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Trees and Ecology

  • Marking our 95th anniversary in 2017, The Morton Arboretum has a rich history to celebrate.Wednesday, March 1, 2017, 11:30 a.m. to 1:00 p.m.
  • Learn to identify plants without leaves or flowers at The Morton Arboretum. (Canceled) Saturday, March 4, 2017, 8:00 a.m. to noon
  • Discover the principles and practice of ecosystem restoration at The Morton Arboretum. Online component begins: Tuesday, March 7, 2017, and In person component: Two Tuesdays, March 14 and March 28, 2017, 6:00 to 8:00 p.m.
  • Learn to make wood sing in this build-your-own musical instrument class at The Morton Arboretum. Saturday, March 11, 2017, 9:30 a.m. to 3:30 p.m.
  • Discover what happens at the Arboretum at night when no one is around. (Sold Out) Thursday, January 12, Saturday, February 11, or Sunday, March 12, 2017, 6:30 to 8:00 p.m.
  • Tweet, drum and shake and explore all of the sounds of nature in this sensory-based program at The Morton Arboretum. Wednesday, March 8, or Tuesday, March 14, 2017, 9:30 to 11:00 a.m.
  • Why does the DuPage River need to be restored? What is involved when improving the habitat of the river? Learn about the DuPage River restoration project from the head of natural resources at The Morton Arboretum. (Sold Out) Wednesday, March 15, 2017, 11:30 a.m. to 1:00 p.m.
  • Tweet, drum, shake and explore all of the sounds of nature in this sensory-based program at the Morton Arboretum. Tuesday, March 7, or Wednesday, March 15, 2017, 9:30 to 10:45 a.m.
  • 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 21 or February 18, 2017, 8:00 to 10:30 a.m., or March 18, 2017, 9:00 to 11:30 a.m.
  • Earn your merit badge at The Morton Arboretum and learn all about geocaching. Two Sundays, March 19, and May 21, 2017, 10:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m. .
  • Take a guided hike to learn the history of maple tapping and see how it’s done at The Morton Arboretum! Saturday, March 18, or Sunday, March 19, 2017, Multiple start times 10:00 a.m. to noon.
  • Learn spring methods for propagating your favorite native plants. Learn how to bring seeds out of stratification, plant in seed trays and transplant seedlings at The Morton Arbortum. Sunday, March 19, 2017, 12:30 to 3:30 p.m.
  • Experience the healing and wellness promoting effects of Shinrin-Yoku, the practice of bathing the senses in the atmosphere of the forest. Take a mindful walk with a certified Forest Therapy guide on a trail at the Morton Arboretum as you awaken your senses and reconnect with nature. Select Mondays, January 23 through March 20, 9:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m., or select Saturdays, January 21 through March 25, 9:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m.
  • In this single morning workshop for beginners, learn how to find birds, discuss equipment, what to wear, keeping track of your observations, and more at The Morton Arboretum. Saturday, April 1, 2017, 9:00 a.m. to 12:30 p.m.
  • Do experiments indoors and out at The Morton Arboretum to earn your Environmental Science Merit Badge. Hike through the west side of the Arboretum to study the environment and then design a construction plan to complete your environmental impact statement.Two Sundays, April 2 and April 30, 2017, 10:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m.
  • Explore The Morton Arboretum’s unique flora and fauna and discover why some species need to be protected. Two Saturdays, April 8 and May 13, 2017, 10:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m.
  • Learn the geologic history of the Midwest as we cycle the the roads of the Arboretum. Saturday, April 8, 2017, 1:00 p.m. to 3:00 p.m. (rain date April 22)
  • 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. .
  • Strap on your running shoes for an informative running tour of the Arboretum. Select Saturdays, April 8, 8:00 to 9:30 a.m., May 13, 8:00 to 10:00 a.m., or June 3, 8:00 to 9:30 a.m.
  • Learn how to identify Illinois' spring resident and migratory birds by sight and call and meet other birders at The Morton arboretum. Five Sundays, April 9, 23, 30, May 14, and 21 , 2017, 8:00 a.m. to 11:30 a.m. (no class April 16 or May 7)
  • Earn your Plant Science Merit Badge at The Morton Arboretum while discovering the wonderful world of botany. Two Sundays, April 9 and May 7, 2017, 10:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m.
  • Experience the healing and wellness promoting effects of Shinrin-Yoku, the practice of bathing the senses in the atmosphere of the forest at The Morton Arboretum. Dates and times vary starting Saturdays, April 8, 2017. Multiple sections.
  • 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.
  • Celebrate spring by searching the Arboretum grounds for nature’s brightly colored pageant of spring birds. Saturdays, April 15, May 20, or June 17, 2017, 8:00 to 10:30 a.m.
  • Earn your Weather Merit Badge as you explore meteorology and discuss how weather affects the economy and our daily lives at The Morton Arboretum. Saturday, April 22, 2017, 10:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m.
  • Celebrate Earth Day with tea and sweet treats, then plant and decorate your own tea cup planter to take home. Saturday, April 22, 2017, 10:00 a.m. to 11:30 a.m. or 12:30 p.m. to 2:00 p.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.
  • Wander through the ever-changing array of blooms in our woodlands to learn how to identify wildflowers such as trillium, mayapple, and dog-tooth violet and hear about their folklore at The Morton Arboretum. Saturday, April 22, Wednesday, April 26, or Saturday. May 6, 2017, 9:30 a.m. to noon
  • In this intensive workshop, enjoy the spring warbler migration while learning about identification, arrival dates, migration patterns, habitat preferences, and daily feeding techniques at The Morton Arboretum. Wednesday, May 3, 2017, 6:30 to 8:30 p.m., and Sunday, May 7, 2017, 8:00 a.m. to noon

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