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Course List

  • Study the masters of minimalist photography and learn to create your own evocative nature compositions at The Morton Arboretum. Five days: Three Thursdays, May 30, June 6, and June 13, 2019, 6:30 to 9:30 p.m., and Two Saturdays, June 1 and 8, 2019, 8:00 to 11:00 a.m.
  • Learn to identify the sedges, a diverse and ecologically important group of plants at The Morton Arboretum. (SOLD OUT) Two days: Thursday, May 30 and Friday, May 31, 2019, 9:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m.
  • The Asian carp frequently makes headlines for the threat it poses to Lake Michigan and our waterways. What do we know about the impact this invader--and others like it--is having on our native landscape? (CANCELED) Thursday, May 30, 2019, 7:00 to 9:00 p.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. Wednesday, May 29, 2019, 12:00 p.m., or Wednesday, July 31, 2019, 12:00 p.m. U.S. Central time: Online course becomes available
  • Visit one of the largest remnant prairies in Illinois and an Audubon-designated “Important Bird Area” for a late spring bird walk. Saturday, June 1, 8:00 a.m. to noon.
  • Join horticulturist Sharon Yiesla on a journey through the life of a flower. Learn how flowers develop, how they grow, and the end result of their lives, fruit at The Morton Arboretum. Saturday, June 1, 2019, 9:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m.
  • Grab a mimosa and enjoy the scents of spring in this behind-the-scenes tour of the Arboretum’s Fragrance Garden. Saturday, June 1, 2019, 10:00 a.m. to noon.
  • Build your skill set and learn about leading ideas in nature-based early childhood education in this one-day symposium for early childhood educators, administrators, and naturalists at The Morton Arboretum. Saturday, June 1, 2019, 8:30 a.m. to 3:00 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. (CANCELED) Saturday, June 1, 2019, 9:00 to noon.
  • 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! Wednesday, June 5 or 19, or Monday, June 17 or 24, 2019, 6:30 to 7:30 p.m. Weekly in July and August, Mondays, 6:00 to 7:00 p.m., or Fridays, 9:30 to 10:30 a.m.
  • Create field sketches of summer landscapes at The Morton Arboretum. PLEASE REGISTER FOR THE JUNE 7 SECTION. THE JUNE 1 SECTION HAS BEEN CANCELED. Friday, June 7, 2019, 9:00 a.m. to 12:30 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. Wednesday, June 5, or August 7, 2019, 6:30 to 8:00 p.m.
  • Learn to identify the common trees you see in local preserves or in your neighborhood at The Morton Arboretum. Thursday, June 6, 2019, 6:30 to 9:00 p.m.; Thursday, July 18, 2019, 9:00 to 11:30 a.m.; or Saturday, September 7, 2019, 8:00 to 10:30 a.m.
  • Stretch, strengthen, and release stress while having fun, cocooned in a hammock suspended from the trees at The Morton Arboretum. Four Thursdays, May 30 through June 20, 2019, 6:00 to 7:15 p.m.; Four Fridays, May 31 through June 21, 9:30 to 10:45 a.m.; Four Sundays, September 8 through 29, 10:00 to 11:15 a.m.; Four Mondays, September 9 through 30, 6:00 to 7:15 p.m.
  • In this workshop, you will learn to simplify a specimen into a few well placed strokes with this minimalist approach of brush painting at The Morton Arboretum. Saturday, June 8, 2019, 9:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m.
  • Focus on your wellness and spend a night under the stars on the peaceful grounds of the Arboretum during this weekend wellness retreat. Saturday and Sunday, June 8 and 9, 2019. Check in at 8:30 a.m. Saturday and depart at noon on Sunday.
  • Become acquainted with the host of birds that nest and breed in our region. Four Saturdays, June 8 through 29, 2019, 8:00 to 11:00 a.m.
  • Enjoy a demonstration of ikebana, or Japanese flower arranging, by one of the world’s leading ikebana instructors at The Morton Arboretum. Sunday, June 9, 2019, 3:00 p.m. to 4:30 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 Thursdays, June 6 through 27, 2019, 6:30 to 9:30 p.m., or Four Thursdays, July 11 through August 1, 2019, 6:30 p.m. to 9:30 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. Wednesday, June 26, 2019, or the second and fourth Thursday of each month: July 11 through September 26, 2019, 6:00 to 7:00 p.m.
  • Grab a drink and a friend and take an evening stroll with an Arboretum expert to learn more about the nature behind the Nature Connects sculptures. Tuesday, June 11, 7:00 to 8:30 p.m.
  • Experts from The Morton Arboretum and Matt Candeias, host of the In Defense of Plants Podcast, will take you on an exploration of what it means to be a tree. Thursday, July 11, 2019, 7:00 to 9:00 p.m.
  • Join us at The Morton Arboretum for a discussion with botanist John Kress, PhD, of the Smithsonian Institute for a look at the role that humans play on the planet--past, present, and future. Wednesday, June 12, 7:00 to 8:30 p.m.
  • Discover the basics of backyard composting and composting with worms at The Morton Arboretum. (Register now) Thursday, June 13, 2019, 7:00 to 9:00 p.m. (Registration opens May 21, 2019) Wednesday, September 11, 2019, 7:00 to 9:00 p.m.
  • Learn to identify dragonflies and damselflies on the grounds of the Arboretum. Friday, June 14, 2019, 8:00 to 11:30 a.m.
  • Enjoy a tour of the two acre gardens at the historic Milne home built in 1842 in Lockport. Friday, June 14, 2019, 10:00 a.m. to 12:30 p.m.
  • Paddle the Rock River in Oregon, Illinois, and learn the geology and natural history of this unique area. Saturday, June 15, 9:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m. (rain date June 22).
  • Remember, “the best camera is the one that’s with you.” Whether you are new to photography or new to smartphones, discover techniques for getting great nature images with your phone at The Morton Arboretum. Register now for Spring; Saturday April 13, or June 15, 2019, 8:00 to 11:00 a.m. Summer registration opens May 21; Saturday, July 13 or September 14, 2019, Noon to 3:00 p.m.
  • 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.
  • Enrich your understanding of our local natural areas by learning to identify the most common native plants you’re likely to encounter at The Morton Arboretum. Wednesday, June 12, 2019, 6:30 to 9:30 p.m., or Saturday, August 17, 2019, 8:00 to 11:00 a.m.

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