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  • Navigating with a Map and Compass

    Navigating with a Map and Compass
    Be prepared for your next wilderness outing; learn to find your way using a map and compass at The Morton Arboretum. (Registration opens May 21, 2019) Saturday, March 16, 2019, noon to 4:00 p.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 Wednesdays May 6 through October 14, 2019, times vary.
  • Beginning Smartphone Photography

    Remember, “the best camera is the one that’s with you.” Whether you are new to photography or new to smartphones, discover techniques for getting great nature images with your phone at The Morton Arboretum. Register now for Spring; Saturday April 13, or June 15, 2019, 8:00 to 11:00 a.m. Summer registration opens May 21; Saturday, July 13 or September 14, 2019, Noon to 3:00 p.m.
  • Bird Walks

    Bird Walks
    Search the woods, fields, and edges of the Arboretum for birds on May 11 for International Migratory Bird Day, and the third Saturday of each month, May 18 through September 21, 2019, 8:00 to 10:30 a.m.
  • 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. Thursday, July 18, 2019, 12:00 p.m.: Online materials become available. Sunday, July 28, 2019, 9:00 a.m. to 1:00 p.m.: In person session meets.
  • Invasive Species I (Online and In-person)

    Learn to identify and manage the most common invasive plants in the Great Lakes region at The Morton Arboretum. Dates vary starting Wednesday, July 17, 2019
  • 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. Take a slow and mindful walk with a certified Forest Therapy guide on a trail at the Morton Arboretum Days and locations vary starting Saturday, May 18 through Monday, September 16, 2019, 9:30 to 11:15 a.m.
  • Nature Debates: What Should be the State Bird?

    Nature Debates: What Should be the State Bird?
    Hear two ornithologists debate each other about which bird should become the new democratically elected state bird of Illinois at The Morton Arboretum. Thursday, July 18, 2019, 7:00 p.m. to 9:30 p.m.
  • Backyard Chickens 101: Chicken-Keeping

    Backyard Chickens 101: Chicken-Keeping
    Learn the essential skills and knowledge for raising happy, healthy backyard chickens at The Morton Arboretum. Saturday, July 20, 2019, 9:00 to 11:00 a.m.
  • 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 June 4 through August 20, 2019, 9:30 to 10:45 a.m.
  • Backyard Chickens 102: Chicken Coop Basics

    Learn how to build a safe and comfortable home for your hens. Get the scoop on the basic needs of your backyard birds from local chicken expert, Jen Murtoff at The Morton Arboretum. Saturday, July 20, 2019, noon to 2:00 p.m.
  • Gardening for Pollinators

    Do your part to keep bees and other pollinators busy this summer at The Morton Arboretum. Saturday, July 20, 9:00 a.m. to noon
  • Caring for Perennials Walking Tour

    Caring for Perennials Walking Tour
    Stroll the Arboretum's stunning perennial beds where you’ll learn about plant placement, dividing, transplanting, watering, fertilizing, mulching and more. PLEASE NOTE: THE THURSDAY, JUNE 13 CLASS HAS BEEN CANCELED. PLEASE REGISTER FOR: Monday, July 15, 2019, 4:00 to 6:00 p.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 June 6 through August 22, 2019, 9:30 to 11:00 a.m.
  • Hummingbird Happy Hour (21+)

    Hummingbird Happy Hour (21+)
    Learn about hummingbirds, the “acrobats of the air,” while sipping a hummingbird cocktail, a delightful summery drink at The Morton Arboretum. Tuesday, July 23, 2019, 7:00 to 9:00 p.m.
  • Drawing Shells

    Capture the subtle colors and textures and the graceful lines of shells, pebbles, and other ephemera from the shore. Three Thursdays, July 25 through August 8, 2019, 9:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m.
  • Basic Plant ID (Online)

    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. Wednesday, May 29, 2019, 12:00 p.m., or Wednesday, July 31, 2019, 12:00 p.m. U.S. Central time: Online course becomes available
  • Forest Therapy Walks (3 hour)

    Forest Therapy Walks (3 hour)
    Experience the healing and wellness promoting effects of Shinrin-Yoku, the practice of bathing the senses in the atmosphere of the forest. Take a slow and mindful walk with a certified Forest Therapy guide on a trail at the Morton Arboretum. Dates and locations vary starting Saturday May 11 through Monday, September 23, 2019, 9:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m.
  • Children’s Garden Campout

    Join us for a campout designed especially for families at The Morton Arboretum! Friday, June 21 through Saturday June 22, 2019, 6:30 p.m. to 9:00 Friday, July 19 through Saturday July 20, 2019, 6:30 p.m. to 9:00 a.m.; Section B: Friday, August 16 through Saturday August 17, 2019, 6:30 p.m. to 9:00 a.m.
  • Prairie Ethnobotany

    Learn how humans have used prairie plants on this summer hike at The Morton Arboretum. Friday, August 2, 2019, 8:00 to 11:30 a.m.
  • American Hornbeam Yamadori (Carpinus carolinana) Workshop

    The American Hornbeam is a native forest understory tree. The focus of the workshop at The Morton Arboretum will be on branch selection and wiring to create a good solid bonsai structure. Saturday August 3, 2019, 9:00 a.m. to noon
  • Guided Paddle on the Kankakee River

    Paddle a section of the Kankakee River, a National Water Trail noted for its scenic beauty and water quality, and learn the natural history of this unique area. Saturday, August 3, 2019, 9:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m.
  • Forest Explorers (18–35 months)

    Each day we will hike, read stories, and play in this 4–week sensory based outdoor adventure. Adults will also receive tips to continue exploration at home! Four Tuesdays, September 3 through 24, 2019, 9:30 to 10:45 a.m.
  • Trident Maple (Acer Buergerianum) Workshop

    Trident Maples make excellent bonsai due to their small, three-lobed leaves with thick gnarly roots and a readily thickening trunk. The focus on of this workshop at The Morton Arboretum will be on styling and wiring the tree. Saturday Aug 3, 2019, 10:00 a.m. to 1:00 p.m.
  • Green Island Ficus (Ficus macrocarpa) Workshop

    The Green Island Ficus is a great tropical tree for beginners. The deep green glossy leaves look similar to a jade plant. The goal of this class at The Morton Arboretum is to come away with a tree that has its first initial styling and is on its’ way to becoming a bonsai.Saturday August, 3, 2019, 2:00 to 5:00 p.m.
  • Brazilian rain tree (Chloroleucon tortum) Workshop

    The Brazilian Rain Tree is a beautiful tropical tree. The bark is very smooth and tends to exfoliate creating multi-colored shades in the trunk. The primary focus of this workshop at The Morton Arboretum will be on styling the tree both with wire and branch selection. Sunday August 4, 2019, 1:00 to 4:00 p.m.
  • Field Grown Cork Bark Chinese Elm (Ulmus parvifolia corticosa) Workshop

    This workshop features a selection of field grown Cork Bark Chinese Elm trees. This workshop at The Morton Arboretum will explore the many different possibilities of Chuhin bonsai. Sunday August 4, 2019, 9:00 a.m. to noon.
  • Hinoki Cypress (dwarf Chamaecypris obtuse) Workshop

    Dwarf Hinoki Cypress or False Cypress is native to Japan. This evergreen conifer displays flattened, fan like foliage and a trunk that develops an attractive shredding reddish-brown bark with age.
  • Woodland Trees (Online and In-person)

    Learn to identify the trees you see every day in the woodlands and neighborhoods of the Chicago region at The Morton Arboretum. Friday, August 2, 2019, 12:00 p.m.: Online materials become available. Friday, August 9, 2019, 10:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m.: In person session meets. OR Friday, September 6, 2019, 12:00 p.m.: Online materials become available. Saturday, September 14, 2019, 10:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m.: In person session meets
  • Aerial Tree Yoga Single Class

    Aerial Tree Yoga Single Class
    Try out this sampler session of aerial yoga. Stretch, strengthen, and release stress while having fun, cocooned in a hammock suspended from the trees at The Morton Arboretum! Wednesday, June 5 or 19, or Monday, June 17 or 24, 2019, 6:30 to 7:30 p.m. Weekly in July and August, Mondays, 6:00 to 7:00 p.m., or Fridays, 9:30 to 10:30 a.m.

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