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Trees and Nature

Course List

  • How do animals decide that it is time to migrate? How do they prepare for their perilous journeys? Explore the Arboretum at night as we search for answers to questions about migration. Two Tuesdays, September 17 and 24, 2019, 6:30 to 9:30 p.m.
  • Learn the basics of beekeeping at The Morton Arboretum. (Registration will open May 21, 2019). Four Tuesdays, September 17 through October 8, 2019, 6:30 to 8:30 p.m.
  • Get the skills you need to build a “sure-fire” campfire in this hands-on workshop at The Morton Arboretum. Saturday, September 21, 2019, 9:30 to 11:30 a.m.
  • Meet an amazing group of animals seldom seen--snakes at The Morton Arboretum! Saturday, September 21, 2019, 8:00 to 11:00 a.m.
  • Search the woods, fields, and edges of the Arboretum for birds. The third Saturday of each month, August 17 through December 21, 2019, 8:00 to 10:30 a.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 at The Morton Arboretum. Saturday, September 21, 9:00 to 11:30 a.m., or Saturday, October 12, 2019, 12:30 to 3:00 p.m.
  • Celebrate the first day of fall with a guided hike through the Arboretum’s natural areas. Monday, September 23, 2019, 6:00 to 7:30 p.m.
  • Learn how to identify the sparrows found along woodland edges, wetlands, and grasslands at The Morton Arboretum. Three Days: Wednesday, September 25, 7:00 to 9:00 p.m., and two Fridays, September 27, and October 4, 2019, 8:00 a.m. to noon
  • Join Richard Powers, critically acclaimed author of The Overstory, which received the 2019 Pulitzer Prize for Fiction, for a compelling talk on the powerful connections that exist between people and trees at The Morton Arboretum. (SOLD OUT) Thursday, September 26, 2019, 7:00 to 8:30 p.m.
  • Learn the essentials of woodland ecology and the woodland management techniques necessary to maintain threatened woodland ecosystems at The Morton Arboretum. Thursday, September 26, 2019, 12:00 p.m., or Thursday, November 21, 2019, 12:00 p.m. U.S. Central time: Online course becomes available
  • Learn to identify and manage the most common invasive plants in the Great Lakes region at The Morton Arboretum. Wednesday, July 17, 2019, 12:00 p.m.: Online course becomes available and Saturday, July 27, 2019: Meet in-person, 8:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m., OR Wednesday, September 11, 2019, 12:00 p.m.: Online course becomes available, and Saturday, September 21, 2019: Meet in-person, 8:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m.
  • Digitally explore the intricacies of the prairie landscape and learn how to restore these signature American ecosystems at The Morton Arboretum. Thursday, June 27, 2019, or Wednesday, September 18, 2019, 12:00 p.m. U.S. Central time: Online course becomes available
  • Explore the colorful landscape of the fall prairie and discover the amazing relationships between the plants and animals that call it home at The Morton Arboretum. Saturday, NEW DATE! Saturday, October 5, 2019, 8:30 to 11:30 a.m.
  • Connect with trees and nature and spend a night under the stars on the beautiful grounds of the Arboretum during this adults-only nature retreat. Saturday and Sunday, October 5 and 6, 2019, 4:00 p.m. to noon.
  • Learn the human history of the local land before European settlement on this guided hike at The Morton Arboretum. Saturday, September 14, 2019, 1:00 to 2:30, or Friday, October 4, 2019, 9:30 to 11:00 a.m.
  • Learn to identify the trees you see every day in the woodlands and neighborhoods of the Chicago region at The Morton Arboretum. Dates and times vary in September and October 2019.
  • Discover and delight in the many ways trees have shaped the history of the United States, from industry and economics, to politics and war, to culture and literature at The Morton Arboretum. Two Wednesdays, October 9 and 16, 2019, 9:30 a.m. to noon.
  • 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: South Suburban College on Wednesday and Thursday, August 28 and 29, 2019, or John A Logan College on Wednesday, October 9 and Thursday, October 10, 2019.
  • Learn to identify the common trees you see in local preserves or in your neighborhood at The Morton Arboretum. Saturday, September 7, 2019, 8:00 to 10:30 a.m. , or Wednesday, October 9, or Saturday, October 12, 2019, 8:30 to 11:00 a.m.
  • Learn to effectively and efficiently use the tools of the trade to tackle different restoration jobs at The Morton Arboretum. The Summer session beginning online Tuesday, September 10, 2019 is CANCELED. The Fall session is currently available: Tuesday, October 15, 2019, 12:00 p.m.: Online materials become available. Tuesday, October 22, 2019, 6:30 to 8:30 p.m: In-person session
  • 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. Wednesday, October 16, 2019: Online component begins. Three Wednesdays, October 23, November 6, and November 20, 6:30 to 9:00 p.m.
  • Discover the principles and practice of ecosystem restoration at The Morton Arboretum. Wednesday, October 16, 2019, 12:00 p.m.: Online materials become available Saturday October 26, and Saturday, November 2, 2019, 9:00 a.m. to 12:30 p.m.: In person sessions meet. (Registration will open Tuesday, August 20, 2019.
  • The Arboretum is well known as a tree focused botanical garden, but there are many stories you may not know that are still waiting to be told. Discover new tales and unique features on this conversational evening hike. Thursday, October 3, or 17, 2019, 6:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m.
  • Learn principles and practices for managing critical habitats at The Morton Arboretum. Thursday, October 17, 2019: Online materials become available. Two days: Sunday, October 27, 9:00 a.m. to 1:00 p.m., Saturday, November 9, 2019, 9:00 a.m. to 1:00 p.m. (Registration will open Tuesday, August 20,2019.)
  • Leave the leaf-peeping traffic behind and escape in a kayak where you can experience the vivid colors of fall's foliage from the waters of the Ned Brown Preserve in Busse Woods. Saturday, October 19, 2019, 9:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m.
  • Did you know that many of Illinois’ best prairies are found in cemeteries? Join botanist Christopher Benda for a tour of one of these high-quality cemetery prairies. Saturday, October 12, 2019, 10:00 to 4:00 p.m.
  • Enjoy a brisk autumn walk and take in the changing colors of the Arboretum’s trees. Guided by our forest ecologist, this special seasonal stroll will give you the chance to view fall color with the engaging story of the seasonal changes that trees go through each year. Saturday, October 19, or November 2, 2019 9:00 to 11:00 a.m.
  • Join us for a hike and whiskey tasting at The Morton Arboretum. Saturday, October 26, 2019, noon to 1:30 p.m., 1:00 to 2:30 p.m., or 2:00 to 3:30 p.m.

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