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The Meaning of Wilderness

Explore the meaning of the word “wilderness” in literature and in our use today at The Morton Arboretum. Saturday, December 6, 1:30-3:30 p.m.

Intro to Botany

Explore the world of plants by learning how leaves, flowers, fruit, seeds, and roots relate to water, light, nutrients, and reproduction at The Morton Arboretum. 6 Tuesdays, January 13-February 17, 6:30-9:30 p.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.

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

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.

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 Wildlife Tracking

Meet the animals that prowl our woods and ponds all winter long at The Morton Arboretum. Saturday, January 31, 9:30-11:30 a.m. or Sunday, February 15, 9:30-11:30 a.m.

Full Moon Winter Walk: Nature at Night

Discover what happens at the Arboretum at night when no one is around. Tuesday, February 3, 6:30-8:00 p.m.

Bird Biology

Gain a well-rounded understanding of what makes a bird a bird by discussing flight, feathers, and anatomical features such as feet, bills, and bones, along with bird metabolism, muscle structure and intelligence at The Morton Arboretum. 4 Tuesdays, February 3-February 24, 6:30-9:30 p.m., and Saturday, February 14, 9:00 a.m.-1:00 p.m.