Trees and Ecology

Course List

  • Join Denis as he shares tales of his journeys from the Amazon to Africa, searching the world for rare and vanishing species at The Morton Arboretum. Wednesday, February 21, 2018, 7:00 to 9:00 p.m.
  • Learn techniques for accurately identifying Illinois' winter birds, spot species that are in the area this winter, and meet the migratory species that overwinter in our region at The Morton Arboretum. (CANCELED) Five Sundays, January 28 through February 25, 2018, 8:00 to 11:30 a.m.
  • Workshops are designed to assist urban and rural foresters and arborists, landowners, and community decision makers in planning and implementing an effective EAB management plan. Wednesday, February 21;Thursday February 22; Friday, February 23; or Wednesday, February 28, 2018, 9:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m.
  • Discover what happens at the Arboretum at night when no one is around. Enjoy a night hike, then warm up with s’mores by the fire. Thursday, February 1, March 1, or Friday, March 2, 2018, 7:00 to 9:00 p.m.
  • The tools that tree scientists use to study the natural world, are evolving. Discover the innovative ways that Morton Arboretum Scientists are utilizing current technology to study trees, plants and woody shrubs. Friday, March 2, 2018, 9:00 a.m. to 3:30 p.m.
  • Learn to identify plants without leaves or flowers at The Morton Arboretum. Saturday, March 3, 2018, 8:00 a.m. to noon.
  • Gain a new appreciation of the Arboretum and further scientific research by learning how to observe and record changes in nature throughout the seasons. Saturday February 24, or Friday March 9, 2018, 9:30 a.m. to 3:30 p.m.
  • Be prepared for your next wilderness outing; learn to find your way using a map and compass at The Morton Arboretum. Saturday, March 10, 2018, noon to 4:00 p.m.
  • Make a difference in your own backyard with simple ideas that have a big impact on the planet at The Morton Arboretum. Thursday, March 15, 2018, 7:00 to 9:30 p.m.
  • Learn to graft in this hands-on workshop and go home with your very own grafted apple tree at The Morton Arboretum. Saturday, March 17, 2018, 1:00 to 4:00 p.m.
  • Search the woods, fields, and edges of the Arboretum for birds. The third Saturday of each month, January 20 through June 16, 2018, 8:00 to 10:30 a.m. Extra Saturday on May 5.
  • Learn spring methods for propagating your favorite native plants at The Morton Arboretum.Sunday, March 18, 2018, 9:00 a.m. to noon
  • Strap on your running shoes for an informative running tour of the Arboretum. Saturday, March 24, 2018, 8:00 to 9:30 a.m.
  • Learn the essentials of woodland ecology and the woodland management techniques necessary to maintain threatened woodland ecosystems at The Morton Arboretum. Online component begins: Thursday, March 29, 2018
  • Get the botany basics you need to identify plants at The Morton Arboretum. In-person section: Saturday, March 31, 2018, 1:00 to 3:30 p.m.
  • 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 7, 2018, 9:00 a.m. to 12:30 p.m.
  • With extreme weather events, flooding, drought, and habitat fragmentation on the rise, will our trees be able to weather the storm? What will our parks, preserves, and urban landscapes look like in 50 or 100 years? Grab a drink at the bar (one drink is included in price of ticket), and join us for a compelling discussion led by moderator Jerome McDonnell of WBEZ Radio’s Worldview. Thursday, April 12, 2018, 7:00 to 9:00 p.m.
  • Learn about forests, what they are, how they function, and why they are so important for our future at The Morton Arboretum. Three Saturdays: April 21, May 12, and May 19, 2018, 9:30 a.m. to 2:00 p.m., and Mondays and Wednesdays, May 7 through 30, 2018, 3:30 to 8:00 p.m.
  • Learn how to identify Illinois' spring resident and migratory birds by sight and call and meet other birders at The Morton arboretum. Five Saturdays, April 28 through June 2 (no class on May 19), 2018, 8:00 to 11:30 a.m.
  • Discover the principles and practice of ecosystem restoration at The Morton Arboretum .This class will be offered again in April 2018. Registration will open Tuesday, February 20, 2018to 12:30 p.m.
  • 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 2018. Registration will open Tuesday, February 20, 2018
  • Learn to identify and manage the most common invasive plants in the Great Lakes region at The Morton Arboretum. This class will be offered again in April 2018. Registration will open Tuesday, February 20, 2018
  • REI is partnering with NOLS to offer a comprehensive 16 hour, two day course that will teach you the wilderness medicine skills you need to recreate with confidence in the backcountry at The Morton Arboretum. Saturday and Sunday, May 5 and 6, 2018, 9:00 a.m. to 6:00 p.m.
  • Learn to identify plants in the field through studying the plants of the Chicago region at The Morton Arboretum. Wednesdays, June 13 through August 1, 2018. 6:30 to 9:00 p.m., and Saturdays, June 16 through July 28, 2018, 9:00 a.m. to 1:15 p.m. Except on Saturday, July 14, class will meet 9:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m.
  • Learn the names and ecology of the wildflowers, sedges, rushes, and other plants that inhabit wetlands at The Morton Arboretum. This class will be offered again in June 2018. Registration will open Tuesday, February 20, 2018.
  • 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 2018. Registration will open Tuesday, February 20, 2018.
  • Learn principles and practices for managing critical habitats at The Morton Arboretum. This class will be offered again in June 2018. Registration will open Tuesday, February 20, 2018.
  • 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 July 2018. Registration will open Tuesday, May 22, 2018.
  • Learn how humans have used prairie plants on this summer hike at The Morton Arboretum. Friday, August 11, 2017 8:30 to 11:00 a.m.