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Trees and Nature

Course List

  • Digitally explore the intricacies of the prairie landscape and learn how to restore these signature American ecosystems at The Morton Arboretum. Thursday, June 27, 2019, or Wednesday, September 18, 2019, 12:00 p.m. U.S. Central time: Online course becomes available
  • Ride the tram with curator Matt Lobdell for an enlightening perspective on the Arboretum’s most treasured trees. Thursday, June 27, 2019, 7:00 to 8:30 p.m.
  • Learn to identify dragonflies and damselflies on the grounds of the Arboretum. Friday, June 28, 2019, 8:00 to 11:00 a.m.
  • Plants and animals offer up many different ways of being, becoming, and living. From intersex worms to flowers that transition sex overnight, nature is non-binary! Learn about and celebrate nature in this fun walking tour around the Arboretum's Nature Connects exhibition. Saturday, June 29, 2019, 2:00 to 3:30 p.m.
  • Learn the names and ecology of the wildflowers, sedges, rushes, and other plants that inhabit wetlands at The Morton Arboretum. Saturday, June 29, 2019, 9:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m.
  • Learn the identification skills to manage, restore, or simply enjoy prairie habitats at The Morton Arboretum. (Registration opens May 21, 2019) Three Tuesdays, July 9 through July 23, 2019, 6:00 to 8:00 p.m.
  • Learn the essentials of wetland ecology and the vital management techniques necessary to maintain threatened wetland ecosystems at The Morton Arboretum. Two days: Wednesday, July 10, 6:30 to 8:30 p.m., and Saturday, July 13, 2019 8:00 a.m. to 12:00 p.m.
  • Learn to effectively and efficiently use the tools of the trade to tackle different restoration jobs at The Morton Arboretum. Tuesday, July 9, 2019, 12:00 p.m.: Online materials become available. Tuesday, July 16, 2019, 6:30 to 8:30 p.m: In-person session at Thornhill Education Center, OR Tuesday, September 10, 2019, 12:00 p.m.: Online materials become available. Tuesday, September 17, 2019, 6:30 to 8:30 p.m: In-person session at Thornhill Education Center
  • Discover the principles and practice of ecosystem restoration at The Morton Arboretum. Registration opens May 21, 2019. Thursday, July 11, 2019, 12:00 p.m.: Online materials become available. Saturday July 20, and Saturday, July 27, 2019, 9:00 a.m. to 12:30 p.m.
  • Experts from The Morton Arboretum and Matt Candeias, host of the In Defense of Plants Podcast, will take you on an exploration of what it means to be a tree. Thursday, July 11, 2019, 7:00 to 9:00 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.
  • Ron Nosek of Nature Education Programs brings his What 2 Know B4 You Go program to the Arboretum this summer. Learn skills you need to survive in the wilderness in this practical, hands-on workshop. Saturday, July 13, 2019, 9:00 to noon.
  • Be prepared for your next wilderness outing; learn to find your way using a map and compass at The Morton Arboretum. (Registration opens May 21, 2019) Saturday, March 16, 2019, noon to 4:00 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.
  • Explore the interactions that drive ecosystem function and learn to identify plants, animals, and fungi in relation to ecological habitats at The Morton Arboretum. Thursday, July 18, 2019, 12:00 p.m.: Online materials become available. Sunday, July 28, 2019, 9:00 a.m. to 1:00 p.m.: In person session meets.
  • Learn to identify and manage the most common invasive plants in the Great Lakes region at The Morton Arboretum. Dates vary starting Wednesday, July 17, 2019
  • Hear two ornithologists debate each other about which bird should become the new democratically elected state bird of Illinois at The Morton Arboretum. Thursday, July 18, 2019, 7:00 p.m. to 9:30 p.m.
  • Do your part to keep bees and other pollinators busy this summer at The Morton Arboretum. Saturday, July 20, 9:00 a.m. to noon
  • Learn about hummingbirds, the “acrobats of the air,” while sipping a hummingbird cocktail, a delightful summery drink at The Morton Arboretum. Tuesday, July 23, 2019, 7:00 to 9:00 p.m.
  • Get the botany basics you need to identify plants. Whether you are a natural resources volunteer or specialist, gardener, naturalist, or artist this class provides the fundamentals you need to get started. Wednesday, May 29, 2019, 12:00 p.m., or Wednesday, July 31, 2019, 12:00 p.m. U.S. Central time: Online course becomes available
  • Learn how humans have used prairie plants on this summer hike at The Morton Arboretum. Friday, August 2, 2019, 8:00 to 11:30 a.m.
  • Paddle a section of the Kankakee River, a National Water Trail noted for its scenic beauty and water quality, and learn the natural history of this unique area. Saturday, August 3, 2019, 9:00 a.m. to 4:00 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
  • Join us for a FREE orientation program on the Natural Areas Conservation Training Program Orientation (formally the Woodland Stewardship Program) at the Morton Arboretum. Wednesday, June 5, or August 7, 2019, 6:30 to 8:00 p.m.
  • Learn to identify the common trees you see in local preserves or in your neighborhood at The Morton Arboretum. Thursday, June 6, 2019, 6:30 to 9:00 p.m.; Thursday, July 18, 2019, 9:00 to 11:30 a.m.; or Saturday, September 7, 2019, 8:00 to 10:30 a.m.
  • Gain the knowledge and skills you need to share the natural world with others in this intensive workshop format at The Morton Arboretum. (SOLD OUT) July 29, 2019, 12:00 p.m. Online materials become available. Four days, Saturday through Tuesday, August 10 through 13, 2019, 8:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m.: In-person sessions meet.
  • Join botanist Chris Benda for a guided tour of Northern Flatwoods in northeastern Illinois. Sunday, August 11, 2019, 10:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.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.

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