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Conservation and Restoration

Grass Identification and Ecology

Learn to identify the grasses that add beauty and interest to the summer and fall landscape at The Morton Arboretum. This class is sold out, please call the registrar at 630-719-2468 to be wait listed. Thursday, September 8, and Friday, September 9, 2016, 9:00 a.m.to 4:00 p.m.

Natural Areas Management

Learn principles and practices for managing critical habitats at The Morton Arboretum. Three days: Thursday, September 8, 6:00 to 9:00 p.m., Two Sundays, September 11, 10:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m., and September 18, 9:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m.

Basic Plant ID (Online and in-person)

Get the plant and botany basics you need to identify plants at The Morton Arboretum. Dates and times vary starting Tuesday July 5. Multiple sections.

Openlands TreeKeepers at The Morton Arboretum

Learn to identify, plant, care for and prune trees in hands on classes with regional professionals at The Morton Arboretum. Eight days: Four Tuesdays, September 1​3​ through October ​4​, 6:30 to 9:00 p.m., and four Saturdays, September ​17​ through October​ 8​, 9:30 a.m. to 1:00 p.m.

Intro to Ecological Restoration (Online and in-person)

Discover the principles and practice of ecosystem restoration at The Morton Arboretum. Online component begins: Thursday, September 15, 2016. In person component: Two Thursdays, September 22 and 29, 2016, 6:00 to 8:00 p.m.

Woodland Stewardship Program Orientation

Join us for a FREE orientation program on the new format for the Woodland Stewardship Program, including classes with online and in-person components at The Morton Arboretum. Wednesday, September 28, 2016, 6:30-8:00 p.m.

ID and Ecology of Woodland Trees (Online and In-person)

Learn to identify the trees you see every day in the woodlands and neighborhoods of the Chicago region as you enjoy their brilliant fall colors at The Morton Arboretum. Online component begins: Thursday, September 29, 2016. In-person component: Thursday October 6, 6:00 to 8:00 p.m. and Saturday October 8, 9:00 a.m. to noon.

Chicago Wilderness Burn Crew Training

Chicago Wilderness will offer two fall sessions of the Midwest Ecological Prescription Burn Crew Member Training class at The Morton Arboretum. Thursday, October 6, and Friday, October 7, 2016, 8:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m, or Saturday, October 8, and Sunday, October 9, 2016, 8:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m.

Forestry Merit Badge

Earn your Forestry Merit Badge at The Morton Arboretum as you create your own field book to identify local trees and shrubs by leaves, buds and bark.Two Sundays, October 9 and November 6, 10:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m.

Invasive Species I (Online and in-person)

Learn to identify and manage the most common invasive plants in the Great Lakes region at The Morton Arboretum. Online component begins: Thursday, October 6, 2016. In-person component: Thursday, October 13, 2016, 6:00 to 9:00 p.m.