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  • Troll Archives

    Troll Archives
    Find a one-of-a-kind book related to the trolls you are hunting in the Sterling Morton Library. Open 9 a.m. - 5 p.m. - Tuesday-Friday and 10 a.m. - 4 p.m. - Saturday

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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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  • Acorn Express Tram Tours

    Acorn Express Tram Tours
    Hop on the Acorn Express tram for a tour of our 1,700 acres of blooming beauty narrated by one of our expert guides.

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  • Nature ConnectsⓇ: Art with LEGOⓇ bricks by Sean Kenney

    Nature ConnectsⓇ: Art with LEGOⓇ bricks by Sean Kenney
    Calling all LEGO® fans! Nature Connects is back by popular demand, Friday, May 24 through Sunday, September 15

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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 Play Spaces

    Nature Play Spaces
    Enjoy creative, unstructured outdoor play spaces, Mud Kitchen near Parking Lot 20 and Word Garden near Parking Lot 13. Daily, weather permitting, 7:00 a.m. to sunset

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  • Vehicle-free biking

    Vehicle-free biking
    Enjoy bicycling in an "auto-free zone" on summer Friday nights, as well as Saturday and Sunday mornings, May 10 through August 31.

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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 23, 2019.

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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 August and October 2019

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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 2019.

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  • Arbor Evenings

    Arbor Evenings
    Enjoy live music and more on Wednesdays through September 4, 2019.

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  • Tails on the Trails

    Tails on the Trails
    Join us for Tails on the Trails on September 7, 2019 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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  • 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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  • Passport Europe Tasting

    Passport Europe Tasting
    Kick off Passport Europe Festival with a tasting of European wines, beers, and spirits on Thursday, September 19th at 6:00 pm.

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  • Annual Bulb Sale

    Annual Bulb Sale
    Shop dozens of varieties of dutch bulbs such as tulips, daffodils, iris, alliums, crocus, fritillaria, and many more. Also, find fabulous pre-packaged bulb combinations for the perfect display of color, size, and shape for a beautiful spring garden! Spring blooming bulbs are a wonderful treat when the weather starts to turn warm. Come and prepare your yard for a colorful spring bouquet! Membership discounts apply; membership card required for discount. Shop early for the best selection! Opening weekend for the sale is Friday, Saturday & Sunday, September 20-22, 2019 at The Arboretum Store. 10am - 6pm each day.

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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 21, and Sunday, September 22, 2019.

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  • Evergreen: The Gala for The Morton Arboretum

    Evergreen: The Gala for The Morton Arboretum
    Join us for Evergreen: The Gala for The Morton Arboretum on Saturday, September 28, 2019!

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  • Scarecrow Trail

    Scarecrow Trail
    Admire creations from local scout troops and vote for your favorite scarecrow. Daily in October, 2019. 7:00 a.m-sunset

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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 16th annual Fall Color 5K Run and Walk at The Morton Arboretum.

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  • Glass Pumpkin Patch

    Glass Pumpkin Patch
    Explore a dazzling collection of handblown glass pumpkins and other autumnal designs. Save the date, October 9 through 13, 2019

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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 19, 2019

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  • Dog Admission Day

    Dog Admission Day
    Hit the trails, at The Morton Arboretum, with your canine friend for Dog Admission Days on March 2 and November 2 from 7:00 a.m. to sunset.

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  • The Nature Artists' Guild 2019 Holiday Exhibit of Natural History Art

    The Nature Artists' Guild 2019 Holiday Exhibit of Natural History Art
    Please join us for the Nature Artists' Guild 2019 Holiday Exhibit on Saturday and Sunday, November 9 and 10, 2019, 10:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m.

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  • Veterans Day-Veterans Free

    Veterans Day-Veterans Free
    All veterans free November 11 and 12!

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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 on Friday, November 22, 2019. Ages 21+ only. IllumiBrew tickets will also go on sale Tuesday, October 1.

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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 23, 2019 - January 5, 2020.

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  • Happy Thanksgiving-FREE Admission

    Happy Thanksgiving-FREE Admission
    Happy Thanksgiving! Enjoy FREE admission at The Morton Arboretum. All buildings and the Children's Garden will be closed. Thursday, November 28, 2019

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  • 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, August through December 2019, Mondays, 9:30 to 10:30 a.m. or Wednesdays, 6:00 to 7:00 p.m.
  • Discover forest therapy, a research based approach to mindfully experiencing nature, with leading practitioners and authors at The Morton Arboretum. Wednesday, August 28, 7:00 to 9:00 p.m.
  • Enjoy a summer evening on the prairie with author and steward Cindy Crosby. Meet at Thornhill Education Center for a cool beverage and a chance to purchase a copy of Cindy’s new book, Tallgrass Conversations: In Search of the Prairie Spirit (Ice Cube Press, co-authored with Thomas Dean, released in April 2019. Thursday, August 29, 2019, 7:00 to 8:30 p.m.
  • Spend an evening learning about Illinois’ native bats, and then go outside and use specialized microphones to hear the bats swooping around the Arboretum skies. (SOLD OUT) Thursday, August 29, 2019, 7:00 to 10:00 p.m.
  • Go beyond the basics and improve your ability to identify the diverse and beautiful plants of the tallgrass prairie at The Morton Arboretum. Two days: Thursday, August 29, and Friday, August 30, 2019, 9:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m.
  • 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: South Suburban College on Wednesday and Thursday, August 28 and 29, 2019, or John A Logan College on Wednesday, October 9 and Thursday, October 10, 2019.
  • 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! (The Monday, August 12 session has been canceled due to rain. Please call the registrar at 630-719-2468 to receive a refund or transfer to another sections.) Weekly in July through November, Mondays, 6:00 to 7:00 p.m., or Fridays, 9:30 to 10:30 a.m.
  • Stretch, strengthen, and release stress while having fun, cocooned in a hammock suspended from the trees at The Morton Arboretum. This class has been canceled please check out our Aerial Tree Yoga Individual class schedule. The registrar will contact registrants to move you over to the individual classes option.
  • Become an effective science communicator. Science communication is a vital component of the scientific process. Online course dates: Tuesdays and Thursdays; September 3 to November 26, 2019.
  • Learn to creatively use light in your photography. Improve your results by considering the quantity, color, and quality of light found during the course of the day and throughout the seasons at The Morton Arboretum. Four days: three Thursdays, September 5, 12, and 19, 6:30 to 9:30 p.m., and Saturday, September 7, 2019, 8:00 to 11:00 a.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 5, 2019, 8:30 a.m. to 3:30 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 September and October 2019.
  • 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.
  • Experience the healing and wellness promoting effects of Shinrin-Yoku, the practice of bathing the senses in the atmosphere of the forest. The July 29 class has been canceled. Take a slow and mindful walk with a certified Forest Therapy guide on a trail at the Morton Arboretum. Dates and locations vary on Mondays or Saturdays from August through December 2019, 9:30 a.m. to 12:30 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. Select Mondays or Saturday, August through November 2019, 9:30 to 11:15 a.m.
  • Learn to identify the grasses that add beauty and interest to the summer and fall landscape at The Morton Arboretum. (SOLD OUT) Two days: Tuesday, September 10, and Wednesday, September 11, 2019, 9:00 a.m.to 4:00 p.m.
  • Create relief prints from carved blocks of wood at The Morton Arboretum. Four Wednesdays, September 11 through October 2, 2019, 7:00 to 9:30 p.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. The second and fourth Thursday of each month: August 22 through December 12, 2019, 6:00 to 7:00 p.m.
  • Take your plant exploration indoors with a night of nature-themed board games at The Morton Arboretum. Thursday, September 12, 2019, 6:30 to 9:00 p.m.
  • Learn to identify the common trees you see in local preserves or in your neighborhood at The Morton Arboretum. Saturday, September 7, 2019, 8:00 to 10:30 a.m. , or Wednesday, October 9, or Saturday, October 12, 2019, 8:30 to 11:00 a.m.
  • Discover the natural history of northeast Illinois as we cycle the roads of the Arboretum. Sunday, September 8, 2019, 1:00 to 3:00 p.m.
  • Learn to identify the less common trees and shrubs found in the state of Illinois at The Morton Arboretum. Friday, September 13, 2019, 10:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m.
  • Discover what happens at the Arboretum at night, when no one is around. Friday, September 13, and Saturday, September 14, 2019, 7:30 to 9:30 p.m.
  • Learn the human history of the local land before European settlement on this guided hike at The Morton Arboretum. Saturday, September 14, 2019, 1:00 to 2:30, or Friday, October 4, 2019, 9:30 to 11:00 a.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, September 14, 2019, Noon to 3:00 p.m., or Saturday, November 16 or December 7, 2019, 9:00 a.m. to noon
  • Explore the colorful landscape of the fall prairie and discover the amazing relationships between the plants and animals that call it home at The Morton Arboretum. Saturday, September 14, 2019, 8:30 to 11:30 a.m.
  • Learn to effectively and efficiently use the tools of the trade to tackle different restoration jobs at The Morton Arboretum. SUMMER: Tuesday, September 10, 2019, 12:00 p.m.: Online materials become available. Tuesday, September 17, 2019, 6:30 to 8:30 p.m: In-person session. FALL: Tuesday, October 15, 2019, 12:00 p.m.: Online materials become available. Tuesday, October 22, 2019, 6:30 to 8:30 p.m: In-person session
  • How do animals decide that it is time to migrate? How do they prepare for their perilous journeys? Explore the Arboretum at night as we search for answers to questions about migration. Two Tuesdays, September 17 and 24, 2019, 6:30 to 9:30 p.m.
  • Discover the basics of backyard composting and composting with worms at The Morton Arboretum. (Register now) Wednesday, September 11, 2019, 7:00 to 9:00 p.m. (Registration opens August 20, 2019) Thursday, October 17, 2019, 7:00 to 9:00 p.m.
  • Learn the basics of beekeeping at The Morton Arboretum. (Registration will open May 21, 2019). Four Tuesdays, September 17 through October 8, 2019, 6:30 to 8:30 p.m.
  • 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, September 21, 9:00 to 11:30 a.m., or Saturday, October 12, 2019, 12:30 to 3:00 p.m.
  • Meet an amazing group of animals seldom seen--snakes at The Morton Arboretum! Saturday, September 21, 2019, 8:00 to 11:00 a.m.
  • Search the woods, fields, and edges of the Arboretum for birds. The third Saturday of each month, August 17 through December 21, 2019, 8:00 to 10:30 a.m.
  • Get the skills you need to build a “sure-fire” campfire in this hands-on workshop at The Morton Arboretum. Saturday, September 21, 2019, 9:30 to 11:30 a.m.
  • The end of the gardening season is the best time to prep for a successful season next year. Learn to put your garden to bed, how to get the most of this year's harvest, and the steps you can take this fall to be poised for takeoff next spring at The Morton Arboretum. Saturday, September 21, 2019, 9:00 to 11:30 a.m.
  • Celebrate the first day of fall with a guided hike through the Arboretum’s natural areas. Monday, September 23, 2019, 6:00 to 7:30 p.m.
  • Learn how to identify the sparrows found along woodland edges, wetlands, and grasslands at The Morton Arboretum. Three Days: Wednesday, September 25, 7:00 to 9:00 p.m., and two Fridays, September 27, and October 4, 2019, 8:00 a.m. to noon
  • Learn the essentials of woodland ecology and the woodland management techniques necessary to maintain threatened woodland ecosystems at The Morton Arboretum. Thursday, September 26, 2019, 12:00 p.m., or Thursday, November 21, 2019, 12:00 p.m. U.S. Central time: Online course becomes available
  • Fill a pumpkin with a fall bouquet at The Morton Arboretum! This delightful table arrangement will bring seasonal interest to your fall decor. Thursday, October 24, 2019, 7:00 to 9:00 p.m., or Saturday, October 26, 2019, 1:00 to 3:00 p.m.
  • Join Richard Powers, critically acclaimed author of The Overstory, which received the 2019 Pulitzer Prize for Fiction, for a compelling talk on the powerful connections that exist between people and trees at The Morton Arboretum. Thursday, September 26, 2019, 7:00 to 8:30 p.m.
  • Digitally explore the intricacies of the prairie landscape and learn how to restore these signature American ecosystems at The Morton Arboretum. Thursday, June 27, 2019, or Wednesday, September 18, 2019, 12:00 p.m. U.S. Central time: Online course becomes available
  • Learn to identify and manage the most common invasive plants in the Great Lakes region at The Morton Arboretum. Wednesday, July 17, 2019, 12:00 p.m.: Online course becomes available and Saturday, July 27, 2019: Meet in-person, 8:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m., OR Wednesday, September 11, 2019, 12:00 p.m.: Online course becomes available, and Saturday, September 21, 2019: Meet in-person, 8:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m.
  • Add artistry to your nature photography with creative effects. Creative effects lenses put a new spin on nature photography at The Morton Arboretum. Saturday, September 28, 2019, 8:00 a.m. to 1:00 p.m.
  • Autumn is a season when colors become complex and the textures of seed heads, expiring petals, and leaves emerge, which can present challenges to the watercolor artist. Saturday and Sunday, September 28 and 29, 2019, 9:30 a.m. to 3:30 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, June 29, July 20, or September 28, 2019, 1:00 to 3:30 p.m.
  • Chicago Wilderness will offer three winter sessions of the Midwest Ecological Prescription Burn Crew Member Training class at The Morton Arboretum. Two days: Saturday and Sunday, September 21 and 22, 2019, 8:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m., or Thursday and Friday, October 3 and 4, 2019, 8:00 a.m. to 3:00 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, October 3, 10, and 17, 2019, 6:30 to 9:30 p.m. and Saturday, October 5, 2019, 8:00 to 11:00 a.m.
  • Pastel artist Laverne Bohlin returns to the Arboretum for a two-day fall workshop on color values. Saturday and Sunday, October 5 and 6, 2019, 9:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.
  • Connect with trees and nature and spend a night under the stars on the beautiful grounds of the Arboretum during this adults-only nature retreat. Saturday and Sunday, October 5 and 6, 2019, 4:00 p.m. to noon.
  • Make your own burlap garden flag that celebrates fall at The Morton Arboretum! Sunday, October 6, 2019, 10:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m.
  • Discover and delight in the many ways trees have shaped the history of the United States, from industry and economics, to politics and war, to culture and literature at The Morton Arboretum. Two Wednesdays, October 9 and 16, 2019, 9:30 a.m. to noon.
  • Create beautiful abstract images with nature and glass as your muse at The Morton Arboretum. Three days: Wednesday, October 9 and 16, 6:30 to 9:30 p.m. and Saturday, October 12, 2019, 7:00 to 10:00 a.m.
  • Learn to sculpt and create charming pumpkin and gourd pendants you can wear this fall at The Morton Arboretum. Two Thursdays, October 10 and 17, 2019, 9:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m.
  • Work with molten glass to create your own glass pumpkin paperweight at The Morton Arboretum. Choose one day between, Monday through Friday, October 7 through 11, 2019, 8:00 a.m. to noon
  • Use colored glass to recreate the stunning white bark and orange leaves of the birch tree in autumn in your very own mosaic at The Morton Arboretum. Sunday, October 13, 2019, 9:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m.
  • 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. Wednesday, October 16, 2019: Online component begins. Three Wednesdays, October 23, November 6, and November 20, 6:30 to 9:00 p.m.
  • Discover the principles and practice of ecosystem restoration at The Morton Arboretum. Wednesday, October 16, 2019, 12:00 p.m.: Online materials become available Saturday October 26, and Saturday, November 2, 2019, 9:00 a.m. to 12:30 p.m.: In person sessions meet. (Registration will open Tuesday, August 20, 2019.
  • The Arboretum is famous for many things, including trees, trolls, and winter lights. Many less famous stories have been hidden in the landscape. This program will Discover some of those hidden tales – if you dare!.Thursday, October 3, or 17, 2019, 6:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m.
  • Join Natalie and Jay for a rejuvenating yoga session infused with the pure tones of the crystal bowls at The Morton Arboretum. (Registration will open Tuesday, August 20, 2019.) Third Thursday of each month, October 17, November 21, or December 19, 2019, 6:00 to 7:30 p.m.
  • Learn principles and practices for managing critical habitats at The Morton Arboretum. Thursday, October 17, 2019: Online materials become available. Two days: Sunday, October 27, 9:00 a.m. to 1:00 p.m., Saturday, November 9, 2019, 9:00 a.m. to 1:00 p.m. (Registration will open Tuesday, August 20,2019.)
  • Learn the fundamentals of working with colored pencil to create images of nature at The Morton Arboretum. Four Fridays, October 18 through November 8, 2019, 9:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m.
  • Attention all 3rd-5th grade teachers! Flutter on by The Morton Arboretum to gather strategies in order to bring the outdoors indoors! Saturday, October 19, 2019, 9:00 A.M. to 11:30 P.M. (Registration opens July 22, 2019)
  • Leave the leaf-peeping traffic behind and escape in a kayak where you can experience the vivid colors of fall's foliage from the waters of the Ned Brown Preserve in Busse Woods. Saturday, October 19, 2019, 9:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m.
  • Grow your nature drawing skills under the guidance of a knowledgeable instructor at The Morton Arboretum. Four Saturdays, October 19, 26, November 2, 16 (no class November 9), 2019, 9:00 a.m. to noon.
  • What is plant-based eating? Come find out! A diet focused on plants is good for you and good for the planet. Each week, you get to watch cooking demonstrations, taste samples, or get hands-on and prepare a recipe to take home with you at The Morton Arboretum! Saturday, October 19 or 26, or November 2 or 9, 2019, 10:00 a.m. to noon.
  • Did you know that many of Illinois’ best prairies are found in cemeteries? Join botanist Christopher Benda for a tour of one of these high-quality cemetery prairies. Saturday, October 12, 2019, 10:00 to 4:00 p.m.
  • Enjoy a brisk autumn walk and take in the changing colors of the Arboretum’s trees. Guided by our forest ecologist, this special seasonal stroll will give you the chance to view fall color with the engaging story of the seasonal changes that trees go through each year. Saturday, October 19, or November 2, 2019 9:00 to 11:00 a.m.
  • Create your own nature-themed hand-painted ornament in time for the holidays at The Morton Arboretum. Saturday, November 23, 2019, 10:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m.
  • Design for the middle distance using shrubs that thrive in the upper Midwest at The Morton Arboretum. The “middle distance” links the foreground and background of a landscape or connects the large features with the small. Registration will open August 20, 2019. Wednesday, October 23, 2019, 9:00 a.m. to 1:00 p.m.
  • Cartier-Bresson first popularized the concept of the “decisive moment:” that sliver of time when all elements of an image align, and the photographer can tell a complete story and fully engage the viewer. In this class, we will apply Bresson’s concepts to nature photography, as plants bloom, the tides come and go, or clouds or reflections enhance a scene at The Morton Arboretum. Five days: Three Wednesdays, October 23 through November 6, 6:30 to 9:30 p.m., and two Saturdays, October 26 and November 2, 2019, 8:00 to 11:00 a.m.
  • Join us for a hike and whiskey tasting at The Morton Arboretum. Saturday, October 26, 2019, noon to 1:30 p.m., 1:00 to 2:30 p.m., or 2:00 to 3:30 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 Sundays, October 27 through November 17, 2019, noon to 3:00 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, August 7, or Tuesday October 29, 2019, 6:30 to 8:00 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. Sunday, November 3, 2019, 9:00 a.m. to 1:00 p.m.: In person session meets at Thornhill Education Center. (Registration will open Tuesday, August 20, 2019.)
  • 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. Tuesday, October 29, 2019: Registration closes at 11:59 p.m. Wednesday, October 30, 2019: Online course available. (Registration will open Tuesday, August 20, 2019.)
  • Capture curled leaves and seed pods--the perfect textures for graphite at The Morton Arboretum. Four Thursdays, October 31 through November 21, 2019, 6:30 to 9:30 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. Saturday, November 2, 2019, noon 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. Saturday, October 26, or November 2, 2019, 8:00 a.m. to 11:00 a.m.
  • Learn the geologic history of the Midwest as we cycle the the roads of the Arboretum. Sunday, November 3, 2019, 9:00 to 11:00 a.m. (Registration will open Tuesday, August 20, 2019.)
  • The debates surrounding our food and the role science will play in navigating global food challenges have been notable for the polarizing perceptions and misperceptions that have surrounded the conversation. The documentary FOOD EVOLUTION​, from Academy Award®-nominated director Scott Hamilton Kennedy (The Garden, Fame High, OT: Our Town), explores the controversy surrounding GMOs and food. Tuesday, November 5, 2019, 7:00 to 9:00 p.m.
  • Set your garden up for success with plants and design techniques that can withstand changing conditions at The Morton Arboretum. Registration will open August 20, 2019. Three Tuesdays, November 5 through 19, 2019, 6:30 to 9:00 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. Thursday, November 7, 2019: Online materials become available. Thursday, November 14, 6:00 to 9:30 p.m., 2019. (Registration will open Tuesday, August 20, 2019.)
  • Make your own naturally scented soaps using the cold-press process at The Morton Arboretum. Saturday, November 9, 2019, 1:00 to 3:00 p.m.
  • Enjoy the last of the migratory birds for the year. Three Saturdays, November 9 through 23, 2019, 8:00 to 11:30 a.m.
  • (Registration opens August 20) Mix and blend colors to create a watercolor painting of a delicate fall leaf at The Morton Arboretum. Saturday, November 9, or Sunday, November 10, 2019, 10:00 a.m. to 1:00 p.m.
  • Under the light of a full moon, hit the trail for a night of troll hunting at The Morton Arboretum! Tuesday, November 12; Wednesday November 13; Wednesday, December 11; or Thursday, December 12, 2019, 6:30 to 8:30 p.m.
  • Learn to call plants by their botanical names through The Morton Arboretum. Tuesday, November 12, 2019: Online course begins.
  • Discover another side of poet Emily Dickinson, who was also an avid gardener at The Morton Arboretum. Wednesday, November 13, 2019, 7:00 to 8:30 p.m.
  • Learn to identify and manage the most common invasive plants in the Great Lakes region at The Morton Arboretum. Wednesday, November 13, 2019: Online course becomes available.
  • Late autumn is one of the best times to prune for plant structure. The foliage has fallen, revealing the limbs and form of the plant. In this workshop you will learn structural pruning techniques for specimen shrubs, small ornamental trees, and young trees at The Morton Arboretum. Saturday, November 2, or Thursday, November 14, 2019, 9:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m.
  • Wildlife populations are rebounding across the Chicago suburbs. Sharing space with wild animals comes with challenges as well as many benefits. Come explore the human-wildlife dynamic and learn how you can take action to support our local wildlife in all the right ways at The Morton Arboretum. Thursday, November 14, 2019, 7:30 to 9:30 p.m.
  • Join Russian watercolor artist Sasha Viazmensky for an enlightening three-day study on botanical mushroom portraits at The Morton Arboretum. Friday through Sunday, November 15 through 17, 2019, 9:30 a.m. to 3:30 p.m.
  • Make personalized notecards using watercolor (Section A) or gelli prints (Section B) at The Morton Arboretum. Saturday, November 23, 2019, 9:00 a.m. to noon (watercolor) or 1:00 to 4:00 p.m. (gelatin prints)
  • Create a seasonal centerpiece for your holiday table while learning principles of floral design at The Morton Arboretum. Saturday, November 23, 2019, 1:00 to 3:00 p.m., or Tuesday, November 26, 2019, 7:00 to 9:00 p.m.,
  • Opt outside this Black Friday with a peaceful hike along the Arboretum’s quietest trails. Friday, November 29, 2019, 9:00 to 10:30 a.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: Online materials available. (Registration will open Tuesday, August 20, 2019.)
  • Celebrate the winter season with a wonderful winter container filled with seasonal branches, berries, and colorful twigs at The Morton Arboretum. Thursday, December 5, 2019, 7:00 to 9:00 p.m., or Saturday, December 7, 1:00 to 3:00 p.m.
  • 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.
  • Just in time for the holiday season, find out how you can incorporate evergreen branches and boughs into elegant holiday swags at The Morton Arboretum. Saturday, December 7, 2019, 10:00 a.m. to noon.
  • Uncover hidden treasures and learn secrets found in the stacks in this special program at the Sterling Morton Library. Saturday, December 7, 2019, 1:30 to 3:00 p.m.
  • Join an Arboretum expert for a cup of hot cocoa and a winter stroll through the conifer collection. Saturday, December 7 or 14, 2019, 1:00 to 3:00 p.m.
  • Create a festive, long-lasting botanical arrangement to display in your home during the holidays, using a wintery mix of greenery and flowers at The Morton Arboretum. Thursday, December 19, 2019, 7:00 to 9:00 p.m.

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