Adult Courses

Course List

  • Beyond Flowers: Using Foliage in the Garden

    Look beyond flowers and consider how foliage can add color, texture, and shapes to your garden at The Morton Arboretum. Friday, May 11, 2018, 10:00 a.m. to 1:00 p.m.
  • Drawing Mammals

    Learn the fundamentals of mammal anatomy and tips for sketching from photos and specimens from the Field Museum collection at The Morton Arboretum. Saturday, May 5, or Saturday, May 12, 2018, 9:00 a.m. to 12:30 p.m.
  • DIY Organic Body Care

    Join Andrea Mattson of Edible Alchemy to learn the basics of creating natural skincare remedies at The Morton Arboretum.Saturday, May 12, 2018, 10:00 a.m. to noon, or 1:00 to 3:00 p.m.
  • The Life of Trees

    Take a journey through a tree, from roots to leaves at The Morton Arboretum. Saturday, May 12, 2018, 9:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m.
  • Spring Basket Arrangement

    Create a spring arrangement in a basket bursting with vibrant flowers and greenery under the guidance of the Arboretum’s botanical arrangers. Saturday, May 12, 2018, 10:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m.
  • Landscape Photography

    Learn how to capture the natural landscape with your camera at The Morton Arboretum. Three Thursdays, May 17-31, 2018, 6:30 p.m. to 9:30 p.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. Friday, May 18, 2018, 7:00 to 9:00pm
  • 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. Friday, May 18, 2018, 7:00 to 9:00pm
  • Invasive Species I (Online and In-Person)

    Learn to identify and manage the most common invasive plants in the Great Lakes region at The Morton Arboretum. Online component begins: Friday, May 11, 2018. In-person component: Saturday, May 19, 2018, 9:00 a.m. to 12:30 p.m.
  • Advanced Prairie Plant ID

    Learn to identify prairie plants in their early stages of seasonal development at The Morton Arboretum. Saturday, May 19, 2018, 1:30 to 4:30 p.m.
  • Treasured Trees of the Arboretum

    Hear the stories behind some of the Arboretum’s most treasured trees on this walking tour of the west side grounds.Saturday, May 19, 2018, 10:00 a.m. to noon
  • DIY Plant-Based Snack Bars

    Learn to make your own healthy, cost-effective snack bars at The Morton Arboretum. Saturday, May 19, 2018, 1:00 to 3:00 p.m.
  • Nature Debates: Woodlands Vs. Prairie

    Every nature-lover has a favorite place. Do you prefer the open spaces of prairielands? Or is it the shady intimacy of the woodlands that calls to you? Grab a drink at the cash bar, and join us as two local stewards take each other on, arguing the merits of their own favorite habitat at The Morton Arboretum. Thursday, May 24, 2018, 7:00 to 8:30 p.m.
  • Perennial Maintenance Walking Tour

    Stroll the Arboretum's stunning perennial beds where you’ll learn about plant placement, dividing, transplanting, watering, fertilizing, mulching and more.Thursday, May 17 or June 28, 2018, 6:30 to 8:30 p.m.
  • Full Moon Tram Tour

    Discover what happens at the Arboretum at night, when no one is around at The Morton Arboretum. Dates vary starting Sunday, April 29, through Thursday, June 28, 2018, 7:30 to 9:30 p.m. Multiple sections.
  • Aerial Tree Yoga Series

    Stretch, strengthen, and release stress while having fun, cocooned in a hammock suspended from the trees at The Morton Arboretum. Four Wednesdays, May 30 through June 20, 2018, 9:30 a.m. to 10:45 a.m., or four Thursdays, May 31 through June 21 , 6:00 to 7:15 p.m.
  • 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. Dates and times vary on select Wednesdays or Thursdays, March Through May 2018.
  • Drawing Nature II

    Grow your nature drawing skills under the guidance of a knowledgeable instructor at The Morton Arboretum. Four Thursdays, May 31, June 14-28, 2018, 6:30 to 9:30 p.m.
  • Basic Plant ID (Online or In-person)

    Get the botany basics you need to identify plants at The Morton Arboretum. New Online section added: Registration closes at 11:59 p.m., Wednesday, March 14, 2018. Online component begins: Thursday, March 15, 2018. Winter sessions start Sunday, May 6 for In-person only or Friday, June 1 for online only section.
  • 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. Saturday, June 2, 2018, 1:00 to 4:00 p.m. Please note: the March 3, 2018, 1:00 to 4:00 p.m. is Sold out
  • Woodland Habitats and their Wildlife

    The woodland habitat is so much more than a bunch of trees. Get a “behind the scenes” look at life in the woods on this guided walk with an Arboretum naturalist. Saturday, June 2, 2018, 9:00 to 11:00 a.m.
  • The Sustainable Edible Garden: Food Forest Design Workshop

    Turn your yard into a sustainable, edible landscape using the design principles of permaculture in this two day workshop at The Morton Arboretum. Saturday and Sunday, June 2 and 3, 2018, 9:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m.
  • Native Plants for the Home Gardener

    Incorporate natives into your home landscape. Wednesday, June 6, 2018, 9:30 to 12:30 a.m.
  • Golden Hour Photography

    Join an expert photographer for golden hour, that magical moment just before sunset when the soft light gives the Arboretum a special, warm glow. Thursday, June 7, 2018, 6:00 to 9:00 p.m.
  • Visiting Artist Series: Nature in Word and Image with Julie Zickefoose

    Join artist, author, and field biologist Julie Zickefoose for a two-day exploration of nature through art and writing at The Morton Arboretum. Friday and Saturday, June 8 and 9, 2018, 9:30 a.m. to 3:30 p.m.
  • Personal Habitat: Creating a Haven for Wildlife (and Yourself)

    This is the story of an artist's love affair with a piece of land, and the birds, animals, and plants that inhabit it. Join us at The Morton Arboretum on Friday June 8, 2018, 7:00 to 8:30 p.m.
  • Field Study: Birds of Summer

    Become acquainted with the host of birds that nest and breed in our region at The Morton Arboretum.Four Saturdays, June 9 through 30, 2018, 8:00 to 12:30 a.m.
  • Design a Summer Container

    Create a stunning container that will add summer color to your yards, decks, and patios at The Morton Arboretum. Thursday, June 7, 2018, 7:00 to 9:00 p.m., or Saturday, June 9, 2018, 1:00 to 3:00 p.m.
  • Plein Air on the Prairie

    Enjoy a morning of sketching outside, or “en plein air” on the Schulenberg Prairie at The Morton Arboretum. Monday, June 4 or June 11, 2018, 9:00 a.m. to noon.
  • ACCA Field Botany

    Learn to identify plants in the field through studying the plants of the Chicago region at The Morton Arboretum. Wednesdays, June 13 through August 1, 2018. 6:30 to 9:00 p.m., and Saturdays, June 16 through July 28, 2018, 9:00 a.m. to 1:15 p.m. Except on Saturday, July 14, class will meet 9:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m.

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