Adult Courses

Course List

  • Basic Tree ID

    Learn to identify the common trees you see in local preserves or in your neighborhood at The Morton Arboretum.Friday, May 17, 2019, 9:30 a.m. to noon, or Thursday, June 6, 2019, 6:30 to 9:00 p.m.
  • Visiting Artist Series Nature Composed with Wendy Brockman

    Visiting Artist Series  Nature Composed with Wendy Brockman
    Join nature artist Wendy Brockman for a unique three day workshop. Participants will use sketches and drawings to create beautiful pencil and mixed media compositions that use nature as a visual framework to express ideas at The Morton Arboretum. Three days: Friday, May 17, through Sunday, May 19, 2019 9:30 a.m. to 4:00 p.m.
  • Advanced Prairie Plant ID

    Learn to identify prairie plants in their early stages of seasonal development at The Morton Arboretum. Saturday, May 18, 2019, 9:30 to 12:30 p.m.
  • Grow Your Own Gourmet Mushrooms

    Grow Your Own Gourmet Mushrooms
    Learn to grow your own edible mushrooms including shiitake, lions mane, oyster and winecap, and take home a completed oyster mushroom kit at The Morton Arboretum. Saturday, May 18, 2019, 9:00 a.m. to noon.
  • Design a Summer Shade Container

    Design a Summer Shade Container
    Design summer container with hardy plants that will bring color to any shady outdoor space at The Morton Arboretum. Thursday, May 16, 2019, 7:00 to 9:00 p.m., or Saturday, May 18, 2019, 1:00 to 3:00 p.m.
  • Camping Basics

    Get outdoors with your family or friends this summer! New to camping? No problem. This class will teach you everything you need to know to have a fun and safe weekend under the stars at The Morton Arboretum. Saturday, May 18, 2019, 9:00 to 11:30 a.m.
  • Photography Walking Tour: Spring

    See the Arboretum through the eyes of an expert photographer. Learn how to notice your surroundings with attention to light, angle, subject, and creative interpretation at The Morton Arboretum. Saturday, April 13 or May 18, 2019, 1:00 to 4:00 p.m.
  • Grown-Up Creek Stomp

    Grown-Up Creek Stomp
    Grab a pair of waders and get your feet wet in the Arboretum’s creeks and wetlands. Saturday, May 18, 2019, 9:00 to 11:00 a.m.
  • Know Your Natives

    Know Your Natives
    Enrich your understanding of our local natural areas by learning to identify the most common native plants you’re likely to encounter at The Morton Arboretum. Sunday, May 19, noon to 3:00 p.m. or Wednesday, June 12, 2019, 6:30 to 9:30 p.m.
  • Invasive Species (Online Only)

    Learn to identify and manage the most common invasive plants in the Great Lakes region at The Morton Arboretum. Register now for the Online class available on Wednesday, February 20, 2019. Registration opens February 19, 2019 for the Online class available on May 8, 2019.
  • Arboriculture and Urban Forestry Educators Symposium

    Educators who teach urban forestry, arboriculture, and other closely related fields are invited to the the Urban Forestry and Arboriculture Educators Symposium at The Morton Arboretum. Two day conference: Monday, May 20, 2019: 9:00 a.m. to 8:00 p.m., through Tuesday, May 21, 2019, 9:00 a.m. to 5:15 p.m., and Arboretum tour: Wednesday, May 22, 8:30 a.m.to 12:00 p.m.
  • Volunteer Leadership (Online and In-person)

    Volunteer Leadership (Online and In-person)
    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. This class will be offered again in Summer 2019. Registration will open Tuesday, May 21, 2019
  • New Invaders Watch Training Program

    Learn about the New Invaders Watch Program and how to get involved in monitoring and reporting invasive plants that are new to our region at The Morton Arboretum. Tuesday, May 21, 2019, 6:30 p.m. to 8:00 p.m.
  • ACCA Intro to Ecological Restoration

    Learn the theory and practice of habitat restoration at The Morton Arboretum. Mondays and Wednesdays, April 1 through May 22, 2019. April 1 through 24, 5:30 to 8:30 p.m., and April 29 through May 22, 5:30 to 9:30 p.m.
  • Wild Edibles

    Wild Edibles
    Come nibble the new shoots of wild edible plants and taste how good spring can be at The Morton Arboretum. Wednesday, May 22, 6:00 to 8:00 p.m.
  • Natural Areas Management (Online and In-person)

    Learn principles and practices for managing critical habitats at The Morton Arboretum. Wednesday, May 22, 2019, noon: U.S. Central time: Online materials become available. Saturday, June 1, 9:00 a.m. to 1:00 p.m., meet at Lake in the Hills Fen, and Sunday, June 9, 9:00 a.m. to 1:00 p.m., meet at Pleasant Valley Conservation area,
  • Grow a Cut-Flower Garden

    Grow your own bouquet! Get traditional and nontraditional ideas on which flowers to plant in a cut-flower garden at The Morton Arboretum. Wednesday, May 22, 2019, 6:30 to 9:00 p.m.
  • Caring for Perennials Walking Tour

    Caring for Perennials Walking Tour
    Stroll the Arboretum's stunning perennial beds where you’ll learn about plant placement, dividing, transplanting, watering, fertilizing, mulching and more. CANCELED for Tuesday, April 16. SPACE AVAILABLE for Wednesday, May 22, 6:00 to 8:00 p.m., or Thursday, June 13, 2019, 6:30 to 8:30 p.m.
  • 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. Take a slow and mindful walk with a certified Forest Therapy guide on a trail at the Morton Arboretum Days and locations vary starting Monday March 11 through Saturday June 22, 2019, 9:30 to 11:15 a.m.
  • Nature at Night Tram Tour

    Nature at Night Tram Tour
    Discover what happens at the Arboretum at night, when no one is around. THE APRIL 25 TRAM TOUR IS CANCELED. Please register for Wednesday, April 24; Thursday, May 16; or Friday, May 17, 2019, 7:30 to 9:30 p.m.
  • Basic Plant ID (Online or In-person)

    Get the botany basics you need to identify plants at The Morton Arboretum. In-person only option: Saturday, May 11, or Sunday, June 9, 2019, 1:00 to 3:30 p.m. Online only option: Starts Wednesday, May 29, 2019
  • Sedge Identification

    Learn to identify the sedges, a diverse and ecologically important group of plants at The Morton Arboretum. Two days: Thursday, May 30 and Friday, May 31, 2019, 9:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m.
  • Animal Invaders of Illinois

    The Asian carp frequently makes headlines for the threat it poses to Lake Michigan and our waterways. What do we know about the impact this invader--and others like it--is having on our native landscape? Thursday, May 30, 2019, 7:00 to 9:00 p.m.
  • Basic Tree ID

    Learn to identify the common trees you see in local preserves or in your neighborhood at The Morton Arboretum.Friday, May 17, 2019, 9:30 a.m. to noon, or Thursday, June 6, 2019, 6:30 to 9:00 p.m.
  • Aerial Tree Yoga Series

    Aerial Tree Yoga Series
    Stretch, strengthen, and release stress while having fun, cocooned in a hammock suspended from the trees at The Morton Arboretum. Four Thursdays, May 30 through June 20, 2019, 6:00 to 7:15 p.m., or Four Fridays, May 31 through June 21, 9:30 to 10:45 a.m.
  • Forest Therapy Walks (3 hour)

    Forest Therapy Walks (3 hour)
    Experience the healing and wellness promoting effects of Shinrin-Yoku, the practice of bathing the senses in the atmosphere of the forest. Take a slow and mindful walk with a certified Forest Therapy guide on a trail at the Morton Arboretum. Dates and locations vary starting Monday, April 8 through Saturday, June 29, 2019, 9:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m.
  • Wilderness Survival Skills

    Be prepared for the unexpected on your next outdoor adventure. Having a plan and being prepared with some essential survival skills can help you stay safe, even if things go wrong. (CANCELED) Saturday, June 1, 2019, 9:00 to noon.
  • Sip and Stroll in the Fragrance Garden

    Sip and Stroll in the Fragrance Garden
    Grab a mimosa and enjoy the scents of spring in this behind-the-scenes tour of the Arboretum’s Fragrance Garden. Saturday, June 1, 2019, 10:00 a.m. to noon.
  • The Life of Flowers

    The Life of Flowers
    Join horticulturist Sharon Yiesla on a journey through the life of a flower. Learn how flowers develop, how they grow, and the end result of their lives, fruit at The Morton Arboretum. Saturday, June 1, 2019, 9:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m.
  • Birding at Goose Lake Prairie

    Visit one of the largest remnant prairies in Illinois and an Audubon-designated “Important Bird Area” for a late spring bird walk. Saturday, June 1, 8:00 a.m. to noon.

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