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Spring Woodland Wildflowers

Wander through the ever-changing array of blooms in our woodlands to learn how to identify wildflowers such as trillium, mayapple, and dog-tooth violet and hear about their folklore at The Morton Arboretum. Saturdays, April 26 or May 3, 9:30 a.m.-12:00 p.m.

Monitoring and Managing Insect Pests

Learn the life cycles, signs and symptoms, and methods of control for the most common insects in our landscapes at The Morton Arboretum. Dates and times vary starting May 5. One section.

Birding by Ear

Learn how to identify birds that you can hear, but not see at The Morton Arboretum. 3 Tuesdays, May 6-20, 7:30-11:30 a.m.

Landscape Plants: Late Spring

Learn to recognize and grow a variety of small ornamental trees and shrubs, including crabapples, dogwoods, redbuds, that are at their peak in late spring and are appropriate choices for our regional landscapes at The Morton Arboretum. 2 Wednesdays, May 7-14, 6:00-9:00 p.m. and Saturday, May 17, 9:00 a.m.-12:00 p.m.

Bird Behavior

Explore the significance of songs and plumage in determining the territory, mate selection, and the different sexual strategies employed by birds at The Morton Arboretum. Dates and times vary starting May 7. One section

Creating Advanced Color Compositions in Nature

The class will study color theory and color management to be used in creating compositions using color in nature photography at The Morton Arboretum. 5 Wednesdays, May 7-June 4, 6:30-9:30 p.m.

All About Groundcovers

Discover the many types of groundcovers available to gardeners in northern Illinois, including both woody and non-woody types at The Morton Arboretum. Thursday, May 8, 6:30-8:30 p.m.

Digital Nature Photo Fundamentals II

This class is a continuation of the Digital Photography Fundamentals focusing more on the technology side of photography. Learn the different types of files, color management, flash basics as well as a comparison of software packages used in photography at The Morton Arboretum. 5 Thursdays, May 8-June 5, 6:30-9:30 p.m.

Photographing Trees: Spring

Learn to present the different structures, features, and associations of trees in spring artistically and accurately in your photographs at The Morton Arboretum. 2 Thursdays, May 8-15, 6:30-9:30 p.m. and Saturday, May 10, 8:00-11:00 a.m.

The Spring Palette

Learn which colors express the spring landscape and how to create “pastel veils” to capture the delicate beauty of this season at The Morton Arboretum. Friday May 9 or Saturday, May 10, 10:00 a.m.-3:00 p.m.