VISIT & explore

Step into nature

Discover the world past your front door at The Morton Arboretum with nature-focused programs for adults.
Night Passage: Perils of Migration
2 Tuesdays, September 3 and 10
6:30–9:30 p.m.
$59 member, $69 nonmember including admission
Unravel the mysteries of migration at night. Search for answers about migration while encountering bats, birds, insects, and other less well known migrants among various habitats within the Arboretum grounds after nightfall.
Bee Hive Tour
Friday, September 6 or Sunday, September 8
9:00 a.m.–11:00 a.m
$22 member, $30 nonmember including admission
Join us for a tour of the Arboretum beehives and learn about the importance of bees in our everyday lives. Interested in starting your own hives? Check out Beginning Beekeeping, beginning September 10.
Perennial Maintenance Walking Tour
Wednesday, September 11
5:30–7:30 p.m.
$18 member, $21 nonmember including admission
Help your perennials look their best all year long. Walk through the Arboretum’s perennial plantings to discuss and demonstrate late summer and fall season maintenance tasks such as cutting back, pinching, deadheading, and disease and insect control on a wide variety of perennials.
Saturday Snakes
Saturday, September 14
1:00–4:00 p.m.
$25 member, $33 nonmember including admission
Keen-eyed naturalists spot many snakes alongside roads in Illinois during spring and fall. Learn to identify the common (and uncommon) snakes of Illinois you might be seeing, what drives their migration, and how biologists find and monitor snakes through field explorations at the Arboretum.
Cocktail Cruise
Saturday, September 14
8:00–9:30 p.m.
Friday, September 20
5:30–7:00 p.m.
$19 member, $22 non-member including admission
Can you name a beverage that comes from a tree, shrub, or vine? Take an evening open-air tram ride to discover the countless ways that humans have derived beverages from woody plants while enjoying a thematic cocktail or refreshing iced tea.
Botanical Art & Illustration: Pencil
5 Saturdays, September 21–October 19
9:30 a.m.–12:30 p.m.
$160 member, $188 nonmember including admission
Take your drawing skills to the next level. As you study and draw the details of living plants, learn the techniques of pencil drawing and develop your artistic eye-hand coordination through daily drawing exercises, weekly assignments, and constructive critiques.
Conservation Seed Collecting 
Saturday, September 28
9:30 a.m.–12:00 p.m.
$22 member, $30 nonmember including admission
Get the seed collecting lowdown right here! Join Cindy Crosby, National Park ranger, writer, and Arboretum volunteer steward, as she shares her experiences in native plant identification, proper seed collecting techniques, and storage of collected seeds. Become an expert on how to tell when a seed is ready to be collected.
Intro to Smartphone Photography
Saturday, October 19
1:00–4:00 p.m.
$35 member, $42 nonmember including admission
Own a smartphone device but not sure how to capture that picture-perfect moment? This class will cover the best ways to use your phone to capture appealing images, a selection of good starter apps, and some basic post-processing of your photos.
Inside the Collections
Tuesday, October 22
9:00–11:30 a.m.
$8 member, $16 nonmember including admission
Celebrate fall by touring the Arboretum’s spectacular oak and maple collections with Kris Bachtell, vice president of collections and facilities. Kris will highlight noteworthy trees and share the history and ecology of the collections.