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  • Emily Dickinson: Poet and Gardener with Author Marta McDowell

    Emily Dickinson: Poet and Gardener with Author Marta McDowell
    Discover another side of poet Emily Dickinson, who was also an avid gardener at The Morton Arboretum. Wednesday, November 13, 2019, 7:00 to 8:30 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. Wednesday, November 13, 2019: Online course becomes available.
  • Living with Urban Wildlife

    Wildlife populations are rebounding across the Chicago suburbs. Sharing space with wild animals comes with challenges as well as many benefits. Come explore the human-wildlife dynamic and learn how you can take action to support our local wildlife in all the right ways at The Morton Arboretum. Thursday, November 14, 2019, 7:30 to 9:30 p.m.
  • Structural Pruning

    Late autumn is one of the best times to prune for plant structure. The foliage has fallen, revealing the limbs and form of the plant. In this workshop you will learn structural pruning techniques for specimen shrubs, small ornamental trees, and young trees at The Morton Arboretum. Saturday, November 2, or Thursday, November 14, 2019, 9:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.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 August 20 through November 14, 2019, 9:30 to 10:45 a.m.
  • Visiting Artist Sasha Viazmensky: Mushrooms in Watercolor

    Visiting Artist Sasha Viazmensky: Mushrooms in Watercolor
    Join Russian watercolor artist Sasha Viazmensky for an enlightening three-day study on botanical mushroom portraits at The Morton Arboretum. Friday through Sunday, November 15 through 17, 2019, 9:30 a.m. to 3:30 p.m.
  • Thanksgiving Centerpiece Family Workshop

    Put gratitude at the center of your table as you use natural materials to craft a centerpiece for the feast at The Morton Arboretum! Saturday, November 16, or Sunday November 17, 2019, 10:00 to 11:30 a.m. or 2:00 to 3:30 p.m.
  • Arboretum Yoga with Live Soundscape

    Arboretum Yoga with Live Soundscape
    Join Natalie and Jay for a rejuvenating yoga session infused with the pure tones of the crystal bowls at The Morton Arboretum. (Registration will open Tuesday, August 20, 2019.) Third Thursday of each month, October 17, November 21, or December 19, 2019, 6:00 to 7:30 p.m.
  • Hand-painted Wood Ornaments

    Hand-painted Wood Ornaments
    Create your own nature-themed hand-painted ornament in time for the holidays at The Morton Arboretum. Saturday, November 23, 2019, 10:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m.
  • DIY Holiday Notecards

    DIY Holiday Notecards
    Make personalized notecards using watercolor (Section A) or gelli prints (Section B) at The Morton Arboretum. Saturday, November 23, 2019, 9:00 a.m. to noon (watercolor) or 1:00 to 4:00 p.m. (gelatin prints)
  • Thanksgiving Table Arrangement

    Create a seasonal centerpiece for your holiday table while learning principles of floral design at The Morton Arboretum. Saturday, November 23, 2019, 1:00 to 3:00 p.m., or Tuesday, November 26, 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. 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
  • Black Friday Guided Hike

    Black Friday Guided Hike
    Opt outside this Black Friday with a peaceful hike along the Arboretum’s quietest trails. Friday, November 29, 2019, 9:00 to 10:30 a.m.
  • Black Friday Family Hike

    Opt outside and explore what happens to the trees, animals, and insects in the fall at The Morton Arboretum. Friday, November 29, 2019, 1:00 to 2:30 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, December 4, 2019: Online materials available.
  • 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. The September 26 class has been canceled. Please sign up for another section on the second or fourth Thursday of each month: October 10 through December 12, 2019, 6:00 to 7:00 p.m.
  • ACCA Woody Plants of the Western Great Lakes Region

    Woody Plants of the Western Great Lakes Region is an introduction to the identification of the plants that make up the woody flora of the western Great Lakes region. Wednesdays, September 11 through December 4, 2019, 6:30 to 9:30 p.m., and select Saturdays, September 14 through, December 7, 2019, 9:00 a.m. to noon.
  • Wonderful Winter Containers

    Wonderful Winter Containers
    Celebrate the winter season with a wonderful winter container filled with seasonal branches, berries, and colorful twigs at The Morton Arboretum. Thursday, December 5, 2019, 7:00 to 9:00 p.m., or Saturday, December 7, 1:00 to 3:00 p.m.
  • Holiday Swags

    Holiday Swags
    Just in time for the holiday season, find out how you can incorporate evergreen branches and boughs into elegant holiday swags at The Morton Arboretum. Saturday, December 7, 2019, 10:00 a.m. to noon.
  • Sterling Stories from The Arboretum Stacks

    Sterling Stories from The Arboretum Stacks
    Uncover hidden treasures and learn secrets found in the stacks in this special program at the Sterling Morton Library. Saturday, December 7, 2019, 1:30 to 3:00 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 Sundays, December 8, 2019 and January 5, 2020, 1:00 to 3:30 p.m. (Registration will open Tuesday, August 20, 2019.)
  • Full Moon Troll Hike

    Full Moon Troll Hike
    Under the light of a full moon, hit the trail for a night of troll hunting at The Morton Arboretum! Tuesday, November 12; Wednesday November 13; Wednesday, December 11; or Thursday, December 12, 2019, 6:30 to 8:30 p.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, December 7 or 14, 2019, 1:00 to 3:00 p.m.
  • Citizenship in the Nation Merit Badge

    How much do you know about your national government? In this merit badge class, held at The Morton Arboretum, explore the three branches of our national government. (SOLD OUT) Two Sundays, December 8 and January 5, 10:00 a.m. to 12:30 p.m., or December 15 and January 12, 2019, 1:00 to 3:30 p.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. (SOLD OUT) Two Sundays, December 15 and January 12, 2019, 10:00 a.m. to 12:30 p.m.
  • Gingerbread House Workshop

    Gingerbread House Workshop
    Hike in nature and learn how stories about gingerbread people relate to woodland animals. Explore gingerbread spices then decorate a keepsake, light-up, chipboard gingerbread house with natural materials to take home. Saturday, December 14 or Sunday December 15, 2019, 10:00 to 11:30 a.m. or 2:00 to 3:30 p.m.
  • Arboretum Yoga with Live Soundscape

    Arboretum Yoga with Live Soundscape
    Join Natalie and Jay for a rejuvenating yoga session infused with the pure tones of the crystal bowls at The Morton Arboretum. (Registration will open Tuesday, August 20, 2019.) Third Thursday of each month, October 17, November 21, or December 19, 2019, 6:00 to 7:30 p.m.
  • Holiday Table Arrangement

    Create a festive, long-lasting botanical arrangement to display in your home during the holidays, using a wintery mix of greenery and flowers at The Morton Arboretum. Thursday, December 19, 2019, 7:00 to 9:00 p.m.
  • Bird Walks

    Bird Walks
    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.
  • Winter Solstice Family Hike

    Celebrate the shortest day of the year and the return of the sun as you explore the wintery scene along the trails on this fun filled, guided family hike at The Morton Arboretum. Saturday, December 21, 2019, 1:00 to 2:30 p.m.

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