Trees and Ecology

  • In this intensive workshop, enjoy the spring warbler migration while learning about identification, arrival dates, migration patterns, habitat preferences, and daily feeding techniques at The Morton Arboretum. Wednesday, May 3, 2017, 6:30 to 8:30 p.m., and Sunday, May 7, 2017, 8:00 a.m. to noon
  • Learn the names and ecology of the wildflowers that cover the woodland floor in spring at The Morton Arboretum. Online component begins: Thursday, April 27, 2017, In person component: Saturday, May 6, 2017, 10:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m.
  • Wander through the ever-changing array of blooms in our woodlands to learn how to identify wildflowers such as trillium, mayapple, and dog-tooth violet and hear about their folklore at The Morton Arboretum. Saturday, April 22, Wednesday, April 26, or Saturday. May 6, 2017, 9:30 a.m. to noon
  • Discover what happens at the Arboretum at night, when no one is around. Wednesday, May 10; Thursday, May 11; Friday, June 9; or Saturday, June 10, 2017, 7:30 to 9:30 p.m.
  • Get the botany basics you need to identify plants at The Morton Arboretum. Online component begins: Thursday, May 4, 2017, In person component: Saturday, May 13, 2017, 9:00 to 11:00 a.m.
  • Learn to identify spring prairie plants in their early stages of development at The Morton Arboretum. Saturday, May 13, 2017, 1:00 to 4:00 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.
  • Learn about the New Invaders Watch Program and how to get involved in monitoring and reporting invasive plants that are new to our region at The Morton Arboretum.Thursday, Wednesday, May 17, 2017, 6:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m.
  • Enjoy the unique sights and sounds of a spring evening at The Morton Arboretum. Friday, May 19 or Saturday, June 3, 2017, 7:00 to 8:30 p.m.
  • Study the sights and signs of spring as they emerge at The Morton Arboretum. Three Saturdays, May 20 through June 3, 2017, 9:00 a.m. to noon
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • 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
  • 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. Saturday, June 3, 2017, 9:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m.
  • 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.
  • 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. Wednesday, May 10; Thursday, May 11; Friday, June 9; or Saturday, June 10, 2017, 7:30 to 9:30 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. Select Wednesdays, June 14 through July 26, 6:30 p.m. to 7:30 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, 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 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 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 the names and ecology of the wildflowers, sedges, rushes, and other plants that inhabit wetlands at The Morton Arboretum. Saturday, June 24 2017, 9:00 a.m. to 4:00 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. Select Wednesdays, June 14 through July 26, 6:30 p.m. to 7:30 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.
  • 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.