All Courses

Course List

  • Perennials 101

    Perennials are plants that come back year after year. Learn about the incredible variety of perennials plants that thrive in the Chicago area at The Morton Arboretum. Thursday, April 18, 2019, 7:00 to 9:00 p.m.
  • Begin to Draw Nature

    Learn the basics of drawing in a class designed for true beginners at The Morton Arboretum. Register now for spring: Four Saturdays, January 26 through February 23 (no class February 2), 2019, 9:00 to noon. Registration opens for Spring on February 19. Four Thursdays, April 25 through May 16, 2019, 6:30 to 9:30 p.m.
  • ACCA Soil Science

    Explore the world underground at The Morton Arboretum. Mondays, 6:00 to 8:00 p.m. and every other Saturday, 9:00 a.m. to 1:00 p.m., January 28 through April 29, 2019.
  • Nature Photography: Intro to Composition

    (Registration opens February 19, 2019) Develop your skills as a nature photographer through thoughtful compositions. Learn tools of composition and how to use your camera to make an image that captures the moment, feeling or experience in nature at The Morton Arboretum. Four days: Three Thursdays, May 2, 9, and 16, 2019, 6:30 to 9:30 p.m. and Saturday, May 4, 2019, 8:00 to 11:00 a.m.
  • Identify Woodland Wildflowers (Online and In-person)

    Learn the names and ecology of the wildflowers that cover the woodland floor in spring at The Morton Arboretum. Registration will open February 19, 2019, for April classes.
  • 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. Saturday, January 26 is sold out. Register now for March 2, 2019, noon to 3:00 p.m. Registration opens February 19 for spring classes on Saturday April 13, or June 15, 2019, 8:00 to 11:00 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. Register now: for class starting Wednesday, March 13, 2019. Registration opens February 19, 2019: for class starting Thursday, May 9, 2019.
  • 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. (registration opens February 19).
  • Arboriculture and Urban Forestry Educators Symposium

    Save the Date! Educators who teach urban forestry, arboriculture, and other closely related fields are invited to the the Urban Forestry and Arboriculture Educator’s Symposium at The Morton Arboretum. Conference sessions: Monday, May 20 to Tuesday, May 21, 2019, 9:00 a.m. to 5:15 p.m. Reception and Poster Session: Monday, May 20, 6:00-8:00 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. 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.
  • 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
  • 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, February 3 and March 3 10:00 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. The next class starts May 21, 2019, registration will open February 19, 2019.
  • Trolls After Dark Night Hike

    Trolls After Dark Night Hike
    THE FEBRUARY 7, 2019 TROLL HIKE IS CANCELED FOR THIS EVENING. Grab a flashlight and hit the trail for a night of troll hunting at The Morton Arboretum! Select Thursdays and times, March 21 through May 2.
  • 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. Two Wednesdays, May 22 and June 19, 6:00 p.m. to 8:30 p.m. Registration opens February 19, 2019
  • ACCA Intro to Ecological Restoration

    Learn the theory and practice of habitat restoration at The Morton Arboretum. Mondays and Wednesdays, April 1 through May 22, 2019. April 1 through 24, 5:30 to 8:30 p.m., and April 29 through May 22, 5:30 to 9:30 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, February 3 and March 3, 2019, 1:00 to 3:30 p.m. Spring registration opens February 19, 2019 for the May 23 class.
  • Basic Plant ID (Online or In-person)

    Get the botany basics you need to identify plants at The Morton Arboretum. Dates vary starting February 12, 2019 with online or in-person options available.
  • Natural Areas Management (Online and In-person)

    Learn principles and practices for managing critical habitats at The Morton Arboretum. This class will be offered again in April-May 2019. Registration will open Tuesday, February 19, 2019.
  • 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. Register now for spring: Four Saturdays, February 2 through 23, 2019, 8:00 to 11:00 a.m. Spring registration opens February 19: Four Thursdays, June 6 through 27, 2018, 6:30 to 9:30 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. Registration is open now for Thursday, March 7, 2019, 6:30 to 8:00 p.m. Registration opens February 19, 2019, for Thursday, April 4, 2019, 6:30 to 8:00 p.m.,or Wednesday, June 5, 2019, 6:30 to 8:00 p.m.,
  • Field Sketching

    Create field sketches of summer landscapes at The Morton Arboretum. Friday, May 31, or Saturday, June 1, 2019, 9:00 a.m. to 12:30 p.m.
  • 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. Saturday, January 26 is sold out. Register now for March 2, 2019, noon to 3:00 p.m. Registration opens February 19 for spring classes on Saturday April 13, or June 15, 2019, 8:00 to 11:00 a.m.
  • Beginning Home Composting

    Discover the basics of backyard composting and composting with worms at The Morton Arboretum. Wednesday, April 10, or Thursday, June 13, 2019, 7:00 to 9:00 p.m. Registration opens February 19, 2019.
  • Bird Walks

    Bird Walks
    Search the woods, fields, and edges of the Arboretum for birds. The third Saturday of each month, November 17, 2018 through March 16, 2019, 8:00 to 10:30 a.m.
  • Tallgrass Prairie Ecology (Online Only)

    Digitally explore the intricacies of the prairie landscape and learn how to restore these signature American ecosystems at The Morton Arboretum. Register now: for class starting Thursday, March 28, 2019. Registration opens February 19, 2019: for class starting June 26, 2019.
  • Plants of Wetlands

    Learn the names and ecology of the wildflowers, sedges, rushes, and other plants that inhabit wetlands at The Morton Arboretum. Saturday, June 29, 2019, 9:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. Registration will open February 19, 2019.
  • Wetland Ecology

    Wetland Ecology
    Learn the essentials of wetland ecology and the vital management techniques necessary to maintain threatened wetland ecosystems at The Morton Arboretum. Registration will open February 19, 2019. Two days: Wednesday, July 10, 6:30 to 8:30 p.m., and Saturday, July 13, 2019 8:00 a.m. to 12:00 p.m.
  • Plants of the Prairie

    Plants of the Prairie
    Learn the identification skills to manage, restore, or simply enjoy prairie habitats at The Morton Arboretum. This class will be offered again in July 2019. Registration will open May 2019.
  • 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. This class will be offered again in Summer 2019. Registration will open Tuesday, May 21, 2019.
  • Hopping through Habitats-Pre-Kindergarten

    Some animals dig, some fly, and some swim! Join this adventure in animal movements as we explore how animals move around the Arboretum. Monday through Friday, June 17 through 21, or July 22 through 26, 2019, 9:00 a.m. to noon.

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