Educator Courses

  • The Morton Arboretum is a private, nonprofit organization dedicated to the planting and conservation of trees. Our site is the ideal location for college and professional field study in many disciplines.
  • 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, February 2, 2018. In person component: Saturday, February 10, 2018, 10:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m.
  • Explore the interactions that drive ecosystem function and learn to identify plants, animals, and fungi in relation to ecological habitats at The Morton Arboretum. Online component begins: Friday, February 9, 2018. In person component: Sunday, February 18, 2018, 1:00 to 5:00 p.m.
  • Learn techniques for accurately identifying Illinois' winter birds, spot species that are in the area this winter, and meet the migratory species that overwinter in our region at The Morton Arboretum. (CANCELED) Five Sundays, January 28 through February 25, 2018, 8:00 to 11:30 a.m.
  • The tools that tree scientists use to study the natural world, are evolving. Discover the innovative ways that Morton Arboretum Scientists are utilizing current technology to study trees, plants and woody shrubs. Friday, March 2, 2018, 9:00 a.m. to 3:30 p.m.
  • Learn to effectively and efficiently use the tools of the trade to tackle different restoration jobs at The Morton Arboretum.Online component begins: Tuesday, March 6, 2018. In-person component meets: Tuesday, March 13, 6:30 to 8:30 p.m., OR Online component begins: Tuesday, June 5, 2018. In-person component meets: Tuesday, June 12, 6:30 to 8:30 p.m.
  • Get the botany basics you need to identify plants at The Morton Arboretum. New Online section added: Registration closes at 11:59 p.m., Wednesday, March 14, 2018. Online component begins: Thursday, March 15, 2018. Winter sessions start Sunday, May 6 for In-person only or Friday, June 1 for online only section.
  • 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 7, 2018, 9:00 a.m. to 12:30 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 Saturdays, April 28 through June 2 (no class on May 19), 2018, 8:00 to 11:30 a.m.
  • Save the date for a summit for educators and researchers to advance early childhood learning in nature at The Morton Arboretum. Wednesday through Thursday, May 2 and 3, 2018
  • Get the botany basics you need to identify plants at The Morton Arboretum. New Online section added: Registration closes at 11:59 p.m., Wednesday, March 14, 2018. Online component begins: Thursday, March 15, 2018. Winter sessions start Sunday, May 6 for In-person only or Friday, June 1 for online only section.
  • Learn the names and ecology of the wildflowers that cover the woodland floor in spring at The Morton Arboretum. Online component begins: Friday, April 20, 2018 In person component: Saturday, May 5, 2018, 10:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m.
  • Learn to identify and manage the most common invasive plants in the Great Lakes region at The Morton Arboretum. Online component begins: Friday, May 11, 2018. In-person component: Saturday, May 19, 2018, 9:00 a.m. to 12:30 p.m.
  • Get the botany basics you need to identify plants at The Morton Arboretum. New Online section added: Registration closes at 11:59 p.m., Wednesday, March 14, 2018. Online component begins: Thursday, March 15, 2018. Winter sessions start Sunday, May 6 for In-person only or Friday, June 1 for online only section.
  • Become acquainted with the host of birds that nest and breed in our region at The Morton Arboretum.Four Saturdays, June 9 through 30, 2018, 8:00 to 12:30 a.m.
  • Learn to effectively and efficiently use the tools of the trade to tackle different restoration jobs at The Morton Arboretum.Online component begins: Tuesday, March 6, 2018. In-person component meets: Tuesday, March 13, 6:30 to 8:30 p.m., OR Online component begins: Tuesday, June 5, 2018. In-person component meets: Tuesday, June 12, 6:30 to 8:30 p.m.
  • Learn the names and ecology of the wildflowers, sedges, rushes, and other plants that inhabit wetlands at The Morton Arboretum. Saturday, June 23, 2018, 9:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m.