Adult Courses

Course List

  • Nature Rx: 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 at The Morton Arboretum. Select Saturdays or Mondays, April 23, through June 25, 2018, 9:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m.
  • Aerial Tree Yoga

    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! Friday, June 8 or 15, 2018, 7:00 to 8:00 p.m., or Tuesday, June 12 or 26, 2018, 6:30 p.m. to 7:30 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. Wednesday, June 27 2018, 5:00 to 6:15 p.m. or 7:00 to 8:15 p.m.
  • Aquatic Plant ID

    Learn how to tell invasive aquatic plants apart from native look-alikes and how to report invaders when you find them in this one-day workshop at The Morton Arboretum. Saturday June 30, 2018, 12:30 to 4:30 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 23, 2018, 9:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m., or Sunday, July 1, 2018, 9:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m.
  • Intro to Ecological Restoration (Online and in-person)

    Discover the principles and practice of ecosystem restoration at The Morton Arboretum. Online component begins: Friday, July 6, or Friday, October 26, 2018. In person component: Two Saturdays, July 14 and 21, or Two Saturdays, Nov 3 and 10, 2018, 9:00 a.m. to 12:30 p.m.
  • Adult Coloring Night: Troll Hunt Edition

    Kick back and relax with a night of coloring, complete with a cash bar and cheese and crackers. The theme of the night is trolls, celebrating the six larger-than-life trolls, built from reclaimed materials by Danish artist Thomas Dambo, that have moved into the Arboretum this summer. Thursday, July 12, 2018, 7:00 p.m. to 9:00 p.m.
  • 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, July 12 through August 2, 2018, 6:30 to 9:30 p.m.
  • Perennial Maintenance Walking Tour

    Stroll the Arboretum's stunning perennial beds where you’ll learn about plant placement, dividing, transplanting, watering, fertilizing, mulching and more. Thursday, May 1, or June 28, 2018, 6:30 to 8:30 p.m. (register now). Tuesday, July 10, 2018, 6:30 to 8:30 p.m. (registration open May 22).
  • 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. Saturday, June 2, 2018, 1:00 to 4:00 p.m., or Saturday July 21, 2018, 9:00 a.m. to noon.
  • Natural History Bike Tour

    Learn the geologic history of the Midwest as we cycle the the roads of the Arboretum. Friday, July 13, or July 27, 2018, 6:00 to 8:00 p.m.
  • 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, August 1, 6:30 to 8:30 p.m., and Saturday, August 4, 2018 8:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m.
  • 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. Online component begins: Friday, August 3, 2018. In-person component: Friday, August 10, or Saturday, August 11, 2018, 10:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m.
  • Woodland Stewardship Program Orientation (Online or In-person)

    Join us for a FREE orientation program on the Woodland Stewardship Program at the Morton Arboretum. Thursday, August 2, 2018, 6:30 to 8:00 p.m., or Saturday, October 13, 2018, 1:30-3:00 p.m., or online only.
  • Basic Tree ID

    Learn to identify the common trees you see in local preserves or in your neighborhood at The Morton Arboretum. Friday, June 8, 2018, 9:00 to 11:30 a.m., or Thursday, June 21, 2018, 6:30 to 9:00 p.m.
  • Basic Plant ID (Online or In-person)

    Get the botany basics you need to identify plants at The Morton Arboretum. Online only begins: June 1, or August 3, 2018. In-person only: Saturday, September 8, 10:00 a.m. to 12:30 p.m.
  • Natural Areas Management (Online and In-person)

    Learn principles and practices for managing critical habitats at The Morton Arboretum. Online component begins Friday, August 10, 2018. In person sessions: Two days: Sunday, August 19 and Saturday, August 25, 2018, 9:00 a.m. to 1:00 p.m.
  • 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.
  • 2018 Midwest Tree and Shrub Conference: Resilient Plants for a Lasting Landscape

    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 at The Morton Arboretum. Thursday, September 6, 2018, 8:30 a.m. to 3:30 p.m.
  • Basic Plant ID (Online or In-person)

    Get the botany basics you need to identify plants at The Morton Arboretum. Online only begins: June 1, or August 3, 2018. In-person only: Saturday, September 8, 10:00 a.m. to 12:30 p.m.
  • ACCA Plant–Animal Interactions

    Study the special ecological and evolutionary relationships between plants and animals at The Morton Arboretum. Wednesdays, September 12 through December 5, 2018, 6:30 to 9:30 p.m., and select Saturdays, September 29 through November 10, 2018, 9:00 a.m. to noon.
  • Invasive Species I (Online and In-Person)

    Learn to identify and manage the most common invasive plants in the Great Lakes region at The Morton Arboretum. Online component begins: Friday, May 11 or September 15, 2018. In-person component: Saturday, May 19, or September 22, 2018, 9:00 a.m. to 12:30 p.m.
  • Volunteer Leadership (Online and In-person)

    Strengthen your skills leading volunteers in natural areas management with this interactive primer for volunteer stewardship activity planning, group dynamics, safety, and volunteer empowerment at The Morton Arboretum. Online component begins: Friday, September 21, or November 2, 2018. In person component: Saturday, September 29, or November 10, 2018, 10:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m.
  • Intro to Ecological Restoration (Online and in-person)

    Discover the principles and practice of ecosystem restoration at The Morton Arboretum. Online component begins: Friday, July 6, or Friday, October 26, 2018. In person component: Two Saturdays, July 14 and 21, or Two Saturdays, Nov 3 and 10, 2018, 9:00 a.m. to 12:30 p.m.
  • Basic Tree ID

    Learn to identify the common trees you see in local preserves or in your neighborhood at The Morton Arboretum. Friday, June 8, 2018, 9:00 to 11:30 a.m., or Thursday, June 21, 2018, 6:30 to 9:00 p.m.
  • Ecosystem Concepts (Online and In-person)

    Explore the interactions that drive ecosystem function and learn to identify plants, animals, and fungi in relation to ecological habitats at The Morton Arboretum. Online component begins: Friday, October 19, 2018. In-person component: Sunday, October 28, 2018, 1:00 to 5:00 p.m.
  • Restoration and Wildlife

    Identify and apply short and long term restoration activities to enhance wildlife habitat at The Morton Arboretum. Saturday, November 18, 2017, 10:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m.
  • Volunteer Leadership (Online and In-person)

    Strengthen your skills leading volunteers in natural areas management with this interactive primer for volunteer stewardship activity planning, group dynamics, safety, and volunteer empowerment at The Morton Arboretum. Online component begins: Friday, September 21, or November 2, 2018. In person component: Saturday, September 29, or November 10, 2018, 10:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m.