The exhibit features artifacts from the library’s special collection relating to famous plant hunters, and it explores modern conservation efforts by scientists at the Arboretum. Tuesdays-Saturdays, during regular library hours.
“Little Trees” is an immersive outdoor nature-based learning experience for children ages 3 to 5 years old at The Morton Arboretum. Join us for our open house on Friday, January 31, 2020, 6:00 to 7:30 p.m.
Celebrate spring with The Morton Arboretum Photographic Society (MAPS) Exhibit of nature photography. This free show features a juried selection of photographs from local nature photographers. Many works are available for sale. Saturday and Sunday, April 25 and 26, 2020, 10:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m.
Join us for Tails on the Trails on Sunday, May 3, 2020 for a "paw"fect day out with your pup as you meander down The Morton Arboretum's 16 miles of hiking trails. Dogs are only allowed on special days like these!
Immerse yourself in the diverse cultures of Europe with visits to our European tree collections, plus culinary delights, authentic musical performances, impressive dancing demonstrations, and much more. Saturday, September 19, and Sunday, September 20, 2020.
Experience the healing and wellness-promoting effects of Shinrin-Yoku, the practice of bathing the senses in the atmosphere of the forest. Take a mindful walk with a certified Forest Therapy guide on a trail at the Morton Arboretum as you awaken your senses and reconnect with nature. Select Mondays and Saturdays starting January 20 through March 21, 2020, 9:30 to 11:30 a.m. Please note: Section A and B are sold out. Please call the registrar at 630-719-2468 to be added to a waitlist.
Get the botany basics you need to identify plants. Whether you are a natural resources volunteer or specialist, gardener, naturalist, or artist this class provides the fundamentals you need to get started. Fall: Tuesday, October 29, 2019: Registration closes at 11:59 p.m. Wednesday, October 30, 2019: Winter: Online course available, or Tuesday, January 21, 2020: Registration closes at 11:59 p.m. Wednesday, January 22, 2020: Online course available at noon
Learn to make one-of-a-kind handbound books that can be given as a gift, displayed as art, or used to hold photographs, sketches, or journal entries at The Morton Arboretum. Five days, Three Tuesdays January 21 through February 4, and two Thursdays, January 23 and 30, 2020, 6:30 p.m. to 9:30 p.m.
Circle up around the fireplace in the historic Founder’s Room in Thornhill Education Center, and enjoy an hour-long talk followed by a Q&A with the week’s visiting expert. Select Wednesdays, January 22 through March 25, 2020, 10:00 to 11:30 a.m.
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. Monday, December 16, 2019 or the Second or fourth Thursday of each month: January 23 through March 12, 2020, 6:00 to 7:00 p.m.
Plant-based foods are good for you and for the planet. Learn to make non-dairy cheeses and nut-based yogurts with creative mix-ins for a healthy, delicious treat at The Morton Arboretum! Saturday, January 25, 10:00 a.m. to noon.
Tap into your creative side with an introductory workshop on nature art. Warm up by the fire and create a drawing of winter foliage using graphite pencils at The Morton Arboretum! Saturday, January 25, or Sunday, January 26, 2020, 10:00 a.m. to 1:00 p.m.
Learn to effectively and efficiently use the tools of the trade to tackle different restoration jobs at The Morton Arboretum. Tuesday, January 28, 2020, 12:00 p.m.: Online materials become available. Tuesday, February 4, 2020, 6:30 to 8:30 p.m: In-person session at Thornhill Education Center
Learn the essentials of woodland ecology and the woodland management techniques necessary to maintain threatened woodland ecosystems at The Morton Arboretum. Thursday, November 21, 2019, 12:00 p.m. U.S. Central time: Online course becomes available, or Thursday, January 30, 2020, 12:00 p.m. U.S. Central time: Online course becomes available.
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. The Saturday, November 16 class is CANCELED. Please enroll in the December 7, 2019, 9:00 a.m. to noon, or Saturday, February 1, 2020, 9:00 a.m. to noon class.
Practice correct pruning techniques and learn which plants to prune now and more importantly, which to prune later at The Morton Arboretum. Section B: Online component begins: Monday, January 2, 2020 at noon and the In-person session meets: Saturday, February 1, 2020, 9:00 to 11:30 a.m. Please note: Section A beginning January 16 has been canceled. Please enroll in section B:
The Perennial Plant Association and The Morton Arboretum are teaming up to offer a day-long symposium entitled, ‘Garden Companions.’ Some of the best writers and most knowledgeable experts in the business will be here, and you’re invited to listen, learn, and ask questions. Please note: This program is SOLD OUT. Please call the registrar to be added to a WAITLIST. 630-719-2468 ( Monday through Friday, 9:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m.)
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 Wednesdays, January through March 2020. Mondays, 9:30 to 10:30 a.m. or Wednesdays, 6:00 to 7:00 p.m.
Learn to use watercolor to capture nature in color. In this four-week class, you will learn watercolor techniques such as laying a wash, glazing, and dry brush at The Morton Arboretum. Four Thursdays, February 6 through 27, 6:30 p.m. to 9:30 p.m.
Learn to combine multiple photographs into one presentation to tell a powerful story or show differences between subjects at The Morton Arboretum. Five days: three Thursdays, February 6 through 20, 6:30 p.m. to 9:30 p.m., and two Saturdays, February 8 and 15, 2020, 8:00 to 11:00 a.m.
Join nature artist Julie Sutter-Blair for a two-day drawing workshop that explores creative expression through drawing with graphite or colored pencil at The Morton Arboretum. Two days: Friday and Saturday, February 7 and 8, 2020, 9:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m.
Under the light of a full moon, hit the trail for a night of troll hunting at The Morton Arboretum!Please note: Section A for JANUARY 10 has been RESCHEDULED for February 6. Please call the registrar at 630-719-2468 to move to February 6, another section, or receive a refund.
Select Tuesdays, Wednesdays, Thursdays, or Fridays February 6 through March 11, 2020, 6:30 to 8:30 p.m.
Learn to call plants by their botanical names and learn 40 common plant species that are native to Illinois at The Morton Arboretum. Tuesday, November 12, 2019: Online course begins, or Wednesday, February 12, 2020: Online course begins
Take the leap toward a lawn-free yard. Lawns are labor- and resource-intensive. Learn ways to reduce the amount of lawn in your home landscape and replace it with an attractive, more sustainable design that meets your goals at The Morton Arboretum. Three Tuesdays, February 11 through 25, 2020, 9:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m.
Create a unique fresh floral design to celebrate love, and bring a splash of color and life to winter at The Morton Arboretum. Saturday, February 8, 2020, 10:00 a.m. to noon, or Wednesday, February 12, 2020, 7:00 to 9:00 p.m.
Search the woods, fields, and edges of the Arboretum for birds. The third Saturday of each month, February 15 and March 21, 2020, 8:00 to 10:30 a.m. Please note: The JANUARY 18 bird walk has been CANCELED.
Learn to identify and manage the most common invasive plants in the Great Lakes region at The Morton Arboretum. This class will be offered in the Spring of 2020. Registration will open February 18, 2020.
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. Wednesday, February 19, 2020: Online materials become available. Thursday, February 27, 2020, 6:00 to 9:30 p.m.: In person session meets
Urban wildlife is thriving, and we’re not talking about just raccoons and squirrels. Wildlife biologist Chris Anchor will discuss what biologists are learning about the mega-predators that are returning to the area, and what this means for both our natural areas and our neighborhoods. Thursday, February 20, 2020, 7:00 to 8:30 p.m.
Spend a day immersed in nature with guided writing and art workshops. Set aside time to disconnect from the day-to-day and focus on connecting with the natural world through writing and art at The Morton Arboretum. Saturday, February 22, 8:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. This program is SOLD OUT. Please email the registrar at email@example.com to be put on a WAIT LIST.
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 Sundays, October 27 through November 17, 2019, noon to 3:00 p.m., or Four Saturdays, February 22 through March 14, 2020, 9:00 a.m. to noon
Hedges are a valuable part of a landscape. Whether you have aging hedges that need refreshing or are looking to plant a new hedgerow, the Arboretum’s plant knowledge specialist will show you the ropes of healthy hedges. Wednesday, February 26, 2020, 6:30 to 8:30 p.m.
Learn to assess the invasive species issues at a site, and set priorities for efficiently and effectively managing invasive species in this engaging online class through The Morton Arboretum. Wednesday, December 4, 2019: Noon U.S. Central time: Online course becomes available or Wednesday, March 4, 2020: Noon U.S. Central time: Online course becomes available.
Learn the nuts and bolts of excellent nature writing and improve your wordsmithing skills in this blended online and in-person course at The Morton Arboretum. Tuesday, March 3, 2020: Online component begins. Three Tuesdays, March 10, 24, and April 7, 6:30 to 9:00 p.m..: In-person classes meet.
Chicago Wilderness will offer three winter sessions of the Midwest Ecological Prescription Burn Crew Member Training class at The Morton Arboretum. Saturday and Sunday, February 22 and 23, 2020 8:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m., or Thursday and Friday, March 5 and 6, 2020 8:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m.
Complex and colorful, birds are one of the most common subjects among wildlife artists. Join artist Alex Warnick as she shares the tips and techniques she’s gained over years of painting birds professionally. Friday and Saturday, March 6 and 7, 2020, 9:30 a.m. to 3:30 p.m.
Learn to identify plants without leaves or flowers. Explore the Schulenberg Prairie and adjacent woodlands to practice identifying native perennials and grasses in winter with a local expert at The Morton Arboretum. Saturday, March 7, 2019, 8:00 a.m. to noon.
Learn spring methods for propagating your favorite native plants. Learn how to bring seeds out of stratification, plant in seed trays and transplant seedlings at The Morton Arboretum.Sunday, March 8, 2020, 9:00 a.m. to 12:30 p.m., or 1:00 to 4:30 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. Tuesday, October 29, 2019: Online materials become available and Sunday, November 3, 2019, 9:00 a.m. to 1:00 p.m.: In person session meets, or Wednesday, March 11, 2020: Online materials become available and Sunday, March 22, 2020, 1:00 to 5:00 p.m.: In person session meets.
Join us for the annual Edible Gardening Workshop Series held each spring at The Morton Arboretum! Each week, gardening experts will share practical tips on growing your own food and inspire you with new ways to create beautiful, productive, edible gardens. Saturdays, March 14 through April 11, 2020, 9:30 a.m. to noon.
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, March 21, 2020, 9:00 a.m. to 12:30 p.m.
It’s time to start your landscape projects for spring! With a little help, you can create a well-designed landscape that will look good for years to come at The Morton Arboretum. Wednesday, March 25, 2020, 9:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m.
Digitally explore the intricacies of the prairie landscape and learn how to restore these signature American ecosystems at The Morton Arboretum. Thursday, March 26, 2020: Noon U.S. Central time: Online course becomes available.
Get the botany basics you need to identify plants. Whether you are a natural resources volunteer or specialist, gardener, naturalist, or artist this class provides the fundamentals you need to get started at The Morton Arboretum. Saturday, March 28, 2020, 12:30 to 3:00 p.m.
Learn how scientists study and take action to conserve plants. This class will review the major threats to plant species (fragmentation, habitat loss, disease, overharvest, and more) and how biologists make conservation decisions at The Morton Arboretum. Wednesday, January 29 through Wednesday, April 29, 2020. Weekly on Mondays and Wednesdays, 6:30 to 8:30 p.m., and three Saturdays, February 15, March 21, April 18, 2020, 9:00 a.m. to 1:00 p.m.
First Aid and CPR class will teach you the skills you need to keep yourself and others safe while working at The Morton Arboretum. Next offered in Spring 2020. Online registration for Spring classes opens February 18.
Learn principles and practices for managing critical habitats. Join us as we visit a variety of managed ecosystems in the Chicagoland area to discuss current conservation challenges and strategies with site managers and volunteer stewards. Next offered in Spring 2020. Online registration for Spring classes opens February 18, 2020.
Learn the theory and practice of habitat restoration at The Morton Arboretum. This course provides an overview of Chicago region ecosystems, threats to their biodiversity and functions, and management practices designed to restore them and the environmental services they provide. Thursdays, February 20, February 27, and March 19 through May 21, 2020, 5:30 to 8:30 p.m.;Three Tuesdays, April 28, May 12, and May 19, 2020, 5:30 to 9:30 p.m.,; and Four Saturdays, March 28, April 11, April 25, and May 9, 2020, 9:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m.
Plant-Animal Interactions is the study of the special ecological and evolutionary relationships between plants and animals. Wednesdays, September 9 through, December 2. 2020, 6:30 to 9:30 p.m., and Lab and field work: Select Saturdays September 12 through November 28, 2020 9:00 a.m. to Noon.