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Adult Courses

Course List

  • Learn to effectively and efficiently use the tools of the trade to tackle different restoration jobs. Thursday, October 22, 2020, 12:00 p.m.: Access online self-paced materials (available for 60 days)
  • 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.
  • Chicago Wilderness offers the Midwest Ecological Prescription Burn Crew Member Training class online through The Morton Arboretum. Based on the National Wildfire Coordinating Group’s (NWCG) S-130 and S-190 courses, this two-day training covers the basics of such topics as fire behavior, controlled burn techniques, and smoke management. Wednesday, October 28, 12:00 p.m. central time: Online reading materials available, Thursday and Friday, October 29 and 30, 2020 9:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m. Live Webinar
  • 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)
  • Experience Tai Chi this summer at The Morton Arboretum. Move your body with the grace and confidence of the ancient Tai Chi masters who learned the secret of balancing yin and yang – strength with beauty, power with peace, endurance with flow. 9:30 a.m. to 10:30 a.m., Twice monthly on Wednesdays, September 16 through December 30, 2020
  • 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).
  • In this online program, Evey Schweig, Health Coach, will introduce a few holiday eating tips to help you avoid overindulging, as well as cooking up some healthy upgrades to a few traditional holiday dishes. Thursday, November 5, 2020, 7:00 to 8:30 p.m. Online
  • 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.
  • On the three-hour walk, you will experience a series of guided, gentle invitations to open the senses and cultivate presence, with more time to deepen the healing interactions between people and the natural world. On select Mondays, 1:00 to 4:00 p.m., October 12, November 9, and December 7, 2020
  • 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.
  • Create a drawing of a delicate fall leaf. For this live online class, all you need is a pencil and an internet connection! Wednesday, November 11, 2020, 7:00 to 9:00 p.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)
  • Create a drawing of a delicate fall leaf. All you need is a pencil! Saturday, November 14, 2020, 9:00 a.m. to noon
  • Join local bird expert Denis Kania for an introduction to the cranes of the world and how some of these species have overcome potential extinction to thrive once again. Wednesday, November 18, 2020, 7:30 to 9:00 p.m.
  • Does your garden need a reboot? Fall is the best time to evaluate your garden and plan for next year! Two Fridays, November 6 and 13, 2020, 9:00 to 11:00 a.m.
  • 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.
  • Join us for digital Arboretum Yoga sessions. Maintain your health and well-being with yoga from the comfort of your home. Mondays, 9:30 to 10:30 a.m., September through December, 2020, or Wednesdays, 6:00 to 7:00 p.m., September through December, 2020.
  • Late autumn is one of the best times to prune for plant structure. The foliage has fallen, revealing the limbs and form of the plant. In this workshop you will learn structural pruning techniques for specimen shrubs, small ornamental trees, and young trees at The Morton Arboretum. Learn best practices for structural pruning and get hands-on practice with a combination of online and in-person classes at The Morton Arboretum. All sections: Tuesday, October 27, 2020: Access online self-paced materials (available for 60 days). In-Person session meets from Tuesday, November 3, 2020, 9:00 to noon, or Saturday, November 14, 2020, 1:00 to 4:00 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. 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
  • Make a set of personalized notecards using watercolor from the comfort of your home. Thursday, December 3, 7:00 to 9:00 p.m.
  • Study and draw seeds pods in this intermediate/advanced art workshop at The Morton Arboretum. Three Fridays, December 4 through 18, 2020, 9:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m.

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