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Interests - Trees and Nature

Course List

  • Join us for a FREE orientation to the Natural Areas Conservation Training (N-ACT) Program in ecological restoration. Available online anytime. You will have access to the online material for 30 days after enrolling.
  • 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 visiting expert. 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. 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. This program is SOLD OUT. Please contact the registrar at 630-719-2468 to be added to a WAITLIST.
  • Learn to identify and manage the most common invasive plants in the Great Lakes region at The Morton Arboretum. Wednesday, May 20, 2020, 12:00 p.m.: Online course becomes available, and Saturday, May 30, 2020: Meet in-person, 8:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. Or register for a late summer class. Wednesday, September 9, 2020, 12:00 p.m.: Online course becomes available, and Saturday, September 19, 2020: Meet in-person, 8:30 a.m. to 12:30 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. This program is SOLD OUT. Please email the registrar at registrar-ed@mortonarb.org to be put on a WAIT LIST.
  • 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.
  • 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 visiting expert. Select Wednesdays, January 22 through March 25, 2020, 10:00 to 11:30 a.m.
  • Learn to identify plants without leaves or flowers. Explore the Schulenberg Prairie and adjacent woodlands to practice identifying native perennials and grasses in winter with a local expert at The Morton Arboretum. Saturday, March 7, 2019, 8:00 a.m. to noon.
  • Learn spring methods for propagating your favorite native plants. Learn how to bring seeds out of stratification, plant in seed trays and transplant seedlings at The Morton Arboretum.Sunday, March 8, 2020, 9:00 a.m. to 12:30 p.m., or 1:00 to 4:30 p.m. Sold out - please call the Registrar's Office at 630-719-2468 to be waitlisted.
  • 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 February 6 through March 11, 2020, 6:30 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. Tuesday, October 29, 2019: Online materials become available and Sunday, November 3, 2019, 9:00 a.m. to 1:00 p.m.: In person session meets, or Wednesday, March 11, 2020: Online materials become available and Sunday, March 22, 2020, 1:00 to 5:00 p.m.: In person session meets.
  • Be prepared for your next wilderness outing; learn to find your way using a map and compass at The Morton Arboretum. Sunday, March 15, 2020, noon to 4:00 p.m.
  • 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 visiting expert. Select Wednesdays, January 22 through March 25, 2020, 10:00 to 11:30 a.m.
  • Digitally explore the intricacies of the prairie landscape and learn how to restore these signature American ecosystems at The Morton Arboretum. Thursday, March 26, 2020: Noon U.S. Central time: Online course becomes available.
  • 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, March 21, or Saturday, March 28, 2020, 9:00 a.m. to 12:30 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, March 28, 2020, 12:30 to 3:00 p.m., or Wednesday, May 20, 2020, 6:00 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, March 31, 2020, 6:30 to 8:00 p.m.
  • Learn to effectively and efficiently use the tools of the trade to tackle different restoration jobs at The Morton Arboretum.Tuesday, April 7, 2020, 12:00 p.m.: Online materials become available. Tuesday, April 14, 2020, 6:30 to 8:30 p.m: In-person session meets.
  • Discover the principles and practice of ecosystem restoration at The Morton Arboretum. Wednesday, April 8, 2020, 12:00 p.m.: Online materials become available. Saturday April 18, and May 2, 2020, 9:00 a.m. to 12:30 p.m.: In person sessions meet.
  • Learn to identify the common trees you see in local preserves or in your neighborhood in this online-only class from The Morton Arboretum. Registration closes: Wednesday, April 22, 2020, 11:59 p.m. Available online: Thursday, April 23, 2020, 12:00 p.m.
  • Learn how scientists study and take action to conserve plants. This class will review the major threats to plant species (fragmentation, habitat loss, disease, overharvest, and more) and how biologists make conservation decisions at The Morton Arboretum. Wednesday, January 29 through Wednesday, April 29, 2020. Weekly on Mondays and Wednesdays, 6:30 to 8:30 p.m., and three Saturdays, February 15, March 21, April 18, 2020, 9:00 a.m. to 1:00 p.m.
  • Learn principles and practices for managing critical habitats. Join us as we visit a variety of managed ecosystems in the Chicagoland area to discuss current conservation challenges and strategies with site managers and volunteer stewards. Next offered in Spring 2020. Online registration for Spring classes opens February 18, 2020.
  • Learn the names and ecology of the wildflowers that cover the woodland floor in spring at The Morton Arboretum. for April classes. Dates vary. Online starting in April 2020, and in-person meeting in May 2020.
  • Learn to identify the common trees you see in local preserves or in your neighborhood at The Morton Arboretum. Saturday, May 16, 2020, 8:30 to 11:00 a.m., or Thursday, June 11, 2020, 6:00 to 8:30 p.m.
  • Learn to identify prairie plants in their early stages of seasonal development at The Morton Arboretum. Saturday, May 16, 2020, 9:30 to 12:30 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, March 28, 2020, 12:30 to 3:00 p.m., or Wednesday, May 20, 2020, 6:00 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, May 20, 2020, 12:00 p.m.: Online course becomes available, and Saturday, May 30, 2020: Meet in-person, 8:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. Or register for a late summer class. Wednesday, September 9, 2020, 12:00 p.m.: Online course becomes available, and Saturday, September 19, 2020: Meet in-person, 8:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m.
  • 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. Thursdays, February 20, February 27, and March 19 through May 21, 2020, 5:30 to 8:30 p.m.;Three Tuesdays, April 28, May 12, and May 19, 2020, 5:30 to 9:30 p.m.,; and Four Saturdays, March 28, April 11, April 25, and May 9, 2020, 9:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m.

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