Adult Courses

Course List

  • 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.
  • Creative Effects Nature Photography Workshop

    Add artistry to your nature photography with creative effects at The Morton Arboretum. Saturday, December 1, 2018, 9:00 a.m. to 1:00 p.m.
  • Holiday Swags

    (SOLD OUT) Create an elegant evergreen swag, a versatile cluster of winter foliage that can be placed almost anywhere around the house at The Morton Arboretum. Thursday, November 29, 2018, 7:00 to 9:00 p.m.
  • 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 through November 26, 2018, 9:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m., and don't miss our New Year's day hike on Tuesday, January 1, 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.
  • Out of the Box: You and Your New Camera

    Learn the basics of how to use your new DSLR camera at The Morton Arboretum. Saturday, January 19, 2019, 9:00 a.m. to noon (registration opens November 22, 2018)
  • Bird Walks

    Search the woods, fields, and edges of the Arboretum for birds. The third Saturday of each month, November 17, 2018 through March 16, 2019, 8:00 to 10:30 a.m.
  • Begin to Draw Nature

    Learn the basics of drawing in a class designed for true beginners at The Morton Arboretum. Four Saturdays, January 26 through February 23 (no class February 2), 2019, 9:00 to noon (registration opens November 20, 2018.)
  • Woodland Ecology (Online Only)

    Learn the essentials of woodland ecology and the woodland management techniques necessary to maintain threatened woodland ecosystems at The Morton Arboretum. Online component begins: Wednesday, November 28, 2018 (open for registration). Online component begins: Tuesday, January 29, 2019 (registration opens November 20, 2019).
  • Behind the Collections: Art of the Sterling Morton Library

    Join librarian Rita Hassert and artist Karen Johnson for an armchair tour of the Sterling Morton Library's extensive botanical art collection at The Morton Arboretum. Saturday, February 2, 2019, 10:00 a.m. to noon
  • 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, February 2 through 23, 2019, 8:00 to 11:00 a.m.
  • Beginning Beekeeping

    Learn the basics of beekeeping at The Morton Arboretum. Four Thursdays, February 7 through 28, 2019, 6:30 to 8:30 p.m. (Registration opens November 20, 2019)
  • Early Spring Migration: Birds on the Move

    Spring bird migration begins earlier than most people realize. Many species are already on the move in February. Waterfowl are the first to make major migration moves. As soon as the ice begins to leave our lakes and ponds waterfowl start pushing north. Three Saturdays, February 16, March 2, and March 9, 2019, 8:00 a.m. to noon. (registration opens November 20, 2019)
  • 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.

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