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Adult Courses

Course List

  • Certified Interpretive Guide Training

    The Certified Interpretive Guide program from the National Association for Interpretation (NAI) is designed for anyone who delivers interpretive programs to the public. Four days: Monday, August 19 through Thursday, August 22, 2019 8:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m.
  • Explore Forest Therapy: An evening with authors Amos Clifford and Rosita Arvigo

    Explore Forest Therapy: An evening with authors Amos Clifford and Rosita Arvigo
    Discover forest therapy, a research based approach to mindfully experiencing nature, with leading practitioners and authors at The Morton Arboretum. Wednesday, August 28, 7:00 to 9:00 p.m.
  • Forest Therapy Immersion: Herbal Medicine and Tea in Forest Therapy and Beyond

    Forest Therapy Immersion: Herbal Medicine and Tea in Forest Therapy and Beyond
    World-renowned herbalist and healer Rosita Arvigo brings her wisdom to the world of forest therapy at The Morton Arboretum. (CANCELED) Five days: Sunday, August 25 through Thursday, August 29, 2019 times vary.
  • Advanced Summer Prairie Plant ID

    Advanced Summer Prairie Plant ID
    Go beyond the basics and improve your ability to identify the diverse and beautiful plants of the tallgrass prairie at The Morton Arboretum. Two days: Thursday, August 29, and Friday, August 30, 2019, 9:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m.
  • Save the Bats

    Spend an evening learning about Illinois’ native bats, and then go outside and use specialized microphones to hear the bats swooping around the Arboretum skies. Thursday, August 29, 2019, 7:00 to 10:00 p.m.
  • Summer Literary Series: On the Prairie with Author Cindy Crosby

    Summer Literary Series: On the Prairie with Author Cindy Crosby
    Enjoy a summer evening on the prairie with author and steward Cindy Crosby. Meet at Thornhill Education Center for a cool beverage and a chance to purchase a copy of Cindy’s new book, Tallgrass Conversations: In Search of the Prairie Spirit (Ice Cube Press, co-authored with Thomas Dean, released in April 2019. Thursday, August 29, 2019, 7:00 to 8:30 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. (NEW DATES FOR SPRING) Four Thursdays, June 6 through June 27, 2019, 6:00 to 7:15 p.m.; Four Fridays, June 7 through June 28, 9:30 to 10:45 a.m. (SUMMER) Four Sundays, September 8 through 29, 10:00 to 11:15 a.m.; Four Mondays, September 9 through 30, 6:00 to 7:15 p.m.
  • Aerial Tree Yoga Single Class

    Aerial Tree Yoga Single Class
    Try out this sampler session of aerial yoga. Stretch, strengthen, and release stress while having fun, cocooned in a hammock suspended from the trees at The Morton Arboretum! Weekly in July and August, Mondays, 6:00 to 7:00 p.m., or Fridays, 9:30 to 10:30 a.m.
  • ACCA Science Communication for Broader Impact

    ACCA Science Communication for Broader Impact
    Become an effective science communicator. Science communication is a vital component of the scientific process. Online course dates: Tuesdays and Thursdays; September 3 to November 26, 2019.
  • Forest Therapy Immersion: Ephemeral Art in Forest Therapy

    Forest Therapy Immersion: Ephemeral Art in Forest Therapy
    Use your heart, mind and hands to partner with nature by exploring expressive art created from the forest in this five-day forest therapy immersion at The Morton Arboretum. (CANCELED) Saturday, August 31 through Wednesday, September 4, 2019, times vary.
  • Nature Photography: Intro to Light and Exposure

    Learn to creatively use light in your photography. Improve your results by considering the quantity, color, and quality of light found during the course of the day and throughout the seasons at The Morton Arboretum. Four days: three Thursdays, September 5, 12, and 19, 6:30 to 9:30 p.m., and Saturday, September 7, 2019, 8:00 to 11:00 a.m.
  • Woodland Trees (Online and In-person)

    Learn to identify the trees you see every day in the woodlands and neighborhoods of the Chicago region at The Morton Arboretum. Friday, August 2, 2019, 12:00 p.m.: Online materials become available. Friday, August 9, 2019, 10:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m.: In person session meets. OR Friday, September 6, 2019, 12:00 p.m.: Online materials become available. Saturday, September 14, 2019, 10:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m.: In person session meets
  • 2019 Midwest Tree and Shrub Conference: Diverse Solutions for a Dynamic Future

    This one-day conference for green industry professionals and avid home gardeners will focus on the latest information and practice related to the selection and care of Midwestern trees, shrubs, and woody plants, as shared by leading designers and plant experts. Thursday, September 5, 2019, 8:30 a.m. to 3:30 p.m.
  • Begin to Draw Nature

    Learn the basics of drawing in a class designed for true beginners at The Morton Arboretum. Four Thursdays, April 25 through May 16, 2019, 6:30 to 9:30 p.m. Summer registration opens May 21. Four Saturdays, September 7 through 28, 2019, 9:00 a.m. to noon.
  • Grass Identification and Ecology

    Grass Identification and Ecology
    Learn to identify the grasses that add beauty and interest to the summer and fall landscape at The Morton Arboretum. (SOLD OUT) Two days: Tuesday, September 10, and Wednesday, September 11, 2019, 9:00 a.m.to 4:00 p.m.
  • Meditation and Essential Oils

    Meditation and Essential Oils
    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. The second and Fourth Thursday of each month: July 11 through September 26, 2019, 6:00 to 7:00 p.m.
  • Woodblock Printing

    Woodblock Printing
    Create relief prints from carved blocks of wood at The Morton Arboretum. Four Wednesdays, September 11 through October 2, 2019, 7:00 to 9:30 p.m.
  • Natural History Bike Tour

    Natural History Bike Tour
    Discover the natural history of northeast Illinois as we cycle the roads of the Arboretum. Sunday, September 8, 2019, 1:00 to 3:00 p.m.
  • Beginning Home Composting

    Discover the basics of backyard composting and composting with worms at The Morton Arboretum. (Register now) Thursday, June 13, 2019, 7:00 to 9:00 p.m. (Registration opens May 21, 2019) Wednesday, September 11, 2019, 7:00 to 9:00 p.m.
  • Botany Board Game Night

    Botany Board Game Night
    Take your plant exploration indoors with a night of nature-themed board games at The Morton Arboretum. Thursday, September 12, 2019, 6:30 to 9:00 p.m.
  • Identifying Uncommon Woodland Trees

    Learn to identify the less common trees and shrubs found in the state of Illinois at The Morton Arboretum. Friday, September 13, 2019, 10:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m.
  • Full Moon Tram Tour

    Full Moon Tram Tour
    Discover what happens at the Arboretum at night, when no one is around. Friday, September 13, and Saturday, September 14, 2019, 7:30 to 9:30 p.m.
  • Prairie Habitats and their Wildlife

    Prairie Habitats and their Wildlife
    Explore the colorful landscape of the fall prairie and discover the amazing relationships between the plants and animals that call it home at The Morton Arboretum. Saturday, September 14, 2019, 8:30 to 11:30 a.m.
  • Native American Legends and Ways Guided Hike

    Learn the human history of the local land before European settlement on this guided hike at The Morton Arboretum. Saturday, September 14, 2019, 1:00 to 2:30, or Friday, October 4, 2019, 9:30 to 11:00 a.m.
  • 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. Register now for Spring; Saturday April 13, or June 15, 2019, 8:00 to 11:00 a.m. Summer registration opens May 21; Saturday, July 13 or September 14, 2019, Noon to 3:00 p.m.
  • Bird Walks

    Bird Walks
    Search the woods, fields, and edges of the Arboretum for birds on May 11 for International Migratory Bird Day, and the third Saturday of each month, May 18 through September 21, 2019, 8:00 to 10:30 a.m.
  • Night Passages: Perils of Migration

    How do animals decide that it is time to migrate? How do they prepare for their perilous journeys? Explore the Arboretum at night as we search for answers to questions about migration. Two Tuesdays, September 17 and 24, 2019, 6:30 to 9:30 p.m.
  • 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. Take a slow and mindful walk with a certified Forest Therapy guide on a trail at the Morton Arboretum. Days and locations vary starting Saturday, May 18 through Monday, September 16, 2019, 9:30 to 11:15 a.m.
  • Basic Plant ID (In-person)

    Get the botany basics you need to identify plants. Whether you are a natural resources volunteer or specialist, gardener, naturalist, or artist this class provides the fundamentals you need to get started at The Morton Arboretum. Sunday, June 9, 1:00 to 3:00 p.m., or Saturday, September 21, 9:00 to 11:30 a.m.
  • Snakes of Northern Illinois

    Meet an amazing group of animals seldom seen--snakes at The Morton Arboretum! Saturday, September 21, 2019, 8:00 to 11:00 a.m.

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