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  • Circle up around the fireplace in the historic Founder’s Room in Thornhill Education Center, and enjoy an hour-long talk followed by a Q&A with the week’s visiting expert. Select Wednesdays, January 22 through March 25, 2020, 10:00 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 at The Morton Arboretum. Wednesday, February 19, 2020: Online materials become available. Thursday, February 27, 2020, 6:00 to 9:30 p.m.: In person session meets
  • 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. Monday, December 16, 2019 or the Second or fourth Thursday of each month: January 23 through March 12, 2020, 6:00 to 7:00 p.m.
  • Urban wildlife is thriving, and we’re not talking about just raccoons and squirrels. Wildlife biologist Chris Anchor will discuss what biologists are learning about the mega-predators that are returning to the area, and what this means for both our natural areas and our neighborhoods. Thursday, February 20, 2020, 7:00 to 8:30 p.m. This program is SOLD OUT. Please contact the registrar at 630-719-2468 to be added to a WAITLIST.
  • Learn to identify and manage the most common invasive plants in the Great Lakes region at The Morton Arboretum. Wednesday, May 20, 2020, 12:00 p.m.: Online course becomes available, and Saturday, May 30, 2020: Meet in-person, 8:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. Or register for a late summer class. Wednesday, September 9, 2020, 12:00 p.m.: Online course becomes available, and Saturday, September 19, 2020: Meet in-person, 8:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m.
  • Explore the frozen waterfalls and watch for eagles on this naturalist-led hike through Starved Rock State Park in Oglesby, Illinois. Friday, February 21, 2020, noon to 4:00 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 Saturdays, February 22 through March 14, 2020, 9:00 a.m. to noon, or Four Thursdays, June 4 through 25, 6:30 to 9:30 p.m.
  • Spend a day immersed in nature with guided writing and art workshops. Set aside time to disconnect from the day-to-day and focus on connecting with the natural world through writing and art at The Morton Arboretum. Saturday, February 22, 8:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. This program is SOLD OUT. Please email the registrar at registrar-ed@mortonarb.org to be put on a WAIT LIST.
  • Improve your health and well-being with yoga. We will practice poses, breathing and meditation in the tranquil setting of the Morton Arboretum. Select Mondays or Wednesdays, February through June 2020. Mondays, 9:30 to 10:30 a.m. or Wednesdays, 6:00 to 7:00 p.m.
  • Hedges are a valuable part of a landscape. Whether you have aging hedges that need refreshing or are looking to plant a new hedgerow, the Arboretum’s plant knowledge specialist will show you the ropes of healthy hedges. Wednesday, February 26, 2020, 6:30 to 8:30 p.m.
  • Learn to make your own bouquets and arrangements in this four-week floral design class at The Morton Arboretum. This class is SOLD OUT. Please call the registrar at 630-719-2468 to be WAITLISTED. Four Thursdays, February 27 through March 19, 2020, 6:30 p.m. to 9:30 p.m.
  • Enjoy a day at The Morton Arboretum and gather content knowledge that assists teachers and educators in curriculum while using Next Generation Science Standards. Friday February 28, 2020, 9:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m.
  • Learn the basics of drawing in a class designed for true beginners at The Morton Arboretum. Four Saturdays, February 29 through March 21, 2020, 9:30 to 12:30 p.m, or Four Wednesdays, April 8 through April 29, 2020, 6:30 to 9:30 p.m.
  • Learn to assess the invasive species issues at a site, and set priorities for efficiently and effectively managing invasive species in this engaging online class through The Morton Arboretum. Wednesday, December 4, 2019: Noon U.S. Central time: Online course becomes available or Wednesday, March 4, 2020: Noon U.S. Central time: Online course becomes available. Sold out - please call the Registrar at 630-719-2468 to be added to a waitlist.
  • Learn the nuts and bolts of excellent nature writing and improve your wordsmithing skills in this blended online and in-person course at The Morton Arboretum. Tuesday, March 3, 2020: Online component begins. Three Tuesdays, March 10, 24, and April 7, 6:30 to 9:00 p.m..: In-person classes meet.
  • Design a stunning front garden that integrates seamlessly with your house and neighborhood. Wednesday, March 4 and 11, 2020, 9:00 a.m. to noon
  • Chicago Wilderness will offer two winter sessions of the Midwest Ecological Prescription Burn Crew Member Training class at The Morton Arboretum. Saturday and Sunday, February 22 and 23, 2020 8:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m., or Thursday and Friday, March 5 and 6, 2020 8:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m.
  • Complex and colorful, birds are one of the most common subjects among wildlife artists. Join artist Alex Warnick as she shares the tips and techniques she’s gained over years of painting birds professionally. Friday and Saturday, March 6 and 7, 2020, 9:30 a.m. to 3:30 p.m.
  • Learn to identify plants without leaves or flowers. Explore the Schulenberg Prairie and adjacent woodlands to practice identifying native perennials and grasses in winter with a local expert at The Morton Arboretum. Saturday, March 7, 2019, 8:00 a.m. to noon.
  • Learn spring methods for propagating your favorite native plants. Learn how to bring seeds out of stratification, plant in seed trays and transplant seedlings at The Morton Arboretum.Sunday, March 8, 2020, 9:00 a.m. to 12:30 p.m., or 1:00 to 4:30 p.m. Sold out - please call the Registrar's Office at 630-719-2468 to be waitlisted.
  • Under the light of a full moon, hit the trail for a night of troll hunting at The Morton Arboretum! Select Tuesdays, Wednesdays, Thursdays, or Fridays February 6 through March 11, 2020, 6:30 to 8:30 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 and Sunday, November 3, 2019, 9:00 a.m. to 1:00 p.m.: In person session meets, or Wednesday, March 11, 2020: Online materials become available and Sunday, March 22, 2020, 1:00 to 5:00 p.m.: In person session meets.
  • 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. Saturdays, March 14 through April 11, 2020, 9:30 a.m. to noon.
  • Be prepared for your next wilderness outing; learn to find your way using a map and compass at The Morton Arboretum. Sunday, March 15, 2020, noon to 4:00 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 mindful walk with a certified Forest Therapy guide on a trail at the Morton Arboretum as you awaken your senses and reconnect with nature. Select Mondays and Saturdays starting January 20 through March 21, 2020, 9:30 to 11:30 a.m. Please note: Section A and B are sold out. Please call the registrar at 630-719-2468 to be added to a waitlist.

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