All Courses

Course List

  • Ancient Grains

    Get the scoop on ancient grains and their role in our diets with this hands-on program. Taste healthful recipes using ingredients such as teff, farro, and more, and prepare two recipes to take home with you at The Morton Arboretum. Thursday, September 20, 2018, 7:00 to 9:00 p.m.
  • Nature Photography: Intro to Composition

    Develop your skills as a nature photographer through thoughtful compositions at The Morton Arboretum. Four days: Three Thursdays, September 20 through October 4, 6:30 to 9:30 p.m. and (NEW TIME) Saturday, September 22, 2018, 1:00 to 4:00 p.m.
  • Nature at Night Tram Tour

    Celebrate the autumn equinox with an after-hours tram ride through the Arboretum. Thursday, September 20, or Friday, September 21, 2018, 7:30 to 9:30 p.m.
  • Forest Therapy: Art in the Forest

    This forest therapy walk intertwines art and Shinrin-Yoku, the practice of bathing the senses in the atmosphere of the forest at The Morton Arboretum. Saturday July 21, Monday August 13, or Sunday September 16, 2018, 9:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m.
  • 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. Online component begins: Friday, September 21, or November 2, 2018. In person component: Saturday, September 29, or November 10, 2018, 10:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m.
  • Whiskey Walks

    Join us for a hike and whiskey tasting at The Morton Arboretum. (SOLD OUT) Saturday, September 22, 2018, noon to 1:30 p.m., 1:00 to 2:30 p.m., or 2:00 to 3:30 p.m.
  • Hike and Yoga: Autumn Equinox

    Honor the Autumn Equinox with a short hike outdoors followed by a yoga class set to the sounds of nature at The Morton Arboretum. Saturday, September 22 6:00 to 7:30 p.m.
  • Fall Ikebana: Japanese Flower Arranging

    Capture the graceful curve of fall leaves and boughs, the delightful color of berries, or the lightness of a cloud through Ikebana -- the art of Japanese flower arranging at The Morton Arboretum. (SOLD OUT) Saturday, September 22, 2018, 1:00 to 3:30 p.m.
  • Woodland Trees (Online and In-person)

    Learn to identify the trees you see every day in the woodlands and neighborhoods of the Chicago region at The Morton Arboretum. Online component begins: Thursday, September 27, 2018. In-person component: Friday, October 5, 2018, 10:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m.
  • Full Moon Aerial Tree Yoga

    Stretch, strengthen, and release stress while having fun, cocooned in a hammock suspended from the trees and underneath the Full Moon at The Morton Arboretum. Friday, July 27, 7:30 to 8:30 p.m., or Sunday, August 26, 7:00 to 8:00 p.m., or Monday September 24, 2018, 6:30 to 7:30 p.m. All dates are SOLD OUT
  • 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.
  • 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, September 15, 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.
  • Soil and Water Conservation Merit Badge

    Learn how to study, protect and conserve soil and water resources in this merit badge class at The Morton Arboretum. (CANCELED) Two Sundays, September 30 and November 4, 2018, 10:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m.
  • Woodland Whimsy Fall Container

    Create a woodsy, whimsical, botanical container. Bring a bit of the Troll Hunt magic to your home as you use woodland elements and flowers to plant this late summer container at The Morton Arboretum. Thursday, October 4, 2018, 7:00 to 9:00 p.m.
  • A Cultural History of Trees in America

    Discover and delight in the many ways trees have shaped the history of the United States, from industry and economics, to politics and war, to culture and literature at The Morton Arboretum. Thursdays, October 4 and 11, 2018, 6:30 to 9:00 p.m.
  • Beginning Home Composting

    Discover the basics of backyard composting and composting with worms at The Morton Arboretum. Thursday, October 4, 2018, 7:00 to 9:00 p.m.
  • Intro to Ecological Restoration (Online and in-person)

    Discover the principles and practice of ecosystem restoration at The Morton Arboretum. Online component begins: Friday, July 6, or Friday, October 26, 2018. In person component: Two Saturdays, July 14 and 21, or Two Saturdays, Nov 3 and 10, 2018, 9:00 a.m. to 12:30 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, October 4 or 11, or December 6, 2018, 7:00 to 8:30 p.m.
  • Guided Paddle on the Rock River

    Paddle the Rock River in Oregon, Illinois, and learn the geology and natural history of this unique area. Saturday, October 6, 2018, 9:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m.
  • Environmental Science Merit Badge

    Do experiments indoors and out at The Morton Arboretum to earn your Environmental Science Merit Badge. Two Sundays, September 23 and October 28, or Two Sundays, October 7 and November 11, 2018, 10:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m.
  • Basic Plant ID (Online or In-person)

    Get the botany basics you need to identify plants at The Morton Arboretum. Online only begins:Tuesday, November 27, 2018. In-person only meets: Saturday, September 8, 10:00 a.m. to 12:30 p.m., or Sunday, October 7, 2018, 1:00 to 3:30 p.m. The Online version for August 3 is sold out.
  • Garden Wrap-up

    The gardening year is coming to a close, and what you do now will set you up for success next year! Wednesday, October 10, 2018, 6:30 to 9:00 p.m.
  • Under the Microscope: Drawing Beetles

    Enjoy a unique opportunity to study and draw magnificent beetle specimens under the microscope at The Morton Arboretum. Three Thursdays, October 11 through 25, 2018, 9:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m.
  • Drawing Nature II

    Grow your nature drawing skills under the guidance of a knowledgeable instructor at The Morton Arboretum. Four Thursdays, October 11 through November 1, 2018, 6:30 to 9:30 p.m.
  • Visiting Artist Series: Glass Pumpkin Workshops

    Work with molten glass to create your own glass pumpkin paperweight at The Morton Arboretum. (SOLD OUT) Choose one day between, Monday through Friday, October 8 through 12, 2018, 8:00 a.m. to noon
  • Garden Reboot: Design Workshop

    Does your garden need a reboot? Fall is the best time to evaluate your garden and plan for next year! Three Fridays, October 12 through 26, 2018, 9:00 a.m. to noon.
  • 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. In-person. Saturday, October 13, 2018, 1:30 to 3:00 p.m.
  • Chicago Wilderness Burn Crew Training

    Chicago Wilderness will offer three winter sessions of the Midwest Ecological Prescription Burn Crew Member Training class at The Morton Arboretum. Two days: Thursday, October 4, and Friday, October 5; or Saturday, October 13 and Sunday, October 14, 2018, 8:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m.
  • Outdoor Skills: Fire-Building Workshop

    Get the skills you need to build a “sure-fire” campfire in this hands-on workshop at The Morton Arboretum. Saturday, October 13, 2018, 10:00 a.m. to noon.
  • 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, October 13 or December 8, 2018, 9:00 a.m. to noon.

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