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Course List

  • Search the woods, fields, and edges of the Arboretum for birds. The third Saturday of each month, August 17 through December 21, 2019, 8:00 to 10:30 a.m.
  • 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. Saturday, September 21, 9:00 to 11:30 a.m., or Saturday, October 12, 2019, 12:30 to 3:00 p.m.
  • Design for the middle distance using shrubs that thrive in the upper Midwest at The Morton Arboretum. The “middle distance” links the foreground and background of a landscape or connects the large features with the small. Wednesday, October 23, 2019, 9:00 a.m. to 1:00 p.m.
  • Cartier-Bresson first popularized the concept of the “decisive moment:” that sliver of time when all elements of an image align, and the photographer can tell a complete story and fully engage the viewer. In this class, we will apply Bresson’s concepts to nature photography, as plants bloom, the tides come and go, or clouds or reflections enhance a scene at The Morton Arboretum. Five days: Three Wednesdays, October 23 through November 6, 6:30 to 9:30 p.m., and two Saturdays, October 26 and November 2, 2019, 8:00 to 11:00 a.m.
  • Create your own nature-themed hand-painted ornament in time for the holidays at The Morton Arboretum. Saturday, November 23, 2019, 10:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.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. The September 26 class has been canceled. Please sign up for another section on the second or fourth Thursday of each month: October 10 through December 12, 2019, 6:00 to 7:00 p.m.
  • 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! The Monday, October 21 class has been canceled. Join us for the Friday, October 25, 2019 class.
  • Fill a pumpkin with a fall bouquet at The Morton Arboretum! This delightful table arrangement will bring seasonal interest to your fall decor. Thursday, October 24, 2019, 7:00 to 9:00 p.m., or Saturday, October 26, 2019, 1:00 to 3:00 p.m.
  • Join us for a hike and whiskey tasting at The Morton Arboretum. Saturday, October 26, 2019, noon to 1:30 p.m., 1:00 to 2:30 p.m., or 2:00 to 3:30 p.m.
  • 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.
  • Join us for a FREE orientation program on the Natural Areas Conservation Training Program Orientation (formally the Woodland Stewardship Program) at the Morton Arboretum. Tuesday October 29, 2019, 6:30 to 8:00 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. Sunday, November 3, 2019, 9:00 a.m. to 1:00 p.m.: In person session meets at Thornhill Education Center. (Registration will open Tuesday, August 20, 2019.)
  • 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. Tuesday, October 29, 2019: Registration closes at 11:59 p.m. Wednesday, October 30, 2019: Online course available. (Registration will open Tuesday, August 20, 2019.)
  • 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 on Mondays or Saturdays from September through December 2019, 9:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m., or New Year’s Day: Wednesday, January 1, 2020.
  • Capture curled leaves and seed pods--the perfect textures for graphite at The Morton Arboretum. Four Thursdays, October 31 through November 21, 2019, 6:30 to 9:30 p.m.
  • Be prepared for the unexpected on your next outdoor adventure. Having a plan and being prepared with some essential survival skills can help you stay safe, even if things go wrong. Saturday, November 2, 2019, noon to 3:00 p.m.
  • Enjoy a brisk autumn walk and take in the changing colors of the Arboretum’s trees. Guided by our forest ecologist, this special seasonal stroll will give you the chance to view fall color with the engaging story of the seasonal changes that trees go through each year. Saturday, October 19, or November 2, 2019 9:00 to 11:00 a.m.
  • See the Arboretum through the eyes of an expert photographer. Learn how to notice your surroundings with attention to light, angle, subject, and creative interpretation. Saturday, October 26, or November 2, 2019, 8:00 a.m. to 11:00 a.m.
  • Learn the geologic history of the Midwest as we cycle the the roads of the Arboretum. Sunday, November 3, 2019, 9:00 to 11:00 a.m. (Registration will open Tuesday, August 20, 2019.)
  • Set your garden up for success with plants and design techniques that can withstand changing conditions at The Morton Arboretum. Registration will open August 20, 2019. Three Tuesdays, November 5 through 19, 2019, 6:30 to 9:00 p.m.
  • The debates surrounding our food and the role science will play in navigating global food challenges have been notable for the polarizing perceptions and misperceptions that have surrounded the conversation. The documentary FOOD EVOLUTION​, from Academy Award®-nominated director Scott Hamilton Kennedy (The Garden, Fame High, OT: Our Town), explores the controversy surrounding GMOs and food. This class has been CANCELED. Please contact the registrar's office at The Morton Arboretum to receive a refund (630-719-2468, M-F, 9:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.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
  • 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. Thursday, November 7, 2019: Online materials become available. Thursday, November 14, 6:00 to 9:30 p.m., 2019.
  • 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. Select Mondays or Saturday, August through November 2019, 9:30 to 11:15 a.m.
  • What is plant-based eating? Come find out! A diet focused on plants is good for you and good for the planet. Each week, you get to watch cooking demonstrations, taste samples, or get hands-on and prepare a recipe to take home with you at The Morton Arboretum! Saturday, October 19 or 26, or November 2 or 9, 2019, 10:00 a.m. to noon.
  • Make your own naturally scented soaps using the cold-press process at The Morton Arboretum. Saturday, November 9, 2019, 1:00 to 3:00 p.m.
  • Enjoy the last of the migratory birds for the year. Three Saturdays, November 9 through 23, 2019, 8:00 to 11:30 a.m.
  • (Registration opens August 20) Mix and blend colors to create a watercolor painting of a delicate fall leaf at The Morton Arboretum. Saturday, November 9, or Sunday, November 10, 2019, 10:00 a.m. to 1:00 p.m.
  • Learn to call plants by their botanical names through The Morton Arboretum. Tuesday, November 12, 2019: Online course begins.
  • Under the light of a full moon, hit the trail for a night of troll hunting at The Morton Arboretum! Tuesday, November 12; Wednesday November 13; Wednesday, December 11; or Thursday, December 12, 2019, 6:30 to 8:30 p.m.

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