Adult Courses

Course List

  • Know Your Natives

    Know Your Natives
    Enrich your understanding of our local natural areas by learning to identify the most common native plants you’re likely to encounter at The Morton Arboretum. Wednesday, June 12, 2019, 6:30 to 9:30 p.m., or Saturday, August 17, 2019, 8:00 to 11:00 a.m.
  • Rusty Patched Bumblebee ID

    Rusty Patched Bumblebee ID
    Learn to identify the endangered rusty patched bumblebee so you can participate in a bee blitz on Schulenberg Prairie. Wednesday, June 19, 2019, 12:30 to 3:30 p.m., and Bee Blitz on Saturday, June 22, 2019 from 11:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m.
  • Design a Lower-Maintenance Garden

    Get a beautiful garden without all the work! In this class, horticulturist Marcy Stewart-Pyziak will show you how smart design and good plant selection will allow you to spend less time tending and more time enjoying your garden at The Morton Arboretum. Thursday, June 20, 2019, 9:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m.
  • Hike and Yoga: Summer Solstice

    Honor the Summer Solstice with a short hike outdoors followed by a yoga class set to the sounds of nature at The Morton Arboretum.Friday, June 21, 2019, 6:30 to 8:00 p.m.
  • Basic Plant ID (In-person)

    Get the botany basics you need to identify plants. Whether you are a natural resources volunteer or specialist, gardener, naturalist, or artist this class provides the fundamentals you need to get started at The Morton Arboretum. Sunday, June 9, 1:00 to 3:00 p.m., or Saturday, September 21, 9:00 to 11:30 a.m.
  • Caring for Perennials Walking Tour

    Caring for Perennials Walking Tour
    Stroll the Arboretum's stunning perennial beds where you’ll learn about plant placement, dividing, transplanting, watering, fertilizing, mulching and more. Thursday, June 13, 2019, 6:30 to 8:30 p.m., or Monday, July 15, 2019, 4:00 to 6:00 p.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. Thursday, June 27, 2019, or Wednesday, September 18, 2019, 12:00 p.m. U.S. Central time: Online course becomes available
  • Treasured Trees of the Arboretum Tram Tour

    Ride the tram with curator Matt Lobdell for an enlightening perspective on the Arboretum’s most treasured trees. Thursday, June 27, 2019, 7:00 to 8:30 p.m.
  • Ikebana: Japanese Floral Arranging

    Ikebana: Japanese Floral Arranging
    Capture the graceful curve of an unfolding bud, the surprise of new leaves, or the lightness of a cloud through Ikebana -- the art of Japanese flower arranging at The Morton Arboretum. Saturday, June 29, July 20, or September 28, 2019, 1:00 to 3:30 p.m.
  • 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.
  • Nature Beyond the Binary

    Nature Beyond the Binary
    Plants and animals offer up many different ways of being, becoming, and living. From intersex worms to flowers that transition sex overnight, nature is non-binary! Learn about and celebrate the queer side of nature in this fun and inclusive walking tour around the Arboretum's Nature Connects exhibit. Saturday, June 29, 2019, 2:00 to 3:30 p.m.
  • Restorative Aerial Tree Yoga

    Experience the many restorative and therapeutic benefits of aerial yoga while you relax, release, and deepen into yoga poses supported by a hammock at The Morton Arboretum. Sunday, June 30, 2019, 10:30 to 11:45 a.m. or 12:30 to 1:45 p.m.
  • 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 Saturday May 11 through Monday, September 23, 2019, 9:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m.
  • Red, White, and Blue Floral Arrangement

    Create a summer arrangement perfect for Independence Day, bursting with red, white and blue at The Morton Arboretum. Tuesday, July 2, 2019 7:00 to 9:00 p.m.
  • Out of the Box: You and Your New Camera

    Out of the Box: You and Your New Camera
    Learn to use your new DSLR camera. Get familiar with the basic features and functions of your camera and have the opportunity to practice under the guidance of an experienced photographer at The Morton Arboretum. Saturday, July 6, 2019, 1:00 to 4:00 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. (Registration opens May 21, 2019) Three Tuesdays, July 9 through July 23, 2019, 6:00 to 8:00 p.m.
  • Drawing Nature II

    Grow your nature drawing skills under the guidance of a knowledgeable instructor at The Morton Arboretum. Four Tuesdays, July 9 through 30, 2019, 6:30 to 9:30 p.m.
  • Nature in Graphite

    Nature in Graphite
    Learn to capture nature with graphite, the perfect medium for textures. at The Morton Arboretum. Four Wednesdays, July 10 through 31, 2019, 6:30 to 9:30 p.m.
  • Intro to Wildlife Photography

    Learn to capture dynamic photographs of raptors, small birds, and mammals. After an evening classroom session at The Morton Arboretum, enjoy a Saturday field session at Willowbrook Wildlife Center, home to fox, bobcat, eagle, sandhill crane, and many more species of local wildlife. Three days: Two Wednesdays, July 10 and 17, 2019, 6:30 p.m. to 8:30 p.m., and Saturday, July 13, 8:00 a.m. to noon
  • 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. 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.
  • Tool Use for Natural Areas Management (Online and In-person)

    Learn to effectively and efficiently use the tools of the trade to tackle different restoration jobs at The Morton Arboretum. Tuesday, July 9, 2019, 12:00 p.m.: Online materials become available. Tuesday, July 16, 2019, 6:30 to 8:30 p.m: In-person session at Thornhill Education Center, OR Tuesday, September 10, 2019, 12:00 p.m.: Online materials become available. Tuesday, September 17, 2019, 6:30 to 8:30 p.m: In-person session at Thornhill Education Center
  • Intro to Ecological Restoration (Online and in-person)

    Discover the principles and practice of ecosystem restoration at The Morton Arboretum. Registration opens May 21, 2019. Thursday, July 11, 2019, 12:00 p.m.: Online materials become available. Saturday July 20, and Saturday, July 27, 2019, 9:00 a.m. to 12:30 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., or Four Thursdays, July 11 through August 1, 2019, 6:30 p.m. to 9:30 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.
  • Beyond Arborvitae: Creative Screening Solutions

    Create privacy in your outdoor spaces this summer. Many of us desire to screen a part of our garden or yard from the neighbors. While arborvitae is a favorite traditional hedging evergreen, there are many more options to enliven your space! Saturday, July 13, 2019, 9:00 a.m. to noon.
  • What to Know Before You Go

    Ron Nosek of Nature Education Programs brings his What 2 Know B4 You GoTM program to the Arboretum this summer. Learn skills you need to survive in the wilderness in this practical, hands-on workshop. Saturday, July 13, 2019, 9:00 to noon.
  • Navigating with a Map and Compass

    Navigating with a Map and Compass
    Be prepared for your next wilderness outing; learn to find your way using a map and compass at The Morton Arboretum. (Registration opens May 21, 2019) Saturday, March 16, 2019, noon to 4:00 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 Wednesdays May 6 through October 14, 2019, times vary.
  • 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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