Adult Courses

Course List

  • Basic Tree ID

    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.
  • Fall Photography Walking Tour

    See the Arboretum through the eyes of an expert photographer. Learn how to notice your surroundings with attention to light, angle, subject, and creative interpretation at The Morton Arboretum. Saturday, October 13, or October 20, 2018, 1:00 to 4:00 p.m.
  • Natural Areas Management (Online and In-person)

    Learn principles and practices for managing critical habitats at The Morton Arboretum. Online component begins October 10, 2018. In person component meets Two days: Saturday October 20 and Sunday October 21, 2018, 10:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m.
  • Photographing Intimate Landscapes in Fall Color

    Photograph the autumn season in a bold and impactful way through the art of the simplicity in this weekend workshop with photographer Josh Merrill at The Morton Arboretum. Two days: Saturday, October 20, 2018, 1:00 to 7:30 p.m. and Sunday, October 21, 2018, 7:30 a.m. to 1:00 p.m.
  • Fermented Foods Series

    Enjoy demos, tastings, and hands-on learning in the Fermented Foods Series at The Morton Arboretum. Saturday, October 20 or 27, or November 3 or 10, 2018, 10:00 a.m. to noon
  • Visiting Artist Series: Fall in Watercolor with Lynne Railsback

    Join award-winning artist Lynne Railsback in painting plants of the Midwest’s woods and prairies at The Morton Arboretum. Saturday, October 20 and Sunday, October 21, 2018, 9:30 a.m. to 4:00 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! Sunday, October 7 or 21, 2018, 9:30 to 10:30 a.m. or 11:00 a.m. to noon.
  • 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. Online component begins Wednesday, October 24, 2018
  • Full Moon Tram Tour

    Discover what happens at the Arboretum at night, when no one is around. Wednesday, October 24, or Thursday, October 25, 2018, 7:30 to 9:30 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 Saturdays, October 27 through November 17, 8:00 to 11:00 a.m.
  • Printmaking: Fall Leaves

    Learn to make striking prints using botanical elements, and take home one-of-a-kind, fall-inspired work of art at The Morton Arboretum. Sunday, October 28, 2018, 11:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m.
  • 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, November 1, 8, and 15, 6:30 to 9:30 p.m. and Saturday, November 3, 2018, 8:00 to 11:00 a.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.
  • Structural Pruning

    Late autumn is one of the best times to prune for plant structure at The Morton Arboretum. Saturday, October 27, or Friday, November 2, 2018, 9:30 a.m. to 3:30 p.m.
  • Soap-Making Workshop

    Make your own naturally scented soaps using the cold-press process at The Morton Arboretum. Saturday, November 3, 2018, 1:00 to 3:00 p.m.
  • The Plant Hunters

    History is full of exciting tales of the plant hunters who traveled the globe to discover and obtain new types of trees, orchids, wildflowers, fruits and vegetables, tea, and more! Join us at The Morton Arboretum for an exciting afternoon hearing tales of these brave men and women from years ago and the new plants they discovered that give us pleasure today. Saturday, November 3, 2018, 1:00 to 2:30 p.m.
  • Beginner’s Nature Art Workshops

    Tap into your creative side with an introductory workshop on nature art at The Morton Arboretum. Fall Leaves in Watercolor; Saturday, November 3, or Sunday, November 4, 2018, 10:00 a.m. to 1:00 p.m.
  • Growing Greens Indoors

    This winter, grow your salad indoors. Discover how to grow your own microgreens and salad greens indoors under a very simple grow light system at The Morton Arboretum! Saturday, November 3, 2018, 1:00 to 3:00 p.m.
  • Glacial History Bike Tour

    Learn the geologic history of the Midwest as we cycle the the roads of the Arboretum. Sunday, November 4, 2018, noon to 2:00 p.m.
  • Graphite and Watercolor

    Learn to capture the textures and color of fall. Work with graphite to build form and texture, then learn to use watercolor to add a punch of color at The Morton Arboretum. Four Tuesdays, November 6 through 27, 2018, 6:30 to 9:30 p.m.
  • Fermented Foods Series

    Enjoy demos, tastings, and hands-on learning in the Fermented Foods Series at The Morton Arboretum. Saturday, October 20 or 27, or November 3 or 10, 2018, 10:00 a.m. to noon
  • Tools for 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. Dates and times vary starting June 4, September 11 or November 6, 2018.
  • Smartphone Photography II

    Produce high quality, exhibit-worthy photographs with your smartphone at The Morton Arboretum. Saturday, November 10, 2018, 1:00 to 4:00 p.m.
  • Stretch and Sip

    New! For ultimate relaxation, join us for one hour of peaceful yoga stretches, then enjoy sipping your beverage of choice while looking upon the tranquil setting of the Morton Arboretum. Thursday, November 8, 2018, 6:30 to 8:30 p.m.
  • Curious Encounters with the Natural World

    Michael R. Jeffords and Susan L. Post have circled the globe--and explored their own neighborhood-- collecting strange and beautiful curiosities from across the natural world. Join them for an evening lecture in which they open their personal cabinet of curiosities and share stories of their most unusual encounters with nature at The Morton Arboretum. Thursday, November 15, 7:00 to 8:30 p.m.
  • Restoration and Wildlife

    Identify and apply short and long term restoration activities to enhance wildlife habitat at The Morton Arboretum. Saturday, November 17, 2018, 10:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m.
  • Meditation and Essential Oils

    Explore meditative and self-nurturing yoga poses with the use of plant based essential oils to restore and rebalance the mind and body in the tranquil setting of the Morton Arboretum. Tuesday, November 13 or Monday, December 17, 6:00 to 7:00 p.m.
  • DIY Holiday Notecards

    Make personalized notecards using watercolor (Section A) or gelli prints (Section B) at The Morton Arboretum. Saturday, November 17, 2018, 9:00 a.m. to noon (watercolor) or 1:00 to 4:00 p.m. (gelli prints)
  • Thanksgiving Harvest Arrangement

    Create a colorful autumnal arrangement for your Thanksgiving table or to give as a hostess gift at The Morton Arboretum. Thursday, November 15, 2018, 7:00 to 9:00 p.m., or Saturday, November 17, 2018, 1:00 to 3:00 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. (SOLD OUT) Online component begins: Friday, October 19, 2018. In-person component: Sunday, October 28, 2018, 1:00 to 5:00 p.m. NEW SECTION ADDED: Online components begins: Friday, November 9, 2018. In-person component: Sunday, November 18, 2018, noon to 4:00 p.m.

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