This Arbor Day, celebrate trees by dressing like one! On Friday, April 26, 2019 get free admission to The Morton Arboretum when you dress like a tree. One free general admission per costumed individual (not applicable to school groups).
Shop the Arbor Day Plant Sale at The Morton Arboretum for an exciting variety of plants chosen by our experts for success in your Chicago-area garden. Arbor Day weekend, Friday, April 26, through Sunday, April 28, 2019
Celebrate spring with this exhibition 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 27 and 28, 2019, 10:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m.
Join us for Tails on the Trails on May 4 and September 7, 2019. 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!
Walk along with theater performers surrounded by nature! All Walking Plays are approximately 90 minutes in length and will not exceed 2 miles in hiking distance. Select Weekends in July, August, and October 2019
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 21, and Sunday, September 22, 2019.
Use the style of renowned landscape architect Tony Tyznik and other botanical artists for inspiration as you create a drawing of an Arboretum tree, working either in graphite or in pen and ink at The Morton Arboretum. Four Thursdays, April 25 through May 16, 2019, 6:30 to 9:30 p.m.
Wander through the ever-changing array of blooms in our woodlands and prairie to learn how to identify wildflowers such as trillium, mayapple, and dog-tooth violet and hear about their folklore at The Morton Arboretum. Thursday, April 18, Friday, April 26, or Saturday, May 4, 2019, 8:30 to 11:00 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. Wednesday, April 24, or Wednesday, June 26, 2019, 6:00 p.m. to 7:00 p.m.
Turn your yard into a sustainable, edible landscape using the design principles of permaculture in this two day workshop at The Morton Arboretum. (CANCELED) Two days: Saturday and Sunday, April 27 and 28, 2019, 8:30 a.m. to 2:30 p.m.
Learn how to identify Illinois' spring resident and migratory birds by sight and call and meet other birders at The Morton Arboretum. Five Saturdays, April 27 through June 1 (no class on May 18), 2019, 8:00 to 11:30 a.m.
In this focused workshop, enjoy the spring warbler migration while learning about identification, arrival dates, migration patterns, habitat preferences, and daily feeding techniques at The Morton Arboretum. Three days: Wednesday, May 1, 6:30 to 8:30 p.m., and Fridays, May 3 and 10, 2019, 8:00 to 11:30 a.m.
Develop your skills as a nature photographer through thoughtful compositions. Learn tools of composition and how to use your camera to make an image that captures the moment, feeling or experience in nature at The Morton Arboretum. Four days: Three Thursdays, May 2, 9, and 16, 2019, 6:30 to 9:30 p.m. and Saturday, May 4, 2019, 8:00 to 11:00 a.m.
Whether you’re visiting a national park or your local nature preserve this summer, return home with rewarding photographs that tell the story of your experience. Three days: Two Thursdays, May 2 and 9, 2019, 6:30 to 9:30 p.m. and Saturday, May 4, 2019, 8:00 to 11:00 a.m.
Learn the basics of drawing in a class designed for true beginners at The Morton Arboretum. Four Thursdays, April 25 through May 16, 2019, 6:30 to 9:30 p.m. Summer registration opens May 21. Four Saturdays, September 7 through 28, 2019, 9:00 a.m. to noon.
Turn your small space into a productive, edible garden and take home seedlings to get started at The Morton Arboretum. Thursday, April 25, 2019, 7:00 to 9:00 p.m., or Friday, May 10, 2019, 10:00 a.m. to noon.
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 March 11 through June 10, 2019, times vary.
Spend an exciting day with professional photographer Ian Plant! During this comprehensive classroom seminar, Ian will share the techniques and stories behind some of his favorite photos from around the world. He'll cover a range of topics, discuss artistic design principles, present field and digital darkroom techniques, and provide hands-on technical demonstration at The Morton Arboretum. Saturday, May 11, 2019, 8:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m.
Make a set of organic body-care items to take home or give as a gift! Join Andrea Mattson of Edible Alchemy and learn the basics of creating natural skincare remedies at The Morton Arboretum. Saturday, May 11, 2019, 10:00 a.m. to noon, or 1:00 to 3:00 p.m.
Keep your yard looking great all year! This workshop is designed especially for new homeowners short on time. Get easy-to-follow instructions to care for the trees, shrubs, and other plants growing in your yard at The Morton Arboretum. Saturday, April 13 or May 11, 2019, 9:00 a.m. to noon
Explore the interactions that drive ecosystem function and learn to identify plants, animals, and fungi in relation to ecological habitats at The Morton Arboretum. Register now: for class starting Wednesday, March 13, or Thursday, May 9, 2019.
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, May 15, 2019: 12:00 p.m. U.S. Central time: Online course becomes available.
Join prairie steward and writer Cindy Crosby as we explore the history of prairie, prairie ethnobotany, and the future of tallgrass in a changing world through this two-part evening class at The Morton Arboretum. Two Thursdays, May 16 and 23, 2019, 6:30 to 9:00 p.m.
Join nature artist Wendy Brockman for a unique three day workshop. Participants will use sketches and drawings to create beautiful pencil and mixed media compositions that use nature as a visual framework to express ideas at The Morton Arboretum. Three days: Friday, May 17, through Sunday, May 19, 2019 9:30 a.m. to 4:00 p.m.
Design summer container with hardy plants that will bring color to any shady outdoor space at The Morton Arboretum. Thursday, May 16, 2019, 7:00 to 9:00 p.m., or Saturday, May 18, 2019, 1:00 to 3:00 p.m.
See the Arboretum through the eyes of an expert photographer. Learn how to notice your surroundings with attention to light, angle, subject, and creative interpretation at The Morton Arboretum. Saturday, April 13 or May 18, 2019, 1:00 to 4:00 p.m.
Learn to grow your own edible mushrooms including shiitake, lions mane, oyster and winecap, and take home a completed oyster mushroom kit at The Morton Arboretum. Saturday, May 18, 2019, 9:00 a.m. to noon.
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, May 18, 2019, 9:00 to 11:30 a.m.
Enrich your understanding of our local natural areas by learning to identify the most common native plants you’re likely to encounter at The Morton Arboretum. Sunday, May 19, noon to 3:00 p.m. or Wednesday, June 12, 2019, 6:30 to 9:30 p.m.
Learn to identify and manage the most common invasive plants in the Great Lakes region at The Morton Arboretum. Register now for the Online class available on Wednesday, February 20, 2019. Registration opens February 19, 2019 for the Online class available on May 8, 2019.
Educators who teach urban forestry, arboriculture, and other closely related fields are invited to the the Urban Forestry and Arboriculture Educators Symposium at The Morton Arboretum. Two day conference: Monday, May 20, 2019: 9:00 a.m. to 8:00 p.m., through Tuesday, May 21, 2019, 9:00 a.m. to 5:15 p.m., and Arboretum tour: Wednesday, May 22, 8:30 a.m.to 12:00 p.m.
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. This class will be offered again in Summer 2019. Registration will open Tuesday, May 21, 2019
Learn about the New Invaders Watch Program and how to get involved in monitoring and reporting invasive plants that are new to our region at The Morton Arboretum. Tuesday, May 21, 2019, 6:30 p.m. to 8:00 p.m.
Learn the theory and practice of habitat restoration at The Morton Arboretum. Mondays and Wednesdays, April 1 through May 22, 2019. April 1 through 24, 5:30 to 8:30 p.m., and April 29 through May 22, 5:30 to 9:30 p.m.
Stroll the Arboretum's stunning perennial beds where you’ll learn about plant placement, dividing, transplanting, watering, fertilizing, mulching and more. CANCELED for Tuesday, April 16. SPACE AVAILABLE for Wednesday, May 22, 6:00 to 8:00 p.m., or Thursday, June 13, 2019, 6:30 to 8:30 p.m.
Learn principles and practices for managing critical habitats at The Morton Arboretum. Wednesday, May 22, 2019, noon: U.S. Central time: Online materials become available. Saturday, June 1, 9:00 a.m. to 1:00 p.m., meet at Lake in the Hills Fen, and Sunday, June 9, 9:00 a.m. to 1:00 p.m., meet at Pleasant Valley Conservation area,
Experience the healing and wellness promoting effects of Shinrin-Yoku, the practice of bathing the senses in the atmosphere of the forest. Take a slow and mindful walk with a certified Forest Therapy guide on a trail at the Morton Arboretum Days and locations vary starting Monday March 11 through Saturday June 22, 2019, 9:30 to 11:15 a.m.
Discover what happens at the Arboretum at night, when no one is around. THE APRIL 25 TRAM TOUR IS CANCELED. Please register for Wednesday, April 24; Thursday, May 16; or Friday, May 17, 2019, 7:30 to 9:30 p.m.
Get the botany basics you need to identify plants at The Morton Arboretum. In-person only option: Saturday, May 11, or Sunday, June 9, 2019, 1:00 to 3:30 p.m. Online only option: Starts Wednesday, May 29, 2019
Study the masters of minimalist photography and learn to create your own evocative nature compositions at The Morton Arboretum. Five days: Three Thursdays, May 30, June 6, and June 13, 2019, 6:30 to 9:30 p.m., and Two Saturdays, June 1 and 8, 2019, 8:00 to 11:00 a.m.
The Asian carp frequently makes headlines for the threat it poses to Lake Michigan and our waterways. What do we know about the impact this invader--and others like it--is having on our native landscape? Thursday, May 30, 2019, 7:00 to 9:00 p.m.
Stretch, strengthen, and release stress while having fun, cocooned in a hammock suspended from the trees at The Morton Arboretum. Four Thursdays, May 30 through June 20, 2019, 6:00 to 7:15 p.m., or Four Fridays, May 31 through June 21, 9:30 to 10:45 a.m.
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 1, 2019, 9:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m.
Experience the healing and wellness promoting effects of Shinrin-Yoku, the practice of bathing the senses in the atmosphere of the forest. Take a slow and mindful walk with a certified Forest Therapy guide on a trail at the Morton Arboretum. Dates and locations vary starting Monday, April 8 through Saturday, June 29, 2019, 9:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m.
Be prepared for the unexpected on your next outdoor adventure. Having a plan and being prepared with some essential survival skills can help you stay safe, even if things go wrong. (CANCELED) Saturday, June 1, 2019, 9:00 to noon.
Build your skill set and learn about leading ideas in nature-based early childhood education in this one-day symposium for early childhood educators, administrators, and naturalists at The Morton Arboretum. Saturday, June 1, 2019, 8:30 a.m. to 3:00 p.m.
Try out this sampler session of aerial yoga. Stretch, strengthen, and release stress while having fun, cocooned in a hammock suspended from the trees at The Morton Arboretum! Wednesday, June 5 or 19, or Monday, June 17 or 24, 2019, 6:30 to 7:30 p.m.
Join us for a FREE orientation program on the Natural Areas Conservation Training Program Orientation (formally the Woodland Stewardship Program) at the Morton Arboretum. Wednesday, June 5, 2019, 6:30 to 8:00 p.m.
Create field sketches of summer landscapes at The Morton Arboretum. PLEASE REGISTER FOR THE JUNE 7 SECTION. THE JUNE 1 SECTION HAS BEEN CANCELED. Saturday, June 1, or Friday, June 7, 2019, 9:00 a.m. to 12:30 p.m.
In this workshop, you will learn to simplify a specimen into a few well placed strokes with this minimalist approach of brush painting at The Morton Arboretum. Saturday, June 8, 2019, 9:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m.
Focus on your wellness and spend a night under the stars on the peaceful grounds of the Arboretum during this weekend wellness retreat. Saturday and Sunday, June 8 and 9, 2019. Check in at 8:30 a.m. Saturday and depart at noon on Sunday.
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. Register now for Spring; Four Thursdays, June 6 through 27, 2019, 6:30 to 9:30 p.m. Summer registration opens May 21; Four Thursdays, July 11 through August 1, 2019, 6:30 p.m. to 9:30 p.m.
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. Register now for Spring; Saturday April 13, or June 15, 2019, 8:00 to 11:00 a.m. Summer registration opens May 21; Saturday, July 13 or September 14, 2019, Noon to 3:00 p.m.
Learn to identify the endangered rusty patched bumblebee so you can participate in a bee blitz on Schulenberg Prairie. Wednesday, June 19, 2019, 12:30 to 3:30 p.m., and Bee Blitz on Saturday, June 22, 2019 from 11:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m.
Get a beautiful garden without all the work! In this class, horticulturist Marcy Stewart-Pyziak will show you how smart design and good plant selection will allow you to spend less time tending and more time enjoying your garden at The Morton Arboretum. Thursday, June 20, 2019, 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. Register now: for class starting Thursday, March 28, 2019. Registration opens February 19, 2019: for class starting June 26, 2019.
Experience the many restorative and therapeutic benefits of aerial yoga while you relax, release, and deepen into yoga poses supported by a hammock at The Morton Arboretum. Sunday, June 30, 2019, 10:30 to 11:45 a.m. or 12:30 to 1:45 p.m.
Capture the graceful curve of an unfolding bud, the surprise of new leaves, or the lightness of a cloud through Ikebana -- the art of Japanese flower arranging at The Morton Arboretum. Saturday, April 6 or June 29, 2019, 1:00 to 3:30 p.m.
Learn the essentials of wetland ecology and the vital management techniques necessary to maintain threatened wetland ecosystems at The Morton Arboretum. Registration will open February 19, 2019. Two days: Wednesday, July 10, 6:30 to 8:30 p.m., and Saturday, July 13, 2019 8:00 a.m. to 12:00 p.m.
Learn to identify the trees you see every day in the woodlands and neighborhoods of the Chicago region at The Morton Arboretum. This class will be offered again in Summer 2019. Registration will open Tuesday, May 21, 2019.
Woody Plants of the Western Great Lakes Region is an introduction to the identification of the plants that make up the woody flora of the western Great Lakes region. Wednesdays, September 11 through December 4, 2019, 6:30 to 9:30 p.m., and select Saturdays, September 14 through, December 7, 2019, 9:00 a.m. to noon.