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  • Cross-Country Ski & Snowshoe Rental

    Cross-Country Ski & Snowshoe Rental
    When there is four inches or more of snow on the ground at The Morton Arboretum, trails are available to cross-country ski or snowshoe. The rental season runs December through March, 2019.

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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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  • Enchanted Railroad

    Enchanted Railroad
    Watch an intricate railroad travel through a wonderland at a child-friendly level. Through Sunday, February 24, 2019.

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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. Through summer 2019.

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  • Member Appreciation Month

    Member Appreciation Month
    Members enjoy the following benefits during the month of February. Thank you for your support!

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  • Vanishing Acts: Trees Under Threat Exhibit

    Vanishing Acts: Trees Under Threat Exhibit
    Come learn about the gifts that the world's endangered trees give us—and how you can join the Arboretum in saving them. Daily, 7:00 a.m. - sunset

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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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  • Sips with a Scientist

    Sips with a Scientist
    Grab a grown-up hot chocolate and get “the dirt” on the effects of prescribed burns on soils from Arboretum soil ecologist Meghan Midgley. February 21, 2019

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  • Breakfast In The Ginkgo Restaurant

    Breakfast In The Ginkgo Restaurant
    Enjoy a delicious breakfast at The Morton Arboretum in the scenic Ginkgo Restaurant! Saturdays & Sundays, 9:00-10:45 a.m.

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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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  • 2018-2019 Chamber Concert Series

    2018-2019 Chamber Concert Series
    The 2018-2019 Chamber Concert Series is now sold out and tickets are no longer available.

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  • Howl at the Moon

    Howl at the Moon
    Get down and dance with the Howl at the Moon ensemble. Friday, March 8, 2019. Tickets on sale now!

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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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  • Nature Artists’ Guild (NAG) Exhibit of Natural History Art

    Nature Artists’ Guild (NAG) Exhibit of Natural History Art
    Enjoy more than 150 works of art celebrating nature and see demonstrations by the artists. Saturday and Sunday, April 6 and 7, 2019, 10:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m.

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  • The Champion of Trees 10K Run

    The Champion of Trees 10K Run
    Tap into the championship spirit as you run through a springtime morning surrounded by trees from around the world. Sunday, April 14, 2019

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  • Easter Brunch

    Easter Brunch
    Celebrate Easter with your loved ones while savoring a delicious meal and the breathtaking view of Meadow Lake. Sunday, April 21, 2019.

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  • Arbor Day Plant Sale

    Arbor Day Plant Sale
    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

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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 2, 2019 at 6:00 p.m.

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  • Tails on the Trails

    Tails on the Trails
    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!

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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 12, 2019. Tickets on sale March 19, 2019.

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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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  • Wine Tasting

    Wine Tasting
    Enjoy seasonal wines amid beautiful spring blooms at our second annual wine tasting event. Friday, May 24, 2019 at 6:00 p.m.

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  • Arbor Evenings

    Arbor Evenings
    Enjoy live music on Wednesdays, June 5 through August 28, 2019.

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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 22, 2019.

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  • Destination Asia Festival

    Destination Asia Festival
    Explore the diverse cultures of Asia through music, dance, food, and trees. Friday, August 2, through Sunday, August 4, 2019 Included in Arboretum admission.

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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 17 and Sunday, August 18, 2019.

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  • 2019 Dinner Party

    2019 Dinner Party
    Join us for the 2019 Dinner Party on Saturday, September 28!

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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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  • 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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  • Veterans Day-Veterans Free

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

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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 21, 2019

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  • Happy Holidays - Free Admission

    Happy Holidays - Free Admission
    Enjoy free admission on Christmas Day at The Morton Arboretum! Wednesday, December 25, 2019. Buildings, Children’s Garden, and Illumination are closed. Please leave pets at home.

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  • 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.
  • (CANCELED) Create a garden space that offers rest and renewal. In this class, we’ll identify visual cues that create places that nurture the spirit and invite us to take a meditative stroll, to sit and relax with a cup of tea, to read and reflect, to stretch, to meditate or to write. Two Thursdays, February 21 and 28, 2019, 7:00 to 9:30 p.m.
  • (CANCELED) For ultimate relaxation, join us for one hour of peaceful yoga stretches, then enjoy sipping your beverage of choice while looking upon the tranquil setting of the Morton Arboretum. Thursday, February 21, 2019, 6:30 to 8:30 p.m.
  • What’s so “hot” about soil ecology? Grab a grown-up hot chocolate and get “the dirt” on soils from Arboretum soil ecologist Meghan Midgley. Thursday, February 21, 2019, 7:00 p.m. to 8:30 p.m.
  • Capture the magic and whimsy of youth with a fairy garden at The Morton Arboretum! Saturday, February 23, 2019, 10:00 to 11:30 a.m.
  • Get the botany basics you need to identify plants at The Morton Arboretum. Dates vary starting February 12, 2019 with online or in-person options available.
  • Discover techniques for and benefits of growing your vegetables from seed started indoors at The Morton Arboretum. Saturday, January 26, 2019, or Saturday, February 23, 2019, 1:00 to 3:00 p.m.
  • What exactly is wilderness? In America, it's been a threatening frontier to be conquered; a place where timber and minerals lay ready for extraction; a refuge for wildlife; a home for indigenous people; a retreat for city folks to retreat from the hustle and bustle of civilization; and a "untrammeled, unspoiled cathedral" which inspires art, poetry, and transcendent thought. Two Thursdays, February 21 and 28, 2019, 6:30 to 9:00 p.m.
  • Study the portfolio of renowned nature photographer Edward Weston, a giant of early and mid-20th century photography, and learn to apply his approach under the guidance of your expert instructors at The Morton Arboretum. (NEW SECTION) Five days: three Thursdays, February 28 through March 14, 2019, 6:30 to 9:30 p.m., and Two Saturdays, March 2 and 9, 2019, 8:00 to 11:00 a.m. (SOLD OUT) Five days: three Thursdays, January 17, 24, 31, 2019, 6:30 to 9:30 p.m. and Two Saturdays, January 19 and 26, 2019, 8:00 to 11:00 a.m.
  • Practice correct pruning techniques and learn which plants to prune now and more importantly, which to prune later at The Morton Arboretum. Online component begins: Friday, February 15, or Thursday, February 28, 2019, and In-person components meets: Saturday, February 23, or Friday, March 8, 2019, 9:00 to 11:30 a.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.
  • Participants in this workshop will explore new online resources and an onsite exhibit related to careers in the plant science field. Friday, March 1st, 2019, 9:00 a.m. to 3:30 p.m.
  • Learn to identify plants without leaves or flowers at The Morton Arboretum. Saturday, March 2, 2019, 8:00 a.m. to noon
  • Learn to create your own unique collection of linoleum block prints at The Morton Arboretum. Two Saturdays, March 2 and 23, 2019, 10:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m.
  • Learn to make wood sing in this build-your-own musical instrument class at The Morton Arboretum. Saturday, March 2, 2019, 9:30 a.m. to 3:30 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. Online component begins Tuesday, February 26, 2019. In-person classes meet Tuesday, March 5, 19, and April 2, 2019, 6:30 to 9:00 p.m.
  • Learn to capture nature with graphite, the perfect medium for textures. at The Morton Arboretum. Four Wednesdays, March 6 through 27, 2019, 6:30 to 9:30 p.m.
  • Bring insects to life in your artwork. Work side-by-side with artist and insect aficionado Karen Johnson and learn to to capture life-like postures and detailed renderings of insects at The Morton Arboretum. Four Thursdays, March 7 through 28, 2019, 9:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m.
  • 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, March 7, 14 and 21, 2019, 6:30 to 9:30 p.m., and Saturday, March 9, 2019, 8:00 to 11:00 a.m.
  • Bring life and interest to even the shadiest parts of your landscape with plant lists, design ideas, and maintenance tips from a practicing landscape designer at The Morton Arboretum. Informational Session Only:Thursday, March 7, 2019, 9:00 a.m. to noon, OR Informational and Workshop Sessions: Three Thursdays, March 7 through 21, 2019, 9:00 a.m. to noon.
  • Join us for a FREE orientation program on the Natural Areas Conservation Training Program Orientation (formally the Woodland Stewardship Program) at the Morton Arboretum. Registration is open now for Thursday, March 7, 2019, 6:30 to 8:00 p.m. Registration opens February 19, 2019, for Thursday, April 4, 2019, 6:30 to 8:00 p.m.,or Wednesday, June 5, 2019, 6:30 to 8:00 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, March 2, 2019, noon to 3:00 p.m., or Saturday April 13, or June 15, 2019, 8:00 to 11:00 a.m.
  • Join an Arboretum expert for a cup of hot cocoa and a winter stroll through the conifer collection. Saturday, February 16, or Saturday, March 9, 2019, 1:00 to 3:00 p.m.
  • Learn spring methods for propagating your favorite native plants at The Morton Arboretum.Sunday, March 10, 2019, 1:00 to 4:30 p.m. This class will be offered again in Winter 2020.
  • Create a one-of-a-kind piece of art for your garden. Artist Lisa Tolbert will teach you the art of mosaics using a variety of reclaimed materials like glass and porcelain at The Morton Arboretum. Sunday, March 10, 2019, 10:00 a.m. to 2:00 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 Tuesdays November 19, 2018 through April 9, 2019, times vary.
  • Gain a new perspective on familiar settings with the chance to see what happens in the Arboretum at night when no one is around. Thursdays, December 6, 2018, 7:00 to 8:30 p.m. (open for registration). Thursdays, February 14, 28 or March 14, 2019, 7:00 to 8:30 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. Register now: for class starting Wednesday, March 13, 2019. Registration opens February 19, 2019: for class starting Thursday, May 9, 2019.
  • Make a difference in your own backyard with simple ideas that have a big impact on the planet. Learn how you can have an attractive, functional, outdoor space that your family--as well as the birds and the butterflies--can enjoy at The Morton Arboretum. Thursday, March 14, 2019, 7:00 to 9:30 p.m.
  • End your day with a peaceful candlelit yoga class that will leave you feeling rejuvenated and relaxed at The Morton Arboretum. Thursday, January, 10, February 7, or March 14 2019, 7:00 to 8:00 p.m.
  • Learn to call plants by their botanical names through The Morton Arboretum. Online course begins Friday, March 15, 2019
  • 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. Select Saturday, March 16, 23, 30 or April 6, 2019, 9:30 a.m. to noon
  • Be prepared for your next wilderness outing; learn to find your way using a map and compass at The Morton Arboretum. Saturday, March 16, 2019, noon to 4:00 p.m.
  • Search the woods, fields, and edges of the Arboretum for birds. The third Saturday of each month, November 17, 2018 through March 16, 2019, 8:00 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. Online class begins Wednesday, March 20, 2019.
  • Feel your best and focus on total body health and well-being with a short hike outdoors, followed by a warming indoor yoga class at The Morton Arboretum. Wednesday, March 13, 2019, 6:00 to 7:30 p.m., or Thursday, February 21, or March 21, 2019, 9:30 to 11:00 a.m.
  • Grab a flashlight and hit the trail for a night of troll hunting at The Morton Arboretum! Select Thursdays and times, March 21 through May 2.
  • Join the author of the new biography, Force of Nature: George Fell, Founder of the Natural Areas Movement, to be inspired by the story of this Illinois conservation visionary at The Morton Arboretum. Thursday, March 21, 2019, 7:00 to 9:00 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 Days and locations vary starting Monday March 11 through Saturday June 22, 2019, 9:30 to 11:15 a.m.
  • Learn how to safely use herbicides to benefit natural areas management at The Morton Arboretum. Saturday, March 23, 2019, 9:00 a.m. to noon. This class will be offered again in Winter 2020.
  • Discover the principles and practice of ecosystem restoration at The Morton Arboretum. Registration will open Tuesday, February 19, 2019, for Thursday, March 28, 2019: Online materials available, Saturday April 6, and Saturday, April 13, 2019, 9:00 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. In person sessions meet.
  • 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.
  • Create photographic portraits of exotic orchids in this artistic photography workshop at The Morton Arboretum. Two Days: Thursday, March 28, 7:00 to 9:00 p.m. and Saturday, March 30, 2019, 10:00 to 1:00 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. Thursday, March 28, 2019, 9:00 a.m. to noon.
  • Improve your tomato success with guidance from horticulturist Kat Haberman at The Morton Arboretum. Saturday, March 30, 2019, 1:00 to 3:30 p.m.
  • Learn the ins and outs of sharpening garden tools and bring a tool of your own to sharpen. Arboretum horticulturist Katrina Lewin will explain how properly maintained tools will make a difference for both you and for your plants. Saturday, March 30, 2019, 8:30 to 10:00 a.m., or 11:00 a.m. to 12:30 p.m.
  • Capture nature in colored pencil. Discover how colors impact each other and the viewer at The Morton Arboretum. Four Tuesdays, April 2 through 23, 2019, 6:30 to 9:30 p.m.
  • Learn the essentials of woodland ecology and the woodland management techniques necessary to maintain threatened woodland ecosystems at The Morton Arboretum. Registration will open on February 19, 2019, for Thursday, April 4, 2019: Online course becomes available
  • Give kids the freedom and space to explore nature and indulge in free play with inspirational ideas from author and unconventional landscape designer Amanda Thomsen at The Morton Arboretum. Thursday, April 4, 2019, 7:00 to 9:00 p.m.
  • 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, April 6, 2019, 9:00 a.m. to 12:30 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, April 6 or June 29, 2019, 1:00 to 3:30 p.m.
  • (Registration opens February 19) Tap into your creative side with an introductory workshop on nature art at The Morton Arboretum. Spring Flowers in Colored Pencil; Capture the curves and color of a cheerful spring flower using colored pencils. Saturday, April 6, or Sunday, April 7, 2019, 10:00 a.m. to 1:00 p.m.
  • Learn the geologic history of the Midwest as we cycle the the roads of the Arboretum. Sunday, April 7, 2019, 10:00 a.m. to noon.
  • Learn to effectively and efficiently use the tools of the trade to tackle different restoration jobs at The Morton Arboretum. Online component begins: Tuesday, February 26, 2019. In-person component meets: Tuesday, March 5, 2019, 6:30 to 8:30 p.m. Spring registration opens February 19, 2019.
  • 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 Workshop: Tuesday April 9, 2019 8:30 a.m. to 3:30 p.m., and/or Basic Chainsaw Workshop: Wednesday, April 10, 3019, 8:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m.
  • Learn to make your own bouquets and arrangements in this four-week floral design class at The Morton Arboretum. Four Wednesdays, April 10 through May 1, 2019, 6:30 p.m. to 9:30 p.m.
  • Find out how you can tap into solar energy at home, even if you have large shade trees at The Morton Arboretum. Thursday, April 11, 2019, 7:00 to 8:30 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. Dates and locations vary starting Monday, April 8 through Saturday, June 29, 2019, 9:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m.
  • Design an attractive spring container with hardy plants that will bring color to any outdoor space at The Morton Arboretum. Wednesday, April 10, 2019, 7:00 to 9:00 p.m., or Saturday, April 13, 2019, 1:00 to 3:00 p.m.
  • Discover the basics of backyard composting and composting with worms at The Morton Arboretum. Wednesday, April 10, or Thursday, June 13, 2019, 7:00 to 9:00 p.m. Registration opens February 19, 2019.
  • Be ready for spring plant shopping! In this workshop, you will create a design for a small garden space under the guidance of a landscape designer at The Morton Arboretum. Two Tuesdays, April 16 and 23, 2019, 9:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m.
  • Stroll the Arboretum's stunning perennial beds where you’ll learn about plant placement, dividing, transplanting, watering, fertilizing, mulching and more. Tuesday, April 16, or Wednesday, May 22, 6:00 to 8:00 p.m., or Thursday, June 13, 2019, 6:30 to 8:30 p.m.
  • Are trees the superhero we need in the fight against climate change? Can trees make our communities better places to live? Wednesday, April 17, 2019, 7:00 to 8:30 p.m.
  • Create a pendant of the spring wildflower, white trillium (Trillium grandiflorum), native to Illinois and found here in the Arboretum’s woodlands. Two Thursdays, April 18 and 25, 2019, 9:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m.
  • Perennials are plants that come back year after year. Learn about the incredible variety of perennials plants that thrive in the Chicago area at The Morton Arboretum. Thursday, April 18, 2019, 7:00 to 9:00 p.m.
  • Get the most out of your shrubs with proper spring pruning at The Morton Arboretum. Friday, April 19, 2019, 9:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m.
  • Explore the wonders of the spring woodland in this team-taught class at The Morton Arboretum. Saturday, April 20, or Tuesday, April 23, 2019, 9:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m.
  • Discover what happens at the Arboretum at night, when no one is around. Wednesday, April 24; Thursday, April 25; Thursday, May16; or Friday, May 17, 2019, 7:30 to 9:30 p.m.
  • Learn the basics of drawing in a class designed for true beginners at The Morton Arboretum. Register now for spring: Four Saturdays, January 26 through February 23 (no class February 2), 2019, 9:00 to noon. Registration opens for Spring on February 19. Four Thursdays, April 25 through May 16, 2019, 6:30 to 9:30 p.m.
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • Turn your yard into a sustainable, edible landscape using the design principles of permaculture in this two day workshop at The Morton Arboretum. Two days: Saturday and Sunday, April 27 and 28, 2019, 8:30 a.m. to 2:30 p.m.
  • Explore the world underground at The Morton Arboretum. Mondays, 6:00 to 8:00 p.m. and every other Saturday, 9:00 a.m. to 1:00 p.m., January 28 through April 29, 2019.
  • 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.
  • Learn to grow your own salsa just in time Cinco de Mayo at The Morton Arboretum! Thursday, May 2, 2019, 6:30 to 9:00 p.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.
  • (Registration opens February 19, 2019) 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.
  • Learn the names and ecology of the wildflowers that cover the woodland floor in spring at The Morton Arboretum. Registration will open February 19, 2019, for April classes.
  • Capture Arboretum landscapes on canvas with local artist and author Joel Sheesley. Saturday, May 4, 2019, 9:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m.
  • Create a spring arrangement bursting with vibrant flowers and greenery under the guidance of the Arboretum’s botanical arrangers. Friday, May 10, 2019, 7:00 to 9:00 p.m.
  • Turn your small space into a productive, edible garden 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.
  • Help your new plantings establish and thrive. Learn best practices when planting new trees and shrubs from a member of the Arboretum’s horticulture crew. Saturday, May 11, 2019, 9:00 to 11:00 a.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.
  • 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.
  • Join this small-group photography outing to capture early morning light on the Arboretum grounds with award-winning photographer Ian Plant. Sunday, May 12, 2019, 7:15 a.m. to 1:00 p.m.
  • Christy Rollinson, forest ecologist at The Morton Arboretum will give us an insider’s look at what trees are up to in spring. Tuesday, May 14, 2019, 7:00 p.m. to 9:00 p.m.
  • Take a journey through a tree, from roots to leaves at The Morton Arboretum. Wednesdays, May 15 and 22, 2019, 6:30 to 9:00 p.m.
  • 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.
  • Grab a pair of waders and get your feet wet in the Arboretum’s creeks and wetlands. Saturday, May 18, 2019, 9:00 to 11:00 a.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.
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • Save the Date! 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.-12:00 p.m.
  • Save the Date! Educators who teach urban forestry, arboriculture, and other closely related fields are invited to the the Urban Forestry and Arboriculture Educator’s Symposium at The Morton Arboretum. Conference sessions: Monday, May 20 to Tuesday, May 21, 2019, 9:00 a.m. to 5:15 p.m. Reception and Poster Session: Monday, May 20, 6:00-8:00 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 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.
  • Come nibble the new shoots of wild edible plants and taste how good spring can be at The Morton Arboretum. Wednesday, May 22, 6:00 to 8:00 p.m.
  • Grow your own bouquet! Get traditional and nontraditional ideas on which flowers to plant in a cut-flower garden at The Morton Arboretum. Wednesday, May 22, 2019, 6:30 to 9:00 p.m.
  • 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.
  • Learn to identify the sedges, a diverse and ecologically important group of plants at The Morton Arboretum. Two days: Thursday, May 30 and Friday, May 31, 2019, 9:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.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.
  • Learn principles and practices for managing critical habitats at The Morton Arboretum. This class will be offered again in April-May 2019. Registration will open Tuesday, February 19, 2019.
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • Visit one of the largest remnant prairies in Illinois and an Audubon-designated “Important Bird Area” for a late spring bird walk. Saturday, June 1, 8:00 a.m. to noon.
  • Grab a mimosa and enjoy the scents of spring in this behind-the-scenes tour of the Arboretum’s Fragrance Garden. Saturday, June 1, 2019, 10:00 a.m. to noon.
  • 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, June 1, 2019, 9:00 to noon.
  • 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.
  • 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 2 through 23, 2019, 8:00 to 11:00 a.m. or Four Thursdays, June 6 through 27, 2018, 6:30 to 9:30 p.m.
  • Create field sketches of summer landscapes at The Morton Arboretum. Friday, May 31, or Saturday, June 1, 2019, 9:00 a.m. to 12:30 p.m.
  • Become acquainted with the host of birds that nest and breed in our region. Four Saturdays, June 8 through 29, 2019, 8:00 to 11:00 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 8 and 9, 2019. Check in at 8:30 a.m. Saturday and depart at noon on Sunday.
  • 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.
  • Enjoy a demonstration of ikebana, or Japanese flower arranging, by one of the world’s leading ikebana instructors at The Morton Arboretum. Sunday, June 9, 2019, 3:00 p.m. to 4:30 p.m.
  • Grab a drink and a friend and take an evening stroll with an Arboretum expert to learn more about the nature behind the Nature Connects sculptures. Tuesday, June 11, 7:00 to 8:30 p.m.
  • Enjoy a tour of the two acre gardens at the historic Milne home built in 1842 in Lockport. Friday, June 14, 2019, 10:00 a.m. to 12:30 p.m.
  • Learn to identify dragonflies and damselflies on the grounds of the Arboretum. Friday, June 14, 2019, 8:00 to 11:30 a.m.
  • Kayak the Rock River in Oregon, Illinois, and learn the geology and natural history of this unique area. Saturday, June 15, 9:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m. (rain date June 22).
  • 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.
  • Honor the Summer Solstice with a short hike outdoors followed by a yoga class set to the sounds of nature at The Morton Arboretum.Friday, June 21, 2019, 6:30 to 8:00 p.m.
  • Ride the tram with curator Matt Lobdell for an enlightening perspective on the Arboretum’s most treasured trees. Thursday, June 27, 2019, 7:00 to 8:30 p.m.
  • Learn the names and ecology of the wildflowers, sedges, rushes, and other plants that inhabit wetlands at The Morton Arboretum. Saturday, June 29, 2019, 9:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. Registration will open February 19, 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.
  • 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 the identification skills to manage, restore, or simply enjoy prairie habitats at The Morton Arboretum. This class will be offered again in July 2019. Registration will open May 2019.
  • 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.
  • Learn how humans have used prairie plants on this summer hike at The Morton Arboretum. Saturday, July 28, 2018, 8:30 to 11:00 a.m. This class will be offered again in August 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 7, 2019, 6:30 to 9:30 p.m., and select Saturdays, September 14 through, December 7, 2019, 9:00 a.m. to noon.

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