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Tracking Changes Through the Seasons

Schedule and Location

Saturday February 24, or Friday March 9, 2018, 9:30 a.m. to 3:30 p.m.
Locations vary.

  • Section A: Saturday, February 24, 9:30 a.m. to 3:30 p.m., Chestnut Room, Visitor Center
  • Section B: Friday, March 9, 9:30 a.m. to 3:30 p.m., Cudahy Room, Administration Building

Fees and Registration

$20.00 member
$24.00 nonmember

Nonmembers: Fees include admission to the Arboretum. 

Course Description

The bud of a magnolia flower

Gain a new appreciation of the Arboretum and further scientific research by learning how to observe and record changes in nature throughout the seasons. The study of seasonal changes - the emergence of flowers, coloring of leaves, calling of frogs, migration of birds, and more - is called phenology.  Tracking these changes helps scientists understand natural phenomena, and will help you gain a greater understanding of the natural world.  After completing this course, you will be qualified to join the Arboretum Phenology Observers team to aid in research on our grounds as well share observations at your own home with a national network of fellow observers.  Great for naturalists, teachers, artists, photographers, and anyone who wants to gain a deeper understanding of the natural rhythm of nature.

Instructor: Christy Rollinson, forest ecologist, The Morton Arboretum
Notes: Held indoors and outdoors. Please dress for the weather and wear comfortable shoes for walking on trails. Limit 25.
Requirements: Basic Plant ID (W010) or previous experience with plant identification recommended.

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Course Details

CALL: 630-719-2468 (or to be waitlisted)
IN PERSON: Stop by the Visitor Center during open hours.