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Professional Development

  • Learn to recognize tree and shrub problems through observing the life-cycles, signs, and symptoms of the most common pests in our landscapes at The Morton Arboretum. Six days: 5 Tuesdays, February 28 through March 28, 2017, 6:30 to 9:00 p.m., and Saturday, March 25, 2017, 1:00 to 3:30 p.m. Thornhill Education Center
  • Chicago Wilderness will offer two fall sessions of the Midwest Ecological Prescription Burn Crew Member Training class at The Morton Arboretum. Dates vary starting February 16, 2017. Multiple sections.
  • Learn to identify plants without leaves or flowers at The Morton Arboretum. (Canceled) Saturday, March 4, 2017, 8:00 a.m. to noon
  • Learn how to use interpretation to help volunteers and team members make a stronger connection to place at The Morton Arboretum. Saturday, April 8, 2017, 9:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m. .
  • The Chicago Region Trees Initiative has developed a full day, hands on training event for non-forestry professionals who work with trees. Tuesday, April 11, 2017, 8:30 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. Park Forest Village Hall
  • Discover the amazing world of magnolias and find new trees for your landscape at The Morton Arboretum! Saturday, April 15, 2017, 9:00 to 11:30 a.m.
  • Learn the methods scientists use to collect and preserve plants at The Morton Arboretum. Saturday, April 22, 2017, 10:00 a.m. to 12:30 p.m.
  • Learn to identify spring prairie plants in their early stages of development at The Morton Arboretum. Saturday, May 13, 2017, 1:00 to 4:00 p.m.
  • Forest Therapy or Shinrin-Yoku combines traditional techniques of mindfulness with a unique approach to nature connection drawn from the latest medical research. You will learn skills that are applicable in any forest ecosystem and can be adapted to other natural settings and human-built environments such as city parks and at The Morton Arboretum. Saturday, May 13 through Saturday, May 20, 2017, times vary (Some evening work, weather permitting.)
  • Get continuous color in your garden all summer long at The Morton Arboretum. Wednesday, May 17, 2017, 6:30 to 9:30 p.m.
  • Study the sights and signs of spring as they emerge at The Morton Arboretum. Three Saturdays, May 20 through June 3, 2017, 9:00 a.m. to noon
  • Study the ecology of mushrooms and other fungi with Patrick Leacock, mycologist and adjunct curator at the Field Museum. Learn about the biology and ecology of fungi and walk the trails at The Morton Arboretum to search for mushrooms. Saturday, June 3, 2017, 9:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m.
  • Save the date! Join us at The Morton Arboretum on June 3rd, 2017, as we explore the many benefits of nature-based early childhood education.
  • Learn identification and ecology of the fish, turtles, and crayfish found in the rivers of northern Illinois at The Morton Arboretum. Thursday, June 22, 2017, 6:30 to 9:30 p.m.
  • Identify top performing shrubs, ornamental trees, and shade trees for a variety of conditions at The Morton Arboretum. Two Fridays, June 16 or June 23, 2017, 9:00 a.m. to 2:30 p.m
  • Learn the names and ecology of the wildflowers, sedges, rushes, and other plants that inhabit wetlands at The Morton Arboretum. Saturday, June 24 2017, 9:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m.