Certificate programs

While we do still offer classes in these programs, as of June 2014, we are not accepting new enrollments in our certificate programs, with the exception of the Woodland Stewardship and the Openlands TreeKeepers® programs.  

If there are specific subjects you are interested in, please check out our current classes to see if we have a program that meets your needs.  Subjects and interests include botanical art and illustration, conservation and restoration, gardening and horticulture, natural history, nature photography, and ornithology.

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Botanical art and illustration 

See nature through the eyes of an artist, creating works that connect with trees and nature within the Arboretum’s Botanical Art and Illustration program. The program also offers a Botanical Art and Illustration Certificate, and, a Master’s Studio Certificate. LEARN MORE  

Conservation and restoration

Learn more about conservation and restoration from the experts at The Morton Arboretum. Plant trees and restore our urban forest and woodland treasures. Expand your knowledge of invasive plants, learn to develop a conservation site plan, or become a Woodland Steward or Openlands TreeKeeper®. learn more  

Gardening and horticulture 

Get the know-how to create a “wow” garden or pursue a Home Landscape Gardening Certificate within the Arboretum’s Horticulture and Gardening program.  LEARN MORE

Natural history

Get to know the flora and fauna in your neighborhood or dig deeper into the Arboretum’s Natural History program by working towards a Naturalist Certificate. Help conserve community forests by training to become a woodland steward within the Arboretum’s Woodland Stewardship Training Program.  LEARN MORE

Nature photography

Capture images of nature worthy of framing. Take your hobby to the next level within the Arboretum’s Nature Photography program and pursue a Nature Photography Certificate. LEARN MORE


Recognize backyard feathered visitors with knowledge from the Arboretum’s Ornithology program, or purse an Ornithology Certificate. LEARN MORE