Educator Courses

Course List

  • College and professional self-guided field trips

    The Morton Arboretum is a private, nonprofit organization dedicated to the planting and conservation of trees. Our site is the ideal location for college and professional field study in many disciplines.
  • Basic Plant ID (Online or In-person)

    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.
  • Volunteer Leadership (Online and In-person)

    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, February 2, 2018. In person component: Saturday, February 10, 2018, 10:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m.
  • Ecosystem Concepts (Online and In-person)

    Explore the interactions that drive ecosystem function and learn to identify plants, animals, and fungi in relation to ecological habitats at The Morton Arboretum. Online component begins: Friday, February 9, 2018. In person component: Sunday, February 18, 2018, 1:00 to 5:00 p.m.
  • Field Study: Birds of Winter

    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.
  • Trees and Tech-Tree science careers for your students

    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.
  • Tools for Management (Online and In-person)

    Learn to effectively and efficiently use the tools of the trade to tackle different restoration jobs at The Morton Arboretum.Online component begins: Tuesday, March 6, 2018. In-person component meets: Tuesday, March 13, 6:30 to 8:30 p.m.
  • Basic Plant ID (Online or In-person)

    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.
  • Beginning Birdwatching

    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.
  • Field Study: Birds of Spring

    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.
  • Invasive Species I (Online and In-Person)

    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
  • Identify Woodland Wildflowers (Online and In-Person)

    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
  • Outdoor Spaces and Nature-based Programming in Public Gardens: Building the Evidence Base for Early STEM learning

    Save the date for a summit for educators and researchers to advance early childhood learning in nature at The Morton Arboretum. Wednesday through Thursday, May 2 and 3, 2018
  • Plants of Wetlands

    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.