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Adult Courses

Course List

  • Hummingbird Happy Hour (21+)

    Hummingbird Happy Hour (21+)
    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.
  • Drawing Shells

    Capture the subtle colors and textures and the graceful lines of shells, pebbles, and other ephemera from the shore. Three Thursdays, July 25 through August 8, 2019, 9:30 a.m. to 12:30 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. The second and Fourth Thursday of each month: July 11 through September 26, 2019, 6:00 to 7:00 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
  • Forest Therapy Walks (3 hour)

    Forest Therapy Walks (3 hour)
    Experience the healing and wellness promoting effects of Shinrin-Yoku, the practice of bathing the senses in the atmosphere of the forest. Take a slow and mindful walk with a certified Forest Therapy guide on a trail at the Morton Arboretum. Dates and locations vary starting Saturday May 11 through Monday, September 23, 2019, 9:30 a.m. to 12:30 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! Weekly in July and August, Mondays, 6:00 to 7:00 p.m., or Fridays, 9:30 to 10:30 a.m.
  • Prairie Ethnobotany

    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.
  • Guided Paddle on the Kankakee River

    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.
  • American Hornbeam Yamadori (Carpinus carolinana) Bonsai Workshop

    The American Hornbeam is a native forest understory tree. The focus of the workshop at The Morton Arboretum will be on branch selection and wiring to create a good solid bonsai structure. Saturday August 3, 2019, 9:00 a.m. to noon
  • Trident Maple (Acer Buergerianum) Bonsai Workshop

    Trident Maples make excellent bonsai due to their small, three-lobed leaves with thick gnarly roots and a readily thickening trunk. The focus on of this workshop at The Morton Arboretum will be on styling and wiring the tree. Saturday Aug 3, 2019, 10:00 a.m. to 1:00 p.m.
  • Dwarf Jade (Portulacaria Afra) Bonsai Workshop

    The Dwarf Jade is a popular tropical tree for beginners. The goal of this class at The Morton Arboretum is to come away with a tree that has its first initial styling and is on its’ way to becoming a bonsai.Saturday August, 3, 2019, 2:00 to 5:00 p.m. Please not the former name of this class: Green Island Ficus (Ficus Macrocarpa) Bonsai Workshop.
  • Brazilian rain tree (Chloroleucon tortum) Bonsai Workshop

    The Brazilian Rain Tree is a beautiful tropical tree. The bark is very smooth and tends to exfoliate creating multi-colored shades in the trunk. The primary focus of this workshop at The Morton Arboretum will be on styling the tree both with wire and branch selection. Sunday August 4, 2019, 1:00 to 4:00 p.m.
  • Field Grown Cork Bark Chinese Elm (Ulmus parvifolia corticosa) Bonsai Workshop

    This workshop features a selection of field grown Cork Bark Chinese Elm trees. This workshop at The Morton Arboretum will explore the many different possibilities of Chuhin bonsai. Sunday August 4, 2019, 9:00 a.m. to noon.
  • Hinoki Cypress (dwarf Chamaecypris obtuse) Bonsai Workshop

    Dwarf Hinoki Cypress or False Cypress is native to Japan. This evergreen conifer displays flattened, fan like foliage and a trunk that develops an attractive shredding reddish-brown bark with age. Sunday August 4, 2019 10:00 a.m. to 1:00 p.m.
  • Woodland Trees (Online and In-person)

    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
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • Plant-and-Sip Night (21+)

    Plant-and-Sip Night (21+)
    Grab a drink and get your hands dirty in this DIY houseplant workshop at The Morton Arboretum. Thursday, August 8, 2019, 7:00 to 9:00 p.m.
  • Master Naturalist Intensive Training

    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.
  • History Up Close: Photographing Rare Butterflies

    History Up Close: Photographing Rare Butterflies
    Enjoy special access to the remarkable Denton Collection, a hundred-year-old collection of butterflies and moths housed in the archives of the Sterling Morton Library at The Morton Arboretum. Saturday, August 10, 2019, 9:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m.
  • Rare Habitats Tour: Northern Flatwoods

    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.
  • Hydrangeas 101

    Get tips for choosing, planting, and caring for hydrangeas, a top choice among home gardeners at The Morton Arboretum. Tuesday, August 13, 2019, 9:00 a.m. to noon
  • Sensational Summer Side Dishes

    Sensational Summer Side Dishes
    Learn to prepare three deliciously easy side dishes representing the flavors of summer in this hands-on class at The Morton Arboretum! Thursday, August 15, 2019, 7:00 to 9:00 p.m.
  • Beginning Beekeeping

    Beginning Beekeeping
    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.
  • Feather Finders: Nurturing the Naturalist for Nature-based Instruction

    Feather Finders: Nurturing the Naturalist for Nature-based Instruction
    Attention all Pre-K - 2nd grade teachers! Fly on down to The Morton Arboretum to gather strategies to bring the outdoors indoors. Saturday, August 17, 2019, 9:00 a.m. to 11:30 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.
  • Certified Interpretive Guide Training

    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.
  • Explore Forest Therapy: An evening with authors Amos Clifford and Rosita Arvigo

    Explore Forest Therapy: An evening with authors Amos Clifford and Rosita Arvigo
    Discover Forest Therapy, a research based approach to mindfully experiencing nature, with leading practitioners and authors at The Morton Arboretum! Wednesday, August 28, 7:00 to 9:00 p.m.
  • Forest Therapy Immersion: Herbal Medicine and Tea in Forest Therapy and Beyond

    Forest Therapy Immersion: Herbal Medicine and Tea in Forest Therapy and Beyond
    World-renowned herbalist and healer Rosita Arvigo brings her wisdom to the world of forest therapy at The Morton Arboretum. (CANCELED) Five days: Sunday, August 25 through Thursday, August 29, 2019 times vary.
  • Advanced Summer Prairie Plant ID

    Go beyond the basics and improve your ability to identify the diverse and beautiful plants of the tallgrass prairie at The Morton Arboretum. Two days: Thursday, August 29, and Friday, August 30, 2019, 9:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m.

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