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Trees and Nature

Course List

  • Enjoy a walk in the crisp autumn air with forest ecologist Dr. Christine Rollinson or research coordinator, phenology Brendon Reidy and take in the changing colors of the Arboretum’s trees. Friday, October 23, 2020, 1:00 to 3:00 p.m.
  • Learn the many ways that plants can help you stay alive in the wild. Saturday, October 24, 2020, 10:00 a.m. to 1:00 p.m.
  • In this short, free online class, discover why oaks are so important for the Arboretum and for all of us. October 29, 12:00 p.m. central time: Access online self-paced materials.
  • Learn to identify the common trees you see in local preserves or in your neighborhood in this online-only class from The Morton Arboretum. D: Thursday, October 15, Thursday, November 19, or Thursday, December 17, 2020, 12:00 p.m. central time: Access online self-paced materials (available for 60 days)
  • Learn the essentials of woodland ecology and the woodland management techniques necessary to maintain threatened woodland ecosystems at The Morton Arboretum. Thursday, November 12, 2020, 12:00 p.m.: Access online self-paced materials (available for 60 days).
  • Explore the interactions that drive ecosystem function and learn to identify plants, animals, and fungi in relation to ecological habitats at The Morton Arboretum. Tuesday, November 5, 2020: Access online self-paced materials (available for 60 days). Saturday, November 21, 2020, 1:00 to 4:00 p.m.: In person session meets at Parking Lot 25
  • Be prepared for your next wilderness outing. Learn to find your way around using a map and compass. Saturday, November 7, 2020, noon to 4:00 p.m.
  • Build on foundational skills in this watercolor class with The Morton Arboretum. Four Wednesdays, November 11 through December 9 (no class November 25), 9:30 to 11:30 a.m.
  • Learn to identify and manage the most common invasive plants in the Great Lakes region at The Morton Arboretum. Thursday, November 12, 2020, 12:00 p.m. central time: Access online self-paced materials (available for 60 days)
  • Learn to call plants by their botanical names and discover the fascinating origins of names in this self-paced online class. Tuesday, September 22, or Thursday October 15, November 19, or December 17, 2020. Access online self-paced materials (available for 60 days).
  • Get the botany basics you need to identify plants in this online, self-paced class. Whether you are a natural resources volunteer or specialist, gardener, naturalist, or artist this class provides the fundamentals you need to get started. Thursday, September 24, October 15, November 19, or December 17, 2020, 12:00 p.m.: central time: Access online self-paced materials
  • Join us for a FREE orientation to the Natural Areas Conservation Training (N-ACT) Program in ecological restoration. Available online anytime.
  • Strengthen your skills leading volunteers in natural areas management with this interactive primer for volunteer stewardship activity planning, group dynamics, safety, and volunteer empowerment. Wednesday, Dates vary starting September 23 or December 1, 2020.
  • SOLD OUT Plant-Animal Interactions is the study of the special ecological and evolutionary relationships between plants and animals. Wednesdays, September 9 through, December 2. 2020, 6:30 to 9:30 p.m., and Lab and field work: Select Saturdays September 12 through November 28, 2020 9:00 a.m. to Noon.
  • Learn to assess the invasive species issues at a site, and set priorities for efficiently and effectively managing invasive species in this engaging online class. Thursday, December 10, 2020, 12:00 p.m.: Access online self-paced materials (available for 60 days). Tuesday, January 12, 2021, 12:00 to 1:00 p.m.: Live class discussion via zoom
  • Join master gardener and natural history writer Cindy Crosby for a fun look at great (and not-so-great) gardens in literature and poetry. Friday, December 4, 2020, 1:00 to 2:30 p.m.
  • Learn to identify trees after they shed their leaves for the winter in this online class from The Morton Arboretum. Monday, December 7, 2020: Access online self-paced materials (available for 60 days). Monday, December 14 and Thursday, December 17, 2020: Live Zoom sessions, 7:00 to 8:30 p.m.
  • Hike the Arboretum’s lesser-known trails with a naturalist guide. Stretch your legs and get some fresh air while you learn about the history of the Arboretum and the plants and animals that call it home. Friday, October 9, November 13, or Wednesday, December 16, 2020, 8:30 to 10:00 a.m. Locations vary.
  • Practice correct pruning techniques and learn which plants to prune now and more importantly, which to prune later at The Morton Arboretum. Learn online, then apply those skills during a hands-on workshop. Next offered January 2021.