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  • Beginner’s Nature Art Workshops

    (Registration opens August 20) Mix and blend colors to create a watercolor painting of a delicate fall leaf at The Morton Arboretum. Saturday, January 25, or Sunday, January 26, 2020, 10:00 a.m. to 1:00 p.m.
  • Beginner’s Nature Art Workshops

    (Registration opens August 20) Mix and blend colors to create a watercolor painting of a delicate fall leaf at The Morton Arboretum. Saturday, January 25, or Sunday, January 26, 2020, 10:00 a.m. to 1:00 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, December 2019 through March 2020. Mondays, 9:30 to 10:30 a.m. or Wednesdays, 6:00 to 7:00 p.m.
  • Tool Use for Natural Areas Management (Online and In-person)

    Learn to effectively and efficiently use the tools of the trade to tackle different restoration jobs at The Morton Arboretum. Tuesday, January 28, 2020, 12:00 p.m.: Online materials become available. Tuesday, February 4, 2020, 6:30 to 8:30 p.m: In-person session at Thornhill Education Center
  • 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, December 2019 through March 2020. Mondays, 9:30 to 10:30 a.m. or Wednesdays, 6:00 to 7:00 p.m.
  • Winter Pruning (Online and In-person)

    Winter Pruning (Online and In-person)
    Practice correct pruning techniques and learn which plants to prune now and more importantly, which to prune later at The Morton Arboretum. Online component begins: Thursday, January 16 at noon and In-person class meets: Thursday, January 23, 9:00 to 11:30 a.m., or Online component begins: Monday, January 27 at noon and In-person class meets: Saturday, February 1, 9:00 to 11:30 a.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, November 21, 2019, 12:00 p.m. U.S. Central time: Online course becomes available, or Thursday, January 30, 2020, 12:00 p.m. U.S. Central time: Online course becomes available.
  • 2020 Midwest Perennial Plant Association Symposium

    The Perennial Plant Association and The Morton Arboretum are teaming up to offer a day-long symposium. Some of the best writers and most knowledgeable experts in the business will be here, and you’re invited to listen, learn, and ask questions
  • 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. The Saturday, November 16 class is CANCELED. Please enroll in the December 7, 2019, 9:00 a.m. to noon, or Saturday, February 1, 2020, 9:00 a.m. to noon class.
  • 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. Two Sundays, December 15 and January 12, 2019, 10:00 a.m. to 12:30 p.m., or Two Sundays, February 2 and March 1, 2020, 1:00 to 3:30 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, December 2019 through March 2020. Mondays, 9:30 to 10:30 a.m. or Wednesdays, 6:00 to 7:00 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. Tuesday, February 4, 2020: Noon U.S. Central time: Online course becomes available.
  • Beginning Beekeeping

    Beginning Beekeeping
    Learn the basics of beekeeping at The Morton Arboretum. Four Wednesdays, February 5 through 26, 6:30 to 8:30 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, December 2019 through March 2020. Mondays, 9:30 to 10:30 a.m. or Wednesdays, 6:00 to 7:00 p.m.
  • Fireside Chats at the Arboretum

    Fireside Chats at the Arboretum
    Warm up the winter with engaging talks on history, ecology, art, literature, and more by Arboretum and visiting experts. Circle up around the fireplace in the historic Founder’s Room in Thornhill Education Center, and enjoy an hour-long talk followed by a Q&A with the week’s featured speaker. Select Wednesdays, January 22 through March 25, 2020, 10:00 to 11:30 a.m.
  • Diptychs, Triptychs and Montages: Nature in Multiple Images

    Learn to combine multiple images into one presentation to tell a powerful story or show differences between subjects at The Morton Arboretum. Five days: three Thursdays, February 6 through 20, 6:30 p.m. to 9:30 p.m., and two Saturdays, February 8 and 15, 2020, 8:00 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. Second or fourth Thursday of each month: November 14, 2019 through March 12, 2020, 6:00 to 7:00 p.m.
  • Intro to Watercolor

    Learn to use watercolor to capture nature in color. In this four-week class, you will learn watercolor techniques such as laying a wash, glazing, and dry brush at The Morton Arboretum. Four Thursdays, February 6 through 27, 6:30 p.m. to 9:30 p.m.
  • Visiting Artist: Expressions of Winter with Julie Sutter-Blair

    Join nature artist Julie Sutter-Blair for a two-day drawing workshop that explores creative expression through drawing with graphite or colored pencil at The Morton Arboretum. Two days: Friday and Saturday, February 7 and 8, 2020, 9:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m.
  • 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! Select Tuesdays, Wednesdays, Thursdays, or Fridays November 13, 2019 through March 10, 2020, 6:30 to 8:30 p.m.
  • Natural Areas Conservation Training Orientation (Online only)

    Join us for a FREE orientation to the Natural Areas Conservation Training (N-ACT) Program in ecological restoration. Course start date: October 21 2019 through February 17, 2020
  • 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, December 2019 through March 2020. Mondays, 9:30 to 10:30 a.m. or Wednesdays, 6:00 to 7:00 p.m.
  • Botanical Names Demystified (Online Only)

    Botanical Names Demystified (Online Only)
    Learn to call plants by their botanical names and learn 40 common plant species that are native to Illinois at The Morton Arboretum. Tuesday, November 12, 2019: Online course begins, or Wednesday, February 12, 2020: Online course begins
  • Lawn-Free Design Workshop

    Take the leap toward a lawn-free yard. Lawns are labor- and resource-intensive. Learn ways to reduce the amount of lawn in your home landscape and replace it with an attractive, more sustainable design that meets your goals at The Morton Arboretum. Three Tuesdays, February 11 through 25, 2020, 9:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m.
  • Valentine Floral Design

    Create a unique fresh floral design to celebrate love, and bring a splash of color and life to winter at The Morton Arboretum. Saturday, February 8, 2020, 10:00 a.m. to noon, or Wednesday, February 12, 2020, 7:00 to 9:00 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, December 2019 through March 2020. Mondays, 9:30 to 10:30 a.m. or Wednesdays, 6:00 to 7:00 p.m.
  • Drawing Roots

    Capture the hidden side of trees in this special intermediate/advanced art workshop at The Morton Arboretum.Three Fridays, February 14 through 28, 2020, 9:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m.
  • Forest Therapy Winter Walks

    Forest Therapy Winter Walks
    Experience the healing and wellness-promoting effects of Shinrin-Yoku, the practice of bathing the senses in the atmosphere of the forest. Take a mindful walk with a certified Forest Therapy guide on a trail at the Morton Arboretum as you awaken your senses and reconnect with nature. Select Mondays and Saturdays starting January 20 through March 21, 2020, 9:30 to 11:30 a.m.
  • Bird Walks

    Bird Walks
    Search the woods, fields, and edges of the Arboretum for birds. The third Saturday of each month, November 16, 2019 through March 21, 2020, 8:00 to 10:30 a.m.
  • Geology Merit Badge

    Explore the geology at The Morton Arboretum while earning your merit badge. Sunday, February 16, 2020, 10:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m.

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