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Arbor Reading Adventures

Join us in the Sterling Morton Library for this popular and interactive story time at The Morton Arboretum! Wednesdays or Fridays, November-March, 11:00-11:45 a.m.

Winter Twigs, Buds, and Bark

Examine the forms and branching patterns of 18 Illinois trees, stroll around the Arboretum to identify the twigs, bark, and buds of these majestic wonders. Saturday, January 17, 1:00-4:00 p.m.

Smartphone Photography

Discover the best ways to use your phone to capture attractive images, a selection of good starter apps, and some basic post-processing of your photos at The Morton Arboretum. Saturday, January 17, 1:00-4:00 p.m.

Landscape Plants: Winter

Learn to identify the plants that will help you create a beautiful home landscape at The Morton Arboretum. 3 Saturdays, January 17-31, 9:30 a.m.-12:30 p.m.

Gnome Homes

Take a hike through the Children’s Garden to hunt for all of the hiding gnomes, then create a keepsake, light-up gnome home of your own at The Morton arboretum! Saturdays and Sundays November-February, 11:00 a.m.-2:00 p.m.

Plan Your Landscape I: Getting Started

Begin the process of designing a home landscape by learning to prepare a scaled base map of your garden and create an inventory of your property at The Morton Arboretum. 4 Saturdays, January 17 & January 31-February 14, 1:30-4:30 p.m.

Deciduous Trees in Winter

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. 5 Sundays, January 18-February 15, 1:00-4:00 p.m.

Field Study: Birds of Winter

Learn techniques for accurately identifying Illinois' winter birds, spot species that are in the area this winter, and meet the migratory species that overwinter in our region at The Morton Arboretum.5 Sundays, January 18-February 15, 8:00-11:30 a.m

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.

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