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Turtle ID and Ecology

Explore the fascinating ecology of turtles and learn techniques for monitoring their biodiversity for management purposes at The Morton Arboretum. Saturday, September 13, 1:00-4:00 p.m.

Alphabets Inspired by Nature

Be an explorer as well as an artist as we take to the outdoors to find inspiration for creating interesting letterforms at The Morton Arboretum. Saturday September 13 and Sunday, September 14, 10:00 a.m.-3:00 p.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 at The Morton Arboretum.. Saturday, September 13, 9:00–12:00 p.m.

Botanical Art & Illustration: Pencil

Study and draw the details of living plants to learn the techniques of pencil drawing at The Morton Arboretum. 5 Saturdays, September 13-October 11, 9:30 a.m.-12:30 p.m.

Nature Printing and Collage

Work with paints and nature printing materials before you invest. Joanne will bring her portable studio allowing you to play with stamps, paints, papers and mediums. Create a frameable work of art at The Morton Arboretum. Sunday, September 14, 11:00 a.m.-4:00 p.m.

Openlands TreeKeepers® training at The Morton Arboretum

Learn to identify, plant, care for and prune trees in hands on classes with regional professionals at The Morton Arboretum. 4 Tuesdays, September 16-October 7, 6:00-9:00 p.m. and 4 Saturdays, September 20-October 11, 9:30 a.m.-12:30 p.m.

Perennial Maintenance Walking Tour

Learn key care techniques to keep your perennial garden looking its best throughout the growing season at The Morton Arboretum. Wednesday, September 17, 5:30-7:30 p.m.

Introduction to Nature Photography

Gain an appreciation for the 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. Dates and times vary starting September 17. Two sections.

Landscape Plants: Early Fall

Learn to identify the plants that will help you create a beautiful home landscape at The Morton Arboretum. 2 Thursdays, September 18-25, 6:00-9:00 p.m., and Saturday, September 27, 9:00 a.m.-12:00 p.m.

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.