Professional Development

Professional development

Discover the amazing world of magnolias and find new trees for your landscape at The Morton Arboretum! Saturday, April 15, 2017, 9:00 to 11:30 a.m.
Study the ecology of mushrooms and other fungi with Patrick Leacock, mycologist and adjunct curator at the Field Museum. Learn about the biology and ecology of fungi and walk the trails at The Morton Arboretum to search for mushrooms. (Sold Out) Saturday, June 3, 2017, 9:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m.
Learn to identify the common trees you see in local preserves or in your neighborhood at The Morton Arboretum. Dates vary starting September 14 through October 19, 2018. 9:30 a.m. to noon.
Study the sights and signs of spring as they emerge at The Morton Arboretum. (Canceled) Three Saturdays, May 20 through June 3, 2017, 9:00 a.m. to noon
Conference: Help curb the spread of problem plants escaping from cultivation at The Morton Arboretum. Thursday, November 10, 2016, 8:30 a.m. to 4:00 p.m.
Learn the essentials of wetland ecology and the vital management techniques necessary to maintain threatened wetland ecosystems at The Morton Arboretum. This class will be offered again in June-August 2019. Registration will open Tuesday, February 19, 2019.
Learn the names and ecology of the wildflowers, sedges, rushes, and other plants that inhabit wetlands at The Morton Arboretum. This class will be offered again in July 2019. Registration will open April 2019.
Learn to identify the grasses that add beauty and interest to the summer and fall landscape at The Morton Arboretum. Two days: Thursday, September 13, and Friday, September 14, 2018, 9:00 a.m.to 4:00 p.m.
Learn to identify the trees you see every day in the woodlands and neighborhoods of the Chicago region at The Morton Arboretum. (SOLD OUT) Saturday, September 15, 2018, 9:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m.
The Chicago Region Trees Initiative has developed a full day, hands on training event for non-forestry professionals who work with trees. Basic Urban Forestry Workshop: Tuesday August 28, 2018, 8:30 a.m. to 3:30 p.m., and/or Basic Chainsaw Workshop: Wednesday, August 29, 2018, 8:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m.

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