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Basic Nature Photography

This course is designed for the beginning nature photographer to become confident and focused. You will learn to be familiar with your camera controls, basic composition, transferring and editing your digital images at The Morton Arboretum. 2 Thursdays, March 19-26, 6:30-9:30p.m., and Saturday, March 21, 8:00-11:00 a.m.

America's Romance with the English Garden

Discover the elements that made the English garden style so popular in America with Thomas Mickey, the author of America’s Romance with the English Garden at The Morton Arboretum. Thursday, March 19, 7-8:30 pm

Botanical Illustration

A scientific illustration instructs, informs, and documents the structure, form, and identity of a plant. In this course, integrate your understanding of botany and art to produce an accurate and beautiful botanical illustration suitable for publication. 6 Saturdays, March 28 and April 11-May 9, 9:30 am-12:30 pm.

Beginning Birdwatching

In this single morning workshop for beginners, learn how to find birds, discuss equipment, what to wear, keeping track of your observations, and more at The Morton Arboretum. Saturday, March 28, 9:00 a.m.-12:00 p.m.

Plan Your Landscape III: Selecting Plants for Your Plan

Learn planting design and gain confidence in your ability to put trees, shrubs, and perennials together into an attractive composition at The Morton Arboretum. 4 Saturdays, April 11-May 2, 1:30-4:30 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.

Modern Botanical Art

Explore the print collection and learn the techniques modern botanical artists use to record the details of plants at The Morton Arboretum. Saturday, May 9, 1:00-4:00 p.m.

Printing Techniques and the Plant Hunters

Botanical art was an important aid in helping plant hunters describe their latest discoveries. As botanical knowledge and botanical art advanced, so did the technology used to reproduce this information and to share it around the world Saturday, May 16, 1:00-4:00 p.m.

2015 Visiting Artist Series with Rhonda Nass: Spring Ephemerals with Colored Pencil

Learn to develop a realistic drawing of spring ephemerals with colored pencil on dark backgrounds at The Morton Arboretum. Saturday May 16-Sunday, May 17, 9:00 a.m.-4:00 p.m.

2015 Visiting Artist Series with Wendy Brockman: Painting Oaks

Learn to paint the details of Oaks with award winning artist Wendy Brockman. We will work with watercolor and gouache using specimens from the Morton Arboretum’s oak collections. Friday, October 16-Sunday, October 18, 9:30 a.m.-4:00 p.m.