Adult Courses

Course List

  • 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.
  • Invasive Species I (Online and In-person)

    Learn to identify and manage the most common invasive plants in the Great Lakes region at The Morton Arboretum. Dates vary starting Wednesday, July 17, 2019
  • 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.
  • Garden Wrap-up

    The end of the gardening season is the best time to prep for a successful season next year. Learn to put your garden to bed, how to get the most of this year's harvest, and the steps you can take this fall to be poised for takeoff next spring at The Morton Arboretum. Saturday, September 21, 2019, 9:00 to 11:30 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.
  • Autumn Equinox Twilight Hike

    Celebrate the first day of fall with a guided hike through the Arboretum’s natural areas. Monday, September 23, 2019, 6:00 to 7:30 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. Thursday, September 26, 2019, 12:00 p.m. U.S. Central time: Online course becomes available.
  • Summer Literary Series: Talking Trees with Author Richard Powers

    Summer Literary Series: Talking Trees with Author Richard Powers
    Join Richard Powers, critically acclaimed author of The Overstory, which received the 2019 Pulitzer Prize for Fiction, for a compelling talk on the powerful connections that exist between people and trees at The Morton Arboretum. Thursday, September 26, 2019, 7:00 to 8:30 p.m.
  • 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. Thursday, June 27, 2019, or Wednesday, September 18, 2019, 12:00 p.m. U.S. Central time: Online course becomes available
  • Creative Effects Nature Photography Workshop

    Creative Effects Nature Photography Workshop
    Add artistry to your nature photography with creative effects. Creative effects lenses put a new spin on nature photography at The Morton Arboretum. Saturday, September 28, 2019, 8:00 a.m. to 1:00 p.m.
  • Capturing Autumn Textures in Watercolor

    Autumn is a season when colors become complex and the textures of seed heads, expiring petals, and leaves emerge, which can present challenges to the watercolor artist. Saturday and Sunday, September 28 and 29, 2019, 9:30 a.m. to 3:30 p.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 Saturday May 11 through Monday, September 23, 2019, 9:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m.
  • Chicago Wilderness Burn Crew Training

    Chicago Wilderness Burn Crew Training
    Chicago Wilderness will offer three winter sessions of the Midwest Ecological Prescription Burn Crew Member Training class at The Morton Arboretum. Two days: Saturday and Sunday, September 21 and 22, 2019, 8:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m., or Thursday and Friday, October 3 and 4, 2019, 8:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m.
  • Fall Landscapes in Pastel with Laverne Bohlin

    Fall Landscapes in Pastel with Laverne Bohlin
    Pastel artist Laverne Bohlin returns to the Arboretum for a two-day fall workshop on color values. Saturday and Sunday, October 5 and 6, 2019, 9:30 a.m. to 3:30 p.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.
  • DIY Fall Garden Flag

    DIY Fall Garden Flag
    Make your own burlap garden flag that celebrates fall at The Morton Arboretum! Sunday, October 6, 2019, 10:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m.
  • Arboretum Yoga

    Arboretum Yoga
    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 May 6 through October 14, 2019, times vary.
  • 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 Fall 2019. Registration will open Tuesday, August 20, 2019.
  • ACCA Woody Plants of the Western Great Lakes Region

    Woody Plants of the Western Great Lakes Region is an introduction to the identification of the plants that make up the woody flora of the western Great Lakes region. Wednesdays, September 11 through December 4, 2019, 6:30 to 9:30 p.m., and select Saturdays, September 14 through, December 7, 2019, 9:00 a.m. to noon.

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