Trees and Ecology

Course List

  • Hone your waterfowl identification skills as you explore this magnificent wetland restoration in Putnam County. Two days: Wednesday, April 25, 7:00 to 9:00 p.m., 2018 at The Morton Arboretum, and Saturday, April 28, 9:00 a.m. to noon, 2018 at Dixon Waterfowl Refuge.
  • 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 what happens at the Arboretum at night, when no one is around at The Morton Arboretum. Dates vary starting Sunday, April 29, through Thursday, June 28, 2018, 7:30 to 9:30 p.m. Multiple sections.
  • After dark, the wild things come alive! Hoots, howls, and rustling in the bushes--what’s behind the sounds that frighten or intrigue us on our evenings out at The Morton Arboretum. Two Tuesdays, May 1 and 8, 2018, 6:30 to 9:30 p.m.
  • Learn about the New Invaders Watch Program and how to get involved in monitoring and reporting invasive plants that are new to our region at The Morton Arboretum. Wednesday, May 2, 2018, 6:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m.
  • Be a part of advancing early childhood learning in nature through a summit for educators and researchers on play and learning in outdoor spaces at The Morton Arboretum. Wednesday, May 2, 2018, 5:30 to 7:30 p.m., and Thursday, May 3, 2018, 8:30 a.m. to 5:00 p.m.
  • Wander through the ever-changing array of blooms in our woodlands and prairie to learn how to identify wildflowers such as trillium, mayapple, and dog-tooth violet and hear about their folklore at The Morton Arboretum. Thursday, April 19, Saturday, April 28, or Friday, May 4, 2018, 8:30 to 11:00 a.m.
  • Get the botany basics you need to identify plants at The Morton Arboretum. New Online section added: Registration closes at 11:59 p.m., Wednesday, March 14, 2018. Online component begins: Thursday, March 15, 2018. Winter sessions start Sunday, May 6 for In-person only or Friday, June 1 for online only section.
  • 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. (SOLD OUT) Saturday and Sunday, May 5 and 6, 2018, 9:00 a.m. to 6:00 p.m.
  • Learn the names and ecology of the wildflowers that cover the woodland floor in spring at The Morton Arboretum. Online component begins: Friday, April 20, 2018 In person component: Friday, May 4 or Saturday, May 5, 2018, 10:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m.
  • In this intensive workshop, enjoy the spring warbler migration while learning about identification, arrival dates, migration patterns, habitat preferences, and daily feeding techniques at The Morton Arboretum. Two days: Wednesday, May 2, 6:30 to 8:30 p.m., and Sunday, May 6, 2018, 8:00 a.m. to noon
  • Take a journey through a tree, from roots to leaves at The Morton Arboretum. Saturday, May 12, 2018, 9:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m.
  • Hear the stories behind some of the Arboretum’s most treasured trees on this walking tour of the west side grounds.Saturday, May 19, 2018, 10:00 a.m. to noon
  • Learn to identify prairie plants in their early stages of seasonal development at The Morton Arboretum. Saturday, May 19, 2018, 1:30 to 4:30 p.m.
  • Learn to identify and manage the most common invasive plants in the Great Lakes region at The Morton Arboretum. Online component begins: Friday, May 11, 2018. In-person component: Saturday, May 19, 2018, 9:00 a.m. to 12:30 p.m.
  • Every nature-lover has a favorite place. Do you prefer the open spaces of prairielands? Or is it the shady intimacy of the woodlands that calls to you? Grab a drink at the cash bar, and join us as two local stewards take each other on, arguing the merits of their own favorite habitat at The Morton Arboretum. Thursday, May 24, 2018, 7:00 to 8:30 p.m.
  • Discover what happens at the Arboretum at night, when no one is around at The Morton Arboretum. Dates vary starting Sunday, April 29, through Thursday, June 28, 2018, 7:30 to 9:30 p.m. Multiple sections.
  • Get the botany basics you need to identify plants at The Morton Arboretum. New Online section added: Registration closes at 11:59 p.m., Wednesday, March 14, 2018. Online component begins: Thursday, March 15, 2018. Winter sessions start Sunday, May 6 for In-person only or Friday, June 1 for online only section.
  • The woodland habitat is so much more than a bunch of trees. Get a “behind the scenes” look at life in the woods on this guided walk with an Arboretum naturalist. Saturday, June 2, 2018, 9:00 to 11:00 a.m.
  • Come nibble the new shoots of wild edible plants and taste how good spring can be at The Morton Arboretum! Saturday, June 2, 2018, 10:00 a.m. to noon.
  • Join artist, author, and field biologist Julie Zickefoose for a two-day exploration of nature through art and writing at The Morton Arboretum. (SOLD OUT) Friday and Saturday, June 8 and 9, 2018, 9:30 a.m. to 3:30 p.m.
  • This is the story of an artist's love affair with a piece of land, and the birds, animals, and plants that inhabit it. Join us at The Morton Arboretum on Friday June 8, 2018, 7:00 to 8:30 p.m.
  • Become acquainted with the host of birds that nest and breed in our region at The Morton Arboretum.Four Saturdays, June 9 through 30, 2018, 8:00 to 12:30 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.
  • Hear from Danish artist Thomas Dambo, creator of the Arboretum's summer exhibit Troll Hunt. Dambo will share about his fascinating career making beautiful, fun, and inspirational pieces using reclaimed materials. Thursday, June 14, 2018, 7:00 to 8:30 p.m.
  • Get outdoors with your family or friends this summer! New to camping? No problem. This class will teach you everything you need to know to have a fun and safe weekend under the stars at The Morton Arboretum. Saturday, June 16, 2018, 9:00 a.m. to noon.
  • Join horticulturist Sharon Yiesla on a journey through the life of a flower. Learn how flowers develop, how they grow, and the end result of their lives, fruit at The Morton Arboretum. Saturday, June 16, 2018, 9:00 a.m. to 2:00 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 to identify the common trees you see in local preserves or in your neighborhood at The Morton Arboretum. Friday, June 8, 2018, 9:00 to 11:30 a.m., or Thursday, June 21, 2018, 6:30 to 9:00 p.m.
  • Grab a pair of waders and get your feet wet in the Arboretum’s creeks and wetlands.This program is for participants ages 16 and up. Saturday, June 23, 2018, 9:00 to 11:00 a.m.

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