All Courses

Course List

  • Fall Family Hike

    What happens to the trees, animals, and insects in the fall at The Morton Arboretum? Come and find out on this fun filled, guided family hike. Saturday, November 3 or Friday, November 23, 2018, 1:00 to 3:00 p.m.
  • Black Friday Guided Hike

    Opt outside this Black Friday with a peaceful hike along the Arboretum’s quietest trails. Friday, November 23, 2018, 8:00 to 9:30 a.m.
  • Basic Plant ID (Online or In-person)

    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.
  • Holiday Herbal Cocktails (21+)

    Add some flair to your holiday party with festive holiday cocktails that incorporate flavorful herbs at The Morton Arboretum. Tuesday, November 27, 2018, 7:00 to 9:00 p.m.
  • Woodland Ecology (Online Only)

    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 (registration opens November 20, 2019).
  • More Youth and Family Programs

    Please check our Calendar of events for more youth and family programs.
  • Reduction Printing Workshop

    In linoleum block printing, a reduction print is a multicolored print created from a single block. Carrie will break down the process, teach how to plan the layers in an image, and share some tricks for registering the paper with ease at The Morton Arboretum. Two days: Saturday, December 1, through Sunday, December 2, 2018, 9:30 a.m. to 3:30 p.m.
  • Essential Oils Holiday Gift Set

    Make a set of four essential oil sprays and bundle them up in a decorative tin at The Morton Arboretum. Saturday, December 1, 2018, 10:00 a.m. to noon
  • Trolls After Dark Night Hike

    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 (registration opens, November 20, 2018)
  • Felted Woodland Creatures

    (SOLD OUT) Discover the world of fiber arts! Learn the basics of working with natural fibers and create a pair of woodland creatures, including a gnome or a hedgehog. Or, tap into the holiday spirit and craft a Santa Claus and elf at The Morton Arboretum. Saturday, December 8, 2018, 10:00 a.m. to 1:00 p.m.
  • Gingerbread House Workshop

    (SOLD OUT) Take a winter walk, find out what sweet treats grow on trees, then decorate a keepsake, light-up, chipboard gingerbread house with natural materials to take home at The Morton Arboretum.Saturday, November 17 or December 8, 2018, 10:00 to 11:30 a.m. or 2:00 to 3:30 p.m.
  • Holiday Table Arrangement

    (SOLD OUT) Create a festive, long-lasting botanical arrangement to display in your home during the holidays, using a wintery mix of greenery and flowers at The Morton Arboretum. (SOLD OUT) Thursday, December 13, 2018, 7:00 to 9:00 p.m.
  • Holly and Hops

    Grab a drink and get into the spirit of the season with an evening of entertaining holiday-themed plant tales at The Morton Arboretum.Thursday, December 13, 2018, 7:00 to 9:00 p.m.
  • Nature at Night Hike

    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. (registration opens November 20, 2019).
  • Meditation and Essential Oils

    Explore meditative and self-nurturing yoga poses with the use of plant based essential oils to restore and rebalance the mind and body in the tranquil setting of the Morton Arboretum. Tuesday, November 13 or Monday, December 17, 6:00 to 7:00 p.m.
  • Creative Effects Nature Photography Workshop

    Add artistry to your nature photography with creative effects at The Morton Arboretum. Saturday, December 1, 2018, 9:00 a.m. to 1:00 p.m.
  • Forest Therapy Walks (1 hour 45 minute)

    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. Select Mondays or Saturdays, September 29, through November 17, 2018, 9:30 to 11:15 a.m.
  • Holiday Swags

    (SOLD OUT) Create an elegant evergreen swag, a versatile cluster of winter foliage that can be placed almost anywhere around the house at The Morton Arboretum. Thursday, November 29, 2018, 7:00 to 9:00 p.m.
  • Forest Therapy Walks (3 hour)

    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. Select Saturdays or Mondays through November 26, 2018, 9:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m., and don't miss our New Year's day hike on Tuesday, January 1, 2019, 8:00 to 11:00 a.m.
  • Beginning Smartphone Photography

    Remember, “the best camera is the one that’s with you.” Whether you are new to photography or new to smartphones, discover techniques for getting great nature images with your phone at The Morton Arboretum. Saturday, December 8, 2018, 9:00 a.m. to noon, or Saturday, January 26, 2019, noon to 3:00 p.m.
  • Arboretum Yoga

    Improve your health and well-being with yoga. We will practice poses, breathing and meditation in the tranquil setting of the Morton Arboretum. Select Mondays or Tuesdays November 19, 2018 through April 9, 2019, times vary.
  • Citizenship in the Nation Merit Badge

    How much do you know about your national government? In this merit badge class, held at The Morton Arboretum, explore the three branches of our national government. Two Sundays, December 2, 2018 and January 6, 2019, 10:00 a.m. to 12:30 p.m., or December 9, 2018 and January 13, 2019, 1:00 to 3:30 p.m.
  • Out of the Box: You and Your New Camera

    Learn the basics of how to use your new DSLR camera at The Morton Arboretum. Saturday, January 19, 2019, 9:00 a.m. to noon (registration opens November 22, 2018)
  • Bird Walks

    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.
  • Natural Areas Conservation Training Program Orientation (Online or In-person)

    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.
  • Begin to Draw Nature

    Learn the basics of drawing in a class designed for true beginners at The Morton Arboretum. Four Saturdays, January 26 through February 23 (no class February 2), 2019, 9:00 to noon (registration opens November 20, 2018.)
  • Woodland Ecology (Online Only)

    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 (registration opens November 20, 2019).
  • Volunteer Leadership (Online and In-person)

    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.
  • Behind the Collections: Art of the Sterling Morton Library

    Join librarian Rita Hassert and artist Karen Johnson for an armchair tour of the Sterling Morton Library's extensive botanical art collection at The Morton Arboretum. Saturday, February 2, 2019, 10:00 a.m. to noon
  • Basic Nature Photography

    Become a nature photographer. Move beyond shooting in automatic; learn how to adjust your camera’s manual settings to get the shot you want at The Morton Arboretum. Four Saturdays, February 2 through 23, 2019, 8:00 to 11:00 a.m.

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