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Course List

  • Experience the healing and wellness promoting effects of Shinrin-Yoku, the practice of bathing the senses in the atmosphere of the forest at The Morton Arboretum. Select Mondays or Saturdays,January 12 through March 23, 2019, 9:30 to 11:15 a.m.
  • (SOLD OUT) Capture a unique collection of eggs, feathers, and nests in colored pencil or graphite at The Morton Arboretum. Four Fridays, January 25 through February 15, 2019, 9:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m.
  • Learn to save your own seeds in this hands-on workshop at The Morton Arboretum. Saturday, January 26, 2019, 9:00 to 11:00 a.m.
  • Browse a selection of seeds, and take home a variety to plant this spring. Bring your leftover seed packets or self-saved seeds to share. Saturday, January 26, 2019, 11:00 a.m. to 1:00 p.m.
  • Discover techniques for and benefits of growing your vegetables from seed started indoors at The Morton Arboretum. Saturday, January 26, 2019, or Saturday, February 23, 2019, 1:00 to 3:00 p.m.
  • Shawna Coronado kicks off a national Garden Lady Wellness Tour at The Morton Arboretum. Explore the connection between gardening and wellness in this special workshop featuring gorgeous garden photos, diet and nutrition tips, techniques for reducing chronic pain naturally, and more. Monday, January 28, 2019, 7:00 to 9:00 p.m.
  • Learn the essentials of woodland ecology and the woodland management techniques necessary to maintain threatened woodland ecosystems at The Morton Arboretum. Online component begins: Tuesday, January 29, 2019.
  • (SOLD OUT) Learn to make heart-healthy soups that will keep you warm from the inside out all winter long, and make your own soup mix to take home at The Morton Arboretum. Thursday, January 31, 2019, 7:00 to 9:00 p.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 at The Morton Arboretum. Online component begins: Thursday, January 31, 2019. In-person component: Saturday, February 9, 2019, 10:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m.
  • Preserve your memories in the digital world by joining the Sterling Morton Library in attending their Tree Stories Memory Lab at The Morton Arboretum. Tuesday, January 15, Wednesday, February 13, or Friday, February 22, 2019, 10:00 a.m. to noon.
  • The Perennial Plant Association and The Morton Arboretum are teaming up to offer a day-long symposium entitled, ‘Back to Basics.’ Knowledgeable experts in the business will be here, and you’re invited to listen, learn, and ask questions.Saturday, Saturday, February 2, 2019, 8:30 a.m. to 3:30 p.m.
  • Join librarian Rita Hassert and artist Karen Johnson for an armchair tour of the Sterling Morton Library's extensive botanical art collection at The Morton Arboretum. Saturday, February 2, 2019, 10:00 a.m. to noon
  • Grab a flashlight and hit the trail for a night of troll hunting at The Morton Arboretum! Select Thursdays and times, January 24 through May 2. Please note: January 24 session has been canceled due to the forecasts of extreme weather.
  • 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 Saturdays, February 2 through 23, 2019, 8:00 to 11:00 a.m.
  • Learn the basics of beekeeping at The Morton Arboretum. Four Thursdays, February 7 through 28, 2019, 6:30 to 8:30 p.m.
  • Learn to identify trees after they shed their leaves for the winter. Develop the skills to identify winter trees on your own using clues found in buds, fruits, leaf scars, bark, and branching patterns at The Morton Arboretum. Dates and times vary starting January 10, 2019.
  • Meet the animals that prowl our woods and ponds all winter long at The Morton Arboretum. Saturday, January 26, or February 9, 2019, 9:00 to 11:30 a.m.
  • Join an Arboretum expert for a cup of hot cocoa and a winter stroll through the conifer collection. Saturday, February 16, or Saturday, March 9, 2019, 1:00 to 3:00 p.m.
  • First Aid and CPR class will teach you the skills you need to keep yourself and others safe while working at The Morton Arboretum. Thursday, February 7, 2019, or Sunday, February 10, 2019, 10:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m.
  • Learn to create unique handmade paper that can be used to make personalized notecards, given as a gift, or can stand alone as a finished piece of art at The Morton Arboretum. Sunday, February 10, 2019, 11:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m.
  • Bring a friend or your sweetheart to create a unique fresh floral design in a clear container surrounded by conversation heart candies at The Morton Arboretum. Saturday, February 9, 2019, 10:00 to noon, or Wednesday, February 13, 2019, 7:00 to 9:00 p.m.
  • Spring bird migration begins earlier than most people realize. Many species are already on the move in February. Waterfowl are the first to make major migration moves. As soon as the ice begins to leave our lakes and ponds waterfowl start pushing north. Three Saturdays, February 16, March 2, and March 9, 2019, 8:00 a.m. to noon.
  • Enjoy a pleasant morning and a warm beverage as you listen to stories of the unusual stained glass windows that decorate the beautiful Founders Room at Thornhill Education Center, as seen through the eyes of naturalist interpreter and writer Cindy Crosby. Saturday, February 16, 2019, 10:30 a.m. to noon
  • Chicago Wilderness will offer three winter sessions of the Midwest Ecological Prescription Burn Crew Member Training class at The Morton Arboretum. Two days: Thursday, January 31, and Friday, February 1, 2019, 8:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m.; or Thursday, February 14, and Friday, February 15, 2019, 8:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m.; or Saturday, February 16, and Sunday, February 17, 2019, 8:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m.
  • Learn to identify and manage the most common invasive plants in the Great Lakes region at The Morton Arboretum. Online class begins: Wednesday, February 20, 2019
  • Create a garden space that offers rest and renewal. In this class, we’ll identify visual cues that create places that nurture the spirit and invite us to take a meditative stroll, to sit and relax with a cup of tea, to read and reflect, to stretch, to meditate or to write. Two Thursdays, February 21 and 28, 2019, 7:00 to 9:30 p.m.
  • New! For ultimate relaxation, join us for one hour of peaceful yoga stretches, then enjoy sipping your beverage of choice while looking upon the tranquil setting of the Morton Arboretum. Thursday, February 21, 2019, 6:30 to 8:30 p.m.
  • What’s so “hot” about soil ecology? Grab a grown-up hot chocolate and get “the dirt” on soils from Arboretum soil ecologist Meghan Midgley. Thursday, February 21, 2019, 7:00 p.m. to 8:30 p.m.
  • Capture the magic and whimsy of youth with a fairy garden at The Morton Arboretum! Saturday, February 23, 2019, 10:00 to 11:30 a.m.
  • Get the botany basics you need to identify plants at The Morton Arboretum. Dates vary starting February 12, 2019 with online or in-person options available.

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