All Courses

Course List

  • Out of the Box: You and Your New Camera

    Out of the Box: You and Your New Camera
    (SOLD OUT) Learn the basics of how to use your new DSLR camera at The Morton Arboretum. Saturday, January 19, 2019, 9:00 a.m. to noon (registration opens November 22, 2018)
  • Beginner’s Nature Art Workshops

    Beginner’s Nature Art Workshops
    (SOLD OUT) Tap into your creative side with an introductory workshop on nature art at The Morton Arboretum. Winter Foliage in Graphite; Saturday, January 19, or Sunday, January 20, 2019, 10:00 a.m. to 1:00 p.m.
  • Winter Hike and Yoga

    Feel your best and focus on total body health and well-being with a short hike outdoors, followed by a warming indoor yoga class at The Morton Arboretum. Wednesday, January 16, February 13, or March 13, 2019, 6:00 to 7:30 p.m., or Thursday, January 24, February 21, or March 21, 2019, 9:30 to 11:00 a.m.
  • Natural Areas Conservation Training Program Orientation (Online or In-person)

    Natural Areas Conservation Training Program Orientation (Online or In-person)
    Join us for a FREE orientation program on the Natural Areas Conservation Training Program Orientation (formally the Woodland Stewardship Program) at the Morton Arboretum. In-Person. Tuesday, January 22, 2019, 6:30 to 8:00 p.m. Thornhill Education Center.
  • Tree Stories Memory Lab

    Tree Stories Memory Lab
    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.
  • Winter Explorers (18-35 months)

    Winter Explorers (18-35 months)
    Join us for this 4-week outdoor adventure among the trees at The Morton Arboretum. Four Tuesdays, January 22 through February 12, 2019, 9:30 to 10:45 a.m.
  • Forest Therapy Walks (1 hour 45 minute)

    Forest Therapy Walks (1 hour 45 minute)
    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.
  • Winter Explorers (3-5 years)

    Winter Explorers (3-5 years)
    Join us for this 4-week outdoor adventure among the trees at The Morton Arboretum. Four Thursdays, January 24 through February 14, 2019, 9:30 to 11:00 a.m.
  • Drawing Eggs, Feathers, and Nests

    (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.
  • Seed-Saving Workshop

    Seed-Saving Workshop
    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.
  • Seed Swap

    Seed Swap
    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.
  • Seed Starting for the Edible Garden

    Seed Starting for the Edible Garden
    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.
  • Begin to Draw Nature

    Learn the basics of drawing in a class designed for true beginners at The Morton Arboretum. Four Saturdays, January 26 through February 23 (no class February 2), 2019, 9:00 to noon (registration opens November 20, 2018.)
  • Be Well, Be Swell in 2019: Gardening and Wellness with Shawna Coronado

    Be Well, Be Swell in 2019: Gardening and Wellness with Shawna Coronado
    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.
  • Woodland Ecology (Online Only)

    Woodland Ecology (Online Only)
    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.
  • Healthy, Hearty Soups

    Healthy, Hearty Soups
    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.
  • Volunteer Leadership (Online and In-person)

    Volunteer Leadership (Online and In-person)
    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.
  • Tree Stories Memory Lab

    Tree Stories Memory Lab
    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.
  • Trolls After Dark Night Hike

    Trolls After Dark Night Hike
    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.
  • 2019 Midwest Perennial Plant Association Symposium: Back to Basics

    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.
  • Behind the Collections: Art of the Sterling Morton Library

    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
  • Basic Nature Photography

    Basic Nature Photography
    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.
  • Citizenship in the Community Merit Badge

    How much do you know about government where you live? Just as ecosystems within The Morton Arboretum are a complex web, you live in a complex web of government units. (Fall session is SOLD OUT) Two Sundays, December 9, 2018, and January 13, 2019, 10:00 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. (Winter Registration opens November 20, 2019) Two Sundays, February 3 and March 3, 2019, 1:00 to 3:30 p.m.
  • Citizenship in the World Merit Badge

    Learn what it takes to be a good citizen in the world. Compare the rights we have in the United States with the rights of two other countries. (Fall session is sold out) Two Sundays, December 2, 2018, and January 6, 2019, 1:00 to 3:30 p.m. (Winter registration opens November 20, 2019) Two Sundays, February 3 and March 3 10:00 a.m. to 12:30 p.m.
  • Beginning Beekeeping

    Beginning Beekeeping
    Learn the basics of beekeeping at The Morton Arboretum. Four Thursdays, February 7 through 28, 2019, 6:30 to 8:30 p.m.
  • Winter Tree ID (Online and In-Person)

    Winter Tree ID (Online and In-Person)
    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.
  • Winter Wildlife ID and Tracking

    Winter Wildlife ID and Tracking
    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.
  • Cocoa in the Conifers

    Cocoa in the Conifers
    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

    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.
  • Japanese Papermaking Workshop

    Japanese Papermaking Workshop
    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.

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