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Adult programs, Natural history

The Grounds at Thornhill Education Center

Take a habitat history walk to view the historic Hawthorn collection, discover the meaning of the stained glass tree medallions in gentleman’s library (Founder’s Room), and learn more about the Morton family mansion and the transformation to Thornhill Education Center. Thursday, May 22, 9:30 a.m.-12:30 p.m.

Field Study: Birds of Summer

Become acquainted with the host of birds that nest and breed in our region. 5 Sundays, June 1-29, 8:00 a.m.-11:30 a.m.

Birding at Illinois Beach State Park

Search for breeding and nesting birds along the Lake Michigan shore and see plants at the peak of their beauty. Saturday, June 14, 8:00 a.m.-12:00 p.m.

Full Moon Tram Tour: Nature at Night

Discover what happens at the Arboretum at night when no one is around. With the moon shining through the trees a tram ride reveals a captivating symphony of sounds, mysterious spaces, and wildlife on the move. Saturday, June 14 or Saturday July 12, 7:00 p.m-9:30 p.m.

McKinley Woods Bluff Restoration

Explore the timbered bluffs, ravines, and flatwoods in the McKinley Woods preserve and learn about the restoration work being done to increase native habitats for (plants and animals). Sunday, June 15, 10:00-12:00 p.m.

Habitat History Walk: Meadow Lake

Immerse yourself in the diverse mosaic of Meadow Lake to explore the native plant collection, learn about its historic restoration and award winning sustainability design for stormwater management at The Morton Arboretum. Tuesday, June 17th, 9:00 a.m.-11:30 a.m.

Field Ecology: Summer

Explore the natural world of Illinois in the summer session of Field Ecology at The Morton Arboretum. Dates vary starting June 18. Two sections.

Intro to Natural Areas Management

Learn principles and practices for managing critical habitats at The Morton Arboretum. Dates and times vary starting June 19. One section.

Summer Bird Walks

Enjoy summer at The Morton Arboretum by searching the woods, fields, and edges for summertime birds. Saturdays, June 21, July 19, and August 16, 8:00-10:30 a.m.

Plant Monitoring 101

Learn how to monitor your landscape to see what kind of plants and how many plants you have by developing simple monitoring programs. Sunday, June 22, 9:00 a.m.-12:00 p.m.