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Trees and Ecology

  • Learn the names and ecology of the wildflowers, sedges, rushes, and other plants that inhabit wetlands at The Morton Arboretum. Sold out, please call 630-719-2468 to be wait listed. Saturday, June 24 2017, 9:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m.
  • Experience the healing and wellness promoting effects of Shinrin-Yoku, the practice of bathing the senses in the atmosphere of the forest. 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 and Saturdays, June 10 through September 23, 2017, 9:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m.
  • Become a mini Monet! Explore the Arboretum for artistic inspiration and use impressionist techniques to create a masterpiece. Monday through Friday, June 26 through 30 or July 31 through August 4, 2017, 9:00 a.m. to noon, or July 10 through 14, 12:30 to 3:30 p.m.
  • Want to be a weather watcher? Investigate rain, snow, sun, and clouds. Study weather extremes from across the planet and enjoy experiments and stories on local weather wonders at The Morton Arboretum. Monday through Friday, June 26 through 30 or July 24 through 28, 2017, 12:30 to 3:30 p.m., or July 17 through 21, 2017, 9:00 a.m. to noon
  • New! Mix and Match this three part series where we will delve into the Arboretum’s scientific side. Dates vary starting June 12, 2017, 9:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m., Multiple sections.
  • Have you ever been as hungry as a caterpillar? Enter the whimsical world of Eric Carle as his characters come to life through stories, games, and crafts at The Morton Arboretum. Monday through Friday, June 12 through 16, 2017, 12:30 to 3:30 p.m., or June 26 through 30, 2017, 9:00 a.m. to noon
  • The beautiful historic Schulenberg Prairie is one of the oldest tallgrass prairie reconstructions in the world, and a model of biological diversity, good management practices, and research at The Morton Arboretum. Wednesday, June 28, 2017, 6:30 to 9:00 p.m. .
  • Rev up for a week of wet, hydrodynamic explorations! Slosh buckets and dip nets into Arboretum lakes to examine water-loving insects and plants. Monday through Friday, 21 June 19 through 23, or July 17 through 21, 9:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m.
  • New! Mix and Match this three part series where we will delve into the Arboretum’s scientific side. Dates vary starting June 12, 2017, 9:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m., Multiple sections.
  • Enjoy an afternoon with author Cindy Crosby as she shares insights and excerpts from her new book, The Tallgrass Prairie: An Introduction at The Morton Arboretum. This class has been CANCELED. Saturday, July 8, 2017, 11:00 a.m. to 12:30 p.m.
  • Learn how to tell invasive aquatic plants apart from native look-alikes and how to report invaders when you find them in this one-day workshop at The Morton Arboretum. Saturday (SOLD OUT) July 8, 2017, 12:30 to 4:30 p.m.
  • Who is really in charge of defending the Earth? Become an environmental scientist as you track pollution, analyze water and soil samples, monitor insect life, and learn what you can do to save the planet at The Morton Arboretum. Monday through Friday, June 5 through 9 or June 26 through 30, or August 7 through 11, 2017, 9:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m.
  • Can you survive in the great outdoors? Explore native woodlands and wetlands, and gain the skills needed to survive in these ecosystems Learn navigation skills and how to build a shelter. Set up camp, fish, and make tools to explore and tame the wild at The Morton Arboretum. Monday through Friday, June 5 through 9, July 10 through 14, or August 7 through 11, 2017, 9:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m.
  • New! Mix and Match this three part series where we will delve into the Arboretum’s scientific side. Dates vary starting June 12, 2017, 9:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m., Multiple sections.
  • Splash, play and learn in this sensory based program all about water at The Morton Arboretum. Tuesday, July 11 or Wednesday, July 19, 2017, 9:30 to 10:45 a.m.
  • Learn the essentials of wetland ecology and the vital management techniques necessary to maintain threatened wetland ecosystems at The Morton Arboretum. Two days: Wednesday, July 12, 6:30 to 8:30 p.m., and Saturday, July 15, 8:00 a.m. to noon
  • Discover the principles and practice of ecosystem restoration at The Morton Arboretum. Online component begins: Wednesday, July 12, 2017, In person component: Two Wednesdays, July 19 and Aug 2, 2017, 6:00 p.m. to 8:30 p.m.
  • Splash, play and learn in this sensory based program all about water at The Morton Arboretum. Wednesday, July 12, Tuesday, July 18, or Thursday, July 20, 2017, 9:30 to 11:00 a.m.
  • Ron Nosek of Nature Education Programs brings his What 2 Know B4 You GoTM program to The Morton Arboretum this summer. Saturday, July 15, 2017, 9:00 to noon
  • Explore Illinois’s first nature preserve with botanist Jack Shouba. Illinois Beach Nature Preserve, located at the south end of Illinois Beach State Park, is a designated National Natural Landmark and is one of the richest, biologically most diverse areas in the state. Saturday July 15, 2017 9:00 a.m. to 1:00 p.m.
  • Enjoy summer at The Morton Arboretum by searching the woods, fields, and edges for summertime birds at The Morton Arboretum. Saturdays, July 15, August 19, or September 16, 2017, 8:00 to 10:30 a.m.
  • Have you ever wondered WHY? Find out as we conduct experiments using the scientific method. Delve into why leaves change color, where rainbows come from, how fireflies glow, and other scientific mysteries at The Morton Arboretum.Monday through Friday, June 5 through 9 or June 26 through 30, 2017, 9:00 a.m. to noon, or June 19 through 23 or July 17 through 21, 2017, 12:30 to 3:30 p.m.
  • How do animals and insects fly? Read stories and play games to learn how different animals fly, where they live, and how they use trees and other plants for shelter and food. Observe beautiful birds and fluttering butterflies up close at The Morton Arboretum. Monday through Friday, June 19 through 23 or July 17 through 21, 2017, 9:00 a.m. to noon, or July 10 through 14, 12:30 to 3:30 p.m.
  • Explore the colors of the rainbow while learning about trees and other plants at The Morton Arboretum. Monday through Friday, July 17 through 21, 2017, 12:30 to 3:30 p.m.
  • New! Mix and Match this three part series where we will delve into the Arboretum’s scientific side. Dates vary starting June 12, 2017, 9:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m., Multiple sections.
  • Experience the healing and wellness promoting effects of Shinrin-Yoku, the practice of bathing the senses in the atmosphere of the forest. Take a slow and mindful walk with a certified Forest Therapy guide on a trail at the Morton Arboretum as you awaken your senses and reconnect with nature. Spring session: Select Wednesdays, June 14 through July 26, 2017, 6:30 p.m. to 7:30 p.m. Summer session: Wednesday, August 16 or August 30, 2017, 6:30 to 7:30 p.m.
  • Splash, play and learn in this sensory based program all about water at The Morton Arboretum. Tuesday, July 11 or Wednesday, July 19, 2017, 9:30 to 10:45 a.m.
  • Join us for a fun-filled adventure after hours at the Arboretum to explore the night's theme with a tram ride, activities, and a hike. Fridays, July 14, August 25 or September 8, 2017, 7:00 to 9:00 p.m. or Saturdays, July 29, August 19 or September 16, 2017, 7:00 to 9:00 p.m.
  • Splash, play and learn in this sensory based program all about water at The Morton Arboretum. Wednesday, July 12, Tuesday, July 18, or Thursday, July 20, 2017, 9:30 to 11:00 a.m.
  • Join horticulturist Sharon Yiesla on a journey through the life of a flower. Learn how flowers develop, how they grow, and the end result of their lives, fruit at The Morton Arboretum.Saturday, July 22, 2017, 9:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m.

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