All Courses

Course List

  • 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 Wednesday, April 10, 2019, 9:30 to 10:45 a.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 Tuesday, April 9, 2019, 9:30 am to 11:00 am
  • Girl Scout Campout in the Children's Garden

    Join us for a camp–out designed especially for scouts! Pitch your tent on the lawn inside the Children’s Garden and get ready for a night filled with fun at The Morton Arboretum. Friday, August 23 through Saturday August 24, 2019, 6:30 p.m. to 9:00 a.m.
  • Save the Bats

    Spend an evening learning about Illinois’ native bats, and then go outside and use specialized microphones to hear the bats swooping around the Arboretum skies. Thursday, August 29, 2019, 7:00 to 10:00 p.m.
  • Advanced Summer Prairie Plant ID

    Go beyond the basics and improve your ability to identify the diverse and beautiful plants of the tallgrass prairie at The Morton Arboretum. Two days: Thursday, August 29, and Friday, August 30, 2019, 9:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m.
  • Summer Literary Series: On the Prairie with Author Cindy Crosby

    Summer Literary Series: On the Prairie with Author Cindy Crosby
    Enjoy a summer evening on the prairie with author and steward Cindy Crosby. Meet at Thornhill Education Center for a cool beverage and a chance to purchase a copy of Cindy’s new book, Tallgrass Conversations: In Search of the Prairie Spirit (Ice Cube Press, co-authored with Thomas Dean, released in April 2019. Thursday, August 29, 2019, 7:00 to 8:30 p.m.
  • Forest Therapy Immersion: Herbal Medicine and Tea in Forest Therapy and Beyond

    Forest Therapy Immersion: Herbal Medicine and Tea in Forest Therapy and Beyond
    World-renowned herbalist and healer Rosita Arvigo brings her wisdom to the world of forest therapy at The Morton Arboretum. Five days: Sunday, August 25 through Thursday, August 29, 2019 times vary.
  • 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.; Four Fridays, May 31 through June 21, 9:30 to 10:45 a.m.; Four Sundays, September 8 through 29, 10:00 to 11:15 a.m.; Four Mondays, September 9 through 30, 6:00 to 7:15 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.
  • ACCA Science Communication for Broader Impact

    ACCA Science Communication for Broader Impact
    Become an effective science communicator. Science communication is a vital component of the scientific process. Online course dates: Tuesdays and Thursdays; September 3 to November 26, 2019.
  • Forest Therapy Immersion: Ephemeral Art in Forest Therapy

    Forest Therapy Immersion: Ephemeral Art in Forest Therapy
    Use your heart, mind and hands to partner with nature by exploring expressive art created from the forest in this five-day forest therapy immersion at The Morton Arboretum. Saturday, August 31 through Wednesday, September 4, 2019, times vary.
  • 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.
  • 2019 Midwest Tree and Shrub Conference: Diverse Solutions for a Dynamic Future

    This one-day conference for green industry professionals and avid home gardeners will focus on the latest information and practice related to the selection and care of Midwestern trees, shrubs, and woody plants, as shared by leading designers and plant experts. Thursday, September 5, 2019, 8:30 a.m. to 3:30 p.m.
  • Forest Explorers (3–5 years)

    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 Thursdays, September 5 through 26, 2019, 9:30 to 11:00 a.m.
  • Nature Photography: Intro to Light and Exposure

    Learn to creatively use light in your photography. Improve your results by considering the quantity, color, and quality of light found during the course of the day and throughout the seasons at The Morton Arboretum. Four days: three Thursdays, September 5, 12, and 19, 6:30 to 9:30 p.m., and Saturday, September 7, 2019, 8:00 to 11:00 a.m.
  • Begin to Draw Nature

    Learn the basics of drawing in a class designed for true beginners at The Morton Arboretum. Four Thursdays, April 25 through May 16, 2019, 6:30 to 9:30 p.m. Summer registration opens May 21. Four Saturdays, September 7 through 28, 2019, 9:00 a.m. to noon.
  • Grass Identification and Ecology

    Grass Identification and Ecology
    Learn to identify the grasses that add beauty and interest to the summer and fall landscape at The Morton Arboretum. Two days: Tuesday, September 10, and Wednesday, September 11, 2019, 9:00 a.m.to 4:00 p.m.
  • Woodblock Printing

    Create relief prints from carved blocks of wood at The Morton Arboretum. Four Wednesdays, September 11 through October 2, 2019, 7:00 to 9:30 p.m.
  • Beginning Home Composting

    Discover the basics of backyard composting and composting with worms at The Morton Arboretum. (Register now) Thursday, June 13, 2019, 7:00 to 9:00 p.m. (Registration opens May 21, 2019) Wednesday, September 11, 2019, 7:00 to 9:00 p.m.
  • Natural History Bike Tour

    Discover the natural history of northeast Illinois as we cycle the roads of the Arboretum. Friday, July 12, 6:00 to 8:00 p.m., or Sunday, September 8, 2019, 1:00 to 3:00 p.m.
  • Botany Board Game Night

    Botany Board Game Night
    Take your plant exploration indoors with a night of nature-themed board games at The Morton Arboretum. Thursday, September 12, 2019, 6:30 to 9:00 p.m.
  • Cub Scout Campout in the Children's Garden

    Join us for a camp–out designed especially for scouts! Pitch your tent on the lawn inside the Children’s Garden and get ready for a night filled with fun at The Morton Arboretum. Friday, September 13 through Saturday September 14, 2019, 6:30 p.m. to 9:00 a.m.
  • Identifying Uncommon Woodland Trees

    Learn to identify the less common trees and shrubs found in the state of Illinois at The Morton Arboretum. Friday, September 13, 2019, 10:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m.
  • Full Moon Tram Tour

    Full Moon Tram Tour
    Discover what happens at the Arboretum at night, when no one is around. Friday, September 13, and Saturday, September 14, 2019, 7:30 to 9:30 p.m.
  • Prairie Habitats and their Wildlife

    Prairie Habitats and their Wildlife
    Explore the colorful landscape of the fall prairie and discover the amazing relationships between the plants and animals that call it home at The Morton Arboretum. Saturday, September 14, 2019, 8:30 to 11:30 a.m.
  • Native American Legends and Ways Guided Hike

    Learn the human history of the local land before European settlement on this guided hike at The Morton Arboretum. Saturday, September 14, 2019, 1:00 to 2:30, or Friday, October 4, 2019, 9:30 to 11:00 a.m.
  • Family Twilight Adventures

    Join us for a fun-filled adventure after hours at the Arboretum to explore the night's theme with a tram ride, activities, and a hike. Friday, May 10 or June 28, or Saturday, May 25 or June 8, 2019, 7:00 p.m. to 9:00 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. 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.

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