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  • Strengthen your skills leading volunteers in natural areas management with this interactive primer for volunteer stewardship activity planning, group dynamics, safety, and volunteer empowerment at The Morton Arboretum. Online component begins: Friday, February 2, 2018. In person component: Saturday, February 10, 2018, 10:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m.
  • Discover what happens at the Arboretum at night when no one is around. Enjoy a night hike, then warm up with s’mores by the fire. Thursday, February 1, March 1, or Friday, March 2, 2018, 7:00 to 9:00 p.m.
  • Become a nature photographer. Move beyond shooting in automatic; learn how to adjust your camera’s manual settings to get the shot you want at The Morton Arboretum. Four Saturdays, February 3 through 24, 2018, 8:00 to 11:00 a.m.
  • Improve your plant identification skills by learning characteristics of plant families at The Morton Arboretum. Saturday, February 3, 8:00 a.m. to noon
  • Learn the benefits of essential oils and make your own essential-oil products to take home with you at The Morton Arboretum. Saturday, February 3, 1:00 to 3:00 p.m.
  • The Perennial Plant Association and The Morton Arboretum are teaming up to offer a day-long symposium entitled, ‘Plants for Pollinators.’ Saturday, February 3, 2018, 8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.
  • Learn the basics of beekeeping at The Morton Arboretum. Four Thursdays, February 8 through March 1, 2018, 6:30 to 8:30 p.m.
  • Create a necklace inspired by the beautiful winterberry bush at The Morton Arboretum. Three Thursdays, Feb 8 through 22, 2018, 9:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m.
  • Design a stunning front garden that integrates seamlessly with your house and neighborhood at The Morton Arboretum. Friday, February 9, 9:00 a.m. to noon
  • Practice correct pruning techniques and learn which plants to prune now and more importantly, which to prune later at The Morton Arboretum. Online component available beginning January 11, or February 1. In-person component occurs, January 19, 2018, or Saturday, February 10, 2018, 9:00 to 11:00 a.m.
  • Tuck a variety of lovely succulents into a clear, glass container to create a modern and delightful arrangement that will warm up any home at The Morton Arboretum. Saturday, February 10, 2018, 1:00 to 3:00 p.m.
  • Learn to create your own unique collection of linoleum block prints at The Morton Arboretum. Two Saturdays, February 10 and March 10, 2018, 10:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m.
  • Develop an eye for form, light and patterns to compose dramatic black and white nature photographs at The Morton Arboretum. Five days: Three Thursdays,, February 15, 22, and March 1, 2018, 6:30 to 9:30 p.m., and two Saturdays, February 17 and 24, 2018, 7:00 to 10:00 a.m.
  • Discover and delight in the many ways trees have shaped the history of the United States, from industry and economics, to politics and war, to culture and literature at The Morton Arboretum. Two Thursdays, February 15 and 22, 2018, 7:00 to 9:00 p.m.
  • 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. Thursday, January 11 or Friday, February 16, 2018, 6:30 to 8:30 p.m.
  • Join an Arboretum expert for a cup of hot cocoa and a winter stroll through the conifer collection. Saturday, February 10 or 17, 2018, 10:00 a.m. to noon
  • First Aid and CPR class will teach you the skills you need to keep yourself and others safe while working at The Morton Arboretum. Wednesday, January 17, 2018, or Sunday, February 11, 2018, 10:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m.
  • Tackle nature’s most prickly textures with this watercolor workshop at The Morton Arboretum. Saturday, February 17, and Sunday, February 18, 2018, 9:30 a.m. to 3:30 p.m.
  • Explore the interactions that drive ecosystem function and learn to identify plants, animals, and fungi in relation to ecological habitats at The Morton Arboretum. Online component begins: Friday, February 9, 2018. In person component: Sunday, February 18, 2018, 1:00 to 5:00 p.m.
  • 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 Wednesdays or Thursdays, December 2017 through February 2018.
  • Join Denis as he shares tales of his journeys from the Amazon to Africa, searching the world for rare and vanishing species at The Morton Arboretum. Wednesday, February 21, 2018, 7:00 to 9:00 p.m.
  • Discover techniques for and benefits of growing your vegetables from seed started indoors at The Morton Arboretum. Saturday, February 17, 2018, 9:00 to 11 :00 a.m., or Thursday, February 22, 2018, 7:00 to 9:00 p.m.
  • Take the leap toward a lawn-free yard. Lawns are labor - and resource-intensive. Learn ways to reduce the amount of lawn in your home landscape and replace it with an attractive, more sustainable design that meets your goals at The Morton Arboretum. Saturdays, February 24, March 3 and 10, 2018 9:00 a.m. to noon.
  • Join freelance artist JoAnne Laudolff at The Morton Arboretum and learn how to turn dress pattern paper, old magazine pages, found objects and even some organic objects into a beautiful piece of upcycled mixed media art for your home. Sunday, February 25, 2018, 11:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m.
  • Tap into your creative side with an introductory workshop on nature art at The Morton Arboretum. Winter Foliage in Graphite on Saturday, February 24, or Sunday, February 25, 2018, 10:00 a.m. to 1:00 p.m.
  • Feel your best and focus on total body health and well-being with a short hike outdoors, followed by a warming indoor yoga class at The Morton Arboretum. Wednesday, February 21, 2018, 6:00 to 7:30 p.m. or Wednesday, February 28, 2018, 10:00 to 11:30 am
  • 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. New Year’s Day, Monday, January 1, 2018, 8:00 to 11:00 a.m., and select Saturdays, January 20 through March 24, 2018, 9:30 a.m. to 11:15 a.m.
  • Discover what happens at the Arboretum at night when no one is around. Enjoy a night hike, then warm up with s’mores by the fire. Thursday, February 1, March 1, or Friday, March 2, 2018, 7:00 to 9:00 p.m.
  • 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, March 3, 2018, 1:00 to 4:00 p.m.
  • Grow your own food this summer! Learn the basics of vegetable gardening in this class designed for true beginners at The Morton Arboretum. Saturday, March 3, 2018, 1:00 to 4:00 p.m.

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