Adult Courses

Course List

  • Basic Plant ID (Online or In-person)

    Get the botany basics you need to identify plants at The Morton Arboretum. In-person only meets: Online only begins:Tuesday, November 27, 2018. 2019 dates vary starting February 12 through June 9 with online or in-person options available.
  • Trolls After Dark Night Hike

    Grab a flashlight and hit the trail for a night of troll hunting at The Morton Arboretum! Wednesday November 28 or December 12, 2018, 7:00 to 8:30 p.m. (open for registration). Select Thursdays starting January 14 through May 2, 2019, varied times (registration opens, November 20, 2018)
  • 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, March 7, 14 and 21, 6:30 to 9:30 p.m., and Saturday, March 9, 2019, 8:00 to 11:00 a.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, December 8, 2018, 9:00 a.m. to noon, or Saturday, January 26, 2019, noon to 3:00 p.m.
  • Nature at Night Hike

    Gain a new perspective on familiar settings with the chance to see what happens in the Arboretum at night when no one is around. Thursdays, December 6, 2018, 7:00 to 8:30 p.m. (open for registration). Thursdays, February 14, 28 or March 14, 2019, 7:00 to 8:30 p.m. (registration opens November 20, 2019).
  • Backyard Conservation

    Make a difference in your own backyard with simple ideas that have a big impact on the planet. Learn how you can have an attractive, functional, outdoor space that your family--as well as the birds and the butterflies--can enjoy at The Morton Arboretum. Thursday, March 14, 2019, 7:00 to 9:30 p.m.
  • Edible Gardening Workshop Series

    Join us for the annual Edible Gardening Workshop Series held each spring at The Morton Arboretum! Each week, gardening experts will share practical tips on growing your own food and inspire you with new ways to create beautiful, productive, edible gardens. Select Saturday, March 16, 23, 30 or April 6, 2019, 9:30 a.m. to noon
  • Beginning Birdwatching

    In this single morning workshop for beginners, learn how to find birds, discuss equipment, what to wear, keeping track of your observations, and more at The Morton Arboretum. Saturday, April 6, 9:00 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. (registration opens November 20, 2019)
  • Edible Gardening Workshop Series

    Join us for the annual Edible Gardening Workshop Series held each spring at The Morton Arboretum! Each week, gardening experts will share practical tips on growing your own food and inspire you with new ways to create beautiful, productive, edible gardens. Select Saturday, March 16, 23, 30 or April 6, 2019, 9:30 a.m. to noon
  • 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.
  • Intro to Ecological Restoration (Online and in-person)

    Discover the principles and practice of ecosystem restoration at The Morton Arboretum. (SOLD OUT) Online component begins: October 26, 2018. In person component: Two Saturdays, Nov 3 and 10, 2018, 9:00 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. This class will be offered again in April 2019. Registration will open Tuesday, February 19, 2019
  • 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. This class will be offered again in April 2019. Registration will open February 2019.
  • ACCA Intro to Ecological Restoration

    Learn the theory and practice of habitat restoration at The Morton Arboretum. Wednesdays, April 3 through May 8, 2019, 5:30 to 8:30 p.m., and Mondays, May 6, 13, 20, and Wednesdays, May 15 and 22, 2019, 3:00 to 8:30 p.m.
  • Basic Plant ID (Online or In-person)

    Get the botany basics you need to identify plants at The Morton Arboretum. In-person only meets: Online only begins:Tuesday, November 27, 2018. 2019 dates vary starting February 12 through June 9 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.
  • Wetland Ecology

    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.
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • Prairie Ethnobotany

    Learn how humans have used prairie plants on this summer hike at The Morton Arboretum. Saturday, July 28, 2018, 8:30 to 11:00 a.m. This class will be offered again in August 2019.