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Course List

  • Learn the essentials of wetland ecology and the vital management techniques necessary to maintain threatened wetland ecosystems at The Morton Arboretum. Two days: Wednesday, August 1, 6:30 to 8:30 p.m., and Saturday, August 4, 2018 8:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m.
  • Learn to identify the trees you see every day in the woodlands and neighborhoods of the Chicago region at The Morton Arboretum. Online component begins: Friday, August 3, 2018. In-person component: Friday, August 10, or Saturday, August 11, 2018, 10:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m.
  • Learn to identify dragonflies and damselflies on the grounds of the Arboretum. Friday, August 3, 8:00 to 11:00 a.m.
  • Join us for a FREE orientation program on the Woodland Stewardship Program at the Morton Arboretum. Thursday, August 2, 2018, 6:30 to 8:00 p.m., or Saturday, October 13, 2018, 1:30-3:00 p.m., or online only.
  • This workshop is for up to 10 students from beginner to intermediate skill level at The Morton Arboretum. Saturday, August 4, 2018, 9:00 a.m. to noon.
  • Enrich your understanding of our local natural areas by learning to identify the most common native plants you’re likely to encounter at The Morton Arboretum. Saturday, July 21, 2018, 9:00 to noon, or Saturday, August 4, 2018, 8:00 to 11:00 a.m.
  • In this workshop the PSBS 2018 bonsai master, Frank Mihalic, will work with you on your own trees at The Morton Arboretum. Saturday, August. 4, 2018, 9:00 a.m. to noon
  • This beginner to intermediate class will feature Procumbens Juniper. The primary focus of this workshop will be what to look for in creating bonsai; design and wiring will all be covered at The Morton Arboretum. Sunday, August 5, 2018, 9:00 a.m. to noon
  • This workshop features a selection field grown Douglas and Corkbark fir trees. The primary focus on this workshop will be on initial styling, including determining the height and new leader as well as wiring and branch selection. Sunday, August 5, 2018, 10:00 a.m. to 1:00 p.m.
  • This workshop is open to all skill levels and Artistic abilities. You DO NOT have to be an Artist to take this workshop at The Morton Arboretum. Sunday. August. 5, 2018 1:00 to 4:00 p.m.
  • Travel the world's great trails as told from the perspective of beloved nature writers at The Morton Arboretum. Sunday, August 5, 1:00 to 2:30 p.m.
  • Learn to identify the common trees you see in local preserves or in your neighborhood at The Morton Arboretum. Dates and times vary starting Jun 8 through October 6, 2018. Multiple sections.
  • Enjoy a summery bourbon cocktail and get buzzed about bees with entomologist and author May Berenbaum at The Morton Arboretum. Tuesday, August 7, 2018, 7:00 to 9:00 p.m.
  • Get the botany basics you need to identify plants at The Morton Arboretum. Online only begins: June 1, or August 3, 2018. In-person only: Saturday, September 8, 10:00 a.m. to 12:30 p.m.
  • Join botanist Chris Benda for a guided tour of the fens of Illinois. Thursday, August 9, 2018, 10:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m.
  • Learn principles and practices for managing critical habitats at The Morton Arboretum. Online component begins Friday, August 10, 2018. In person sessions: Two days: Sunday, August 19 and Saturday, August 25, 2018, 9:00 a.m. to 1:00 p.m.
  • Join renowned wildflower painter Heeyoung Kim for a watercolor workshop at The Morton Arboretum. Three days: Friday, August 10, through Sunday, August 12, 2018, 9:30 a.m. to 4:00 p.m.
  • Learn the identifying characteristics of local shorebirds. Learn the types and characteristics of shorebirds found in northern Illinois in the classroom, then spend a morning searching local hotspots to identify these birds in the field. Two days: Thursday, August 16, 6:30 to 8:30 p.m., and Saturday, August 18, 2018, 8:00 to noon.
  • Enjoy special access to the remarkable Denton Collection, a hundred-year-old collection of butterflies and moths housed in the archives of the Sterling Morton Library at The Morton Arboretum. Saturday, August 18, 2018, 9:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m.
  • Attract pollinators to your garden with native plants and sustainable gardening techniques; Designing for Birds and Bees on Saturday, July 14, 2018, 9:00 a.m. to 1:00 p.m., or add character and sustainability to your garden using repurposed materials; Designing with Reclaimed Materials on Saturday, August 18, 2018, 9:00 a.m. to noon.
  • Explore meditative and self-nurturing yoga poses with the use of plant based essential oils to restore and rebalance the mind and body in the tranquil setting of the Morton Arboretum. Select Mondays, June 4 through August 20, 2018, 6:00 p.m. to 7:00 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 the public.Four days: Monday, August 20 through Thursday, August 23, 2018 8:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m.
  • Try out this sampler session of aerial yoga. Stretch, strengthen, and release stress while having fun, cocooned in a hammock suspended from the trees at The Morton Arboretum! Select dates and times, starting Friday, June 8 through Wednesday, August 22, 2018. Early dates are sold out. Registration is now open for dates in July and August, 2018..
  • 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. Select Mondays. Wednesdays, or Saturdays, May 26 through September 29, 2018, times vary.
  • We are confronted with a vast amount of information every day, and it can be difficult to find trusted and credible sources of expertise. This hands-on workshop will teach you how to identify the “symptoms” of a less-than-credible source and what questions to ask yourself as you’re looking for good advice on the internet (and beyond) to answer questions about trees, plants, and the environment. Thursday, July 26, or Saturday, September 29, 2018, 10:30 a.m. to noon.
  • Enjoy the fall warbler migration while learning a methodical approach to dealing with fall plumages, arrival dates, migration patterns, habitat preferences, and alternate feeding approaches at the Morton Arboretum. Three days: Wednesday, September 5, 2018, 6:30 to 8:30 p.m. and two Fridays, September 7 and 14, 2018, 8:00 to 11:30 a.m.
  • Learn to use watercolor to capture the colors of nature. In this introduction to watercolor, students will learn techniques to apply paint to paper at The Morton Arboretum. Four Thursdays, September 6 through 27, 2018, 6:30 to 9:30 p.m.
  • This one-day conference for green industry professionals and avid home gardeners will focus on the latest information and practice related to the selection and care of Midwestern trees, shrubs, and woody plants, as shared by leading designers and plant experts at The Morton Arboretum. Thursday, September 6, 2018, 8:30 a.m. to 3:30 p.m.
  • Utilize watercolor to prepare a preliminary underpainting for your outdoor painting studies at the Morton Arboretum. Two days: Friday and Saturday, September 7 and 8, 2018, 9:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.
  • Stretch, strengthen, and release stress while having fun, cocooned in a hammock suspended from the trees at The Morton Arboretum. (The THURSDAY, JUNE 21 class has been RESCHEDULED for Thursday, June 28.) Dates and times vary, starting Wednesday, May 30 through September 7, 2018. Multiply sections.Dates in May are sold out. September dates are open for registration.

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