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Adobe Photoshop™ II

In this second course of the Photoshop series, participants will apply techniques from the first class to their own nature images and will use Photoshop tools to import optimally RAW images into Photoshop at The Morton Arboretum. 5 Mondays, May 19 and June 2-23, 6:30-9:30 p.m.

Perennial Maintenance Walking Tour

Walk through The Morton Arboretum's perennial groupings to talk about maintenance chores such as cutting back, pinching, deadheading, deadleafing, and disease and insect control on a wide variety of perennials Tuesday, May 20, 5:30-7:30 p.m.

Bird Conservation

Investigate how bird populations are naturally affected by habitat, competition, and predation; then apply these principles to understanding conservation threats at The Morton Arboretum. 3 Wednesdays, May 21, June 4 and 18, 6:30-8:30 p.m. and 3 Saturdays, May 24, June 7 and 21, 8:00-11:00 a.m.

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.

Sketching Moths

We will learn about the Saturnid moths, or great silk moths and sketch them at The Morton Arboretum. 3 Thursdays, June 5-19, 6:30-9:30 p.m.

Bold, Beautiful Containers

Learn to create stunning containers by combining annuals, perennials and shrubs, and where to place them for maximum visual appeal at The Morton Arboretum. Sunday, June 8, 1:30-3:30 p.m.

Photographing Summer in Black and White

Black and White photography in the summer is often overlooked, but this class will sharpen your skills in finding better compositions - form, light and pattern at The Morton Arboretum. 3 Tuesdays, June 10-24, 6:30-9:30 p.m., and 2 Saturdays, June 14-21, 7:00 a.m.-12:00 p.m.

Gardening with Beneficial Insects

Learn to recognize garden-friendly insects that can help control unwanted insect pests and how to acquire and nurture their populations for your garden at The Morton Arboretum. Wednesday, June 11, 6:30-9:30 p.m.

Beyond the Rule-of-Thirds

In this class learn how nature photographers make use of elements like movement, structure, and rhythm to compose images at The Morton Arboretum. 3 Thursdays, June 12-26, 6:30-9:30 p.m. and 2 Saturdays, June 14-21, 8:00-11:00 a.m.