Trees and Ecology

  • Come nibble the new shoots of wild edible plants and taste how good spring can be at The Morton Arboretum! Sunday, May 21,1:00 to 3:00 p.m., or Thursday, May 25, 2017, 6:00 to 8:00 p.m.
  • Learn to identify and manage the most common invasive plants in the Great Lakes region at The Morton Arboretum. Online component begins: Thursday, May 18, 2017, In-person component: Thursday, May 25, 2017, 6:00 to 9:00 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. Registration closes 11:59 p.m. Thursday, June 1, 2017, Online session begins: Friday, June 2, 2017
  • Save the date! Join us at The Morton Arboretum on June 3rd, 2017, as we explore the many benefits of nature-based early childhood education.
  • View the variety of wading birds that nest at Lake Renwick Heron Rookery Nature Preserve, located just east of the town of Plainfield in northern Will County. Saturday, June 3, 2017, 9:00 a.m. to noon
  • Strap on your running shoes for an informative running tour of the Arboretum. Select Saturdays, April 8, 8:00 to 9:30 a.m., May 13, 8:00 to 10:00 a.m., or June 3, 8:00 to 9:30 a.m.
  • Study the ecology of mushrooms and other fungi with Patrick Leacock, mycologist and adjunct curator at the Field Museum. Learn about the biology and ecology of fungi and walk the trails at The Morton Arboretum to search for mushrooms. (Sold Out) Saturday, June 3, 2017, 9:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m.
  • Become acquainted with the host of birds that nest and breed in our region at The Morton Arboretum. Five Sundays, June 4 through July 2, 2017, 8:00 to 11:30 a.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 slow and mindful walk with a certified Forest Therapy guide on a trail at the Morton Arboretum as you awaken your senses and reconnect with nature. Spring session: Select Wednesdays, June 14 through July 26, 2017, 6:30 p.m. to 7:30 p.m. Summer session: Wednesday, August 16 or August 30, 2017, 6:30 to 7:30 p.m.
  • Explore the ever-changing colorful flowers and swaying grasses of the Arboretum’s Schulenberg prairie alongside an expert. Saturday, June 10, 2017, 8:00 a.m. to 10:00 a.m.
  • Discover what happens at the Arboretum at night, when no one is around. The tram for Wednesday, MAY 10 CLASS HAS BEEN CANCELED due to the weather. Please call the registrar (630-719-2468) for a refund or to switch to one of the following dates: Thursday, May 11; Friday, June 9; or Saturday, June 10, 2017, 7:30 to 9:30 p.m.
  • Hear the stories behind some of the Arboretum’s most treasured trees on this walking tour of the west side grounds. (Canceled) Saturday, May 20, 2017, 10:00 a.m. to noon, or (Open for enrollment) Thursday, June 15, 2017, 6:30 to 8:30 p.m.
  • Celebrate spring by searching the Arboretum grounds for nature’s brightly colored pageant of spring birds. Saturdays, April 15, May 20 (this session has been canceled due to weather), or June 17, 2017, 8:00 to 10:30 a.m.
  • Experience the healing and wellness promoting effects of Shinrin-Yoku, the practice of bathing the senses in the atmosphere of the forest at The Morton Arboretum. Dates and times vary starting Saturdays, April 8, 2017. Multiple sections.
  • Learn to identify the sedges, a diverse and ecologically important group of plants at The Morton Arboretum. Wednesday, June 21 and Thursday, June 22, 2017, 9:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m.
  • Celebrate the change of the seasons and the longest day of the year with an outdoor meditative hike followed by a yoga class among the beautiful trees. Wednesday, June 21, 2017, 7:00 to 8:30 p.m.
  • Learn to identify the common trees you see in local preserves or in your neighborhood at The Morton Arboretum. Friday, June 16, 2017, 9:00 to 11:30 a.m., or Thursday, June 22, 2017, 6:30 to 9:00 p.m.
  • Learn identification and ecology of the fish, turtles, and crayfish found in the rivers of northern Illinois at The Morton Arboretum. Thursday, June 22, 2017, 6:30 to 9:30 p.m.
  • Learn the names and ecology of the wildflowers, sedges, rushes, and other plants that inhabit wetlands at The Morton Arboretum. Sold out, please call 630-719-2468 to be wait listed. Saturday, June 24 2017, 9:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m.
  • The beautiful historic Schulenberg Prairie is one of the oldest tallgrass prairie reconstructions in the world, and a model of biological diversity, good management practices, and research at The Morton Arboretum. Wednesday, June 28, 2017, 6:30 to 9:00 p.m. .
  • Learn how to tell invasive aquatic plants apart from native look-alikes and how to report invaders when you find them in this one-day workshop at The Morton Arboretum. Saturday July 8, 2017, 12:30 to 4:30 p.m.
  • Enjoy an afternoon with author Cindy Crosby as she shares insights and excerpts from her new book, The Tallgrass Prairie: An Introduction at The Morton Arboretum. Saturday, July 8, 2017, 11:00 a.m. to 12:30 p.m.
  • Learn the essentials of wetland ecology and the vital management techniques necessary to maintain threatened wetland ecosystems at The Morton Arboretum. Two days: Wednesday, July 12, 6:30 to 8:30 p.m., and Saturday, July 15, 8:00 a.m. to noon
  • Enjoy summer at The Morton Arboretum by searching the woods, fields, and edges for summertime birds at The Morton Arboretum. Saturdays, July 15, August 19, or September 16, 2017, 8:00 to 10:30 a.m.
  • Ron Nosek of Nature Education Programs brings his What 2 Know B4 You GoTM program to The Morton Arboretum this summer. Saturday, July 15, 2017, 9:00 to noon
  • Explore Illinois’s first nature preserve with botanist Jack Shouba. Illinois Beach Nature Preserve, located at the south end of Illinois Beach State Park, is a designated National Natural Landmark and is one of the richest, biologically most diverse areas in the state. Saturday July 15, 2017 9:00 a.m. to 1:00 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 slow and mindful walk with a certified Forest Therapy guide on a trail at the Morton Arboretum as you awaken your senses and reconnect with nature. Spring session: Select Wednesdays, June 14 through July 26, 2017, 6:30 p.m. to 7:30 p.m. Summer session: Wednesday, August 16 or August 30, 2017, 6:30 to 7:30 p.m.
  • Discover the principles and practice of ecosystem restoration at The Morton Arboretum. Online component begins: Wednesday, July 12, 2017, In person component: Two Wednesdays, July 19 and Aug 2, 2017, 6:30 p.m. to 8:30 p.m.
  • Join horticulturist Sharon Yiesla on a journey through the life of a flower. Learn how flowers develop, how they grow, and the end result of their lives, fruit at The Morton Arboretum.Saturday, July 22, 2017, 9:00 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 at The Morton Arboretum. Dates and times vary starting Saturdays, April 8, 2017. Multiple sections.

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