All Courses

Course List

  • Little Acorns (18-35 months)

    Young explorers will hike, play, listen to stories, and engage in science and art in these hands-on sensory-based programs at The Morton Arboretum. Select Weekdays starting Wednesday, April 10, 2019, 9:30 to 10:45 a.m.
  • Little Sprouts (3-5 years)

    Young explorers will hike, play, listen to stories, and engage in science and art in these hands-on sensory-based programs. Select Weekdays starting Tuesday, April 9, 2019, 9:30 am to 11:00 am
  • Plant Science Merit Badge

    Earn your Plant Science Merit Badge at The Morton Arboretum while discovering the wonderful world of botany. Three days: (CANCELED) Tuesday, April 23 through Thursday April 25, 2019, 6:00 to 8:30 p.m.
  • Identify and Draw Spring Wildflowers

    Explore the wonders of the spring woodland in this team-taught class at The Morton Arboretum. PLEASE NOTE: Saturday, April 20, is canceled. Please register for Tuesday, April 23, 2019, 9:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m.
  • Nature at Night Tram Tour

    Nature at Night Tram Tour
    Discover what happens at the Arboretum at night, when no one is around. THE APRIL 25 TRAM TOUR IS CANCELED. Please register for Wednesday, April 24; Thursday, May 16; or Friday, May 17, 2019, 7:30 to 9:30 p.m.
  • Begin to Draw Nature

    Learn the basics of drawing in a class designed for true beginners at The Morton Arboretum. Four Thursdays, April 25 through May 16, 2019, 6:30 to 9:30 p.m.
  • Drawing Trees in Black and White

    Use the style of renowned landscape architect Tony Tyznik and other botanical artists for inspiration as you create a drawing of an Arboretum tree, working either in graphite or in pen and ink at The Morton Arboretum. Four Thursdays, April 25 through May 16, 2019, 6:30 to 9:30 p.m.
  • Spring Wildflower Walk

    Wander through the ever-changing array of blooms in our woodlands and prairie to learn how to identify wildflowers such as trillium, mayapple, and dog-tooth violet and hear about their folklore at The Morton Arboretum. Thursday, April 18, Friday, April 26, or Saturday, May 4, 2019, 8:30 to 11:00 a.m.
  • Meditation and Essential Oils

    Meditation and Essential Oils
    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, April 24, or Wednesday, June 26, 2019, 6:00 p.m. to 7:00 p.m.
  • Spring Wildflower Walk

    Wander through the ever-changing array of blooms in our woodlands and prairie to learn how to identify wildflowers such as trillium, mayapple, and dog-tooth violet and hear about their folklore at The Morton Arboretum. Thursday, April 18, Friday, April 26, or Saturday, May 4, 2019, 8:30 to 11:00 a.m.
  • Weather Merit Badge

    Earn your Weather Merit Badge as you explore meteorology and discuss how weather affects the economy and our daily lives at The Morton Arboretum. Saturday, April 27, 2019, 10:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m.
  • The Sustainable Edible Garden: Food Forest Design Workshop

    The Sustainable Edible Garden: Food Forest Design Workshop
    Turn your yard into a sustainable, edible landscape using the design principles of permaculture in this two day workshop at The Morton Arboretum. (CANCELED) Two days: Saturday and Sunday, April 27 and 28, 2019, 8:30 a.m. to 2:30 p.m.
  • Field Study: Birds of Spring

    Learn how to identify Illinois' spring resident and migratory birds by sight and call and meet other birders at The Morton Arboretum. Five Saturdays, April 27 through June 1 (no class on May 18), 2019, 8:00 to 11:30 a.m.
  • ACCA Soil Science

    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.
  • Spring Warbler Workshop

    In this focused workshop, enjoy the spring warbler migration while learning about identification, arrival dates, migration patterns, habitat preferences, and daily feeding techniques at The Morton Arboretum. Three days: Wednesday, May 1, 6:30 to 8:30 p.m., and Fridays, May 3 and 10, 2019, 8:00 to 11:30 a.m.
  • 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! THE APRIL 11 NIGHT HIKE HAS BEEN RESCHEDULED FOR APRIL 24, 7:30 to 9:30 p.m. The May 2, 2019 hike is SOLD OUT.
  • Grow a Salsa Garden

    Grow a Salsa Garden
    Learn to grow your own salsa just in time Cinco de Mayo at The Morton Arboretum! Thursday, May 2, 2019, 6:30 to 9:00 p.m.
  • Dynamic Travel Photography: Convey the Story of Place

    Whether you’re visiting a national park or your local nature preserve this summer, return home with rewarding photographs that tell the story of your experience. Three days: Two Thursdays, May 2 and 9, 2019, 6:30 to 9:30 p.m. and Saturday, May 4, 2019, 8:00 to 11:00 a.m.
  • Nature Photography: Intro to Composition

    Develop your skills as a nature photographer through thoughtful compositions. Learn tools of composition and how to use your camera to make an image that captures the moment, feeling or experience in nature at The Morton Arboretum. Four days: Three Thursdays, May 2, 9, and 16, 2019, 6:30 to 9:30 p.m. and Saturday, May 4, 2019, 8:00 to 11:00 a.m.
  • Painting Landscapes

    Capture Arboretum landscapes on canvas with local artist and author Joel Sheesley. Saturday, May 4, 2019, 9:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m.
  • Identify Woodland Wildflowers (Online and In-person)

    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.
  • Glacial History Bike Tour

    Glacial History Bike Tour
    RESCHEDULED AGAIN to the NEW rain date of Sunday, MAY 5, 2019, 10:00 a.m. to noon. Learn the geologic history of the Midwest as we cycle the the roads of the Arboretum.
  • Hiking Merit Badge

    Let miles of walking trails at The Morton Arboretum roll beneath your feet as you experience and discover the wonders of nature and earn your Hiking Merit Badge. Two Sundays, May 5, 2019, 10:00 a.m. to 1:00 p.m., and September 8, 2019, 10:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m.
  • Garden Explorers (18–35 months)

    Join us for this four-week outdoor adventure in the garden. Each day we will play, hike, read stories, and make a nature-related craft at The Morton Arboretum. Four Tuesdays, May 7 through 28, 2019, 9:30 a.m. to 10:45 a.m., or Four Tuesdays, May 7 through 28, 2019, 1:00 p.m. to 2:15 p.m.
  • Garden Explorers (3–5 years)

    Join us for this four-week outdoor adventure in the garden. Each day we will play, hike, read stories, and make a nature-related craft at The Morton Arboretum. Four Thursdays, May 9 through 30, 2019, 9:30 a.m. to 11:00 a.m., or Four Thursdays, May 9 through 30, 2019, 1:00 p.m. to 2:30 p.m.
  • The Edible Patio: Growing Food in Small Spaces

    The Edible Patio: Growing Food in Small Spaces
    Turn your small space into a productive, edible garden and take home seedlings to get started at The Morton Arboretum. Thursday, April 25, 2019, 7:00 to 9:00 p.m., or Friday, May 10, 2019, 10:00 a.m. to noon.
  • Spring Floral Arrangement

    Create a spring arrangement bursting with vibrant flowers and greenery under the guidance of the Arboretum’s botanical arrangers. Friday, May 10, 2019, 7:00 to 9:00 p.m.
  • Family Twilight Adventures

    Join us for a fun-filled adventure after hours at the Arboretum to explore the night's theme with a tram ride, activities, and a hike. Friday, May 10 or June 28, or Saturday, May 25 or June 8, 2019, 7:00 p.m. to 9:00 p.m.
  • DIY Organic Body Care

    DIY Organic Body Care
    Make a set of organic body-care items to take home or give as a gift! Join Andrea Mattson of Edible Alchemy and learn the basics of creating natural skincare remedies at The Morton Arboretum. Saturday, May 11, 2019, 10:00 a.m. to noon, or 1:00 to 3:00 p.m.
  • Spring Planting Workshop: Trees and Shrubs

    Spring Planting Workshop: Trees and Shrubs
    Help your new plantings establish and thrive. Learn best practices when planting new trees and shrubs from a member of the Arboretum’s horticulture crew. Saturday, May 11, 2019, 9:00 to 11:00 a.m.

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