpretive Guide program is designed for anyone who delivers interpretive programs to the public. It combines both the theoretical foundations of the profession with practical skills in delivering quality interpretive programming to the public.Four days: Monday, August 20 through Thursday, August 23, 2017 8:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m.
  • 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. Select Mondays, June 4 through August 20, 2018, 6:00 p.m. to 7:00 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! Select dates and times, starting Friday, June 8 through Wednesday, August 22, 2018. Early dates are sold out. Registration is now open for dates in July and August, 2018..
  • Fake News, Real Science: How to Make Sense of the Information Landscape

    We are confronted with a vast amount of information every day, and it can be difficult to find trusted and credible sources of expertise. This hands-on workshop will teach you how to identify the “symptoms” of a less-than-credible source and what questions to ask yourself as you’re looking for good advice on the internet (and beyond) to answer questions about trees, plants, and the environment. Thursday, July 26, or Saturday, September 29, 2018, 10:30 a.m. to noon.
  • Fall Warbler Workshop

    Enjoy the fall warbler migration while learning a methodical approach to dealing with fall plumages, arrival dates, migration patterns, habitat preferences, and alternate feeding approaches at the Morton Arboretum. Three days: Wednesday, September 5, 2018, 6:30 to 8:30 p.m. and two Fridays, September 7 and 14, 2018, 8:00 to 11:30 a.m.
  • 2018 Midwest Tree and Shrub Conference: Resilient Plants for a Lasting Landscape

    This one-day conference for green industry professionals and avid home gardeners will focus on the latest information and practice related to the selection and care of Midwestern trees, shrubs, and woody plants, as shared by leading designers and plant experts at The Morton Arboretum. Thursday, September 6, 2018, 8:30 a.m. to 3:30 p.m.
  • Nature in Watercolor

    Learn to use watercolor to capture the colors of nature. In this introduction to watercolor, students will learn techniques to apply paint to paper at The Morton Arboretum. Four Thursdays, September 6 through 27, 2018, 6:30 to 9:30 p.m.
  • Aerial Tree Yoga Series

    Stretch, strengthen, and release stress while having fun, cocooned in a hammock suspended from the trees at The Morton Arboretum. Dates and times vary, starting Wednesday, May 30 through September 7, 2018. Multiply sections.Dates in May are sold out. September dates are open for registration.
  • Visiting Artist Series: Underpainting Techniques with Laverne Bohlin

    Utilize watercolor to prepare a preliminary underpainting for your outdoor painting studies at the Morton Arboretum. Two days: Friday and Saturday, September 7 and 8, 2018, 9:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.
  • Canning Tomatoes

    Put all those surplus tomatoes to use with creative canning recipes so you can enjoy them well beyond summer at The Morton Arboretum! Saturday, September 8, 2018, 10:00 a.m. to 1:00 p.m.
  • Prairie Habitats and their Wildlife

    Explore the colorful landscape of the fall prairie and discover the amazing relationships between the plants and animals that call it home at The Morton Arboretum. Saturday, September 8, 2018, 8:00 to 11:00 a.m.
  • Begin to Draw Nature

    Learn the basics of drawing in a class designed for true beginners at The Morton Arboretum. Four Saturdays, September 8 through 29, 2018, 9:00 a.m. to noon (registration opens May 22)
  • Basic Plant ID (Online or In-person)

    Get the botany basics you need to identify plants at The Morton Arboretum. Online only begins: June 1, or August 3, 2018. In-person only: Saturday, September 8, 10:00 a.m. to 12:30 p.m.
  • Field Study: Birds of Fall

    Enjoy autumn’s amazing birding as you learn to identify the migratory birds filling the air at The Morton Arboretum. Four Sundays, September 9 through 30, 2018, 8:00 to 12:30 p.m.
  • 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 June 4, September 11 or November 6, 2018.
  • 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. Select Saturdays, June through September, 2018, 10:00 to 11:00 a.m.
  • ACCA Plant–Animal Interactions

    Study the special ecological and evolutionary relationships between plants and animals at The Morton Arboretum. Wednesdays, September 12 through December 5, 2018, 6:30 to 9:30 p.m., and select Saturdays, September 29 through November 10, 2018, 9:00 a.m. to noon.
  • Tour of Midwest Groundcovers

    Join landscape designer and horticulturist Marcy Stewart-Pyziak on a tour of Midwest Groundcovers, LLC, in St. Charles, Illinois. Wednesday, September 12, 2018, 9:30 a.m. to noon.
  • Grass Identification and Ecology

    Learn to identify the grasses that add beauty and interest to the summer and fall landscape at The Morton Arboretum. Two days: Thursday, September 13, and Friday, September 14, 2018, 9:00 a.m.to 4:00 p.m.
  • Home Composting with Bill Shores

    Learn to make your own compost and the basics of composting with worms at The Morton Arboretum. Thursday, September 13, 2018, 7:00 to 9:00 p.m.

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