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Interests - Trees and Nature

Course List

  • 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 the essentials of woodland ecology and the woodland management techniques necessary to maintain threatened woodland ecosystems at The Morton Arboretum. Thursday, November 21, 2019, 12:00 p.m. U.S. Central time: Online course becomes available, or Thursday, January 30, 2020, 12:00 p.m. U.S. Central time: Online course becomes available.
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • Under the light of a full moon, hit the trail for a night of troll hunting at The Morton Arboretum! Select Tuesdays, Wednesdays, Thursdays, or Fridays November 13, 2019 through March 10, 2020, 6:30 to 8:30 p.m.
  • Under the light of a full moon, hit the trail for a night of troll hunting at The Morton Arboretum! Select Tuesdays, Wednesdays, Thursdays, or Fridays November 13, 2019 through March 10, 2020, 6:30 to 8:30 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.
  • Under the light of a full moon, hit the trail for a night of troll hunting at The Morton Arboretum! Select Tuesdays, Wednesdays, Thursdays, or Fridays November 13, 2019 through March 10, 2020, 6:30 to 8:30 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. Tuesday October 29, 2019, 6:30 to 8:00 p.m., or Tuesday, January 14, 6:30 to 8:00 p.m.
  • Learn to identify trees after they shed their leaves for the winter. Develop the skills to identify winter trees on your own using clues found in buds, fruits, leaf scars, bark, and branching patterns at The Morton Arboretum. Dates and times vary starting Thursday January 16, 2020.
  • Learn techniques for accurately identifying Illinois' winter birds, spot species that are in the area this winter, and meet the migratory species that overwinter in our region at The Morton Arboretum. Three Saturdays, January 18 through February 1, 2020, 8:00 to 11:30 a.m.
  • Browse a selection of seeds, and take home a variety to plant this spring. Bring your leftover seed packets or self-saved seeds to share. Saturday, January 18, 2020, 11:00 a.m. to 1:00 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. Fall: Tuesday, October 29, 2019: Registration closes at 11:59 p.m. Wednesday, October 30, 2019: Winter: Online course available, or Tuesday, January 21, 2020: Registration closes at 11:59 p.m. Wednesday, January 22, 2020: Online course available at noon
  • Warm up the winter with engaging talks on history, ecology, art, literature, and more by Arboretum and visiting experts. Circle up around the fireplace in the historic Founder’s Room in Thornhill Education Center, and enjoy an hour-long talk followed by a Q&A with the week’s featured speaker. Select Wednesdays, January 22 through March 25, 2020, 10:00 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. Tuesday, January 28, 2020, 12:00 p.m.: Online materials become available. Tuesday, February 4, 2020, 6:30 to 8:30 p.m: In-person session at Thornhill Education Center
  • Learn the essentials of woodland ecology and the woodland management techniques necessary to maintain threatened woodland ecosystems at The Morton Arboretum. Thursday, November 21, 2019, 12:00 p.m. U.S. Central time: Online course becomes available, or Thursday, January 30, 2020, 12:00 p.m. U.S. Central time: Online course becomes available.
  • 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: Thursday, January 16 at noon and In-person class meets: Thursday, January 23, 9:00 to 11:30 a.m., or Online component begins: Monday, January 27 at noon and In-person class meets: Saturday, February 1, 9:00 to 11:30 a.m.
  • Learn to identify and manage the most common invasive plants in the Great Lakes region at The Morton Arboretum. Tuesday, February 4, 2020: Noon U.S. Central time: Online course becomes available.
  • Learn the basics of beekeeping at The Morton Arboretum. Four Wednesdays, February 5 through 26, 6:30 to 8:30 p.m.
  • Warm up the winter with engaging talks on history, ecology, art, literature, and more by Arboretum and visiting experts. Circle up around the fireplace in the historic Founder’s Room in Thornhill Education Center, and enjoy an hour-long talk followed by a Q&A with the week’s featured speaker. Select Wednesdays, January 22 through March 25, 2020, 10:00 to 11:30 a.m.
  • Join us for a FREE orientation to the Natural Areas Conservation Training (N-ACT) Program in ecological restoration. Course start date: October 21 2019 through February 17, 2020
  • Under the light of a full moon, hit the trail for a night of troll hunting at The Morton Arboretum! Select Tuesdays, Wednesdays, Thursdays, or Fridays November 13, 2019 through March 10, 2020, 6:30 to 8:30 p.m.
  • Learn to call plants by their botanical names and learn 40 common plant species that are native to Illinois at The Morton Arboretum. Tuesday, November 12, 2019: Online course begins, or Wednesday, February 12, 2020: Online course begins
  • Search the woods, fields, and edges of the Arboretum for birds. The third Saturday of each month, November 16, 2019 through March 21, 2020, 8:00 to 10:30 a.m.
  • Warm up the winter with engaging talks on history, ecology, art, literature, and more by Arboretum and visiting experts. Circle up around the fireplace in the historic Founder’s Room in Thornhill Education Center, and enjoy an hour-long talk followed by a Q&A with the week’s featured speaker. Select Wednesdays, January 22 through March 25, 2020, 10:00 to 11:30 a.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. or Wednesday, February 19, 2020: Online materials become available. Thursday, February 27, 2020, 6:00 to 9:30 p.m. : In person session meets
  • Urban wildlife is thriving, and we’re not talking about just raccoons and squirrels. Wildlife biologist Chris Anchor will discuss what biologists are learning about the mega-predators that are returning to the area, and what this means for both our natural areas and our neighborhoods. Thursday, February 20, 2020, 7:00 to 8:30 p.m.
  • Explore the frozen waterfalls and watch for eagles on this naturalist-led hike through Starved Rock State Park in Oglesby, Illinois. Friday, February 21, 2020, noon to 4:00 p.m.
  • Spend a day immersed in nature with guided writing and art workshops. Set aside time to disconnect from the day-to-day and focus on connecting with the natural world through writing and art at The Morton Arboretum. Saturday, February 22, 8:00 a.m. to 4:00 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. Tuesday, March 3, 2020: Online component begins. Three Tuesdays, March 10, 24, and April 7, 6:30 to 9:00 p.m..: In-person classes meet.

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