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  • Learn to identify the common trees you see in local preserves or in your neighborhood in this online-only class from The Morton Arboretum. Multiple sections are available: Thursday, June 11:Tuesday, July 14:Tuesday, August 11, or Monday, September 21, 2020, noon: Online materials available
  • Join a horticulturalist for a walking tour of the Arboretum’s vibrant summer garden beds at The Morton Arboretum. This program has been cancelled. You will receive an email from the registrar's office . You will have the option to receive a refund or transfer to another program.
  • Stretch, strengthen, and release stress while having fun, cocooned in a hammock suspended from the trees! Aerial yoga offers wonderful benefits to the mind, body and soul, and is suitable for beginners as well as experienced yogis. All sections are sold out. Please call the registrar at 630/719-2468 to be waitlisted.
  • Improve your health and well-being with yoga. We will practice poses, breathing and meditation in the tranquil setting of The Morton Arboretum. Mondays, 9:30 to 10:30 a.m. July 20 through September 28, 2020.
  • Join us for digital Arboretum Yoga sessions. Maintain your health and well-being with yoga from the comfort of your home. Mondays, 9:30 to 10:30 a.m., June through September, 2020, or Wednesdays, 6:00 to 7:00 p.m., June through September, 2020.
  • Explore the interactions that drive ecosystem function and learn to identify plants, animals, and fungi in relation to ecological habitats at The Morton Arboretum. Thursday, Aug 20, 2020, 12:00 p.m.: Online materials become available. Sunday, Aug 30, 2020, 9:00 a.m. to 1:00 p.m.: In person session meets
  • Discover the edible plants that grow wild among us! Monday, August 24, 2020, 4:00 to 5:30 p.m.
  • Spend an evening learning about Illinois’ native bats, and then go outside and use specialized microphones to hear the bats swooping around the Arboretum skies. Thursday, August 27, 2020, 7:00 to 10:00 p.m.
  • Enjoy autumn’s amazing birding as you learn to identify the migratory birds filling the air at The Morton Arboretum. Five Saturdays, August 29, through , September 26, 2020, 8:00 a.m. to 11:30 a.m.
  • Draw the tallgrass prairie, Illinois' most important native habitat. Learn more about this disappearing habitat while practicing your drawing skills under the guidance of a professional artist. Thursday, August 6, August 20, or September 17, 2020, 9:00 a.m. to 12:30 p.m.
  • Experience Tai Chi this summer at The Morton Arboretum. Move your body with the grace and confidence of the ancient Tai Chi masters who learned the secret of balancing yin and yang – strength with beauty, power with peace, endurance with flow. 9:30 a.m. to 10:30 a.m., Wednesday, July 29, day, August 26, or September 30, 2020
  • 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 and Chainsaw Workshops: The Richmond workshop for April 7 and 8 has been canceled. Please call the registrar at 630-719-2468 to transfer to the Montgomery workshop on September 1 and 2, or to receive a refund.
  • On the three-hour walk, you will experience a series of guided, gentle invitations to open the senses and cultivate presence, with more time to deepen the healing interactions between people and the natural world. On select Mondays, 1:00 to 4:00 p.m., or Saturdays, 9:00 a.m. to noon, July through September 2020.
  • Join us for a conversation with Jennifer Jewell, creator and host of the award-winning public radio show and podcast, Cultivating Place, about women who are creating change in the world through careers in horticulture at The Morton Arboretum. Presented in partnership with C2ST.org. The health and safety of visitors, volunteers, and employees continue to be the top priority for The Morton Arboretum. Following federal and state recommendations to help slow the spread of coronavirus, this class been CANCELLED.
  • Discover what happens at the Arboretum at night, when no one is around. 7:30 p.m. to 9:30 p.m.This program has been cancelled. If you registered for this program you will receive an email from the registrar's office to receive a refund or transfer to another program.
  • This one-day conference for green industry professionals and avid home gardeners will focus on the latest information and practice related to the selection and care of Midwestern trees, shrubs, and woody plants, as shared by leading designers and plant experts. Thursday, September 3, 2020, 8:30 a.m. to 4:00 p.m.
  • Digitally explore the intricacies of the prairie landscape and learn how to restore these signature American ecosystems at The Morton Arboretum. Monday, June 8, 2020, or Wednesday, September 2, 2020, 12:00 p.m.: Online materials available
  • Learn to identify and manage the most common invasive plants in the Great Lakes region. Managing invasive plants is one of the most common restoration tasks Wednesday, September 9, 2020, 12:00 p.m.: Online course becomes available. Saturday, September 19, 2020: Meet in-person, 8:30 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. Thursday, July 16, or September 10, 2020, 4:00 p.m. to 6:00 p.m.
  • Explore the ways that spending time in nature can restore our mind, body and spirit. This program has been cancelled. You will receive an email from the registrar's office. You will have the option to receive a refund or transfer to another program.
  • Learn the basics of drawing nature in this course designed for true beginners. Four Saturdays, September 12, 19, 26, and October 3, 2020, 9:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m.
  • Learn the basics of beekeeping. Curious about honey bees? Interested in starting your own hive and harvesting your own honey? Four Tuesdays, September 15 through October 6, 2020, 6:30 to 9:30 p.m.
  • Learn to identify and manage the most common invasive plants in the Great Lakes region at The Morton Arboretum.
  • Learn principles and practices for managing critical habitats. Join us as we visit a variety of managed ecosystems in the Chicagoland area to discuss current conservation challenges and strategies with site managers and volunteer stewards. Wednesday, Sept 16, 2020: Online materials become available and Two Sundays, Sept 27 and October 4, 2020. 9:00 a.m. to 1:00 p.m. in-person.
  • Learn principles and practices for managing critical habitats. Remnant and restored natural areas act as reservoirs for plant, animal, and insect diversity. Wednesday, Sept 16, 2020: Online materials become available. Sunday, September 27, 9:00 a.m. to 1:00 p.m., 2020 at Lake in the Hills Fen and Sunday, October 4, 2020 at Pleasant Valley Conservation area, 9:00 a.m. to 1:00 p.m.
  • Learn how we can fight light pollution and save dark skies during this live webinar with The Morton Arboretum. Protecting the night sky from light pollution is critical for wildlife and people alike. Thursday, September 17, 2020 7:00 p.m. to 8:30 p.m.
  • On the two-hour walk, you will experience a series of guided, gentle invitations to open the senses, cultivate presence and invite healing interactions between people and the natural world. Thursdays, July 23, August 6, or September 17, 2020, 1:00 to 3:00 p.m.
  • Celebrate the first day of fall with a guided hike through the Arboretum’s natural areas. Tuesday, September 22, 2020, 9:00 to 11:00 a.m.
  • Learn how to identify the sparrows found along woodland edges, wetlands, and grasslands at The Morton Arboretum. Three days: Wednesday, September 23, 2020, 6:30 p.m. to 8:30 p.m., and two Sunday, September 27 and Sunday, October 4, 2020, 8:00 a.m. to 11:30 a.m.
  • Strengthen your skills leading volunteers in natural areas management with this interactive primer for volunteer stewardship activity planning, group dynamics, safety, and volunteer empowerment. Wednesday, September 23, 2020: Online materials become available. Thursday, September 30, 2020, 6:00 to 9:00 p.m.: live webinar via Zoom
  • Learn to call plants by their botanical names and discover their fascinating origins in this “at your own pace" online class. Tuesday, June 23, or Wednesday, July 22, or Tuesday, September 22, 2020, Online course available at noon.
  • Develop your skills as a nature photographer through thoughtful compositions. Learn tools of composition and how to use your camera to make an image that captures the moment, feeling or experience in nature at The Morton Arboretum. This program has been cancelled. If you registered for this program you will receive an email from the registrar's office to receive a refund or transfer to another program.
  • Plant-Animal Interactions is the study of the special ecological and evolutionary relationships between plants and animals. Wednesdays, September 9 through, December 2. 2020, 6:30 to 9:30 p.m., and Lab and field work: Select Saturdays September 12 through November 28, 2020 9:00 a.m. to Noon.
  • Practice correct pruning techniques and learn which plants to prune now and more importantly, which to prune later at The Morton Arboretum. Learn online, then apply those skills during a hands-on workshop. Next offered January 2021.