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Trees and Ecology

  • Experience the healing and wellness promoting effects of Shinrin-Yoku, the practice of bathing the senses in the atmosphere of the forest. Take a mindful walk with a certified Forest Therapy guide on a trail at the Morton Arboretum as you awaken your senses and reconnect with nature. Select Mondays and Saturdays, June 10 through September 23, 2017, 9:30 a.m. to 12:30 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 (SOLD OUT) 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. This class has been CANCELED. 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
  • 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, 6:00 p.m. to 8:30 p.m.
  • 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.
  • 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. Take a mindful walk with a certified Forest Therapy guide on a trail at the Morton Arboretum as you awaken your senses and reconnect with nature. Select Mondays and Saturdays, June 10 through September 23, 2017, 9:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m.
  • Enjoy a daiquiri as you discover the intriguing world of dragonflies with naturalist Cindy Crosby at The Morton Arboretum. Tuesday, August 1, 2017, 7:00 to 9:00 p.m.
  • Please Note: this class has been CANCELED. Learn to identify plants in the field through studying the plants of the Chicago region at The Morton Arboretum. Eight Wednesdays, June 14 through August 2, 2017, 6:30 to 9:00 p.m., and six Saturdays, June 17 through July 29, 9:00 a.m. to 1:15 p.m.
  • Learn how humans have used prairie plants on this summer hike at The Morton Arboretum. Friday, August 11, 2017 8:30 to 11:00 a.m.
  • Hike, listen to stories, and play games in this interactive sensory based program at The Morton Arboretum. Wednesday, August 9, Thursday, August 10, or Tuesday, August 15, 2017, 9:30 to 11:00 a.m.
  • Learn to identify the trees you see every day in the woodlands and neighborhoods of the Chicago region at The Morton Arboretum. Friday, August 25, 2017, 9:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m.
  • Find out if beekeeping is right for you at The Morton Arboretum! Saturday, August 19, 2017, 10:00 a.m. to 1:00 p.m.
  • 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 visitors at The Morton Arboretum. Monday, August 21 through Thursday, August 24, 2017 8:00 a.m. to 5:00 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 mindful walk with a certified Forest Therapy guide on a trail at the Morton Arboretum as you awaken your senses and reconnect with nature. Select Mondays and Saturdays, June 10 through September 23, 2017, 9:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m.
  • Take a guided tour of the expansive Nachusa Grasslands. Learn about the reintroduction of bison to the area and the diverse wildlife that call the grasslands home, and enjoy a leisurely walk through the wealth of wildflowers that grow there. Saturday, August 26, 2017 10:00 to 3:00 p.m.
  • Enjoy autumn’s amazing birding as you learn to identify the migratory birds filling the air at The Morton Arboretum. Four Sundays, August 27, September 10, 24, and October 1, 2017 (No class September 3 or 17), 8:00 a.m. to 12:30 p.m.
  • Learn principles and practices for managing critical habitats at The Morton Arboretum. Online component begins Monday, August 21, 2017. In person sessions: Sunday, August 27 and Saturday, September 9, 2017, 10:00 a.m. to 3:00 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.
  • Learn to identify the grasses that add beauty and interest to the summer and fall landscape at The Morton Arboretum. Tuesday, September 5, and Wednesday, September 6, 2017, 9:00 a.m.to 4:00 p.m.
  • Expand your grass identification skills in this expert workshop at The Morton Arboretum. Thursday, September 7, and Friday, September 8, 2017, 9:00 a.m.to 4:00 p.m.
  • Discover what happens at the Arboretum at night, when no one is around. PLEASE NOTE: Saturday, JUNE 10 tram will start at 8:00 p.m. All other start times remain the same. Friday, June 9; Wednesday, September 6; or Thursday, September 7, 2017, 7:30 to 9:30 p.m
  • Woody Plants of the Western Great Lakes Region is an introduction to the identification of the plants that make up the woody flora of the western Great Lakes region. Wednesday, September 13 through November 29, 2017, 6:30 to 9:30 p.m., and select Saturdays, September 16 through, December 2, 2017, 9:00 a.m. to noon.
  • 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. Friday, September 15, 2017, 8:30 to 10:30 a.m.
  • 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.

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