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Grass Identification and Ecology - Sold Out

Sold out! Wait list available: call 630-719-2468. Learn to identify the grasses that add beauty and interest to the summer and fall landscape at The Morton Arboretum. New section opened: Wednesday September 17-Thursday, September 18, 9:00 a.m.-4:00 p.m.

Designing a Contemplative Garden

Create a garden space that offers rest and renewal. At The Morton Arboretum 2 Saturdays, Aug 23-30, 9:30 a.m. - 12:30 p.m.

Field Study: Birds of Fall

Enjoy autumn’s amazing birding as you learn to identify the migratory birds filling the air. 5 Sundays, August 24 and September 7-28, 8:00-11:30 a.m.

Plants in Watercolor I

Add to your color illustration skills by learning this traditional medium at The Morton Arboretum. 6 Wednesdays, August 27-September 24 and October 8, 6:30-9:30 p.m.

Night Passage: Perils of Migration

Explore the Arboretum at night as we search for answers to questions about migration. 2 Tuesdays, September 2-9, 6:30-9:30 p.m.

Intro to Natural Areas Management

Remnant natural areas act as genetic banks for plant, animal, and insect diversity. How are these critical habitats being managed for the future? Thursday, September 4, 6:00-9:00 p.m.; Sunday, September 7, 1:00-5:00 p.m.; Saturday, September 13, 10:00 a.m.-3:00 p.m.

Woodland Conservation & Management

Help conserve our woodlands and gain the confidence and skills that will make woodland steward. Put that knowledge into practice through hands-on training on the grounds of The Morton Arboretum. Dates and times vary starting September 4. One section.

Composition in Nature

Learn to capture the "physicality" of a scene - its shapes, textures, and forms - through composition, which is a cornerstone of photography at The Morton Arboretum. 3 Thursdays, September 4-18, 6:30-9:30 p.m., and 2 Saturdays, September 6-13, 8:00-11:00 a.m.

Tree ID and Ecology

Learn to identify the trees you see every day in the woodlands and neighborhoods of the Chicago region as you enjoy their brilliant fall colors at The Morton Arboretum. 5 Saturdays, September 6-13. and September 27-October 11, 1:00 –4:00 p.m.

Chicago Wilderness Burn Crew Training

Chicago Wilderness is pleased to offer two fall sessions of the Midwest Ecological Prescription Burn Crew Member Training class at The Morton Arboretum. Thursday-Friday, September 4-5, or Saturday-Sunday, September 6-7, 8:00 a.m.-3:00 p.m.