Trees and Ecology

Course List

  • 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.
  • 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.
  • 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
  • Discover what happens at the Arboretum at night, when no one is around. Wednesday, October 24, or Thursday, October 25, 2018, 7:30 to 9:30 p.m.
  • Strengthen your skills leading volunteers in natural areas management with this interactive primer for volunteer stewardship activity planning, group dynamics, safety, and volunteer empowerment at The Morton Arboretum. Online component begins: Friday, September 21, or November 2, 2018. In person component: Saturday, September 29, or November 10, 2018, 10:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m.
  • History is full of exciting tales of the plant hunters who traveled the globe to discover and obtain new types of trees, orchids, wildflowers, fruits and vegetables, tea, and more! Join us at The Morton Arboretum for an exciting afternoon hearing tales of these brave men and women from years ago and the new plants they discovered that give us pleasure today. Saturday, November 3, 2018, 1:00 to 2:30 p.m.
  • Learn the geologic history of the Midwest as we cycle the the roads of the Arboretum. Sunday, November 4, 2018, noon to 2:00 p.m.
  • Michael R. Jeffords and Susan L. Post have circled the globe--and explored their own neighborhood-- collecting strange and beautiful curiosities from across the natural world. Join them for an evening lecture in which they open their personal cabinet of curiosities and share stories of their most unusual encounters with nature at The Morton Arboretum. Thursday, November 15, 7:00 to 8:30 p.m.
  • Opt outside this Black Friday with a peaceful hike along the Arboretum’s quietest trails. Friday, November 23, 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. (Registration opens August 21, 2018) Online component begins: Wednesday, November 28, 2018.
  • 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.
  • Grab a drink and get into the spirit of the season with an evening of entertaining holiday-themed plant tales at The Morton Arboretum.Thursday, December 13, 2018, 7:00 to 9:00 p.m.
  • 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.
  • Learn the basics of beekeeping at The Morton Arboretum. This class will be offered again in Winter 2019.
  • 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.
  • Learn the identification skills to manage, restore, or simply enjoy prairie habitats at The Morton Arboretum. This class will be offered again in July 2019. Registration will open April 2019.
  • Learn how humans have used prairie plants on this summer hike at The Morton Arboretum. Saturday, July 28, 2018, 8:30 to 11:00 a.m. This class will be offered again in August 2019.
  • Learn the essentials of wetland ecology and the vital management techniques necessary to maintain threatened wetland ecosystems at The Morton Arboretum. Two days: Wednesday, August 1, 6:30 to 8:30 p.m., and Saturday, August 4, 2018 8:00 a.m. to noon. SOLD OUT. This class will be offered again in June 2019. Registration will open Tuesday, February, 2019.