Adult Courses

Course List

  • Nature Photography: Mastering the Minimalist Image

    Nature Photography: Mastering the Minimalist Image
    Study the masters of minimalist photography and learn to create your own evocative nature compositions at The Morton Arboretum. Five days: Three Thursdays, May 30, June 6, and June 13, 2019, 6:30 to 9:30 p.m., and Two Saturdays, June 1 and 8, 2019, 8:00 to 11:00 a.m.
  • Sedge Identification

    Learn to identify the sedges, a diverse and ecologically important group of plants at The Morton Arboretum. (SOLD OUT) Two days: Thursday, May 30 and Friday, May 31, 2019, 9:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m.
  • Animal Invaders of Illinois

    The Asian carp frequently makes headlines for the threat it poses to Lake Michigan and our waterways. What do we know about the impact this invader--and others like it--is having on our native landscape? (CANCELED) Thursday, May 30, 2019, 7:00 to 9:00 p.m.
  • Basic Plant ID (Online)

    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
  • Wilderness Survival Skills

    Be prepared for the unexpected on your next outdoor adventure. Having a plan and being prepared with some essential survival skills can help you stay safe, even if things go wrong. (CANCELED) Saturday, June 1, 2019, 9:00 to noon.
  • Birding at Goose Lake Prairie

    Visit one of the largest remnant prairies in Illinois and an Audubon-designated “Important Bird Area” for a late spring bird walk. Saturday, June 1, 8:00 a.m. to noon.
  • The Life of Flowers

    The Life of Flowers
    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 1, 2019, 9:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m.
  • Sip and Stroll in the Fragrance Garden

    Sip and Stroll in the Fragrance Garden
    Grab a mimosa and enjoy the scents of spring in this behind-the-scenes tour of the Arboretum’s Fragrance Garden. Saturday, June 1, 2019, 10:00 a.m. to noon.
  • Midwest Early Childhood Educator Symposium: Lessons from the Forest: How Great Programs Place Nature at the Heart of Their Curriculum

    Midwest Early Childhood Educator Symposium: Lessons from the Forest: How Great Programs Place Nature at the Heart of Their Curriculum
    Build your skill set and learn about leading ideas in nature-based early childhood education in this one-day symposium for early childhood educators, administrators, and naturalists at The Morton Arboretum. Saturday, June 1, 2019, 8:30 a.m. to 3:00 p.m.
  • Aerial Tree Yoga Single Class

    Aerial Tree Yoga Single Class
    Try out this sampler session of aerial yoga. Stretch, strengthen, and release stress while having fun, cocooned in a hammock suspended from the trees at The Morton Arboretum! Wednesday, June 5 or 19, or Monday, June 17 or 24, 2019, 6:30 to 7:30 p.m. Weekly in July and August, Mondays, 6:00 to 7:00 p.m., or Fridays, 9:30 to 10:30 a.m.
  • Basic Tree ID

    Basic Tree ID
    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.
  • Field Sketching

    Create field sketches of summer landscapes at The Morton Arboretum. PLEASE REGISTER FOR THE JUNE 7 SECTION. THE JUNE 1 SECTION HAS BEEN CANCELED. Friday, June 7, 2019, 9:00 a.m. to 12:30 p.m.
  • Natural Areas Conservation Training Program Orientation (Online or In-person)

    Natural Areas Conservation Training Program Orientation (Online or In-person)
    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.
  • Aerial Tree Yoga Series

    Aerial Tree Yoga Series
    Stretch, strengthen, and release stress while having fun, cocooned in a hammock suspended from the trees at The Morton Arboretum. Four Thursdays, May 30 through June 20, 2019, 6:00 to 7:15 p.m.; Four Fridays, May 31 through June 21, 9:30 to 10:45 a.m.; Four Sundays, September 8 through 29, 10:00 to 11:15 a.m.; Four Mondays, September 9 through 30, 6:00 to 7:15 p.m.
  • Sumi-e Brush Painting Workshop: Flowers

    Sumi-e Brush Painting Workshop: Flowers
    In this workshop, you will learn to simplify a specimen into a few well placed strokes with this minimalist approach of brush painting at The Morton Arboretum. Saturday, June 8, 2019, 9:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m.
  • Weekend Wellness Retreat

    Focus on your wellness and spend a night under the stars on the peaceful grounds of the Arboretum during this weekend wellness retreat. Saturday and Sunday, June 8 and 9, 2019. Check in at 8:30 a.m. Saturday and depart at noon on Sunday.
  • Field Study: Birds of Summer

    Become acquainted with the host of birds that nest and breed in our region. Four Saturdays, June 8 through 29, 2019, 8:00 to 11:00 a.m.
  • The Art of Ikebana: Japanese Floral Arranging Demonstration

    Enjoy a demonstration of ikebana, or Japanese flower arranging, by one of the world’s leading ikebana instructors at The Morton Arboretum. Sunday, June 9, 2019, 3:00 p.m. to 4:30 p.m.
  • What is a Tree? Live Podcast with In Defense of Plants

    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.
  • Basic Nature Photography

    Basic Nature Photography
    Become a nature photographer. Move beyond shooting in automatic; learn how to adjust your camera’s manual settings to get the shot you want at The Morton Arboretum. Four Thursdays, June 6 through 27, 2019, 6:30 to 9:30 p.m., or Four Thursdays, July 11 through August 1, 2019, 6:30 p.m. to 9:30 p.m.
  • Meditation and Essential Oils

    Meditation and Essential Oils
    Explore meditative and self-nurturing yoga poses with the use of plant-based essential oils to restore and rebalance the mind and body in the tranquil setting of The Morton Arboretum. Wednesday, June 26, 2019, or the second and fourth Thursday of each month: July 11 through September 26, 2019, 6:00 to 7:00 p.m.
  • The Nature Behind Nature Connects (21+)

    The Nature Behind Nature Connects (21+)
    Grab a drink and a friend and take an evening stroll with an Arboretum expert to learn more about the nature behind the Nature Connects sculptures. Tuesday, June 11, 7:00 to 8:30 p.m.
  • The Future of Biodiversity in the Age of Humans

    The Future of Biodiversity in the Age of Humans
    Join us at The Morton Arboretum for a discussion with botanist John Kress, PhD, of the Smithsonian Institute for a look at the role that humans play on the planet--past, present, and future. Wednesday, June 12, 7:00 to 8:30 p.m.
  • Beginning Home Composting

    Discover the basics of backyard composting and composting with worms at The Morton Arboretum. (Register now) Thursday, June 13, 2019, 7:00 to 9:00 p.m. (Registration opens May 21, 2019) Wednesday, September 11, 2019, 7:00 to 9:00 p.m.
  • Plant Lover’s Delight: Tour a Historic Estate Garden

    Enjoy a tour of the two acre gardens at the historic Milne home built in 1842 in Lockport. Friday, June 14, 2019, 10:00 a.m. to 12:30 p.m.
  • Dragonfly and Damselfly ID

    Dragonfly and Damselfly ID
    Learn to identify dragonflies and damselflies on the grounds of the Arboretum. Friday, June 14, 2019, 8:00 to 11:30 a.m.
  • Guided Paddle on the Rock River

    Guided Paddle on the Rock River
    Paddle the Rock River in Oregon, Illinois, and learn the geology and natural history of this unique area. Saturday, June 15, 9:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m. (rain date June 22).
  • Beginning Smartphone Photography

    Remember, “the best camera is the one that’s with you.” Whether you are new to photography or new to smartphones, discover techniques for getting great nature images with your phone at The Morton Arboretum. Register now for Spring; Saturday April 13, or June 15, 2019, 8:00 to 11:00 a.m. Summer registration opens May 21; Saturday, July 13 or September 14, 2019, Noon to 3:00 p.m.
  • Bird Walks

    Bird Walks
    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.
  • Know Your Natives

    Know Your Natives
    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.

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