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Begin to Draw Nature

Learn the basics of nature drawing in a class designed for true beginners. Everything from how to hold your pencil to what kind of paper to use will be discussed at The Morton Arboretum. 5 Mondays, January 19-February 16, 6:30-9:30 p.m.

Botanical Art With Pen & Ink

Using pen and ink, you will learn to balance and manipulate black and white elements while creating the illusion of value, depth, and texture in your botanical illustration at The Morton Arboretum. 4 Saturdays, January 17-February 14 , 9:30 a.m.-12:30 p.m. or 4 Tuesdays, January 20-February 10, 6:30-9:30 p.m.

Winter Field Ecology

Discover how the struggle to find food and survive the cold shapes the interactions of plants and animals in Midwestern habitats at The Morton Arboretum. Dates and times vary starting Wednesday, January 14. Two sections

Winter Bird Walk

Explore the winter landscape with an expert guide, learn to identify the birds that overwinter in Illinois, and discuss their behaviors and natural history at The Morton Arboretum. Saturdays, January 17, February 21 or March 21, 9:00-11:30 a.m.

Winter Pastels

The soft light of winter lends itself to the medium of pastel. You will learn the basics of pastel and then working with your photographs and observation create a small landscape at The Morton Arboretum. Saturday, January 24-Sunday, January 25, 10:00 a.m.-3:00 p.m.

Out of the Box: You and Your New Camera

Learn the basics of how to use your new camera. Whether a point & shoot or a digital SLR you will be introduced to focus, exposure, histograms, and how to take a picture in the field at The Morton Arboretum. Tuesday, January 20, 6:30-9:30 p.m. or Saturday, January 24, 8:00-11:00 a.m.

Project Learning Tree®: Early Childhood

A program of the American Forest Foundation, Project Learning Tree® (PLT) is a collection of award winning, multi-disciplinary environmental education activity guides for educators and students in Preschool. Saturday, January 24, 2015, 1:00-3:00 p.m.

Native American Folk Lore Merit Badge

Earn your merit badge at The Morton Arboretum and learn about the amazing way of life and history of the Pottawatomie people who once lived in Illinois. Sunday, January 25, 10:00 a.m. -3:00 p.m.

Family Winter Play Day!

Witness a professional ice carving then paint, build, and experiment with ice and water before warming up by the fire and enjoying s’mores. Make it a full day by visiting Husky Heroes (10 a.m.-4 p.m.) before or after your frosty family adventure at The Morton Arboretum! Saturday, January 24, 10:00 a.m.-12:00 p.m. or 2:00 p.m.-4:00 p.m.

ACCA Economic Botany

Explore the complex relationship between plants and people! Economic botany is the study of plants that are used by humans for food, beverages, medicine, textiles, shelter and other uses. Mondays and Wednesdays, January 26-April 29, 6:30-8:30 p.m., and Saturday, April 25, (tbd)