All Courses

Course List

  • Nature Debates: Woodlands Vs. Prairie

    Every nature-lover has a favorite place. Do you prefer the open spaces of prairielands? Or is it the shady intimacy of the woodlands that calls to you? Grab a drink at the cash bar, and join us as two local stewards take each other on, arguing the merits of their own favorite habitat at The Morton Arboretum. Thursday, May 24, 2018, 7:00 to 8:30 p.m.
  • Full Moon Tram Tour

    Discover what happens at the Arboretum at night, when no one is around at The Morton Arboretum. Dates vary starting Sunday, April 29, through Thursday, June 28, 2018, 7:30 to 9:30 p.m. Multiple sections. Please note: April 29 and May 30 are sold out.
  • Drawing Nature II

    Grow your nature drawing skills under the guidance of a knowledgeable instructor at The Morton Arboretum. Four Thursdays, May 31, June 14-28, 2018, 6:30 to 9:30 p.m.
  • Wild Edibles

    Come nibble the new shoots of wild edible plants and taste how good spring can be at The Morton Arboretum! Saturday, June 2, 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. Saturday, June 2, 2018, 1:00 to 4:00 p.m., or Saturday July 21, 2018, 9:00 a.m. to noon.
  • The Sustainable Edible Garden: Food Forest Design Workshop

    Turn your yard into a sustainable, edible landscape using the design principles of permaculture in this two day workshop at The Morton Arboretum. Saturday and Sunday, June 2 and 3, 2018, 9:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m.
  • Woodland Habitats and their Wildlife

    The woodland habitat is so much more than a bunch of trees. Get a “behind the scenes” look at life in the woods on this guided walk with an Arboretum naturalist. Saturday, June 2, 2018, 9:00 to 11:00 a.m.
  • Mudpies and Swamp Soup (3-5 years)

    Enjoy stories, crafts, muddy games and play in this squishy, squashy, sensory-based program at The Morton Arboretum. Tuesday, June 5, Wednesday, June 6 or Thursday, June 14, 2018, times vary.
  • Plein Air on the Prairie

    Enjoy a morning of sketching outside, or “en plein air” on the Schulenberg Prairie at The Morton Arboretum. Monday, June 4, 2018, 9:00 a.m. to noon.
  • Mudpies and Swamp Soup (18-35 months)

    Enjoy stories, crafts, muddy games and play in this squishy, squashy, sensory based program at The Morton Arboretum. Thursday, June 7, Tuesday, June 12 or Wednesday, June 13, 2018, Times vary.
  • Native Plants for the Home Gardener

    Incorporate natives into your home landscape. Wednesday, June 6, 2018, 9:30 to 12:30 a.m.
  • Golden Hour Photography

    Join an expert photographer for golden hour, that magical moment just before sunset when the soft light gives the Arboretum a special, warm glow. Thursday, June 7, 2018, 6:00 to 9:00 p.m.
  • Visiting Artist Series: Nature in Word and Image with Julie Zickefoose

    Join artist, author, and field biologist Julie Zickefoose for a two-day exploration of nature through art and writing at The Morton Arboretum. (SOLD OUT) Friday and Saturday, June 8 and 9, 2018, 9:30 a.m. to 3:30 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: June 1, or August 3, 2018. In-person only: Saturday, September 8, 10:00 a.m. to 12:30 p.m.
  • Personal Habitat: Creating a Haven for Wildlife (and Yourself)

    This is the story of an artist's love affair with a piece of land, and the birds, animals, and plants that inhabit it. Join us at The Morton Arboretum on Friday June 8, 2018, 7:00 to 8:30 p.m.
  • Field Study: Birds of Summer

    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 p.m.
  • Design a Summer Container

    Create a stunning container that will add summer color to your yards, decks, and patios at The Morton Arboretum. Thursday, June 7, 2018, 7:00 to 9:00 p.m., or Saturday, June 9, 2018, 1:00 to 3:00 p.m.
  • Tools for Management (Online and In-person)

    Learn to effectively and efficiently use the tools of the trade to tackle different restoration jobs at The Morton Arboretum. Dates and times vary starting June 4, September 11 or November 6, 2018.
  • Citizenship in the World Merit Badge

    Learn what it takes to be a good citizen in the world. Compare the rights we have in the United States with the rights of two other countries. Two Tuesdays, June 12 and July 17, 2018, 6:00 p.m. to 8:30 p.m.
  • 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 Wednesdays, June 13 and July 18, 2018, 6:00 p.m. to 8:30 p.m.
  • Mudpies and Swamp Soup (3-5 years)

    Enjoy stories, crafts, muddy games and play in this squishy, squashy, sensory-based program at The Morton Arboretum. Tuesday, June 5, Wednesday, June 6 or Thursday, June 14, 2018, times vary.
  • ACCA Field Botany

    Learn to identify plants in the field through studying the plants of the Chicago region at The Morton Arboretum. Wednesdays, June 13 through August 1, 2018. 6:30 to 9:00 p.m., and Saturdays, June 16 through July 28, 2018, 9:00 a.m. to 1:15 p.m. Except on Saturday, July 14, class will meet 9:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m.
  • Mudpies and Swamp Soup (18-35 months)

    Enjoy stories, crafts, muddy games and play in this squishy, squashy, sensory based program at The Morton Arboretum. Thursday, June 7, Tuesday, June 12 or Wednesday, June 13, 2018, Times vary.
  • An Evening with the Artist: Thomas Dambo

    Hear from Danish artist Thomas Dambo, creator of the Arboretum's summer exhibit Troll Hunt. Dambo will share about his fascinating career making beautiful, fun, and inspirational pieces using reclaimed materials. Thursday, June 14, 2018, 7:00 to 8:30 p.m.
  • Citizenship in the Community Merit Badge

    How much do you know about government where you live? Just as ecosystems within The Morton Arboretum are a complex web, you live in a complex web of government units. Two Thursdays, June 14 and July 19, 2018, 6:00 p.m. to 8:30 p.m.
  • Bird Walks

    Search the woods, fields, and edges of the Arboretum for birds. The third Saturday of each month, April 21 through September 15, 2018, 8:00 to 10:30 a.m.
  • Sumi-e Brush Painting Workshop: Flowers

    Learn to simplify a specimen into a few well placed strokes with the minimalist approach of brush painting at The Morton Arboretum. Saturday, June 16, 2018, 9:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m.
  • The Life of Flowers

    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, June 16, 2018, 9:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m.
  • Camping Basics

    Get outdoors with your family or friends this summer! New to camping? No problem. This class will teach you everything you need to know to have a fun and safe weekend under the stars at The Morton Arboretum. Saturday, June 16, 2018, 9:00 a.m. to noon.
  • Tree Pose Family Yoga

    Experience nature from a new angle through fun animal and tree yoga poses at The Morton Arboretum! . Mondays, May through September, 2018, 10:00 to 11:00 a.m.

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