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  • Be prepared for your next wilderness outing. Learn to find your way around using a map and compass. DATE CHANGE TO SATURDAY, DECEMBER 5 (original date: Saturday, November 7, 2020), noon to 4:00 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.
  • 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),
  • 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.
  • 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 aPlease notnd Saturday, January 23, 12:30 to 3:30 p.m. (Central time): Attend in-person session.
  • Deepen your connection to nature and your writing skills in this intermediate online workshop from The Morton Arboretum. Four Thursdays, January 14 through February 4, 2021, 6:30 to 8:30 p.m.: Access live sessions online.
  • 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.
  • 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. Wednesday, December 16, (SOLD OLD) 2020, 8:30 to 10:00 a.m., or Friday January 22, February 19 or March 19, 2021, 8:30 to 10:00 a.m. Locations vary.
  • 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).
  • 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).
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • Experience the healing and wellness-promoting effects of Shinrin-Yoku, the practice of bathing the senses in the atmosphere of the forest at The Morton Arboretum. Saturdays January 23, February 20, or Saturday, March 20, 2021, 9:00 to 11:00 a.m.
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • The Arboretum closes at dusk, so enjoy this special opportunity to see the mysterious forest protectors under the light of the moon. Wednesday, January 27, February 17, or Wednesday, March 31, 2021, 7:00 to 9:00 p.m.
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • Meet the animals that prowl our woods and ponds all winter long. We rarely see them—mink, beaver, coyote, and deer—but they are here. Saturday, February 6, 2021, 9:00 to 11:00 a.m.
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • 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.

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