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Plant Science Merit Badge

Earn your Plant Science Merit Badge at The Morton Arboretum while discovering the wonderful world of botany. 2 Sundays, April 12, and May 3, 10:00 a.m.-2:00 p.m.

Special Topics in Bird ID: Spring

Take a closer look at identifying common but complex groups of birds.Practice noting basic field marks, become skilled at recognizing key details of a bird’s appearance, and learn to account for wear and molt to avoid common pitfalls of identification at The Morton Arboretum. 3 Sundays, April 12-26, 2015, 12:30-3:30 p.m.

Gardening 101

Learn the recommended way to plant, transplant, and maintain trees, shrubs, and perennials with a hands-on approach at The Morton Arboretum. 3 Mondays, April 13-April 27, 2015, 6:30-9:30 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.

A Handful of Nature 18-35 months

Enjoy stories, crafts, games and play in this texture-based sensory program. Rough, smooth, crunchy or fuzzy; what will you find hiding among the trees to start your very own nature collection at The Morton Arboretum. Wednesday, April 8 or Tuesday, April 14, 9:30-10:45 a.m.

A Handful of Nature 3-5 years

Enjoy stories, crafts, games and play in this texture based sensory program. Rough, smooth, crunchy or fuzzy; what will you find hiding among the trees to start your very own nature collection at The Morton Arboretum? Tuesday, April 7 or Wednesday, April 15, 9:30-11:00 a.m.

Design a Spring Container-New section added

Design an outstanding spring container with one of the experts behind the Arboretum’s container displays. Saturday, April 11, 2015, 1:30-3:30 p.m. or Wednesday April 15, 2015, 6:30-8:30 p.m.

Intro to Nature Photography

Gain an appreciation for your camera's technology and learn the basics of field notes, exposure, composition, and characteristics of light through classroom instruction, hands-on demonstrations, practice in the field, and constructive critiques at The Morton Arboretum. Wednesday April 15 and Thursday April 16, 6:30-9:30 p.m.; 2 Wednesdays, April 22-29, 6:30-9:30 p.m.; 2 Saturdays, April 18-25, 8:00-11:00 a.m.

Spring Plant Combinations

Discover spring flowering shrubs, perennials, and bulbs that are happy companions and reliable performers at The Morton Arboretum. Thursday, April 16, 2015, 6:30-9:00 p.m.

Windowsill Herb Gardens

Take advantage of your window space to grow herbs indoors. Our herb garden expert will show you the best techniques for establishing and caring for windowsill herb gardens that are as attractive as they are functional at The Morton Arboretum. Saturday, April 18, 2015, 9:30 - 11:30 a.m.