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Join master gardener and natural history writer Cindy Crosby for a fun look at great (and not-so-great) gardens in literature and poetry. Friday, December 4, 2020, 1:00 to 2:30 p.m.
Learn to identify trees after they shed their leaves for the winter in this online class from The Morton Arboretum. Monday, December 7, 2020: Access online self-paced materials and Monday, December 14 and Thursday, December 17, 2020, 7:00 to 8:30 p.m.: attend Live sessions online. Or attend our winter class. Thursday, January 21, 2021: Access self-paced materials online and Friday, January 29, 2021, 9:00 to 12:30 p.m. (Central time): Attend session on-site. Please note: Early online registration is open Nov 24-30 exclusively for Ginkgo Circle, Oak Circle, Hawthorn Circle, Elm Circle, and Thornhill Circle members. Registration opens to all members December 1.
Experience Tai Chi from the comfort of home with live, online classes from The Morton Arboretum. Twice monthly on Wednesdays, January through March, 2021, 9:30 a.m. to 10:30 a.m. (Central time), Please note: Early online registration is open Nov 24-30 exclusively for Ginkgo Circle, Oak Circle, Hawthorn Circle, Elm Circle, and Thornhill Circle members. Registration opens to all members December 1.
Join us for a FREE orientation to the Natural Areas Conservation Training (N-ACT) Program in ecological restoration. Available online anytime.
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. Thursday, December 10, 2020, noon (Central time).: Access self-paced materials online and Tuesday, January 12, 2021, noon to 1:00 p.m. (Central time): Attend live sessions online or Wednesday, February 24, 2021, noon (Central time).: Access self-paced materials online. (available for 60 days) and Friday, March 12, 2021, noon to 1:00 p.m. (Central time): Attend live sessions online. Please note: Early online registration is open Nov 24-30 exclusively for Ginkgo Circle, Oak Circle, Hawthorn Circle, Elm Circle, and Thornhill Circle members. Registration opens to all members December 1.
What happens to the animals in your yard during winter? Explore winter adaptations and homes of your backyard wildlife. This three day program includes online content that is posted daily and can be done at your own pace. A 30 minute online session with an Arboretum educator is also scheduled each day between 11:00am and 1:00pm. Three days: Monday through Wednesday December 21 through 23, or December 28 through 30, 2020,
Make your yard a laboratory as you conduct your own experiments with ice and water. This three day program includes online content that is posted daily and can be done at your own pace. A 30 minute online session with an Arboretum educator is also scheduled each day between 11:00am and 1:00pm. Three days: Monday through Wednesday December 21 through 23, or December 28 through 30, 2020,
Make your yard a laboratory as you conduct your own experiments with ice and water. This three day program includes online content that is posted daily and can be done at your own pace. A 30 minute online session with an Arboretum educator is also scheduled each day between 11:00am and 1:00pm. Three days: Monday through Wednesday December 21 through 23, or December 28 through 30, 2020,
Learn and practice correct pruning techniques for trees and shrubs. Winter is a great time to prune. Bare branches make it easier to assess what needs to stay and what should be removed. Winter pruning also encourages proper spring growth at The Morton Arboretum. Learn online, then apply those skills during a hands-on workshop. Wednesday, January 13, 2021, noon (Central time): Access self-paced materials online, and Wednesday, January 20, 2021, 12:30 to 3:30 p.m (Central time): Attend in-person session or Thursday, January 14 2021, noon (Central time): Access self-paced materials online and Saturday, January 23, 12:30 to 3:30 p.m. (Central time): Attend in-person session. Please note: Early online registration is open Nov 24-30 exclusively for Ginkgo Circle, Oak Circle, Hawthorn Circle, Elm Circle, and Thornhill Circle members. Registration opens to all members December 1.
Learn the nuts and bolts of excellent nature writing and improve your wordsmithing skills in this online course from The Morton Arboretum. Four Thursdays, January 14 through February 4, 2021, 6:30 to 8:30 p.m.: Access live sessions online. Please note: Early online registration is open Nov 24-30 exclusively for Ginkgo Circle, Oak Circle, Hawthorn Circle, Elm Circle, and Thornhill Circle members. Registration opens to all members December 1.
Learn to effectively and efficiently use the tools of the trade to tackle different restoration jobs. Monday, January 18, 2021, noon Central time: Access self-paced materials online. Please note: Early online registration is open Nov 24-30 exclusively for Ginkgo Circle, Oak Circle, Hawthorn Circle, Elm Circle, and Thornhill Circle members. Registration opens to all members December 1.
Looking for a great way to eat healthy and economically? Soups are the answer! Learn to make heart-healthy soups that will keep you warm from the inside out all winter long. Thursday, January 21, 2021, 7:00 to 8:30 p.m.: Attend live sessions online. Please note: Early online registration is open Nov 24-30 exclusively for Ginkgo Circle, Oak Circle, Hawthorn Circle, Elm Circle, and Thornhill Circle members. Registration opens to all members December 1.
Learn to identify the common trees you see in local preserves or in your neighborhood in this online-only class from The Morton Arboretum. Third Thursday of each month: November 19, 2020 through March 18, 2020: Access self-paced materials online. Please note: Early online registration is open Nov 24-30 exclusively for Ginkgo Circle, Oak Circle, Hawthorn Circle, Elm Circle, and Thornhill Circle members. Registration opens to all members December 1.
Get the botany basics you need to identify plants in this online, self-paced class. Whether you are a natural resources volunteer or specialist, gardener, naturalist, or artist this class provides the fundamentals you need to get started. Thursday, Jan 21, Feb 18, or March 18, 2021, noon (Central time): Access self-paced materials online. Please note: Early online registration is open Nov 24-30 exclusively for Ginkgo Circle, Oak Circle, Hawthorn Circle, Elm Circle, and Thornhill Circle members. Registration opens to all members December 1.
Learn to call plants by their botanical names and discover the fascinating origins of names in this self-paced online class. Third Thursday of each month: November 19, 2020 through March 18, 2020: Access self-paced materials online (available for 60 days). Please note: Early online registration is open Nov 24-30 exclusively for Ginkgo Circle, Oak Circle, Hawthorn Circle, Elm Circle, and Thornhill Circle members. Registration opens to all members December 1.
Learn the essentials of woodland ecology and the woodland management techniques necessary to maintain threatened woodland ecosystems at The Morton Arboretum. Thursday, Jan 21, February 18, or March 18, 2021, noon (Central time) Access self-paced materials online. Please note: Early online registration is open Nov 24-30 exclusively for Ginkgo Circle, Oak Circle, Hawthorn Circle, Elm Circle, and Thornhill Circle members. Registration opens to all members December 1.
Learn to identify and manage the most common invasive plants in the Great Lakes region at The Morton Arboretum. Thursday, January 21, February 18, or March 18, 2021 noon (central time): Access online self-paced materials (available for 60 days). Please note: Early online registration is open Nov 24-30 exclusively for Ginkgo Circle, Oak Circle, Hawthorn Circle, Elm Circle, and Thornhill Circle members. Registration opens to all members December 1.
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., December 2020 through January 2021, or Wednesdays, 6:00 to 7:00 p.m., December 2020 through January 2021, Please note: Early online registration is open November 24 through 30 exclusively for Ginkgo Circle, Oak Circle, Hawthorn Circle, Elm Circle, and Thornhill Circle members. Registration opens to all members December 1.
Journaling is a great way to connect with nature, reduce stress, and improve mindfulness. You don’t have to be a great artist or writer to do it! In this online workshop, your instructor will help you get started, and provide some ways to slow down, observe carefully, and capture what you see with words and sketches. Monday, January 25, 2021, 7:00 to 9:00 p.m.: Attend live session online. Please note: Early online registration is open Nov 24-30 exclusively for Ginkgo Circle, Oak Circle, Hawthorn Circle, Elm Circle, and Thornhill Circle members. Registration opens to all members December 1.
Spending time in nature can restore our mind, body and spirit. But it can be hard to slow down and allow nature into our busy and stressed lives. In this live webinar, author and certified forest therapy guide Brenda Spitzer will share techniques and simple activities that can help us tap into the restorative benefits of nature. Monday, January 25, 2021, 2:00 to 3:30 p.m.: Attend live session online. Please note: Early online registration is open Nov 24-30 exclusively for Ginkgo Circle, Oak Circle, Hawthorn Circle, Elm Circle, and Thornhill Circle members. Registration opens to all members December 1.
Get tips from birding expert Denis Kania to improve your bird identification skills in this webinar with The Morton Arboretum. The trick to identifying birds is knowing which details are key to confirming the species. Thursday, January 28, 2021, 10:00 to 11:30 a.m. (Central time): Attend live session online. Please note: Early online registration is open Nov 24-30 exclusively for Ginkgo Circle, Oak Circle, Hawthorn Circle, Elm Circle, and Thornhill Circle members. Registration opens to all members December 1.
Learn how to take great nature photos with your iPhone in this online class from The Morton Arboretum. Whether you are new to photography or new to smartphones, discover techniques for capturing the season with your iPhone. Saturday, January 30, 2021, 9:00 a.m. to noon (Central time): Attend live session online. Please note: Early online registration is open Nov 24-30 exclusively for Ginkgo Circle, Oak Circle, Hawthorn Circle, Elm Circle, and Thornhill Circle members. Registration opens to all members December 1.
Digitally explore the intricacies of the prairie landscape and learn how to restore these signature American ecosystems at The Morton Arboretum. Monday, February 8, 2021, noon (Central time): Access self-paced materials online and Tuesday, February 23, 2021, 12:00 to 1:00 p.m. (Central time): Attend live session online. Please note: Early online registration is open Nov 24-30 exclusively for Ginkgo Circle, Oak Circle, Hawthorn Circle, Elm Circle, and Thornhill Circle members. Registration opens to all members December 1.
Create a garden space that offers rest and renewal. In this live, interactive online class, we’ll identify the visual cues in a garden that invite meditation. Three Wednesdays, February 10, 17, and 24, 2021, 9:30 to 11:00 a.m. (Central time): Attend live sessions online. Please note: Early online registration is open Nov 24-30 exclusively for Ginkgo Circle, Oak Circle, Hawthorn Circle, Elm Circle, and Thornhill Circle members. Registration opens to all members December 1.
Learn to use watercolor to capture nature in color. In this four-week class, you will learn watercolor techniques such as laying a wash, glazing, and dry brush at The Morton Arboretum. Four Thursdays, February 11, 18, 25, and March 4, 2021, from 6:30 to 8:30pm: Attend live sessions online. Please note: Early online registration is open Nov 24-30 exclusively for Ginkgo Circle, Oak Circle, Hawthorn Circle, Elm Circle, and Thornhill Circle members. Registration opens to all members December 1.
The Perennial Plant Association, the Horticultural Society of Maryland, and The Morton Arboretum are teaming up to offer a virtual gardening symposium with the best writers and most knowledgeable experts in the business. Friday, February 12, 2021, 8:45 a.m. to 4:30 p.m., Central time.
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. Online classes meet: 12 Mondays, February 22, March 1, and March 22 through May 24, 2021, 6:30 to 8:30 p.m. In-person, outdoor learning, field and lab exploration: Six Wednesdays, March 24 through May 26, 2021, 5:30 to 8:30 p.m., and Four Saturdays, April 3, April 17, May 1, and May 15, 2021, 9:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m.
The tallgrass prairie is usually thought of for its diverse community of plants, animals, and insects. Yet, it is also an inspiration for a creative community! Wednesday, February 24, 2021, 7:00 to 8:30 p.m.: Attend live session online. Please note: Early online registration is open Nov 24-30 exclusively for Ginkgo Circle, Oak Circle, Hawthorn Circle, Elm Circle, and Thornhill Circle members. Registration opens to all members December 1.
This year we are counting trees, but trees are also counting on you and your students! Learn more about The Arboretum’s 2020 Tree Census Project, as well as find ways your students can get involved in measuring trees in your community, or in their backyard. Friday February 26, 2021, 9:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m.
Explore the lives of hummingbirds and learn to attract them to your home garden in this live, online program from The Morton Arboretum. Friday, February 26, 2021, 10:00 to 11:30 a.m. (Central time): Attend live session online. Please note: Early online registration is open Nov 24-30 exclusively for Ginkgo Circle, Oak Circle, Hawthorn Circle, Elm Circle, and Thornhill Circle members. Registration opens to all members December 1.
Interested in getting into gardening? Learn the basics you need to turn your yard into an appealing outdoor space. This live, online class will cover the foundational skills that every new gardener needs. Saturday, February 27, 2021, 9:00 a.m. to 10:30 a.m. (Central time): Attend live session online. Please note: Early online registration is open Nov 24-30 exclusively for Ginkgo Circle, Oak Circle, Hawthorn Circle, Elm Circle, and Thornhill Circle members. Registration opens to all members December 1.
Chicago Wilderness offers the Midwest Ecological Prescription Burn Crew Member Training class online through The Morton Arboretum. Based on the National Wildfire Coordinating Group’s (NWCG) S-130 and S-190 courses, this two-day training covers the basics of such topics as fire behavior, controlled burn techniques, and smoke management. Thursday, February 25, 2021, noon (Central time): Access self-paced materials online, and Thursday and Friday, March 4 and 5, 2021, 9:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m. (Central time): Attend live sessions online. Please note: Early online registration is open Nov 24-30 exclusively for Ginkgo Circle, Oak Circle, Hawthorn Circle, Elm Circle, and Thornhill Circle members. Registration opens to all members December 1.
Growing a garden can be healing in so many ways, whether you are replenished by the healing herbs you grow, the time spent outdoors, or the empowerment that comes with growing your own food. Join co-founder and CEO of the Urban Growers Collective and dig deep into the how’s and why’s of herbal gardens. Saturday, March 6, 2021, 9:30 a.m. to 11:00 a.m. (Central time): Attend live session online. Please note: Early online registration is open Nov 24-30 exclusively for Ginkgo Circle, Oak Circle, Hawthorn Circle, Elm Circle, and Thornhill Circle members. Registration opens to all members December 1.

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