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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.

Syrup Tree and Silver Dollar Brunch

Take a guided hike to learn the history of maple tapping and see how it’s done! Complete your experience with maple syrup sampling and family style brunch at The Morton Arboretum. Saturday, March 21, or Sunday, March 22, times vary.

March Rocks!-3-5 years

Play, paint, sort and build with rocks for the day. We’ll even make a rock friend to take home in this sensory based program. Tuesday, March 17, or Wednesday, March 25, 9:30-11:00 a.m.

Botanical Illustration

A scientific illustration instructs, informs, and documents the structure, form, and identity of a plant. In this course, integrate your understanding of botany and art to produce an accurate and beautiful botanical illustration suitable for publication. 6 Saturdays, March 28 and April 11-May 9, 9:30 am-12:30 pm.

Beginning Birdwatching

In this single morning workshop for beginners, learn how to find birds, discuss equipment, what to wear, keeping track of your observations, and more at The Morton Arboretum. Saturday, March 28, 9:00 a.m.-12:00 p.m.

Plan Your Landscape III: Selecting Plants for Your Plan

Learn planting design and gain confidence in your ability to put trees, shrubs, and perennials together into an attractive composition at The Morton Arboretum. 4 Saturdays, April 11-May 2, 1:30-4:30 p.m.

Modern Botanical Art

Explore the print collection and learn the techniques modern botanical artists use to record the details of plants at The Morton Arboretum. Saturday, May 9, 1:00-4:00 p.m.

Printing Techniques and the Plant Hunters

Botanical art was an important aid in helping plant hunters describe their latest discoveries. As botanical knowledge and botanical art advanced, so did the technology used to reproduce this information and to share it around the world Saturday, May 16, 1:00-4:00 p.m.

2015 Visiting Artist Series with Rhonda Nass: Spring Ephemerals with Colored Pencil

Learn to develop a realistic drawing of spring ephemerals with colored pencil on dark backgrounds at The Morton Arboretum. Saturday May 16-Sunday, May 17, 9:00 a.m.-4:00 p.m.

2015 Visiting Artist Series with Wendy Brockman: Painting Oaks

Learn to paint the details of Oaks with award winning artist Wendy Brockman. We will work with watercolor and gouache using specimens from the Morton Arboretum’s oak collections. Friday, October 16-Sunday, October 18, 9:30 a.m.-4:00 p.m.