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NEW! Eco-Challenge-7th-8th grade

Ants can carry fifty times their body weight, termites build mounds twenty-five feet tall, and bees can visit over one thousand flowers in a day. Find out what you can accomplish as you explore the habitats at the Arboretum and take on eco-challenges. Dates vary starting June 6, 2016. Multiple sections.

Meditation and Essential Oils

Explore meditative and self-nurturing yoga poses with the use of plant based essential oils to restore and rebalance the mind and body in the tranquil setting of the Morton Arboretum. Mondays, July 11, July 25, August 8, August 22, September 12 or September 26, 6:00 to 7:00 p.m.

Go Fish-1st-2nd grade

Make your own fishing pole and let’s go fishing at The Morton Arboretum. Dates and times vary starting June 13, 2016 Multiple sections.

Amphibian Art: Frogs Across Forms

Learn how frogs have been interpreted in art at The Morton Arboretum! This class is canceled.

Prairie Ethnobotany

Learn how humans have used prairie plants on this summer hike at The Morton Arboretum. Friday, August 5, 2016 9:30 a.m. to 12:00 p.m.

Botany for Home Gardeners

Arm yourself with some basic science to improve your results and enrich your enjoyment in the garden at The Morton Arboretum. Saturday, August 6, 2016, 9:30 a.m. to 2:30 p.m.

Bring Your Own Tree Workshop

Students should provide material to discuss and style during this workshop at The Morton Arboretum. Saturday, August 6, 2016, 9:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m.

Shohin Sea Hibiscus

This tropical tree with heart-shaped leaves and yellow trumpet-shaped flowers is an easy-to-grow bonsai.  It is considered an indoor tree that likes full sun outside in the summer and a sunny window in the winter.  A Sea Hibiscus is included in the class to take home. . 
    
Notes:  A Sea Hibiscus is included in the class to take home.  Limit 10. 
Recommended Audience: Beginner  to intermediate levels.     

Shimpaku Juniper

Shimpaku Junipers make an excellent choice for bonsai as they are very hardy, long-lived and tolerant of adverse conditions.  These trees have attractive year-round foliage with dark greenneedles that are soft to the touch.  They are outdoor trees that will need winter protection.  A Shimpaku Juniper is included in the class to take home.

Instructor:  Ivan Watters   
Recommended Audience: All levels welcome.
Notes: A Shimpaku Juniper is included in the class to take home. Limit 12.     

Upcycled Wall Art

Join freelance artist JoAnne Laudolff at The Morton Arboretum and learn how to turn dress pattern paper, old magazine pages, found objects and even some organic objects into a beautiful piece of upcycled mixed media art for your home. Sunday, August 7, 2016, 11:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m.