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  • 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
  • Take a break from our visually-saturated world and explore the stark beauty of minimalist nature photography. Five days: Three days: Wednesdays, May 12 and 19, 2021, 6:30 to 8:30 p.m. (Central time) Online and Saturday, May 15, 8:00 to 11:00 a.m. In-Person
  • Turn your small space into a productive, edible garden. This online class is perfect for condo, townhouse, or apartment dwellers. Saturday, May 15, 2021, 9:00 to 10:30 a.m. Central
  • Learn about the new invasive plants and forest pests of Illinois and how to get involved in monitoring and reporting invasive plants that are new to our region. Thursday, May 20, 2021, 7:00 p.m. to 8:30 p.m. (Central time): Attend live session online
  • 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.
  • Experience Tai Chi at The Morton Arboretum. Move your body with the grace and confidence of the ancient Tai Chi masters who learned the secret of balancing yin and yang – strength with beauty, power with peace, endurance with flow. Select Wednesdays, April 14 through June 30, 2021, 9:30 to 10:30 a.m.
  • Join us for digital Arboretum Yoga sessions. Maintain your health and well-being with yoga from the comfort of your home. Mondays, February 15 through June 28, 2021, 9:30 to 10:30 a.m.​, or Wednesday, February 17 through June 30, 2021, 6:00 to 7:00 p.m.
  • Improve your health and well-being with yoga. We will practice poses, breathing and meditation in the tranquil setting of The Morton Arboretum. Mondays, March 1 through June 28, 2021, 9:30 to 10:30 a.m.​, or Wednesday, April 7 through June 30, 2021, 6:00 to 7:00 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.
  • Improve your photography skills as you learn to observe nearby nature through your camera lens in this hands-on workshop. Everyday moments take on new meaning when you look at them with the eye of an observer. Three days: Wednesdays, June 2 and 9, 2021, 6:30 to 8:30 p.m. (Central time) Online and Saturday, June 5, 9:00 a.m. to noon In-Person
  • 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.
  • Bring the prairie to your doorstep! Turn a corner of your home landscape into a pocket-size prairie. Wednesday and Friday, June 9 and 11, 2021, 11:00 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. Central
  • Sumi-e is the Japanese word for “black ink painting” a style of art in which the brush strokes capture the spirit (Ch’i) of nature rather than a photographic likeness. Emphasis is placed on the beauty of each individual stroke of the brush. Three Thursdays, June 10 to 24, 2021, 9:00 to 11:00 a.m. Central
  • 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
  • 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. Sold out through June; please contact the Registrar's Office at registrar-ed@mortonarb.org to be waitlisted.
  • Experience the healing and wellness-promoting effects of Shinrin-Yoku, the practice of bathing the senses in the atmosphere of the forest. Awaken your senses and reconnect with nature during these mindful walks with a certified Forest Therapy guide. Saturday April 24 or June 19, 2021, 9:00 a.m. to noon, or Monday, May 10, 2021, 1:00 to 4:00 p.m.
  • Take a virtual stroll through the Arboretum's gardens with horticulturist Sharon Yiesla, and load up on practical tips and inspiration for this growing season. Thursday, May 13, Wednesday, June 16, 2021, 6:30 to 8:00 p.m. Section B: Wednesday, June 16, 2021, 6:30 to 8:00 p.m. Central
  • 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
  • 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.
  • Enjoy a creative morning outside with this art class “en plein air” at The Morton Arboretum. Saturday, June 12, 2021, 9:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m., or Friday, June 18, 2021, 9:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m.
  • Plants and animals offer up many different ways of being, becoming, and living. From intersex worms to flowers that transition sex overnight, nature is non-binary! Thursday, June 17, 2021, 7:00 to 8:30 p.m.
  • 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.
  • Can a black-and-white photograph communicate the vibrancy of nature as well as--or even better than--color? In this workshop, nature photographer Mike Baker makes the case for black-and-white landscape nature photography. Three days: Wednesdays, June 23 and 30, 2021: Live Zoom session, 6:30 to 8:30 p.m. (Central time), and Saturday, June 26, 2021: In-Person, 8:00 to 11:00 a.m. (Central time)
  • Improve your health and well-being with yoga. We will practice poses, breathing and meditation in the tranquil setting of The Morton Arboretum. Tuesdays, June 8 through June 29, 2021, 6:00 to 7:15 p.m., or Fridays, June 4 through June 25, 2021, 9:30 to 10:45 a.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 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.
  • 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.

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