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Adult Courses

Course List

  • Become a nature photographer. Move beyond shooting in automatic; learn how to adjust your camera’s manual settings to get the shot you want at The Morton Arboretum. Four Sundays, October 27 through November 17, 2019, noon to 3:00 p.m., or Four Saturdays, February 22 through March 14, 2020, 9:00 a.m. to noon
  • Spend a day immersed in nature with guided writing and art workshops. Set aside time to disconnect from the day-to-day and focus on connecting with the natural world through writing and art at The Morton Arboretum. Saturday, February 22, 8:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m.
  • 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.
  • 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. Four Thursdays, February 27 through March 19, 2020, 6:30 p.m. to 9:30 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.
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • Chicago Wilderness will offer three 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.
  • 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, 1:00 to 4:30 p.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.
  • 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.
  • 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, March 21, 2020, 9:00 a.m. to 12:30 p.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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