Trees and Ecology

  • 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. (Sold Out) Two Sundays, April 2 and April 30, 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)
  • 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.
  • Explore The Morton Arboretum’s unique flora and fauna and discover why some species need to be protected. (Canceled) Two Saturdays, April 8 and May 13, 2017, 10:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m.
  • 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. .
  • 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. (Canceled) 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
  • Learn the names and ecology of the wildflowers that cover the woodland floor in spring at The Morton Arboretum. Online component begins: Thursday, April 28, 2017, In person component: Saturday, May 6, 2017, 10:00 a.m. to 4:00 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
  • Discover what happens at the Arboretum at night, when no one is around. Wednesday, May 10; Thursday, May 11; Friday, June 9; or Saturday, June 10, 2017, 7:30 to 9:30 p.m.
  • Get the botany basics you need to identify plants at The Morton Arboretum. Online component begins: Thursday, May 4, 2017, In person component: Saturday, May 13, 2017, 9:00 to 11:00 a.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.
  • 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.
  • Learn about the New Invaders Watch Program and how to get involved in monitoring and reporting invasive plants that are new to our region at The Morton Arboretum.Thursday, Wednesday, May 17, 2017, 6:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m.
  • Enjoy the unique sights and sounds of a spring evening at The Morton Arboretum. Friday, May 19 or Saturday, June 3, 2017, 7:00 to 8:30 p.m.
  • Study the characteristics, behavior, and significance of birds as you earn your merit badge at The Morton Arboretum. Saturday, May 20, 2017, 10:00 a.m. to 3:00 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
  • Let miles of walking trails at The Morton Arboretum roll beneath your feet as you experience and discover the wonders of nature and earn your Hiking Merit Badge. Two Sundays, May 21, 2017, 10:00 a.m. to 1:00 p.m., and August 20, 2017, 10:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m.
  • Learn to identify and manage the most common invasive plants in the Great Lakes region at The Morton Arboretum. Online component begins: Thursday, May 18, 2017, In-person component: Thursday, May 25, 2017, 6:00 to 9:00 p.m.
  • Come nibble the new shoots of wild edible plants and taste how good spring can be at The Morton Arboretum! Sunday, May 21,1:00 to 3:00 p.m., or Thursday, May 25, 2017, 6:00 to 8:00 p.m.

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