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Local Flora: Spring

Learn the names of the wildflowers covering the forest floor in spring at The Morton Arboretum. 4 Saturdays, April 11-May 2, 2015, 8:00 a.m.-12:00 p.m.

Field Study: Birds of Spring-Sold Out

Learn how to identify Illinois' spring resident and migratory birds by sight and call and meet other birders at The Morton Arboretum. 5 Sundays, April 12-May 17, 2015, 8:00-11:30 a.m.

Special Topics in Bird ID: Spring

Take a closer look at identifying common but complex groups of birds.Practice noting basic field marks, become skilled at recognizing key details of a bird’s appearance, and learn to account for wear and molt to avoid common pitfalls of identification at The Morton Arboretum. 3 Sundays, April 12-26, 2015, 12:30-3:30 p.m.

Gardening 101

Learn the recommended way to plant, transplant, and maintain trees, shrubs, and perennials with a hands-on approach at The Morton Arboretum. 3 Mondays, April 13-April 27, 2015, 6:30-9:30 p.m.

ACCA Introduction to Ecological Restoration

Learn the theory and practice of habitat restoration. This course provides an overview of Chicago Wilderness ecosystems, threats to their biodiversity and functions, and management practices designed to restore them and the environmental services they provide. Tuesdays and Thursdays, April 14-May 7, 6:00-8:30 p.m. and May 12-28 3:00-8:30 p.m.

Design a Spring Container-New section added

Design an outstanding spring container with one of the experts behind the Arboretum’s container displays. Saturday, April 11, 2015, 1:30-3:30 p.m. or Wednesday April 15, 2015, 6:30-8:30 p.m.

Intro to Nature Photography

Gain an appreciation for your camera's technology and learn the basics of field notes, exposure, composition, and characteristics of light through classroom instruction, hands-on demonstrations, practice in the field, and constructive critiques at The Morton Arboretum. Wednesday April 15 and Thursday April 16, 6:30-9:30 p.m.; 2 Wednesdays, April 22-29, 6:30-9:30 p.m.; 2 Saturdays, April 18-25, 8:00-11:00 a.m.

Spring Plant Combinations

Discover spring flowering shrubs, perennials, and bulbs that are happy companions and reliable performers at The Morton Arboretum. Thursday, April 16, 2015, 6:30-9:00 p.m.

Build a Terrarium-Sold Out

Learn techniques for making unique terrariums and make a simple terrarium to take home at The Morton Arboretum. Saturday, April 18, 2015, 1:30-3:30 p.m.

Spring Bird Walks

Celebrate spring by searching The Morton Arboretum grounds for nature’s brightly colored pageant of spring birds. Saturdays, April 18, May 16 or June 20, 2015, 8:00-10:30 a.m.