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Adult Courses

Course List

  • Learn to effectively and efficiently use the tools of the trade to tackle different restoration jobs at The Morton Arboretum. Tuesday, January 28, 2020, 12:00 p.m.: Online materials become available. Tuesday, February 4, 2020, 6:30 to 8:30 p.m: In-person session at Thornhill Education Center
  • 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. The Saturday, November 16 class is CANCELED. Please enroll in the December 7, 2019, 9:00 a.m. to noon, or Saturday, February 1, 2020, 9:00 a.m. to noon class.
  • The Perennial Plant Association and The Morton Arboretum are teaming up to offer a day-long symposium entitled, ‘Garden Companions.’ Some of the best writers and most knowledgeable experts in the business will be here, and you’re invited to listen, learn, and ask questions
  • Learn the essentials of woodland ecology and the woodland management techniques necessary to maintain threatened woodland ecosystems at The Morton Arboretum. Thursday, November 21, 2019, 12:00 p.m. U.S. Central time: Online course becomes available, or Thursday, January 30, 2020, 12:00 p.m. U.S. Central time: Online course becomes available.
  • Practice correct pruning techniques and learn which plants to prune now and more importantly, which to prune later at The Morton Arboretum. Online component begins: Thursday, January 16 at noon and In-person class meets: Thursday, January 23, 9:00 to 11:30 a.m., or Online component begins: Monday, January 27 at noon and In-person class meets: Saturday, February 1, 9:00 to 11:30 a.m.
  • Join us for a FREE orientation to the Natural Areas Conservation Training (N-ACT) Program in ecological restoration. Course start date: October 21 2019 through February 17, 2020
  • 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, December 2019 through March 2020. Mondays, 9:30 to 10:30 a.m. or Wednesdays, 6:00 to 7:00 p.m.
  • Learn to identify and manage the most common invasive plants in the Great Lakes region at The Morton Arboretum. Tuesday, February 4, 2020: Noon U.S. Central time: Online course becomes available.
  • Learn the basics of beekeeping at The Morton Arboretum. Four Wednesdays, February 5 through 26, 6:30 to 8:30 p.m.
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • Learn to use watercolor to capture nature in color. In this four-week class, you will learn watercolor techniques such as laying a wash, glazing, and dry brush at The Morton Arboretum. Four Thursdays, February 6 through 27, 6:30 p.m. to 9:30 p.m.
  • Learn to combine multiple images into one presentation to tell a powerful story or show differences between subjects at The Morton Arboretum. Five days: three Thursdays, February 6 through 20, 6:30 p.m. to 9:30 p.m., and two Saturdays, February 8 and 15, 2020, 8:00 to 11:00 a.m.
  • 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 November 13, 2019 through March 10, 2020, 6:30 to 8:30 p.m.
  • Join nature artist Julie Sutter-Blair for a two-day drawing workshop that explores creative expression through drawing with graphite or colored pencil at The Morton Arboretum. Two days: Friday and Saturday, February 7 and 8, 2020, 9:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m.
  • Take the leap toward a lawn-free yard. Lawns are labor- and resource-intensive. Learn ways to reduce the amount of lawn in your home landscape and replace it with an attractive, more sustainable design that meets your goals at The Morton Arboretum. Three Tuesdays, February 11 through 25, 2020, 9:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m.
  • Learn to call plants by their botanical names and learn 40 common plant species that are native to Illinois at The Morton Arboretum. Tuesday, November 12, 2019: Online course begins, or Wednesday, February 12, 2020: Online course begins
  • Create a unique fresh floral design to celebrate love, and bring a splash of color and life to winter at The Morton Arboretum. Saturday, February 8, 2020, 10:00 a.m. to noon, or Wednesday, February 12, 2020, 7:00 to 9:00 p.m.
  • Capture the hidden side of trees in this special intermediate/advanced art workshop at The Morton Arboretum.Three Fridays, February 14 through 28, 2020, 9:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m.
  • Search the woods, fields, and edges of the Arboretum for birds. The third Saturday of each month, November 16, 2019 through March 21, 2020, 8:00 to 10:30 a.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.
  • Learn to identify and manage the most common invasive plants in the Great Lakes region at The Morton Arboretum. This class will be offered in the Spring of 2020. Registration will open February 18, 2020.
  • 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. Wednesday, February 19, 2020: Online materials become available. Thursday, February 27, 2020, 6:00 to 9:30 p.m.: In person session meets
  • Urban wildlife is thriving, and we’re not talking about just raccoons and squirrels. Wildlife biologist Chris Anchor will discuss what biologists are learning about the mega-predators that are returning to the area, and what this means for both our natural areas and our neighborhoods. Thursday, February 20, 2020, 7:00 to 8:30 p.m.
  • Explore the frozen waterfalls and watch for eagles on this naturalist-led hike through Starved Rock State Park in Oglesby, Illinois. Friday, February 21, 2020, noon to 4:00 p.m.

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