Trees and Ecology

Course List

  • Strengthen your skills leading volunteers in natural areas management with this interactive primer for volunteer stewardship activity planning, group dynamics, safety, and volunteer empowerment at The Morton Arboretum. Online component begins: Friday, September 21, or November 2, 2018. In person component: Saturday, September 29, or November 10, 2018, 10:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m.
  • Celebrate the autumn equinox with an after-hours tram ride through the Arboretum. Thursday, September 20, or Friday, September 21, 2018, 7:30 to 9:30 p.m.
  • Join us for a hike and whiskey tasting at The Morton Arboretum. (SOLD OUT) Saturday, September 22, 2018, noon to 1:30 p.m., 1:00 to 2:30 p.m., or 2:00 to 3:30 p.m.
  • Learn to identify the trees you see every day in the woodlands and neighborhoods of the Chicago region at The Morton Arboretum. Online component begins: Thursday, September 27, 2018. In-person component: Friday, October 5, 2018, 10:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m.
  • Learn how to study, protect and conserve soil and water resources in this merit badge class at The Morton Arboretum. (CANCELED) Two Sundays, September 30 and November 4, 2018, 10:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m.
  • Discover and delight in the many ways trees have shaped the history of the United States, from industry and economics, to politics and war, to culture and literature at The Morton Arboretum. Thursdays, October 4 and 11, 2018, 6:30 to 9:00 p.m.
  • Discover the principles and practice of ecosystem restoration at The Morton Arboretum. Online component begins: Friday, July 6, or Friday, October 26, 2018. In person component: Two Saturdays, July 14 and 21, or Two Saturdays, Nov 3 and 10, 2018, 9:00 a.m. to 12:30 p.m.
  • Gain a new perspective on familiar settings with the chance to see what happens in the Arboretum at night when no one is around. Thursdays, October 4 or 11, or December 6, 2018, 7:00 to 8:30 p.m.
  • (CANCELED) Paddle the Rock River in Oregon, Illinois, and learn the geology and natural history of this unique area. Saturday, October 6, 2018, 9:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m.
  • Do experiments indoors and out at The Morton Arboretum to earn your Environmental Science Merit Badge. Two Sundays, September 23 and October 28, or Two Sundays, October 7 and November 11, 2018, 10:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m.
  • Get the botany basics you need to identify plants at The Morton Arboretum. Online only begins:Tuesday, November 27, 2018. In-person only meets: Saturday, September 8, 10:00 a.m. to 12:30 p.m., or Sunday, October 7, 2018, 1:00 to 3:30 p.m. The Online version for August 3 is sold out.
  • Join us for a FREE orientation program on the Natural Areas Conservation Training Program Orientation (formally the Woodland Stewardship Program) at the Morton Arboretum. In-person. Saturday, October 13, 2018, 1:30 to 3:00 p.m.
  • Get the skills you need to build a “sure-fire” campfire in this hands-on workshop at The Morton Arboretum. Saturday, October 13, 2018, 10:00 a.m. to noon.
  • Join us on a family-friendly jack o lantern lit hike to explore the night-life of owls, bats and spiders at The Morton Arboretum. Saturday, October 6 or 13, or Sunday, October 7 or 14, 2018, times vary.
  • Learn how and when to collect seeds from your favorite native plants at The Morton Arboretum. Sunday, October 14, 2018, 8:30 to noon or 1:00 to 4:30 p.m.
  • Pre-conference workshops for the Landscape Below Ground IV conference. Workshops take place October 15, 2018, at The Morton Arboretum and address planting trees, root diseases, soils, stability of urban trees, and tours of the Arboretum's future to Gateway to Tree Science exhibit.
  • Search the woods, fields, and edges of the Arboretum for birds. The JULY 21 class has been RESCHEDULED to July 28 due to severe weather. The third Saturday of each month, April 21 through December 15, 2018, 8:00 to 10:30 a.m.
  • Investigate harvest time favorites in this hands-on sensory-based program at The Morton Arboretum. Wednesday, October 10, Tuesday, October 16, or Thursday, October 18, 2018, 9:30 to 11:00 a.m.
  • Investigate harvest time favorites in this hands-on sensory-based program at The Morton Arboretum. Tuesday, October 9, Thursday, October 11, or Wednesday, October 17, 2018, 9:30 to 10:45 a.m.
  • The 4th Landscape Below Ground Conference, presented by The Morton Arboretum and the International Society of Arboriculture on October 15-17, 2018, features the latest research on tree planting and care from the ground down.
  • Enjoy an evening with Gavin Van Horn, author of The Way of Coyote: Shared Journeys in the Urban Wilds at The Morton Arboretum. Thursday, October 18, 2018, 7:00 to 9:00 p.m.
  • Learn to identify the common trees you see in local preserves or in your neighborhood at The Morton Arboretum. Dates vary starting September 14 through October 19, 2018. 9:30 a.m. to noon.
  • Learn principles and practices for managing critical habitats at The Morton Arboretum. Online component begins October 10, 2018. In person component meets Two days: Saturday October 20 and Sunday October 21, 2018, 10:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m.
  • Digitally explore the intricacies of the prairie landscape and learn how to restore these signature American ecosystems at The Morton Arboretum. Online component begins Wednesday, October 24, 2018
  • Discover what happens at the Arboretum at night, when no one is around. (SOLD OUT) Wednesday, October 24, or Thursday, October 25, 2018, 7:30 to 9:30 p.m.
  • Strengthen your skills leading volunteers in natural areas management with this interactive primer for volunteer stewardship activity planning, group dynamics, safety, and volunteer empowerment at The Morton Arboretum. Online component begins: Friday, September 21, or November 2, 2018. In person component: Saturday, September 29, or November 10, 2018, 10:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m.
  • What happens to the trees, animals, and insects in the fall at The Morton Arboretum? Come and find out on this fun filled, guided family hike. Saturday, November 3 or Friday, November 23, 2018, 1:00 to 3:00 p.m.
  • History is full of exciting tales of the plant hunters who traveled the globe to discover and obtain new types of trees, orchids, wildflowers, fruits and vegetables, tea, and more! Join us at The Morton Arboretum for an exciting afternoon hearing tales of these brave men and women from years ago and the new plants they discovered that give us pleasure today. Saturday, November 3, 2018, 1:00 to 2:30 p.m.
  • Learn the geologic history of the Midwest as we cycle the the roads of the Arboretum. Sunday, November 4, 2018, noon to 2:00 p.m.
  • Use nature as your canvas in this hands-on, sensory based program at The Morton Arboretum. Wednesday, November 7,Tuesday, November 13, or Thursday, November 15, 2018, 9:30 to 10:45 a.m.

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