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  • Troll Hunt

    Troll Hunt
    Journey through our far-reaching forest to hunt for six colossal trolls crafted from reclaimed wood by Danish artist Thomas Dambo. On view now through June 2020.

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  • Nature Artists’ Guild (NAG) Spring Exhibit

    Nature Artists’ Guild (NAG) Spring Exhibit
    Following state recommendations to help slow the spread of coronavirus (COVID-19), this program has been cancelled. For refund and more information, visit the Coronavirus (COVID-19) Preparedness and Prevention webpage.

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  • Library Exhibit: Plant Hunters

    Library Exhibit: Plant Hunters
    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.

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  • Leafing Through the Pages - Members' Book Discussion Group

    Leafing Through the Pages - Members' Book Discussion Group
    On the second Thursday of every month, Morton Arboretum members enjoy a morning of community, connectivity, and spirited book discussion.

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  • Easter Brunch

    Easter Brunch
    Following federal and state recommendations to help slow the spread of coronavirus, Easter Brunch on Sunday, April 12, 2020 has been cancelled.

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  • The Champion of Trees 10K Run

    The Champion of Trees 10K Run
    Following federal and state recommendations to help slow the spread of coronavirus, the 2020 Champion of Trees 10K Run on April 19 has been canceled.

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  • Arbor Day Plant Sale

    Arbor Day Plant Sale
    Following federal and state recommendations to help slow the spread of coronavirus, the Plant Sale has been canceled. Thank you for understanding that the safety and wellbeing of visitors is our top priority. For more information, visit the Coronavirus (COVID-19) Preparedness and Prevention webpage.

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  • Bike Rentals

    Bike Rentals
    Rent a bike to explore the Arboretum on nine miles of paved roads.

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  • Nancy Neill Designs Trunk Show

    Nancy Neill Designs Trunk Show
    Nancy's whimsical themed jewelry items make perfect gifts for Mother's Day - or a gift for yourself. Locally made, Nancy delights in working with customers on finding just the right piece for that special person.  Choose from pins, earrings, necklaces, and bracelets, in a huge variety of themes and colors.   

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  • Morton Arboretum Photographic Society (MAPS) Exhibit

    Morton Arboretum Photographic Society (MAPS) Exhibit
    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.

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  • Tails on the Trails

    Tails on the Trails
    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!

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  • Wine Dinner

    Wine Dinner
    Enjoy a delicious dinner and carefully curated wines with a beautiful view of Meadow Lake. Thursday, May 7, 2020 at 6:00 p.m. Tickets will be on sale March 10, 2020.

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  • Mother’s Day Brunch

    Mother’s Day Brunch
    Celebrate Mom with a fabulous brunch against the blooming backdrop of Meadow Lake. Sunday, May 10, 2020. Tickets are now sold out for this event.

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  • Wine Tasting

    Wine Tasting
    Enjoy seasonal wines amid beautiful spring blooms at our third annual wine tasting event. Friday, May 22, 2020 at 6:00 p.m.

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  • Arbor Evenings

    Arbor Evenings
    Arbor Evenings now moving to Thursday's! Enjoy live music and more on select Thursday Nights from May to August, 2020.

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  • Northern Illinois Iris Society Show

    Northern Illinois Iris Society Show
    Experience nearly 100 varieties of blooming irises. Buy irises for your garden!

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  • Teacher Tuesdays

    Teacher Tuesdays
    Teachers from preschool through college can visit The Morton Arboretum with free admission every Tuesday from June through September 2020.

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  • Human+Nature

    Human+Nature
    The Morton Arboretum’s next major exhibition, Human+Nature (pronounced: Human Nature), will highlight the deep connections between people and trees.

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  • Craft Beer Festival

    Craft Beer Festival
    Come sample local favorites while surrounded by summer's beauty at the Arboretum. Saturday, June 20, 2020.

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  • Walking Plays at The Morton Arboretum

    Walking Plays at The Morton Arboretum
    Walk along with theater performers surrounded by nature! All Walking Plays are approximately 90 minutes in length and up to 1.5 miles in hiking distance. Select weekends in July, August and October 2020.

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  • Chicagoland Daylily Society Show

    Chicagoland Daylily Society Show
    Marvel at all the colors and varieties of these cheerful flowers and participate in judging. July 19, 2020, 10:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m.

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  • Destination Asia Festival

    Destination Asia Festival
    Explore the diverse cultures of Asia through music, dance, food, and trees. Friday, July 31, through Sunday, August 2, 2020 Included in Arboretum admission.

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  • Farm-to-Table Dinner

    Farm-to-Table Dinner
    Join us for The Morton Arboretum's annual Farm-to-Table Dinner featuring locally-sourced ingredients in a beautiful outdoor setting on August 21, 2020.

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  • Wine and Art Walk

    Wine and Art Walk
    Sip wine and shop for art as you stroll around Meadow Lake. Saturday, August 22 and Sunday, August 23, 2020.

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  • Passport Europe Festival

    Passport Europe Festival
    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.

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  • Evergreen: The Gala for The Morton Arboretum

    Evergreen: The Gala for The Morton Arboretum
    Evergreen: The Gala for The Morton Arboretum

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  • Fall Color 5K Run & Walk

    Fall Color 5K Run & Walk
    Satisfy your inner champion on our scenic, rolling course through the crisp autumn air at our 17th annual Fall Color 5K Run and Walk at The Morton Arboretum.

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  • Cider and Ale Festival

    Cider and Ale Festival
    Sample ciders and seasonal beers in the midst of rich fall color at the Cider and Ale Festival on October 17, 2020

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  • Holiday Sip and Shop

    Holiday Sip and Shop
    Kick off the holiday season with the new Holiday Sip and Shop event on Friday, November 6, 2020.

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  • Dog Admission Day

    Dog Admission Day
    Hit the trails, at The Morton Arboretum, with your canine friend for our next Dog Admission Day on Sunday, March 8, 2020.

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  • IllumiBrew

    IllumiBrew
    Be among the first to see Illumination’s newest features while you sample beer from popular breweries stationed along the trail.

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  • Illumination: Tree Lights at The Morton Arboretum

    Illumination: Tree Lights at The Morton Arboretum
    An interactive light show filled with dazzling, vivid projections on trees that respond to your touch and voice. See trees in a different light November 2020 - January 2021.

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  • Join us for digital Arboretum Yoga sessions. Maintain your health and well-being with yoga from the comfort of your home. Mondays, 9:30 to 10:30 a.m., March 23 through April 27, 2020, or Wednesdays, 6:00 to 7:00 p.m., March 25 through April 29, 2020.
  • Following state recommendations to help slow the spread of coronavirus (COVID-19), this program has been cancelled. For refund and more information, visit the Coronavirus (COVID-19) Preparedness and Prevention webpage.
  • Following state recommendations to help slow the spread of coronavirus (COVID-19), this program has been cancelled. For refund and more information, visit the Coronavirus (COVID-19) Preparedness and Prevention webpage.
  • Following state recommendations to help slow the spread of coronavirus (COVID-19), this program has been cancelled. For refund and more information, visit the Coronavirus (COVID-19) Preparedness and Prevention webpage.
  • Following state recommendations to help slow the spread of coronavirus (COVID-19), this program has been cancelled. For refund and more information, visit the Coronavirus (COVID-19) Preparedness and Prevention webpage.
  • Following state recommendations to help slow the spread of coronavirus (COVID-19), this program has been cancelled.
  • Following state recommendations to help slow the spread of coronavirus (COVID-19), this program has been cancelled. For refund and more information, visit the Coronavirus (COVID-19) Preparedness and Prevention webpage.
  • Following state recommendations to help slow the spread of coronavirus (COVID-19), this program has been cancelled. For refund and more information, visit the Coronavirus (COVID-19) Preparedness and Prevention webpage.
  • The Chicago Region Trees Initiative has developed a full day, hands on training event for non-forestry professionals who work with trees. Basic Urban Forestry and Chainsaw Workshops: The Richmond workshop for April 7 and 8 has been canceled. Please call the registrar at 630-719-2468 to transfer to the Montgomery workshop on September 1 and 2, or to receive a refund.
  • Learn to call plants by their botanical names and learn 40 common plant species that are native to Illinois at The Morton Arboretum. Registration closes Monday, April 6, 2020, at 11:59 p.m. Course available beginning at noon on Tuesday, April 7, 2020
  • Following state recommendations to help slow the spread of coronavirus (COVID-19), this program has been cancelled. For refund and more information, visit the Coronavirus (COVID-19) Preparedness and Prevention webpage.
  • Following state recommendations to help slow the spread of coronavirus (COVID-19), this program has been cancelled. For refund and more information, visit the Coronavirus (COVID-19) Preparedness and Prevention webpage.
  • Following state recommendations to help slow the spread of coronavirus (COVID-19), this program has been cancelled. For refund and more information, visit the Coronavirus (COVID-19) Preparedness and Prevention webpage.
  • 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. Registration closes Monday, April 13, 2020, at 11:59 p.m. Course available beginning at noon on Tuesday, April 14, 2020
  • Following federal and state recommendations to help slow the spread of coronavirus, THIS PROGRAM HAS BEEN MOVED TO A WEBINAR FORMAT. Registrants will receive a link to join the webinar at the appointed date and time below. Discover the basics of backyard composting and composting with worms. Wednesday, April 15, 2020, 7:30 to 9:00 p.m.
  • Following federal and state recommendations to help slow the spread of coronavirus, THIS PROGRAM HAS BEEN MOVED TO A WEBINAR FORMAT. Registrants will receive a link to join the webinar at the appointed date and time below. Learn eco-friendly ways to care for your lawn and garden at The Morton Arboretum. Thursday, April 16, 2020, 7:00 to 8:30 p.m.
  • Following federal and state recommendations to help slow the spread of coronavirus, THIS PROGRAM HAS BEEN MOVED TO A WEBINAR FORMAT. Registrants will receive a link to join the webinar at the appointed date and time below. Go beyond the ordinary and add variety to your garden with unusual and interesting herbs.Thursday, April 16, 2020, 10:00 a.m. to noon.
  • Following state recommendations to help slow the spread of coronavirus (COVID-19), this program has been cancelled. For refund and more information, visit the Coronavirus (COVID-19) Preparedness and Prevention webpage.
  • Following state recommendations to help slow the spread of coronavirus (COVID-19), this program has been cancelled. For refund and more information, visit the Coronavirus (COVID-19) Preparedness and Prevention webpage.
  • Following state recommendations to help slow the spread of coronavirus (COVID-19), this program has been cancelled. For refund and more information, visit the Coronavirus (COVID-19) Preparedness and Prevention webpage.
  • Discover the principles and practice of ecosystem restoration at The Morton Arboretum. This program has been cancelled.
  • Following state recommendations to help slow the spread of coronavirus (COVID-19), this program has been cancelled. For refund and more information, visit the Coronavirus (COVID-19) Preparedness and Prevention webpage.
  • Following state recommendations to help slow the spread of coronavirus (COVID-19), this program has been cancelled. For refund and more information, visit the Coronavirus (COVID-19) Preparedness and Prevention webpage.
  • This First Aid and CPR blended learning course will teach you the skills you need to keep yourself and others safe while volunteering at the Arboretum or in local natural areas. Online materials must be completed before in-person session on Thursday, April 9, 2020, 10:00 a.m. to 12:00 p.m., or Sunday, April 19, 2020, 10:00 a.m. to 12:00 p.m. In-person registration closes two weeks before in-person session.
  • Learn the essentials of woodland ecology and the woodland management techniques necessary to maintain threatened woodland ecosystems at The Morton Arboretum. Monday, April 20, 2020, at 11:59 p.m. U.S. Central time: Registration closes. Tuesday, April 21, 2020, Noon U.S. Central time: Online Course becomes available.
  • Learn to identify the common trees you see in local preserves or in your neighborhood in this online-only class from The Morton Arboretum. Registration closes: Wednesday, April 22, 2020, 11:59 p.m. Available online: Thursday, April 23, 2020, 12:00 p.m.
  • The Arboretum is well known as a tree focused botanical garden, but there are many stories you may not know that are still waiting to be told. Discover new tales and unique features on this conversational evening hike. Thursday, April 23, or June 25, 2020, 6:00 p.m. to 8:00 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 23, or Saturday, April 25, 2020, 8:30 to 11:00 a.m., or Thursday, May 7, 2020, 5:30 to 8:00 p.m.
  • Following federal and state recommendations to help slow the spread of coronavirus, THIS PROGRAM HAS BEEN MOVED TO A WEBINAR FORMAT. Registrants will receive a link to join the webinar at the appointed date and time below. Look at “junk” with new eyes while adding sustainability, personality and focal points to your garden using repurposed materials. Thursday, April 23, 2020, 7:00 to 9:00 p.m.
  • Learn to identify and manage the most common invasive plants in the Great Lakes region at The Morton Arboretum. Monday, April 27, 2020, at 11:59 p.m. U.S. Central time: Registration closes. Tuesday, April 28, 2020, Noon U.S. Central time: Online Course becomes available
  • 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.
  • Following federal and state recommendations to help slow the spread of coronavirus, THIS PROGRAM HAS BEEN MOVED TO A WEBINAR FORMAT. Registrants will receive a link to join the webinar at the appointed date and time below. Can our forests cope with the impacts of climate change? Can human communities find hope and resilience to act and adapt? Grab a drink at the bar (one is included in the price of the program) and join us for an evening of science and inspiration with special guest Dr. Lauren Oakes, conservation scientist and author of In Search of the Canary Tree. Wednesday, April 29, 2020, 7:00 to 8:30 p.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: Thursday, April 30, 2020, 6:30 to 8:30 p.m., and two Sundays, May 3 and 10, 2020, 8:00 to 11:30 a.m.
  • Learn to draw the flowering trees of The Morton Arboretum in graphite or pen and ink. Four Thursdays, April 30 through May 21, 2020, 6:30 to 9:30 p.m.
  • Make your own rustic-chic burlap flag that celebrates the season! In this one-day workshop, learn how to paint on burlap and use stencils to create a personalized design that adds personality to your garden at The Morton Arboretum. Saturday, May 2, 2020, 10:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m.
  • Learn the art of macro photography with award-winning photographer Mike Moats at The Morton Arboretum. Saturday, May 2, 2020, 9:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m.
  • Keep your yard looking great all year! This workshop is designed especially for new homeowners short on time.The Saturday, May 2, 2020 class is OPEN FOR REGISTRATION. The Saturday, April 4, 2020 class is Cancelled due to coronavirus (COVID-19).
  • 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., or Tuesday, May 5, 2020: Noon U.S. Central time: Online Course Becomes available.
  • Turn that wooded, shady spot into an elegant garden oasis in this two-week class full of design inspiration at The Morton Arboretum. Two Wednesdays, May 6 and 13, 2020, 9:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m.
  • Create a spring arrangement bursting with vibrant flowers and greenery under the guidance of a professional botanical arranger at The Morton Arboretum. Saturday, May 2, 2020, 1:00 to 3:00 p.m., or Wednesday, May 6, 2020, 7:00 to 9:00 p.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 7, 14, and 21, 2020, 6:30 to 9:30 p.m., and Saturday, May 9, 2020, 8:00 to 11:00 a.m.
  • Discover what happens at the Arboretum at night, when no one is around. With the moon shining through the trees, a tram ride reveals a captivating symphony of sounds, mysterious spaces, and wildlife on the move. During our ride and short hikes, we will discuss night ecology, share stories of moon lore, and enjoy the magic of nature at night.

  • Find out how to care for the trees in your home landscape at The Morton Arboretum. Thursday, May 7, 2020, 7:00 to 9:00 p.m.
  • Hike the habitats of the Arboretum and learn about Illinois' natural areas. More than a walk in the woods, this program will explore the interconnectivity and natural cycles that support life in our local ecosystems. Saturday, May 9, 2020, 9 a.m. to noon (woodlands), or Saturday June 13, 2020, 1:30 to 4:30 p.m. (wetlands)
  • 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, May 2, or May 9, 2020.
  • Learn the names and ecology of the wildflowers that cover the woodland floor in spring at The Morton Arboretum. for April classes. Dates vary. Online starting in April 2020, and in-person meeting in May 2020.
  • Grow your nature drawing skills under the guidance of a knowledgeable instructor at The Morton Arboretum. Four Wednesdays, May 13 through June 10 (no class May 27), 2020, 6:30 to 9:30 p.m.
  • Get the most out of your smartphone’s camera in time for your next great adventure. Using the Arboretum as your muse, take a mini travel adventure around the grounds, and get hands on practice under the guidance of a professional photographer. Saturday, May 16, 2020, 8:00 to noon
  • Join us for a conversation with Jennifer Jewell, creator and host of the award-winning public radio show and podcast, Cultivating Place, about women who are creating change in the world through careers in horticulture at The Morton Arboretum. Presented in partnership with C2ST.org. Saturday, May 16, 2020, 10:00 to 11:30 a.m.
  • Learn to identify the common trees you see in local preserves or in your neighborhood at The Morton Arboretum. Saturday, May 16, 2020, 8:30 to 11:00 a.m., or Thursday, June 11, 2020, 6:00 to 8:30 p.m.
  • Learn to identify prairie plants in their early stages of seasonal development at The Morton Arboretum. Saturday, May 16, 2020, 9:30 to 12:30 p.m.
  • Learn to create beautifully dyed fabric using plant-based dyes, including onion skin and indigo at The Morton Arboretum. Sunday, May 17, 2020, noon to 4:00 p.m.
  • Following state recommendations to help slow the spread of coronavirus (COVID-19), this program has been cancelled. For refund and more information, visit the Coronavirus (COVID-19) Preparedness and Prevention webpage.
  • Learn to identify and manage the most common invasive plants in the Great Lakes region at The Morton Arboretum. Wednesday, May 20, 2020, 12:00 p.m.: Online course becomes available, and Saturday, May 30, 2020: Meet in-person, 8:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. Or register for a late summer class. Wednesday, September 9, 2020, 12:00 p.m.: Online course becomes available, and Saturday, September 19, 2020: Meet in-person, 8:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m.
  • 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. Thursday, May 21, 2020, 6:30 p.m. to 8:00 p.m.
  • The Arboretum closes at dusk, so enjoy this special opportunity to see the mysterious forest protectors under the light of the moon. Thursday, May 14, or May 21, 2020, 7:00 to 9:00 p.m.
  • 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.
  • 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, February 1, April 18, or Saturday, June 13, 2020, 9:00 a.m. to noon
  • Deepen your connection to trees and nature by learning to backpack. Spending a night in the wilderness is a unique way to connect with nature, but it’s important to have the right “know-how” so you can enjoy your trip safely--and protect the place you’re visiting! Saturday, May 30, 2020, 9:00 a.m. to 12:30 p.m.
  • Celebrate pollinators with this three-week study of bees. Bees are important pollinators for both flowers and trees. Work with a skilled instructor to observe and capture the intricate details of native and honey bees and watch the unique characteristics of different species emerge at The Morton Arboretum. Three Mondays, June 1, 8, and 15, 2020, 9:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m.
  • Learn to identify the trees you see every day in the woodlands and neighborhoods of the Chicago region at The Morton Arboretum. Dates and times vary in August 2020.
  • 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. Wednesday, June 3, 2020: Online materials become available. Sunday, June 14, and Sunday, June 28 , 2020, 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. meet offsite.
  • Stretch, strengthen, and release stress while having fun, cocooned in a hammock suspended from the trees at The Morton Arboretum! Thursday June 4, 11, or 18, 2020, 6:00 to 7:15 p.m., or Friday, June 5, 12, or 19, 2020, 9:30 to 10:45 a.m.
  • Sumi-e is the Japanese word for “black ink painting” a style of art in which the brush strokes capture the spirit (Ch’i) of nature rather than a photographic likeness. 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 6, 2020, 9:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m.
  • 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 Saturdays, February 22 through March 14, 2020, 9:00 a.m. to noon, or Four Thursdays, June 4 through 25, 6:30 to 9:30 p.m.
  • Become acquainted with the host of birds that nest and breed in our region. We will observe breeding, foraging, and nesting behavior; discuss food choices and nesting habits; and learn bird songs and calls. Three Saturdays, June 6 through 20, 2020, 8:00 to 11:30 a.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 6 and 7, 2020. Check in at 8:30 a.m. Saturday and depart at noon on Sunday.
  • Stroll the Arboretum's stunning gardens where you’ll learn about plant placement, dividing, transplanting, watering, fertilizing, mulching and more. Tuesday, June 9, 2020, 6:00 to 8:00 p.m.
  • Tap into your creativity and let the experts from Chicago Sip & Paint guide you through a step by step tree painting over a glass of wine at The Morton Arboretum. Thursday, June 11, 2020, 7:00 p.m. to 9:30 p.m.
  • Kick off pollinator week with gardening expert Melinda Myers. Learn to support pollinators in your landscape with this detailed, practical, and hands-on seminar, led by one of the region’s leading horticulturists at The Morton Arboretum. Saturday, June 13, 2020, 8:30 a.m. to 3:00 p.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. Saturday, June 13, 2020, 8:30 to 11:30 a.m.
  • Ride the tram with curator Matt Lobdell for an enlightening perspective on the Arboretum’s most treasured trees. Wednesday, June 17, 2020, 7:00 to 8:30 p.m. (rain date June 18)
  • Join the community science movement! Learn to identify the endangered rusty patched bumblebee and participate in a bee blitz on Schulenberg Prairie. Friday, June 19, 2020, 10:00 a.m. to 1:00 p.m.
  • Study the ecology of mushrooms and other fungi with Patrick Leacock, mycologist and adjunct curator at the Field Museum. Learn about the biology and ecology of fungi and walk the trails at the Arboretum to search for mushrooms. Saturday, June 20, 2020, 9:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m.
  • Learn the many ways that plants can help you stay alive in the wild at The Morton Arboretum. Saturday, June 20, 2020, 9:00 a.m. to noon.
  • Celebrate the connection we have with nature on this evening solstice tram ride. As you wind through the Arboretum’s grounds, watch the sun set behind the Human+Nature sculptures. Sunday, June 21, or Tuesday, June 23, 2020, 7:30 p.m. to 9:30 p.m.
  • Grab a mimosa and enjoy the scents of spring in this behind-the-scenes tour of the Arboretum’s Children’s Garden. Monday, June 22, 2020, 5:00 to 6:15 p.m. or 6:15 to 7:30 p.m.
  • Explore the fascinating ecology of turtles and learn techniques for monitoring their biodiversity for management purposes. Tuesday, June 23, 6:00 to 9:00 p.m.
  • Celebrate the release of author Cindy Crosby’s newest book, Chasing Dragonflies: A Natural, Cultural, and Personal History. Cindy will be joined by the book’s award-winning illustrator, Peggy MacNamara, artist in residence at the Field Museum. Saturday, June 27, 2020, 10:00 to 11:30 a.m.
  • Chase dragonflies with Cindy Crosby, dragonfly monitor and author of the book Chasing Dragonflies: A Natural, Cultural, and Personal History. Saturday, June 27, 2020, noon to 1:00 p.m.
  • Learn the names and ecology of the wildflowers, sedges, rushes, and other plants that inhabit wetlands at The Morton Arboretum. Sunday, June 28, 2020, 9:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m.
  • Learn to identify dragonflies and damselflies on the grounds of the Arboretum. Join dragonfly monitor and naturalist Cindy Crosby to learn about the natural history, diversity, habitat, and behaviors of these astonishing, colorful insects. Wednesday, July 8, 2020, 8:00 a.m. to 11:30 a.m.
  • Join us for an interactive day of learning in both the laboratory and in the field as we delve further into the development, classification, ecology and morphology of the insect order Odonata (dragonflies and damselflies) at The Morton Arboretum. Friday, July 10, 2020, 9:00 a.m. to 1:00 p.m.
  • What can a gardener do with a typical suburban plot? A LOT! Come and be inspired by the possibilities showcased at this Homer Glen home. Friday, June 19, 2020, 10:00 a.m. to noon.
  • 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, June 20, 2020, 1:00 to 3:30 p.m.
  • This one-day conference for green industry professionals and avid home gardeners will focus on the latest information and practice related to the selection and care of Midwestern trees, shrubs, and woody plants, as shared by leading designers and plant experts. Thursday, September 3, 2020, 8:30 a.m. to 4:00 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.
  • Practice correct pruning techniques and learn which plants to prune now and more importantly, which to prune later at The Morton Arboretum. Learn online, then apply those skills during a hands-on workshop. Next offered January 2021.

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