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Course List

  • Discover the principles and practice of ecosystem restoration at The Morton Arboretum. Registration will open Tuesday, February 19, 2019, for Thursday, March 28, 2019: Online materials available, Saturday April 6, and Saturday, April 13, 2019, 9:00 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. In person sessions meet.
  • Digitally explore the intricacies of the prairie landscape and learn how to restore these signature American ecosystems at The Morton Arboretum. Register now: for class starting Thursday, March 28, 2019. Registration opens February 19, 2019: for class starting June 26, 2019.
  • Create photographic portraits of exotic orchids in this artistic photography workshop at The Morton Arboretum. Two Days: Thursday, March 28, 7:00 to 9:00 p.m. and Saturday, March 30, 2019, 10:00 to 1:00 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. Thursday, March 28, 2019, 9:00 a.m. to noon.
  • Wander through the ever-changing array of blooms in our woodlands and prairie to learn how to identify wildflowers such as trillium, mayapple, and dog-tooth violet and hear about their folklore at The Morton Arboretum. Thursday, April 18, Friday, April 26, or Saturday, May 4, 2019, 8:30 to 11:00 a.m.
  • Improve your tomato success with guidance from horticulturist Kat Haberman at The Morton Arboretum. Saturday, March 30, 2019, 1:00 to 3:30 p.m.
  • Wander through the ever-changing array of blooms in our woodlands and prairie to learn how to identify wildflowers such as trillium, mayapple, and dog-tooth violet and hear about their folklore at The Morton Arboretum. Thursday, April 18, Friday, April 26, or Saturday, May 4, 2019, 8:30 to 11:00 a.m.
  • Learn the ins and outs of sharpening garden tools and bring a tool of your own to sharpen. Arboretum horticulturist Katrina Lewin will explain how properly maintained tools will make a difference for both you and for your plants. THE 8:30 a.m. SECTION HAS BEEN CANCELED. PLEASE REGISTER FOR THE 11:00 A.M. SECTION. Saturday, March 30, 2019, 11:00 a.m. to 12:30 p.m.
  • Capture nature in colored pencil. Discover how colors impact each other and the viewer at The Morton Arboretum. Four Tuesdays, April 2 through 23, 2019, 6:30 to 9:30 p.m.
  • Learn the essentials of woodland ecology and the woodland management techniques necessary to maintain threatened woodland ecosystems at The Morton Arboretum. Thursday, April 4, 2019: Online course becomes available.
  • Gain a new perspective on familiar settings with the chance to see what happens in the Arboretum at night when no one is around. NEW DATE: Thursday, April 4, 2019, 7:00 to 9:00 p.m.
  • Give kids the freedom and space to explore nature and indulge in free play with inspirational ideas from author and unconventional landscape designer Amanda Thomsen at The Morton Arboretum. Thursday, April 4, 2019, 7:00 to 9:00 p.m.
  • Capture the graceful curve of an unfolding bud, the surprise of new leaves, or the lightness of a cloud through Ikebana -- the art of Japanese flower arranging at The Morton Arboretum. Saturday, April 6 or June 29, 2019, 1:00 to 3:30 p.m.
  • 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. Select Saturday, March 16, 23, 30 or April 6, 2019, 9:30 a.m. to noon
  • (Registration opens February 19) Tap into your creative side with an introductory workshop on nature art at The Morton Arboretum. Spring Flowers in Colored Pencil; Capture the curves and color of a cheerful spring flower using colored pencils. Saturday, April 6, or Sunday, April 7, 2019, 10:00 a.m. to 1:00 p.m.
  • Learn the geologic history of the Midwest as we cycle the the roads of the Arboretum. Sunday, April 7, 2019, 10:00 a.m. to noon.
  • Join us for a FREE orientation program on the Natural Areas Conservation Training Program Orientation (formally the Woodland Stewardship Program) at the Morton Arboretum. Registration is open now for Thursday, March 7, 2019, 6:30 to 8:00 p.m. Registration opens February 19, 2019, for Thursday, April 4, 2019, 6:30 to 8:00 p.m.,or Wednesday, June 5, 2019, 6:30 to 8:00 p.m.,
  • Learn to effectively and efficiently use the tools of the trade to tackle different restoration jobs at The Morton Arboretum. Tuesday, April 9, 2019: Online materials become available, and Tuesday, April 16, 2019, 6:30 to 8:30 p.m: In-person session meets.
  • The Chicago Region Trees Initiative has developed a full day, hands on training event for non-forestry professionals who work with trees. Basic Urban Forestry Workshop: Tuesday April 9, 2019 8:30 a.m. to 3:30 p.m., and/or Basic Chainsaw Workshop: Wednesday, April 10, 3019, 8:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m.
  • Learn to make your own bouquets and arrangements in this four-week floral design class at The Morton Arboretum. Four Wednesdays, April 10 through May 1, 2019, 6:30 p.m. to 9:30 p.m.
  • Find out how you can tap into solar energy at home, even if you have large shade trees at The Morton Arboretum. Thursday, April 11, 2019, 7:00 to 8:30 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 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.
  • Wander through the ever-changing array of blooms in our woodlands and prairie to learn how to identify wildflowers such as trillium, mayapple, and dog-tooth violet and hear about their folklore at The Morton Arboretum. Thursday, April 18, Friday, April 26, or Saturday, May 4, 2019, 8:30 to 11:00 a.m.
  • Design an attractive spring container with hardy plants that will bring color to any outdoor space at The Morton Arboretum. Wednesday, April 10, 2019, 7:00 to 9:00 p.m., or Saturday, April 13, 2019, 1:00 to 3:00 p.m.
  • Discover the basics of backyard composting and composting with worms at The Morton Arboretum. Wednesday, April 10, or Thursday, June 13, 2019, 7:00 to 9:00 p.m. Registration opens February 19, 2019.
  • Wander through the ever-changing array of blooms in our woodlands and prairie to learn how to identify wildflowers such as trillium, mayapple, and dog-tooth violet and hear about their folklore at The Morton Arboretum. Thursday, April 18, Friday, April 26, or Saturday, May 4, 2019, 8:30 to 11:00 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, April 6, or 13, 2019, 9:00 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. The April 6 class is sold out.
  • Keep your yard looking great all year! This workshop is designed especially for new homeowners short on time. Get easy-to-follow instructions to care for the trees, shrubs, and other plants growing in your yard at The Morton Arboretum. Saturday, April 13 or May 11, 2019, 9:00 a.m. to noon
  • Be ready for spring plant shopping! In this workshop, you will create a design for a small garden space under the guidance of a landscape designer at The Morton Arboretum. Two Tuesdays, April 16 and 23, 2019, 9:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m.
  • Stroll the Arboretum's stunning perennial beds where you’ll learn about plant placement, dividing, transplanting, watering, fertilizing, mulching and more. Tuesday, April 16, or Wednesday, May 22, 6:00 to 8:00 p.m., or Thursday, June 13, 2019, 6:30 to 8:30 p.m.

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