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The Morton Arboretum fall preview, September calendar of events

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August 13, 2020
Lisle, Ill (Aug. 12, 2020)—In September, The Morton Arboretum will continue to offer in-person and online programming for all ages as part of the next phase of its reopening. Select events will take place in-person at the Arboretum with adjusted operations to ensure public safety; some will be held in a virtual format. 
“The Morton Arboretum is considering which fall events and programs can be safely hosted on-site within the Restore Illinois phased reopening guidelines and which can be transitioned to online options,” said Tari Marshall, Head of Public Relations and Social Media. “The Arboretum is committed to providing exceptional experiences regardless of adjustments that must be made.” 
All fees listed are for the general public and include parking and admission to the Arboretum. Information is accurate as of the date of this release. Due to the coronavirus public health situation, the Arboretum is encouraging the media to check the mortonarb.org website for updates prior to publication as times, dates and details may change. 
In-Person Event Safety Procedures
Participants must comply with current public health guidelines as required by the governor of Illinois, which include six feet of social distancing and the use of face masks when indoors and when social distancing is not possible outdoors. For more information on the Arboretum’s guidelines, please visit the Arboretum’s Know Before You Go Visit Information page. 
Wine and Art Walk - Aug 22–23, 10 a.m. to 5 p.m.
Sip wine and shop for unique nature-themed art by Midwest artists while strolling around Meadow Lake. This juried art show will feature photography, woodturning, jewelry, painting, ceramics, fused glass and more. Wine, snacks and other refreshments will be available for purchase. The show is included free with Arboretum admission. A timed-entry admission ticket or member pass must be reserved in advance online. Tickets will not be available at the gatehouse.
Tails on the Trails - Aug. 30, 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. 
Tails on the Trails allows guests to visit the Arboretum with their dogs. The event will only include the Vendor Expo, and will not include any dog demonstrations or dog-related activities. Tickets for canine companions are $5 each. Although this is an outdoor event, guests are asked to wear a mask while in vendor booths. Entry requires a timed-entry admission pass for members, guests and each of their dogs. Tickets are available now at mortonarb.org.
Evergreen: The Gala for The Morton Arboretum - Sept. 26, 6:30 p.m.
With large gathering restrictions still in place in Illinois, the Arboretum’s signature fundraising event is going virtual. For the first time, the evening gala will be free to attend online via live stream on YouTube. Donations during the 45-minute event will support the Arboretum’s ability to advance leading-edge tree science, benefiting Chicago area communities, as well as addressing threatened species globally. In 2019, the event raised nearly half a million in funds for tree-focused research, outreach and programs. More details will be shared at mortonarb.org and on social media.
Glass Pumpkin Patch - Oct. 14–18
The 10th annual Glass Pumpkin Patch has been adapted to an online format due to large gathering restrictions in Illinois. A stunning array of handblown glass pumpkins will be available for purchase online, with in-person pick up, beginning Oct. 14. More details will be shared at mortonarb.org and on social media, including opportunities to interact with artists online.
Illumination: Tree Lights at The Morton Arboretum - Nov. 21 through Jan. 3
Illumination, the one-of-a-kind interactive spectacle of color, light and sound, will highlight the many gifts of trees. This year's exhibit will be different from previous years to ensure public safety. Tickets go on sale Oct. 1. More details will be announced at mortonarb.org and on social media. 
Timed-entry member passes or guest tickets are not required to enter the Arboretum for class participation. All pricing listed is for the general public.
Garden Walk: Perennial Care - Sept. 10, 4 to 6 p.m.
Stroll the Arboretum's perennial beds to learn about plant placement, dividing, transplanting, watering, fertilizing, mulching and more. Knowing what to do and when to do it will help keep perennial gardens looking good throughout the season. 
Nature Photography: Intro to Composition - Four days: Sept. 10, 12, 17 and 24, Times vary.
Develop skills as a photographer by seeing nature through thoughtful compositions. Learn tools of composition and how to use a camera to make an image that captures the moment, feeling or experience in nature. This course consists of classroom instruction, in-field photography and critique sessions. 
Begin to Draw Nature - Four Saturdays: Sept. 12, 19, 26 and Oct. 3, 9:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m.
Learn the basics of drawing nature in this course designed for true beginners. Participants will discuss everything from how to hold a pencil to what kind of paper to use. Time will be given to work on drawing skills in a no-pressure setting.
Advanced Summer Prairie Plant ID - Two days: Sept. 14 and 15, 9 a.m. to 4 p.m.
Go beyond the basics and learn to identify the diverse and beautiful plants of the tallgrass prairie. Learn the specialized features and vocabulary to identify challenging groups, such as the aster family, including asters and goldenrods, and the grasses, rushes, and sedges. This workshop consists of an intensive, hands-on approach incorporating both classroom work and field study.  Identify prairie plants in the field and lab, discuss their ecology and practice identifying species from keys. 
Beginning Beekeeping - Four days: Sept. 15, 22, 29 and Oct. 6, 6:30 to 8:30 p.m.
Interested in starting your own hive and harvesting your own honey? Already have a hive and want to learn more about managing it? Join the Arboretum’s experienced beekeeper and explore the history of beekeeping, bee anatomy, starting up a colony and managing it through the year, equipment basics, honey bee pests and diseases, harvesting honey, and more.
Drawing the Prairie - Sept. 17, 9 a.m. to 12:30 p.m.
Learn more about the tallgrass prairie, a native habitat of Illinois that is disappearing, while practicing drawing skills under the guidance of a professional artist. This class will focus on prairie insects and animals. 
Forest Therapy Walk (two hours) - Sept. 17, 1 to 3 p.m.
Forest Therapy Walk (three hours) - Sept. 21, 1 to 4 p.m.
Experience the healing and wellness-promoting effects of shinrin-yoku, the practice of bathing the senses in the atmosphere of the forest. Awaken your senses and reconnect with nature during these mindful walks with a certified Forest Therapy guide. No two walks are the same; visit different locations at The Morton Arboretum and enjoy a variety of awareness-raising exercises. 
Autumn Equinox Hike - Sept. 22, 9 to 11 a.m.
Celebrate the first day of fall with a guided hike through the Arboretum’s natural areas. The autumn equinox is the day of the year when the sun is directly above the equator, making day and night equal in length all around the world. The autumn equinox has been recognized throughout human history with rituals and traditions, and celebrated in various ways by different cultures. Learn how the shorter days trigger certain activities in nature, and how the flora and fauna prepare for the winter season that lies ahead.
Sparrows of DuPage County - Three days: Sept. 23, 27 and Oct. 4, times vary.
Learn how to identify the sparrows found along woodland edges, wetlands and grasslands. Some of the more difficult-to-find species, such as Nelson's sharp-tailed sparrow, LeConte's sparrow and Harris' sparrow, will be sought as guests learn about habitat preferences and timing of migration. The weeknight class will take place at the Arboretum, laying the groundwork for two nearby field sessions in DuPage County. 
Basic Plant ID - Sept. 24, noon (Online materials become available.)
Whether you are a natural resources volunteer or specialist, gardener, naturalist or artist, this class provides the botany basics necessary to identify plants. From the comfort of your home or office, use self-paced online learning modules to learn plant identification vocabulary and describe plant structures and life histories. Plan to spend roughly 90 minutes completing the online material. Students will have access to online materials for 60 days. 
Basic Tree ID - Sept. 21, noon (Online materials become available.)
Learn to identify the common trees in local preserves or in neighborhoods in this online-only class. Use characteristics such as leaves, bark, branches, flowers and fruit to identify a tree, with keys and field guides as resources.
Botanical Names DeMystified - Sept. 22, noon (Online materials become available.)
In the online class, guests will learn the botanical names for 40 common plant species that are native to Illinois, how to use the scientific names of plants, why naming conventions are useful, and tips and tricks for pronouncing scientific names. Online materials consist of learning modules with reading material, short videos, interactive activities and quizzes. The course will take approximately 90 minutes to complete and can be completed within 60 days.
Tallgrass Prairie Ecology (Online) - Sept. 2, noon (Online materials become available.) and Sept. 29 (live discussion via Zoom)
Digitally explore the intricacies of the tallgrass prairie landscape and learn how to restore these signature American ecosystems. Different types of prairie will be examined. Explore plant and animal communities and discuss strategies specific to restoring prairies. Come away with a better understanding of prairies and key insights into how to restore their beauty.
Saving the Night Sky (Online) - Sept. 17, 7 to 8:30 p.m.
Protecting the night sky from light pollution is critical for wildlife and people alike. During this live webinar, guests will join local Dark Sky Association delegate Adam Kreuzer to learn what makes dark skies so important, how to fight light pollution and provide practical ways to make a difference. 
Invasive Species (Online) - Sept. 9, noon (Online materials become available.) and Sept. 22, noon to 1 p.m. (live discussion via Zoom)
Learn to identify and manage the most common invasive plants in the Great Lakes region. In this online class, guests will learn the characteristics of common invasive plants, control methods, their impacts on the landscape and invasive plant ecology. The self-guided material can be completed at your own pace, and includes learning modules with interactive reading, images, video and knowledge checks. A live discussion with the instructor and other participants via Zoom video conferencing is also included in the course.
Volunteer Leadership (Online) - Sept. 23 (Online material becomes available.) and Oct. 1, 6:30 to 9 p.m. (live webinar via Zoom)
Guests will strengthen their skills in leading volunteers in natural areas management with this interactive primer for volunteer stewardship activity planning, group dynamics, safety, and volunteer empowerment. Learn how to plan and run a productive volunteer workday for activities such as invasive brush removal and seed collection that keep volunteers coming back. Discover some methods of bringing volunteers together with social media, mailing lists and in-person meetings. Gain skills to recruit, retain, and empower volunteers to lead others with community organizing fundamentals.
Yoga Online - Mondays, Sept. 14, 21 and 28, 9:30 to 10:30 a.m. or Wednesdays, Sept. 2, 9, 16, 23 and 30, 6 to 7 p.m.
Join the Arboretum for live yoga online sessions Mondays and Wednesdays in September. Maintain your health and well-being with yoga from the comfort of your home. Students will receive a link to join instructor Natalie Schilke for a live webcast. During each one-hour class, guests will practice poses, breathing and meditation.