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Course List

  • Attention all Pre-K - 2nd grade teachers! Fly on down to The Morton Arboretum to gather strategies to bring the outdoors indoors. Saturday, August 17, 2019, 9:00 a.m. to 11:30 a.m.
  • Learn the basics of beekeeping at The Morton Arboretum. (Registration will open May 21, 2019). Four Tuesdays, September 17 through October 8, 2019, 6:30 to 8:30 p.m.
  • Enrich your understanding of our local natural areas by learning to identify the most common native plants you’re likely to encounter at The Morton Arboretum. Wednesday, June 12, 2019, 6:30 to 9:30 p.m., or Saturday, August 17, 2019, 8:00 to 11:00 a.m.
  • The Certified Interpretive Guide program from the National Association for Interpretation (NAI) is designed for anyone who delivers interpretive programs to the public. Four days: Monday, August 19 through Thursday, August 22, 2019 8:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m.
  • Discover Forest Therapy, a research based approach to mindfully experiencing nature, with leading practitioners and authors at The Morton Arboretum! Wednesday, August 28, 7:00 to 9:00 p.m.
  • Spend an evening learning about Illinois’ native bats, and then go outside and use specialized microphones to hear the bats swooping around the Arboretum skies. Thursday, August 29, 2019, 7:00 to 10:00 p.m.
  • Go beyond the basics and improve your ability to identify the diverse and beautiful plants of the tallgrass prairie at The Morton Arboretum. Two days: Thursday, August 29, and Friday, August 30, 2019, 9:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m.
  • Enjoy a summer evening on the prairie with author and steward Cindy Crosby. Meet at Thornhill Education Center for a cool beverage and a chance to purchase a copy of Cindy’s new book, Tallgrass Conversations: In Search of the Prairie Spirit (Ice Cube Press, co-authored with Thomas Dean, released in April 2019. Thursday, August 29, 2019, 7:00 to 8:30 p.m.
  • World-renowned herbalist and healer Rosita Arvigo brings her wisdom to the world of forest therapy at The Morton Arboretum. (CANCELED) Five days: Sunday, August 25 through Thursday, August 29, 2019 times vary.
  • Stretch, strengthen, and release stress while having fun, cocooned in a hammock suspended from the trees at The Morton Arboretum. (NEW DATES FOR SPRING) Four Thursdays, June 6 through June 27, 2019, 6:00 to 7:15 p.m.; Four Fridays, June 7 through June 28, 9:30 to 10:45 a.m. (SUMMER) Four Sundays, September 8 through 29, 10:00 to 11:15 a.m.; Four Mondays, September 9 through 30, 6:00 to 7:15 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! Weekly in July and August, Mondays, 6:00 to 7:00 p.m., or Fridays, 9:30 to 10:30 a.m.
  • Become an effective science communicator. Science communication is a vital component of the scientific process. Online course dates: Tuesdays and Thursdays; September 3 to November 26, 2019.
  • Use your heart, mind and hands to partner with nature by exploring expressive art created from the forest in this five-day forest therapy immersion at The Morton Arboretum. (CANCELED) Saturday, August 31 through Wednesday, September 4, 2019, times vary.
  • 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, September 5, 12, and 19, 6:30 to 9:30 p.m., and Saturday, September 7, 2019, 8:00 to 11:00 a.m.
  • 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. Thursday, September 5, 2019, 8:30 a.m. to 3:30 p.m.
  • Learn to identify the trees you see every day in the woodlands and neighborhoods of the Chicago region at The Morton Arboretum. Friday, August 2, 2019, 12:00 p.m.: Online materials become available. Friday, August 9, 2019, 10:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m.: In person session meets. OR Friday, September 6, 2019, 12:00 p.m.: Online materials become available. Saturday, September 14, 2019, 10:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m.: In person session meets
  • Learn the basics of drawing in a class designed for true beginners at The Morton Arboretum. Four Thursdays, April 25 through May 16, 2019, 6:30 to 9:30 p.m. Summer registration opens May 21. Four Saturdays, September 7 through 28, 2019, 9:00 a.m. to noon.
  • Learn to identify the grasses that add beauty and interest to the summer and fall landscape at The Morton Arboretum. (SOLD OUT) Two days: Tuesday, September 10, and Wednesday, September 11, 2019, 9:00 a.m.to 4:00 p.m.
  • Create relief prints from carved blocks of wood at The Morton Arboretum. Four Wednesdays, September 11 through October 2, 2019, 7:00 to 9:30 p.m.
  • 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. The second and Fourth Thursday of each month: July 11 through September 26, 2019, 6:00 to 7:00 p.m.
  • Discover the natural history of northeast Illinois as we cycle the roads of the Arboretum. Friday, July 12, 6:00 to 8:00 p.m., or Sunday, September 8, 2019, 1:00 to 3:00 p.m.
  • Take your plant exploration indoors with a night of nature-themed board games at The Morton Arboretum. Thursday, September 12, 2019, 6:30 to 9:00 p.m.
  • Discover the basics of backyard composting and composting with worms at The Morton Arboretum. (Register now) Thursday, June 13, 2019, 7:00 to 9:00 p.m. (Registration opens May 21, 2019) Wednesday, September 11, 2019, 7:00 to 9:00 p.m.
  • Learn to identify the less common trees and shrubs found in the state of Illinois at The Morton Arboretum. Friday, September 13, 2019, 10:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m.
  • Explore the colorful landscape of the fall prairie and discover the amazing relationships between the plants and animals that call it home at The Morton Arboretum. Saturday, September 14, 2019, 8:30 to 11:30 a.m.
  • Learn the human history of the local land before European settlement on this guided hike at The Morton Arboretum. Saturday, September 14, 2019, 1:00 to 2:30, or Friday, October 4, 2019, 9:30 to 11:00 a.m.
  • Discover what happens at the Arboretum at night, when no one is around. Friday, September 13, and Saturday, September 14, 2019, 7:30 to 9:30 p.m.
  • 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. Register now for Spring; Saturday April 13, or June 15, 2019, 8:00 to 11:00 a.m. Summer registration opens May 21; Saturday, July 13 or September 14, 2019, Noon to 3:00 p.m.
  • Search the woods, fields, and edges of the Arboretum for birds on May 11 for International Migratory Bird Day, and the third Saturday of each month, May 18 through September 21, 2019, 8:00 to 10:30 a.m.
  • How do animals decide that it is time to migrate? How do they prepare for their perilous journeys? Explore the Arboretum at night as we search for answers to questions about migration. Two Tuesdays, September 17 and 24, 2019, 6:30 to 9:30 p.m.

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