All Courses

Course List

  • 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.
  • Arboretum Yoga

    Arboretum Yoga
    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 Tuesdays March 11 through June 10, 2019, times vary.
  • Visiting Photographer Series: Mastering the Creative Photograph with Ian Plant

    Visiting Photographer Series: Mastering the Creative Photograph with Ian Plant
    Spend an exciting day with professional photographer Ian Plant! During this comprehensive classroom seminar, Ian will share the techniques and stories behind some of his favorite photos from around the world. He'll cover a range of topics, discuss artistic design principles, present field and digital darkroom techniques, and provide hands-on technical demonstration at The Morton Arboretum. Saturday, May 11, 2019, 8:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m.
  • Morning Photography Outing with Ian Plant

    Join this small-group photography outing to capture early morning light on the Arboretum grounds with award-winning photographer Ian Plant. Sunday, May 12, 2019, 7:15 a.m. to 1:00 p.m.
  • Backyard Bootcamp: Yardcare Basics for Homeowners

    Backyard Bootcamp: Yardcare Basics for Homeowners
    Keep your yard looking great all year! This workshop is designed especially for new homeowners short on time. Get easy-to-follow instructions to care for the trees, shrubs, and other plants growing in your yard at The Morton Arboretum. Saturday, April 13 or May 11, 2019, 9:00 a.m. to noon
  • Ecosystem Concepts (Online and In-person)

    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, or Thursday, May 9, 2019.
  • Sips with a Scientist: The Low-down on Spring Leaf Out (21+)

    Sips with a Scientist: The Low-down on Spring Leaf Out (21+)
    Christy Rollinson, forest ecologist at The Morton Arboretum will give us an insider’s look at what trees are up to in spring. Tuesday, May 14, 2019, 7:00 p.m. to 9:00 p.m.
  • Site Planning for Invasive Species Management (Online only)

    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, May 15, 2019: 12:00 p.m. U.S. Central time: Online course becomes available.
  • The Life of Trees

    Take a journey through a tree, from roots to leaves at The Morton Arboretum. Wednesdays, May 15 and 22, 2019, 6:30 to 9:00 p.m.
  • Do-It-Yourself Rain Gardens

    Do-It-Yourself Rain Gardens
    Learn how to design and plant a rain garden for your home at The Morton Arboretum. Thursday, May 16, 2019, 6:30 to 9:30 p.m.
  • A Cultural History of the Tallgrass Prairie

    Join prairie steward and writer Cindy Crosby as we explore the history of prairie, prairie ethnobotany, and the future of tallgrass in a changing world through this two-part evening class at The Morton Arboretum. Two Thursdays, May 16 and 23, 2019, 6:30 to 9:00 p.m.
  • Visiting Artist Series Nature Composed with Wendy Brockman

    Join nature artist Wendy Brockman for a unique three day workshop. Participants will use sketches and drawings to create beautiful pencil and mixed media compositions that use nature as a visual framework to express ideas at The Morton Arboretum. Three days: Friday, May 17, through Sunday, May 19, 2019 9:30 a.m. to 4:00 p.m.
  • Basic Tree ID

    Learn to identify the common trees you see in local preserves or in your neighborhood at The Morton Arboretum.Friday, May 17, 2019, 9:30 a.m. to noon, or Thursday, June 6, 2019, 6:30 to 9:00 p.m.
  • Grow Your Own Gourmet Mushrooms

    Grow Your Own Gourmet Mushrooms
    Learn to grow your own edible mushrooms including shiitake, lions mane, oyster and winecap, and take home a completed oyster mushroom kit at The Morton Arboretum. Saturday, May 18, 2019, 9:00 a.m. to noon.
  • Design a Summer Shade Container

    Design a Summer Shade Container
    Design summer container with hardy plants that will bring color to any shady outdoor space at The Morton Arboretum. Thursday, May 16, 2019, 7:00 to 9:00 p.m., or Saturday, May 18, 2019, 1:00 to 3:00 p.m.
  • Camping Basics

    Get outdoors with your family or friends this summer! New to camping? No problem. This class will teach you everything you need to know to have a fun and safe weekend under the stars at The Morton Arboretum. Saturday, May 18, 2019, 9:00 to 11:30 a.m.
  • Grown-Up Creek Stomp

    Grown-Up Creek Stomp
    Grab a pair of waders and get your feet wet in the Arboretum’s creeks and wetlands. Saturday, May 18, 2019, 9:00 to 11:00 a.m.
  • Photography Walking Tour: Spring

    See the Arboretum through the eyes of an expert photographer. Learn how to notice your surroundings with attention to light, angle, subject, and creative interpretation at The Morton Arboretum. Saturday, April 13 or May 18, 2019, 1:00 to 4:00 p.m.
  • Advanced Prairie Plant ID

    Learn to identify prairie plants in their early stages of seasonal development at The Morton Arboretum. Saturday, May 18, 2019, 9:30 to 12:30 p.m.
  • Bird Study Merit Badge

    Study the characteristics, behavior, and significance of birds as you earn your merit badge at The Morton Arboretum. Saturday, May 18, 2019, 10:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m.
  • Know Your Natives

    Know Your Natives
    Enrich your understanding of our local natural areas by learning to identify the most common native plants you’re likely to encounter at The Morton Arboretum. Sunday, May 19, noon to 3:00 p.m. or Wednesday, June 12, 2019, 6:30 to 9:30 p.m.
  • Invasive Species (Online Only)

    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.
  • Arboriculture and Urban Forestry Educators Symposium

    Educators who teach urban forestry, arboriculture, and other closely related fields are invited to the the Urban Forestry and Arboriculture Educators Symposium at The Morton Arboretum. Two day conference: Monday, May 20, 2019: 9:00 a.m. to 8:00 p.m., through Tuesday, May 21, 2019, 9:00 a.m. to 5:15 p.m., and Arboretum tour: Wednesday, May 22, 8:30 a.m.to 12:00 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. (SOLD OUT) Two Tuesdays, May 21 and June 18, 6:00 p.m. to 8:30 p.m.
  • New Invaders Watch Training Program

    Learn about the New Invaders Watch Program and how to get involved in monitoring and reporting invasive plants that are new to our region at The Morton Arboretum. Tuesday, May 21, 2019, 6:30 p.m. to 8:00 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. This class will be offered again in Summer 2019. Registration will open Tuesday, May 21, 2019
  • Natural Areas Management (Online and In-person)

    Learn principles and practices for managing critical habitats at The Morton Arboretum. Wednesday, May 22, 2019, noon: U.S. Central time: Online materials become available. Saturday, June 1, 9:00 a.m. to 1:00 p.m., meet at Lake in the Hills Fen, and Sunday, June 9, 9:00 a.m. to 1:00 p.m., meet at Pleasant Valley Conservation area,

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