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Interests - Trees and Nature

Course List

  • The Chicago Region Trees Initiative has developed a full day, hands on training event for non-forestry professionals who work with trees. This program is SOLD OUT. Basic Urban Forestry: April 21, 2021, 8:30 a.m. to 3:15 p.m., or Section B: Basic Chainsaw: April 22, 2021, 8:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m.
  • Trees play a valuable role in creating safer, healthier, and more equitable communities. Yet communities of color are likely to have fewer trees. This forum will explore how to form effective partnerships between communities of color and tree planting organizations to help improve tree canopy in the places that need it most. Wednesday, April 28, 2021, 1:30 to 3:00 p.m. Central
  • Enjoy a walk under the trees with Brendon Reidy, Phenology Research Coordinator, and take in the Arboretum’s emerging spring blooms and colors. Friday, April 30, 2021, 1:00 to 3:00 p.m.
  • Learn how to identify Illinois' spring resident and migratory birds by sight and call, and meet other birders. Five Sundays, May 2 through 30, 2021, 8:00 to 11:30 a.m.
  • Crawl, slither, hop, or branch out on Zoom with The Morton Arboretum and join us for this workshop about the plants and animals that make up an ecosystem. Saturday May 15, 2021, 9:00 a.m. to 3:00 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. (SOLD OUT) Three days: Thursday, May 6, 2021, 6:30 to 8:30 p.m., and two Saturdays, May 8 and 22, 2021, 8:00 to 11:30 a.m.
  • Wander through the ever-changing array of blooms in our woodlands and prairies in this virtual walk. Friday, April 9, 11:30 a.m. to 1:00 p.m. or Thursday, May 6, 6:30 to 8:00 p.m. Central.
  • The American Chestnut tree used to comprise approximately one quarter of the forest canopy in the eastern United States. Then in the early 1900's, chestnut blight decimated the nearly four billion American Chestnut trees. The wildlife value and economic value of these trees was unparalleled.Join us for a panel discussion with expert scientists who will discuss the history of the American Chestnut as well as current research to restore the trees. Tuesday, May 11,2021, 6:00 p.m. Central Time/7:00 p.m. Eastern Time
  • Learn to identify prairie plants in their early stages of seasonal development. (SOLD OUT) Saturday, May 29, 2021, 9:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m.
  • Hike the Arboretum’s lesser-known trails with a naturalist guide. Stretch your legs and get some fresh air while you learn about the history of the Arboretum and the plants and animals that call it home. Dates and times vary starting March 19, 2021.
  • Learn to identify the common trees you see in local preserves or in your neighborhood. Use characteristics such as leaves, bark, branches, flowers, and fruit to ID a tree. Saturday, May 22, 2021, 10:00 a.m. to 12:30 p.m., or Thursday, June 3, 2021, 6:00 to 8:30 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. Four Saturdays, June 5 through 26, 2021, 8:00 to 11:30 a.m.
  • Learn the names and ecology of the wildflowers, sedges, rushes, and other plants that inhabit wetlands at The Morton Arboretum. Saturday, June 12, 2021, 9:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m.
  • Learn about iNaturalist, a community science platform and global network of people like you making observations of their local nature.. Saturday, June 12, 2021, 9:00 to 11:00 a.m. Central
  • Learn to identify the sedges, a diverse and ecologically important group of plants. Thursday, June 17, 2021, 9:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m.
  • Learn the nuts and bolts of excellent nature writing and improve your wordsmithing skills in this online course from The Morton Arboretum. Thursday, June 17, 2021: Access Tree Learning online materials at noon Central, and Three Thursdays, June 24, July1 and July 8: attend live Zoom Sessions, 6:30 to 9:00 p.m. Central
  • Enrich your understanding of our local natural areas by learning to identify the most common native plants you’re likely to encounter. Wednesday, June 23, 2021, 6:00 to 9:00 p.m.
  • Woody Plants of the Western Great Lakes Region is an introduction to the plants that make up the woody flora of the western Great Lakes region at The Morton Arboretum.September 8 – December 1, 2021
  • Learn the essentials of woodland ecology and the woodland management techniques necessary to maintain threatened woodland ecosystems. Access self-paced materials online within one hour of registration. Available for 60 days.
  • Learn to identify the common trees you see in local preserves or in your neighborhood in this self-guided online class from The Morton Arboretum. Access self-paced materials online within one hour of registration. Available for 60 days.
  • Learn to identify and manage the most common invasive plants in the Great Lakes region. Access self-paced materials online within one hour of registration. Available for 60 days.
  • Join us for a FREE orientation to the Natural Areas Conservation Training (N-ACT) Program in ecological restoration. In this online class, the self-guided material can be completed wherever you have access to a computer, at your own pace. Access self-paced materials online within one hour of registration. Available for 60 days.
  • 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. Register now and start learning right away. Available for 60 days.