Trees and Ecology

Course List

  • Search the woods, fields, and edges of the Arboretum for birds. The third Saturday of each month, November 17, 2018 through March 16, 2019, 8:00 to 10:30 a.m.
  • Join us for this 4-week outdoor adventure among the trees at The Morton Arboretum. Four Tuesdays, January 22 through February 12, 2019, 9:30 to 10:45 a.m.
  • Join us for a FREE orientation program on the Natural Areas Conservation Training Program Orientation (formally the Woodland Stewardship Program) at the Morton Arboretum. (Registration opens November 20, 2019) In-Person. Tuesday, January 22, 2019, 6:30 to 8:00 p.m. Thornhill Education Center.
  • Preserve your memories in the digital world by joining the Sterling Morton Library in attending their Tree Stories Memory Lab at The Morton Arboretum. Tuesday, January 15, Wednesday, February 13, or Friday, February 22, 2019, 10:00 a.m. to noon.
  • Join us for this 4-week outdoor adventure among the trees at The Morton Arboretum. Four Thursdays, January 24 through February 14, 2019, 9:30 to 11:00 a.m.
  • Learn to save your own seeds in this hands-on workshop at The Morton Arboretum. Saturday, January 26, 2019, 9:00 to 11:00 a.m.
  • Browse a selection of seeds, and take home a variety to plant this spring. Bring your leftover seed packets or self-saved seeds to share. Saturday, January 26, 2019, 11:00 a.m. to 1:00 p.m.
  • Learn the essentials of woodland ecology and the woodland management techniques necessary to maintain threatened woodland ecosystems at The Morton Arboretum. Online component begins: Wednesday, November 28, 2018 (open for registration). Online component begins: Tuesday, January 29, 2019.
  • 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. (Registration opens November 20, 2019) Online component begins: Thursday, January 31, 2019. In-person component: Saturday, February 9, 2019, 10:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m.
  • Preserve your memories in the digital world by joining the Sterling Morton Library in attending their Tree Stories Memory Lab at The Morton Arboretum. Tuesday, January 15, Wednesday, February 13, or Friday, February 22, 2019, 10:00 a.m. to noon.
  • Grab a flashlight and hit the trail for a night of troll hunting at The Morton Arboretum! Wednesday November 28 or December 12, 2018, 7:00 to 8:30 p.m. (open for registration). Select Thursdays starting January 14 through May 2, 2019, varied times.
  • Learn the basics of beekeeping at The Morton Arboretum. Four Thursdays, February 7 through 28, 2019, 6:30 to 8:30 p.m.
  • Learn to identify trees after they shed their leaves for the winter. Develop the skills to identify winter trees on your own using clues found in buds, fruits, leaf scars, bark, and branching patterns at The Morton Arboretum. Dates and times vary starting January 10, 2019.
  • Meet the animals that prowl our woods and ponds all winter long at The Morton Arboretum. Saturday, January 26, or February 9, 2019, 9:00 to 11:30 a.m.
  • Spring bird migration begins earlier than most people realize. Many species are already on the move in February. Waterfowl are the first to make major migration moves. As soon as the ice begins to leave our lakes and ponds waterfowl start pushing north. Three Saturdays, February 16, March 2, and March 9, 2019, 8:00 a.m. to noon.
  • Enjoy a pleasant morning and a warm beverage as you listen to stories of the unusual stained glass windows that decorate the beautiful Founders Room at Thornhill Education Center, as seen through the eyes of naturalist interpreter and writer Cindy Crosby. Saturday, February 16, 2019, 10:30 a.m. to noon
  • Learn to identify and manage the most common invasive plants in the Great Lakes region at The Morton Arboretum. Online class begins: Wednesday, February 20, 2019 (registration opens November 20, 2019).
  • What’s so “hot” about soil ecology? Grab a grown-up hot chocolate and get “the dirt” on soils from Arboretum soil ecologist Meghan Midgley. Thursday, February 21, 2019, 7:00 p.m. to 8:30 p.m.
  • Get the botany basics you need to identify plants at The Morton Arboretum. In-person only meets: Online only begins:Tuesday, November 27, 2018. 2019 dates vary starting February 12 through June 9 with online or in-person options available.
  • Practice correct pruning techniques and learn which plants to prune now and more importantly, which to prune later at The Morton Arboretum. Online component begins: Friday, February 15, or Thursday, February 28, 2019, and In-person components meets: Saturday, February 23, or Friday, March 8, 2019, 9:00 to 11:30 a.m.
  • What exactly is wilderness? In America, it's been a threatening frontier to be conquered; a place where timber and minerals lay ready for extraction; a refuge for wildlife; a home for indigenous people; a retreat for city folks to retreat from the hustle and bustle of civilization; and a "untrammeled, unspoiled cathedral" which inspires art, poetry, and transcendent thought. Two Thursdays, February 21 and 28, 2019, 6:30 to 9:00 p.m.
  • Learn to identify plants without leaves or flowers at The Morton Arboretum. Saturday, March 2, 2019, 8:00 a.m. to noon
  • Learn to make wood sing in this build-your-own musical instrument class at The Morton Arboretum. Saturday, March 2, 2019, 9:30 a.m. to 3:30 p.m.
  • Learn the nuts and bolts of excellent nature writing and improve your wordsmithing skills in this blended online and in-person course at The Morton Arboretum. Online component begins Tuesday, February 26, 2019. In-person classes meet Tuesday, March 5, 19, and April 2, 2019, 6:30 to 9:00 p.m.
  • Join an Arboretum expert for a cup of hot cocoa and a winter stroll through the conifer collection. Saturday, February 16, or Saturday, March 9, 2019, 1:00 to 3:00 p.m.
  • Learn spring methods for propagating your favorite native plants at The Morton Arboretum.Sunday, March 10, 2019, 1:00 to 4:30 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, December 6, 2018, 7:00 to 8:30 p.m. (open for registration). Thursdays, February 14, 28 or March 14, 2019, 7:00 to 8:30 p.m.
  • Make a difference in your own backyard with simple ideas that have a big impact on the planet. Learn how you can have an attractive, functional, outdoor space that your family--as well as the birds and the butterflies--can enjoy at The Morton Arboretum. Thursday, March 14, 2019, 7:00 to 9:30 p.m.
  • Learn to call plants by their botanical names through The Morton Arboretum. Online course begins Friday, March 15, 2019
  • Be prepared for your next wilderness outing; learn to find your way using a map and compass at The Morton Arboretum. Saturday, March 16, 2019, noon to 4:00 p.m.

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