Trees and Nature

Course List

  • 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.
  • 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.
  • 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
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • Learn to identify dragonflies and damselflies on the grounds of the Arboretum. Friday, June 14, 2019, 8:00 to 11:30 a.m.
  • 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).
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • Learn to identify the endangered rusty patched bumblebee so you can participate in a bee blitz on Schulenberg Prairie. Wednesday, June 19, 2019, 12:30 to 3:30 p.m., and Bee Blitz on Saturday, June 22, 2019 from 11:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m.
  • 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 at The Morton Arboretum. Sunday, June 9, 1:00 to 3:00 p.m., or Saturday, September 21, 9:00 to 11:30 a.m.
  • Digitally explore the intricacies of the prairie landscape and learn how to restore these signature American ecosystems at The Morton Arboretum. Thursday, June 27, 2019, or Wednesday, September 18, 2019, 12:00 p.m. U.S. Central time: Online course becomes available
  • Ride the tram with curator Matt Lobdell for an enlightening perspective on the Arboretum’s most treasured trees. Thursday, June 27, 2019, 7:00 to 8:30 p.m.
  • Plants and animals offer up many different ways of being, becoming, and living. From intersex worms to flowers that transition sex overnight, nature is non-binary! Learn about and celebrate the queer side of nature in this fun and inclusive walking tour around the Arboretum's Nature Connects exhibit. Saturday, June 29, 2019, 2:00 to 3:30 p.m.
  • Learn the names and ecology of the wildflowers, sedges, rushes, and other plants that inhabit wetlands at The Morton Arboretum. Saturday, June 29, 2019, 9:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m.
  • Learn the identification skills to manage, restore, or simply enjoy prairie habitats at The Morton Arboretum. (Registration opens May 21, 2019) Three Tuesdays, July 9 through July 23, 2019, 6:00 to 8:00 p.m.
  • Learn to effectively and efficiently use the tools of the trade to tackle different restoration jobs at The Morton Arboretum. Tuesday, July 9, 2019, 12:00 p.m.: Online materials become available. Tuesday, July 16, 2019, 6:30 to 8:30 p.m: In-person session at Thornhill Education Center, OR Tuesday, September 10, 2019, 12:00 p.m.: Online materials become available. Tuesday, September 17, 2019, 6:30 to 8:30 p.m: In-person session at Thornhill Education Center
  • Learn the essentials of wetland ecology and the vital management techniques necessary to maintain threatened wetland ecosystems at The Morton Arboretum. Two days: Wednesday, July 10, 6:30 to 8:30 p.m., and Saturday, July 13, 2019 8:00 a.m. to 12:00 p.m.
  • Discover the principles and practice of ecosystem restoration at The Morton Arboretum. Registration opens May 21, 2019. Thursday, July 11, 2019, 12:00 p.m.: Online materials become available. Saturday July 20, and Saturday, July 27, 2019, 9:00 a.m. to 12:30 p.m.
  • Discover the natural history of northeast Illinois as we cycle the roads of the Arboretum. Friday, July 12, 6:00 to 8:00 p.m., or Sunday, September 8, 2019, 1:00 to 3:00 p.m.
  • Ron Nosek of Nature Education Programs brings his What 2 Know B4 You GoTM program to the Arboretum this summer. Learn skills you need to survive in the wilderness in this practical, hands-on workshop. Saturday, July 13, 2019, 9:00 to noon.
  • Be prepared for your next wilderness outing; learn to find your way using a map and compass at The Morton Arboretum. (Registration opens May 21, 2019) Saturday, March 16, 2019, noon to 4:00 p.m.
  • 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.

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