Trees and Nature

Course List

  • Learn to identify and manage the most common invasive plants in the Great Lakes region at The Morton Arboretum. Register now for the Online class available on Wednesday, February 20, 2019. Registration opens February 19, 2019 for the Online class available on May 8, 2019.
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • Practice correct pruning techniques and learn which plants to prune now and more importantly, which to prune later at The Morton Arboretum. Online component begins: Friday, February 15, or Thursday, February 28, 2019, and In-person components meets: Saturday, February 23, or Friday, March 8, 2019, 9:00 to 11:30 a.m.
  • What exactly is wilderness? In America, it's been a threatening frontier to be conquered; a place where timber and minerals lay ready for extraction; a refuge for wildlife; a home for indigenous people; a retreat for city folks to retreat from the hustle and bustle of civilization; and a "untrammeled, unspoiled cathedral" which inspires art, poetry, and transcendent thought. Two Thursdays, February 21 and 28, 2019, 6:30 to 9:00 p.m.
  • Learn to identify plants without leaves or flowers at The Morton Arboretum. Saturday, March 2, 2019, 8:00 a.m. to noon
  • Learn to make wood sing in this build-your-own musical instrument class at The Morton Arboretum. Saturday, March 2, 2019, 9:30 a.m. to 3:30 p.m.
  • 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. Online component begins Tuesday, February 26, 2019. In-person classes meet Tuesday, March 5, 19, and April 2, 2019, 6:30 to 9:00 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. Registration is open now for Thursday, March 7, 2019, 6:30 to 8:00 p.m. Registration opens February 19, 2019, for Thursday, April 4, 2019, 6:30 to 8:00 p.m.,or Wednesday, June 5, 2019, 6:30 to 8:00 p.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.
  • Learn spring methods for propagating your favorite native plants at The Morton Arboretum.Sunday, March 10, 2019, 1:00 to 4:30 p.m. This class will be offered again in Winter 2020.
  • Gain a new perspective on familiar settings with the chance to see what happens in the Arboretum at night when no one is around. Thursdays, December 6, 2018, 7:00 to 8:30 p.m. (open for registration). Thursdays, February 14, 28 or March 14, 2019, 7:00 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. Register now: for class starting Wednesday, March 13, 2019. Registration opens February 19, 2019: for class starting Thursday, May 9, 2019.
  • Make a difference in your own backyard with simple ideas that have a big impact on the planet. Learn how you can have an attractive, functional, outdoor space that your family--as well as the birds and the butterflies--can enjoy at The Morton Arboretum. Thursday, March 14, 2019, 7:00 to 9:30 p.m.
  • Learn to call plants by their botanical names through The Morton Arboretum. Online course begins Friday, March 15, 2019
  • Search the woods, fields, and edges of the Arboretum for birds. The third Saturday of each month, November 17, 2018 through March 16, 2019, 8:00 to 10:30 a.m.
  • Be prepared for your next wilderness outing; learn to find your way using a map and compass at The Morton Arboretum. Saturday, March 16, 2019, noon to 4:00 p.m.
  • Join the author of the new biography, Force of Nature: George Fell, Founder of the Natural Areas Movement, to be inspired by the story of this Illinois conservation visionary at The Morton Arboretum. Thursday, March 21, 2019, 7:00 to 9:00 p.m.
  • THE FEBRUARY 7, 2019 TROLL HIKE IS CANCELED FOR THIS EVENING. Grab a flashlight and hit the trail for a night of troll hunting at The Morton Arboretum! Select Thursdays and times, March 21 through May 2.
  • Discover the principles and practice of ecosystem restoration at The Morton Arboretum. Registration will open Tuesday, February 19, 2019, for Thursday, March 28, 2019: Online materials available, Saturday April 6, and Saturday, April 13, 2019, 9:00 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. In person sessions meet.
  • Digitally explore the intricacies of the prairie landscape and learn how to restore these signature American ecosystems at The Morton Arboretum. Register now: for class starting Thursday, March 28, 2019. Registration opens February 19, 2019: for class starting June 26, 2019.
  • Give kids the freedom and space to explore nature and indulge in free play with inspirational ideas from author and unconventional landscape designer Amanda Thomsen at The Morton Arboretum. Thursday, April 4, 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. Registration will open on February 19, 2019, for Thursday, April 4, 2019: Online course becomes available
  • In this single morning workshop for beginners, learn how to find birds, discuss equipment, what to wear, keeping track of your observations, and more at The Morton Arboretum. Saturday, April 6, 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. Registration is open now for Thursday, March 7, 2019, 6:30 to 8:00 p.m. Registration opens February 19, 2019, for Thursday, April 4, 2019, 6:30 to 8:00 p.m.,or Wednesday, June 5, 2019, 6:30 to 8:00 p.m.,
  • Explore the world underground at The Morton Arboretum. Mondays, 6:00 to 8:00 p.m. and every other Saturday, 9:00 a.m. to 1:00 p.m., January 28 through April 29, 2019.
  • Learn the names and ecology of the wildflowers that cover the woodland floor in spring at The Morton Arboretum. Registration will open February 19, 2019, for April classes.
  • Explore the interactions that drive ecosystem function and learn to identify plants, animals, and fungi in relation to ecological habitats at The Morton Arboretum. Register now: for class starting Wednesday, March 13, 2019. Registration opens February 19, 2019: for class starting Thursday, May 9, 2019.
  • Learn to identify and manage the most common invasive plants in the Great Lakes region at The Morton Arboretum. Register now for the Online class available on Wednesday, February 20, 2019. Registration opens February 19, 2019 for the Online class available on May 8, 2019.
  • 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. This class will be offered again in Summer 2019. Registration will open Tuesday, May 21, 2019

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