All Courses

Course List

  • 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, February 3 and March 3, 2019, 1:00 to 3:30 p.m., or Two Thursdays, May 23 and June 20, 6:00 p.m. to 8:30 p.m.
  • 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 Monday March 11 through Saturday June 22, 2019, 9:30 to 11:15 a.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.
  • Basic Plant ID (Online or In-person)

    Get the botany basics you need to identify plants at The Morton Arboretum. In-person only option: Saturday, May 11, or Sunday, June 9, 2019, 1:00 to 3:30 p.m. Online only option: Starts Wednesday, May 29, 2019
  • Animal Invaders of Illinois

    The Asian carp frequently makes headlines for the threat it poses to Lake Michigan and our waterways. What do we know about the impact this invader--and others like it--is having on our native landscape? Thursday, May 30, 2019, 7:00 to 9:00 p.m.
  • Sedge Identification

    Learn to identify the sedges, a diverse and ecologically important group of plants at The Morton Arboretum. Two days: Thursday, May 30 and Friday, May 31, 2019, 9:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m.
  • Nature Photography: Mastering the Minimalist Image

    Study the masters of minimalist photography and learn to create your own evocative nature compositions at The Morton Arboretum. Five days: Three Thursdays, May 30, June 6, and June 13, 2019, 6:30 to 9:30 p.m., and Two Saturdays, June 1 and 8, 2019, 8:00 to 11:00 a.m.
  • More Youth and Family Programs

    Please check our Calendar of events for more youth and family programs.
  • Aerial Tree Yoga Series

    Aerial Tree Yoga Series
    Stretch, strengthen, and release stress while having fun, cocooned in a hammock suspended from the trees at The Morton Arboretum. Four Thursdays, May 30 through June 20, 2019, 6:00 to 7:15 p.m., or Four Fridays, May 31 through June 21, 9:30 to 10:45 a.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.
  • The Life of Flowers

    The Life of Flowers
    Join horticulturist Sharon Yiesla on a journey through the life of a flower. Learn how flowers develop, how they grow, and the end result of their lives, fruit at The Morton Arboretum. Saturday, June 1, 2019, 9:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m.
  • Birding at Goose Lake Prairie

    Visit one of the largest remnant prairies in Illinois and an Audubon-designated “Important Bird Area” for a late spring bird walk. Saturday, June 1, 8:00 a.m. to noon.
  • Sip and Stroll in the Fragrance Garden

    Sip and Stroll in the Fragrance Garden
    Grab a mimosa and enjoy the scents of spring in this behind-the-scenes tour of the Arboretum’s Fragrance Garden. Saturday, June 1, 2019, 10:00 a.m. to noon.
  • Midwest Early Childhood Educator Symposium: Lessons from the Forest: How Great Programs Place Nature at the Heart of Their Curriculum

    Build your skill set and learn about leading ideas in nature-based early childhood education in this one-day symposium for early childhood educators, administrators, and naturalists at The Morton Arboretum. Saturday, June 1, 2019, 8:30 a.m. to 3:00 p.m.
  • Wilderness Survival Skills

    Be prepared for the unexpected on your next outdoor adventure. Having a plan and being prepared with some essential survival skills can help you stay safe, even if things go wrong. (CANCELED) Saturday, June 1, 2019, 9:00 to noon.
  • 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 Monday, April 8 through Saturday, June 29, 2019, 9:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m.
  • 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.
  • Natural Areas Conservation Training Program Orientation (Online or In-person)

    Natural Areas Conservation Training Program Orientation (Online or In-person)
    Join us for a FREE orientation program on the Natural Areas Conservation Training Program Orientation (formally the Woodland Stewardship Program) at the Morton Arboretum. Wednesday, June 5, 2019, 6:30 to 8:00 p.m.
  • Basic Nature Photography

    Basic Nature Photography
    Become a nature photographer. Move beyond shooting in automatic; learn how to adjust your camera’s manual settings to get the shot you want at The Morton Arboretum. Four Thursdays, June 6 through 27, 2019, 6:30 to 9:30 p.m.
  • Field Sketching

    Create field sketches of summer landscapes at The Morton Arboretum. Saturday, June 1, or Friday, June 7, 2019, 9:00 a.m. to 12:30 p.m.
  • Field Study: Birds of Summer

    Become acquainted with the host of birds that nest and breed in our region. Four Saturdays, June 8 through 29, 2019, 8:00 to 11:00 a.m.
  • Weekend Wellness Retreat

    Focus on your wellness and spend a night under the stars on the peaceful grounds of the Arboretum during this weekend wellness retreat. Saturday and Sunday, June 8 and 9, 2019. Check in at 8:30 a.m. Saturday and depart at noon on Sunday.
  • Sumi-e Brush Painting Workshop: Flowers

    Sumi-e Brush Painting Workshop: Flowers
    In this workshop, you will learn to simplify a specimen into a few well placed strokes with this minimalist approach of brush painting at The Morton Arboretum. Saturday, June 8, 2019, 9:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m.
  • The Art of Ikebana: Japanese Floral Arranging Demonstration

    Enjoy a demonstration of ikebana, or Japanese flower arranging, by one of the world’s leading ikebana instructors at The Morton Arboretum. Sunday, June 9, 2019, 3:00 p.m. to 4:30 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 Tuesdays March 11 through June 10, 2019, times vary.
  • The Nature Behind Nature Connects (21+)

    The Nature Behind Nature Connects (21+)
    Grab a drink and a friend and take an evening stroll with an Arboretum expert to learn more about the nature behind the Nature Connects sculptures. Tuesday, June 11, 7:00 to 8:30 p.m.
  • Beginning Home Composting

    Discover the basics of backyard composting and composting with worms at The Morton Arboretum. Thursday, June 13, 2019, 7:00 to 9:00 p.m.
  • Dragonfly and Damselfly ID

    Dragonfly and Damselfly ID
    Learn to identify dragonflies and damselflies on the grounds of the Arboretum. Friday, June 14, 2019, 8:00 to 11:30 a.m.
  • Plant Lover’s Delight: Tour a Historic Estate Garden

    Enjoy a tour of the two acre gardens at the historic Milne home built in 1842 in Lockport. Friday, June 14, 2019, 10:00 a.m. to 12:30 p.m.
  • Guided Paddle on the Rock River

    Guided Paddle on the Rock River
    Paddle the Rock River in Oregon, Illinois, and learn the geology and natural history of this unique area. Saturday, June 15, 9:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m. (rain date June 22).

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