Course Interests

Course List

  • Stretch, strengthen, and release stress while having fun, cocooned in a hammock suspended from the trees and underneath the Full Moon at The Morton Arboretum. Friday, July 27, 7:30 to 8:30 p.m., or Sunday, August 26, 7:00 to 8:00 p.m., or Monday September 24, 2018, 6:30 to 7:30 p.m. All dates are SOLD OUT
  • 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: Thursday, September 27, 2018. In-person component: Friday, October 5, 2018, 10:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m.
  • Discover and delight in the many ways trees have shaped the history of the United States, from industry and economics, to politics and war, to culture and literature at The Morton Arboretum. Thursdays, October 4 and 11, 2018, 6:30 to 9:00 p.m.
  • Create a woodsy, whimsical, botanical container. Bring a bit of the Troll Hunt magic to your home as you use woodland elements and flowers to plant this late summer container at The Morton Arboretum. Thursday, October 4, 2018, 7:00 to 9:00 p.m.
  • Discover the basics of backyard composting and composting with worms at The Morton Arboretum. Thursday, October 4, 2018, 7:00 to 9:00 p.m.
  • 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.
  • Paddle the Rock River in Oregon, Illinois, and learn the geology and natural history of this unique area. Saturday, October 6, 2018, 9:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m.
  • 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, October 4 or 11, or December 6, 2018, 7:00 to 8:30 p.m.
  • Get the botany basics you need to identify plants at The Morton Arboretum. Online only begins:Tuesday, November 27, 2018. In-person only meets: Saturday, September 8, 10:00 a.m. to 12:30 p.m., or Sunday, October 7, 2018, 1:00 to 3:30 p.m. The Online version for August 3 is sold out.
  • The gardening year is coming to a close, and what you do now will set you up for success next year! Wednesday, October 10, 2018, 6:30 to 9:00 p.m.
  • Grow your nature drawing skills under the guidance of a knowledgeable instructor at The Morton Arboretum. Four Thursdays, October 11 through November 1, 2018, 6:30 to 9:30 p.m.
  • Enjoy a unique opportunity to study and draw magnificent beetle specimens under the microscope at The Morton Arboretum. Three Thursdays, October 11 through 25, 2018, 9:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m.
  • Work with molten glass to create your own glass pumpkin paperweight at The Morton Arboretum. (SOLD OUT) Choose one day between, Monday through Friday, October 8 through 12, 2018, 8:00 a.m. to noon
  • Does your garden need a reboot? Fall is the best time to evaluate your garden and plan for next year! Three Fridays, October 12 through 26, 2018, 9:00 a.m. to noon.
  • Get the skills you need to build a “sure-fire” campfire in this hands-on workshop at The Morton Arboretum. Saturday, October 13, 2018, 10:00 a.m. to noon.
  • 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, October 13 or December 8, 2018, 9:00 a.m. to noon.
  • Chicago Wilderness will offer three winter sessions of the Midwest Ecological Prescription Burn Crew Member Training class at The Morton Arboretum. Two days: Thursday, October 4, and Friday, October 5; or Saturday, October 13 and Sunday, October 14, 2018, 8:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m.
  • Learn how and when to collect seeds from your favorite native plants at The Morton Arboretum. Sunday, October 14, 2018, 8:30 to noon or 1:00 to 4:30 p.m.
  • Pre-conference workshops for the Landscape Below Ground IV conference. Workshops take place October 15, 2018, at The Morton Arboretum and address planting trees, root diseases, soils, stability of urban trees, and tours of the Arboretum's future to Gateway to Tree Science exhibit.
  • Search the woods, fields, and edges of the Arboretum for birds. The JULY 21 class has been RESCHEDULED to July 28 due to severe weather. The third Saturday of each month, April 21 through December 15, 2018, 8:00 to 10:30 a.m.
  • The 4th Landscape Below Ground Conference, presented by The Morton Arboretum and the International Society of Arboriculture on October 15-17, 2018, features the latest research on tree planting and care from the ground down.
  • Enjoy an evening with Gavin Van Horn, author of The Way of Coyote: Shared Journeys in the Urban Wilds at The Morton Arboretum. Thursday, October 18, 2018, 7:00 to 9:00 p.m.
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • 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
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • 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

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