Adult Courses

Course List

  • Edible Gardening Workshop Series

    Edible Gardening Workshop Series
    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. Select Saturday, March 16, 23, 30 or April 6, 2019, 9:30 a.m. to noon
  • Navigating with a Map and Compass

    Navigating with a Map and Compass
    Be prepared for your next wilderness outing; learn to find your way using a map and compass at The Morton Arboretum. Saturday, March 16, 2019, noon to 4:00 p.m.
  • Bird Walks

    Bird Walks
    Search the woods, fields, and edges of the Arboretum for birds. The third Saturday of each month, November 17, 2018 through March 16, 2019, 8:00 to 10:30 a.m.
  • Site Planning for Invasive Species (Online Only)

    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. Online class begins Wednesday, March 20, 2019.
  • Trolls After Dark Night Hike

    Trolls After Dark Night Hike
    THE FEBRUARY 7, 2019 TROLL HIKE IS CANCELED FOR THIS EVENING. Grab a flashlight and hit the trail for a night of troll hunting at The Morton Arboretum! Select Thursdays and times, March 21 through May 2.
  • Winter Hike and Yoga

    Feel your best and focus on total body health and well-being with a short hike outdoors, followed by a warming indoor yoga class at The Morton Arboretum. Wednesday, January 16, February 13, or March 13, 2019, 6:00 to 7:30 p.m., or Thursday, January 24, February 21, or March 21, 2019, 9:30 to 11:00 a.m.
  • Force of Nature: One Man’s Mission to Save Every Inch of Illinois Nature

    Force of Nature: One Man’s Mission to Save Every Inch of Illinois Nature
    Join the author of the new biography, Force of Nature: George Fell, Founder of the Natural Areas Movement, to be inspired by the story of this Illinois conservation visionary at The Morton Arboretum. Thursday, March 21, 2019, 7:00 to 9:00 p.m.
  • Applying Herbicides in Natural Areas

    Learn how to safely use herbicides to benefit natural areas management at The Morton Arboretum. Saturday, March 23, 2019, 9:00 a.m. to noon. This class will be offered again in Winter 2020.
  • Forest Therapy Walks (1 hour 45 minute)

    Forest Therapy Walks (1 hour 45 minute)
    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. Select Mondays or Saturdays,January 12 through March 23, 2019, 9:30 to 11:15 a.m.
  • Intro to Ecological Restoration (Online and in-person)

    Discover the principles and practice of ecosystem restoration at The Morton Arboretum. Registration will open Tuesday, February 19, 2019, for Thursday, March 28, 2019: Online materials available, Saturday April 6, and Saturday, April 13, 2019, 9:00 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. In person sessions meet.
  • Photographing Orchids

    Create photographic portraits of exotic orchids in this artistic photography workshop at The Morton Arboretum. Two Days: Thursday, March 28, 7:00 to 9:00 p.m. and Saturday, March 30, 2019, 10:00 to 1:00 p.m.
  • Landscaping Do’s and Don’ts

    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. Thursday, March 28, 2019, 9:00 a.m. to noon.
  • Tallgrass Prairie Ecology (Online Only)

    Digitally explore the intricacies of the prairie landscape and learn how to restore these signature American ecosystems at The Morton Arboretum. Register now: for class starting Thursday, March 28, 2019. Registration opens February 19, 2019: for class starting June 26, 2019.
  • Grow Great Tomatoes

    Grow Great Tomatoes
    Improve your tomato success with guidance from horticulturist Kat Haberman at The Morton Arboretum. Saturday, March 30, 2019, 1:00 to 3:30 p.m.
  • Tool-Sharpening Workshop

    Learn the ins and outs of sharpening garden tools and bring a tool of your own to sharpen. Arboretum horticulturist Katrina Lewin will explain how properly maintained tools will make a difference for both you and for your plants. Saturday, March 30, 2019, 8:30 to 10:00 a.m., or 11:00 a.m. to 12:30 p.m.
  • Woodland Ecology (Online Only)

    Woodland Ecology (Online Only)
    Learn the essentials of woodland ecology and the woodland management techniques necessary to maintain threatened woodland ecosystems at The Morton Arboretum. Registration will open on February 19, 2019, for Thursday, April 4, 2019: Online course becomes available
  • Wild Child: Creative Outdoor Spaces for Kids

    Wild Child: Creative Outdoor Spaces for Kids
    Give kids the freedom and space to explore nature and indulge in free play with inspirational ideas from author and unconventional landscape designer Amanda Thomsen at The Morton Arboretum. Thursday, April 4, 2019, 7:00 to 9:00 p.m.
  • Edible Gardening Workshop Series

    Edible Gardening Workshop Series
    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. Select Saturday, March 16, 23, 30 or April 6, 2019, 9:30 a.m. to noon
  • Beginning Birdwatching

    Beginning Birdwatching
    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, April 6, 2019, 9:00 a.m. to 12:30 p.m.
  • Natural Areas Conservation Training Program Orientation (Online or In-person)

    Natural Areas Conservation Training Program Orientation (Online or In-person)
    Join us for a FREE orientation program on the Natural Areas Conservation Training Program Orientation (formally the Woodland Stewardship Program) at the Morton Arboretum. Registration is open now for Thursday, March 7, 2019, 6:30 to 8:00 p.m. Registration opens February 19, 2019, for Thursday, April 4, 2019, 6:30 to 8:00 p.m.,or Wednesday, June 5, 2019, 6:30 to 8:00 p.m.,
  • Beginner’s Nature Art Workshops

    Beginner’s Nature Art Workshops
    (Registration opens February 19) Tap into your creative side with an introductory workshop on nature art at The Morton Arboretum. Spring Flowers in Colored Pencil; Capture the curves and color of a cheerful spring flower using colored pencils. Saturday, April 6, or Sunday, April 7, 2019, 10:00 a.m. to 1:00 p.m.
  • Tool Use for Natural Areas Management (Online and In-person)

    Learn to effectively and efficiently use the tools of the trade to tackle different restoration jobs at The Morton Arboretum. Online component begins: Tuesday, February 26, 2019. In-person component meets: Tuesday, March 5, 2019, 6:30 to 8:30 p.m. Spring registration opens February 19, 2019.
  • Beginning Home Composting

    Discover the basics of backyard composting and composting with worms at The Morton Arboretum. Wednesday, April 10, or Thursday, June 13, 2019, 7:00 to 9:00 p.m. Registration opens February 19, 2019.
  • Perennials 101

    Perennials are plants that come back year after year. Learn about the incredible variety of perennials plants that thrive in the Chicago area at The Morton Arboretum. Thursday, April 18, 2019, 7:00 to 9:00 p.m.
  • Begin to Draw Nature

    Learn the basics of drawing in a class designed for true beginners at The Morton Arboretum. Register now for spring: Four Saturdays, January 26 through February 23 (no class February 2), 2019, 9:00 to noon. Registration opens for Spring on February 19. Four Thursdays, April 25 through May 16, 2019, 6:30 to 9:30 p.m.
  • ACCA Soil Science

    Explore the world underground at The Morton Arboretum. Mondays, 6:00 to 8:00 p.m. and every other Saturday, 9:00 a.m. to 1:00 p.m., January 28 through April 29, 2019.
  • Nature Photography: Intro to Composition

    (Registration opens February 19, 2019) Develop your skills as a nature photographer through thoughtful compositions. Learn tools of composition and how to use your camera to make an image that captures the moment, feeling or experience in nature at The Morton Arboretum. Four days: Three Thursdays, May 2, 9, and 16, 2019, 6:30 to 9:30 p.m. and Saturday, May 4, 2019, 8:00 to 11:00 a.m.
  • Identify Woodland Wildflowers (Online and In-person)

    Learn the names and ecology of the wildflowers that cover the woodland floor in spring at The Morton Arboretum. Registration will open February 19, 2019, for April classes.
  • Beginning Smartphone Photography

    Remember, “the best camera is the one that’s with you.” Whether you are new to photography or new to smartphones, discover techniques for getting great nature images with your phone at The Morton Arboretum. Saturday, January 26 is sold out. Register now for March 2, 2019, noon to 3:00 p.m. Registration opens February 19 for spring classes on Saturday April 13, or June 15, 2019, 8:00 to 11:00 a.m.
  • Ecosystem Concepts (Online and In-person)

    Explore the interactions that drive ecosystem function and learn to identify plants, animals, and fungi in relation to ecological habitats at The Morton Arboretum. Register now: for class starting Wednesday, March 13, 2019. Registration opens February 19, 2019: for class starting Thursday, May 9, 2019.

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