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Course List

  • First Aid and CPR class will teach you the skills you need to keep yourself and others safe while working at The Morton Arboretum. Thursday, February 7, 2019, or Sunday, February 10, 2019, 10:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m.
  • Bring a friend or your sweetheart to create a unique fresh floral design in a clear container surrounded by conversation heart candies at The Morton Arboretum. Saturday, February 9, 2019, 10:00 to noon, or Wednesday, February 13, 2019, 7:00 to 9:00 p.m.
  • Enjoy a pleasant morning and a warm beverage as you listen to stories of the unusual stained glass windows that decorate the beautiful Founders Room at Thornhill Education Center, as seen through the eyes of naturalist interpreter and writer Cindy Crosby. Saturday, February 16, 2019, 10:30 a.m. to noon
  • Chicago Wilderness will offer three winter sessions of the Midwest Ecological Prescription Burn Crew Member Training class at The Morton Arboretum. Two days: Thursday, January 31, and Friday, February 1, 2019, 8:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m.; or Thursday, February 14, and Friday, February 15, 2019, 8:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m.; or Saturday, February 16, and Sunday, February 17, 2019, 8:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m.
  • Spring bird migration begins earlier than most people realize. Many species are already on the move in February. Waterfowl are the first to make major migration moves. As soon as the ice begins to leave our lakes and ponds waterfowl start pushing north. Three Saturdays, February 16, March 2, and March 9, 2019, 8:00 a.m. to noon.
  • Learn to identify and manage the most common invasive plants in the Great Lakes region at The Morton Arboretum. Online class begins: Wednesday, February 20, 2019 (registration opens November 20, 2019).
  • What’s so “hot” about soil ecology? Grab a grown-up hot chocolate and get “the dirt” on soils from Arboretum soil ecologist Meghan Midgley. Thursday, February 21, 2019, 7:00 p.m. to 8:30 p.m.
  • Create a garden space that offers rest and renewal. In this class, we’ll identify visual cues that create places that nurture the spirit and invite us to take a meditative stroll, to sit and relax with a cup of tea, to read and reflect, to stretch, to meditate or to write. Two Thursdays, February 21 and 28, 2019, 7:00 to 9:30 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, February 21, 2019, 6:30 to 8:30 p.m.
  • Capture the magic and whimsy of youth with a fairy garden at The Morton Arboretum! Saturday, February 23, 2019, 10:00 to 11:30 a.m.
  • Learn to effectively and efficiently use the tools of the trade to tackle different restoration jobs at The Morton Arboretum. Online component begins: Tuesday, February 26, 2019. In-person component meets: Tuesday, March 5, 2019, 6:30 to 8:30 p.m.
  • Get the botany basics you need to identify plants at The Morton Arboretum. In-person only meets: Online only begins:Tuesday, November 27, 2018. 2019 dates vary starting February 12 through June 9 with online or in-person options available.
  • Discover techniques for and benefits of growing your vegetables from seed started indoors at The Morton Arboretum. Saturday, January 26, 2019, or Saturday, February 23, 2019, 1:00 to 3:00 p.m.
  • What exactly is wilderness? In America, it's been a threatening frontier to be conquered; a place where timber and minerals lay ready for extraction; a refuge for wildlife; a home for indigenous people; a retreat for city folks to retreat from the hustle and bustle of civilization; and a "untrammeled, unspoiled cathedral" which inspires art, poetry, and transcendent thought. Two Thursdays, February 21 and 28, 2019, 6:30 to 9:00 p.m.
  • Practice correct pruning techniques and learn which plants to prune now and more importantly, which to prune later at The Morton Arboretum. Online component begins: Friday, February 15, or Thursday, February 28, 2019, and In-person components meets: Saturday, February 23, or Friday, March 8, 2019, 9:00 to 11:30 a.m.
  • Study the portfolio of renowned nature photographer Edward Weston, a giant of early and mid-20th century photography, and learn to apply his approach under the guidance of your expert instructors at The Morton Arboretum. (SOLD OUT) Five days: three Thursdays, January 17, 24, 31, 2019, 6:30 to 9:30 p.m. and Two Saturdays, January 19 and 26, 2019, 8:00 to 11:00 a.m. (NEW SECTION) Five days: three Thursdays, February 28 through March 14, 2019, 6:30 to 9:30 p.m., and Two Saturdays, March 2 and 9, 2019, 8:00 to 11:00 a.m.
  • Learn to create your own unique collection of linoleum block prints at The Morton Arboretum. Two Saturdays, March 2 and 23, 2019, 10:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m.
  • Learn to identify plants without leaves or flowers at The Morton Arboretum. Saturday, March 2, 2019, 8:00 a.m. to noon
  • Learn to make wood sing in this build-your-own musical instrument class at The Morton Arboretum. Saturday, March 2, 2019, 9:30 a.m. to 3:30 p.m.
  • Learn the nuts and bolts of excellent nature writing and improve your wordsmithing skills in this blended online and in-person course at The Morton Arboretum. Online component begins Tuesday, February 26, 2019. In-person classes meet Tuesday, March 5, 19, and April 2, 2019, 6:30 to 9:00 p.m.
  • Learn to capture nature with graphite, the perfect medium for textures. at The Morton Arboretum. Four Wednesdays, March 6 through 27, 2019, 6:30 to 9:30 p.m.
  • Learn to creatively use light in your photography. Improve your results by considering the quantity, color, and quality of light found during the course of the day and throughout the seasons at The Morton Arboretum. Four days, three Thursdays, March 7, 14 and 21, 6:30 to 9:30 p.m., and Saturday, March 9, 2019, 8:00 to 11:00 a.m.
  • Bring insects to life in your artwork. Work side-by-side with artist and insect aficionado Karen Johnson and learn to to capture life-like postures and detailed renderings of insects at The Morton Arboretum. Four Thursdays, March 7 through 28, 2019, 9:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m.
  • Bring life and interest to even the shadiest parts of your landscape with plant lists, design ideas, and maintenance tips from a practicing landscape designer at The Morton Arboretum. Informational Session Only:Thursday, March 7, 2019, 9:00 a.m. to noon, OR Informational and Workshop Sessions: Three Thursdays, March 7 through 21, 2019, 9:00 a.m. to noon.
  • 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, December 8, 2018, 9:00 a.m. to noon, or Saturday, January 26 or March 2, 2019, noon to 3:00 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. Select Mondays or Tuesdays November 19, 2018 through April 9, 2019, times vary.
  • Join an Arboretum expert for a cup of hot cocoa and a winter stroll through the conifer collection. Saturday, February 16, or Saturday, March 9, 2019, 1:00 to 3:00 p.m.
  • Create a one-of-a-kind piece of art for your garden. Artist Lisa Tolbert will teach you the art of mosaics using a variety of reclaimed materials like glass and porcelain at The Morton Arboretum. Sunday, March 10, 2019, 10:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m.
  • Learn spring methods for propagating your favorite native plants at The Morton Arboretum.Sunday, March 10, 2019, 1:00 to 4:30 p.m.
  • Gain a new perspective on familiar settings with the chance to see what happens in the Arboretum at night when no one is around. Thursdays, December 6, 2018, 7:00 to 8:30 p.m. (open for registration). Thursdays, February 14, 28 or March 14, 2019, 7:00 to 8:30 p.m.

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