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Adult Courses

Course List

  • Improve your health and well-being with yoga. We will practice poses, breathing and meditation in the tranquil setting of the Morton Arboretum. Select Mondays or Wednesdays, February through June 2020. Mondays, 9:30 to 10:30 a.m. or Wednesdays, 6:00 to 7:00 p.m.
  • Hedges are a valuable part of a landscape. Whether you have aging hedges that need refreshing or are looking to plant a new hedgerow, the Arboretum’s plant knowledge specialist will show you the ropes of healthy hedges. Wednesday, February 26, 2020, 6:30 to 8:30 p.m.
  • Learn to make your own bouquets and arrangements in this four-week floral design class at The Morton Arboretum. This class is SOLD OUT. Please call the registrar at 630-719-2468 to be WAITLISTED. Four Thursdays, February 27 through March 19, 2020, 6:30 p.m. to 9:30 p.m.
  • Enjoy a day at The Morton Arboretum and gather content knowledge that assists teachers and educators in curriculum while using Next Generation Science Standards. This class is SOLD OUT. Friday February 28, 2020, 9:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m.
  • Learn the basics of drawing in a class designed for true beginners at The Morton Arboretum. Four Saturdays, February 29 through March 21, 2020, 9:30 to 12:30 p.m, or Four Wednesdays, April 8 through April 29, 2020, 6:30 to 9:30 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. The Saturday FEBRUARY 8 in-person class has been MOVED to Saturday, FEBRUARY 29, noon to 4:00 p.m. The remaining classes will maintain their original schedule.
  • 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 through The Morton Arboretum. Wednesday, December 4, 2019: Noon U.S. Central time: Online course becomes available or Wednesday, March 4, 2020: Noon U.S. Central time: Online course becomes available. Sold out - please call the Registrar at 630-719-2468 to be added to a waitlist.
  • 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.
  • Design a stunning front garden that integrates seamlessly with your house and neighborhood. Wednesday, March 4 and 11, 2020, 9:00 a.m. to noon
  • 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.
  • Chicago Wilderness will offer two winter sessions of the Midwest Ecological Prescription Burn Crew Member Training class at The Morton Arboretum. Saturday and Sunday, February 22 and 23, 2020 8:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m., or Thursday and Friday, March 5 and 6, 2020 8:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m.
  • Explore meditative and self-nurturing yoga poses with the use of plant-based essential oils to restore and rebalance the mind and body in the tranquil setting of The Morton Arboretum. Monday, December 16, 2019 or the Second or fourth Thursday of each month: January 23 through March 12, 2020, 6:00 to 7:00 p.m.
  • Complex and colorful, birds are one of the most common subjects among wildlife artists. Join artist Alex Warnick as she shares the tips and techniques she’s gained over years of painting birds professionally. Friday and Saturday, March 6 and 7, 2020, 9:30 a.m. to 3:30 p.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.
  • Join us for the annual Edible Gardening Workshop Series held each spring at The Morton Arboretum! Each week, gardening experts will share practical tips on growing your own food and inspire you with new ways to create beautiful, productive, edible gardens. Saturdays, March 14 through April 11, 2020, 9:30 a.m. to noon.
  • 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.
  • Experience the healing and wellness-promoting effects of Shinrin-Yoku, the practice of bathing the senses in the atmosphere of the forest. Take a mindful walk with a certified Forest Therapy guide on a trail at the Morton Arboretum as you awaken your senses and reconnect with nature. Select Mondays and Saturdays starting January 20 through March 21, 2020, 9:30 to 11:30 a.m. Please note: Section A and B are sold out. Please call the registrar at 630-719-2468 to be added to a waitlist.
  • Search the woods, fields, and edges of the Arboretum for birds. The third Saturday of each month, February 15 through June 20, 2020, 8:00 to 10:30 a.m.
  • Learn how to safely use herbicides to benefit natural areas management at The Morton Arboretum. Saturday, March 21, 2020, 9:00 a.m. to 12:30 p.m.
  • It’s time to start your landscape projects for spring! With a little help, you can create a well-designed landscape that will look good for years to come at The Morton Arboretum. Wednesday, March 25, 2020, 9:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.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.

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