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Learn to identify trees without their leaves. Explore the winter identification of trees at the Arboretum and develop the skills to identify trees on your own using clues found in buds, fruits, leaf scars, bark, and branching patterns of winter trees. Five Sundays, January 22 through February 19, 2017, 1:00 to 4:00 p.m. Sign up for each day a la carte or take all five sessions for a complete introduction to winter trees.
Learn to recognize 40 common conifers, plus a few unusual ones at The Morton Arboretum. Four Saturdays, February 25, March 4, 18, and 25, 2017, 9:00 a.m to noon (No class on March 11)
Learn to recognize tree and shrub problems through observing the life-cycles, signs, and symptoms of the most common pests in our landscapes at The Morton Arboretum. Six days: 5 Tuesdays, February 28 through March 28, 2017, 6:30 to 9:00 p.m., and Saturday, March 25, 2017, 1:00 to 3:30 p.m. Thornhill Education Center
Chicago Wilderness will offer two fall sessions of the Midwest Ecological Prescription Burn Crew Member Training class at The Morton Arboretum. Dates vary starting February 16, 2017. Multiple sections.
Learn to identify plants without leaves or flowers at The Morton Arboretum. Saturday, March 4, 2017, 8:00 a.m. to noon
The Chicago Region Trees Initiative has developed a full day, hands on training event for non-forestry professionals who work with trees. Tuesday, April 11, 2017, 8:30 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. Park Forest Village Hall
Discover the amazing world of magnolias and find new trees for your landscape at The Morton Arboretum! Saturday, April 15, 2017, 9:00 to 11:30 a.m.
Study the sights and signs of spring as they emerge at The Morton Arboretum. Three Saturdays, May 20 through June 3, 2017, 9:00 a.m. to noon
Learn the methods scientists use to collect and preserve plants at The Morton Arboretum. Saturday, April 22, 2017, 10:00 a.m. to 12:30 p.m.
Learn to identify spring prairie plants in their early stages of development at The Morton Arboretum. Saturday, May 13, 2017, 1:00 to 4:00 p.m.