Start 2021 off on the right foot with a new running and walking challenge from The Morton Arboretum. Participants are invited to select a goal of 25, 50, or 100 miles, track their runs and walks through the month of January, and submit mileage on the Arboretum's virtual result website to chart their progress. Participants are encouraged to get their miles on site at the Arboretum, but can also simply run or walk around the block, on a treadmill, or anywhere else they enjoy. The goal is to meet a personal challenge and enjoy the many health benefits of physical activity and spending time in nature.
Journaling is a great way to connect with nature, reduce stress, and improve mindfulness. You don’t have to be a great artist or writer to do it! In this online workshop, your instructor will help you get started, and provide some ways to slow down, observe carefully, and capture what you see with words and sketches. Monday, January 25 or February 1, 2021, 7:00 to 9:00 p.m.: Attend live session online.
Spending time in nature can restore our mind, body and spirit. But it can be hard to slow down and allow nature into our busy and stressed lives. In this live webinar, author and certified forest therapy guide Brenda Spitzer will share techniques and simple activities that can help us tap into the restorative benefits of nature. Monday, January 25, 2021, 2:00 to 3:30 p.m.: Attend live session online.
Get tips from birding expert Denis Kania to improve your bird identification skills in this webinar with The Morton Arboretum. The trick to identifying birds is knowing which details are key to confirming the species. Thursday, January 28, 2021, 10:00 to 11:30 a.m. (Central time): Attend live session online.
Learn how to take great nature photos with your iPhone in this online class from The Morton Arboretum. Whether you are new to photography or new to smartphones, discover techniques for capturing the season with your iPhone. Saturday, January 30, 2021, 9:00 a.m. to noon (Central time): Attend live session online.
Learn to identify and manage the most common invasive plants in the Great Lakes region at The Morton Arboretum. Thursday, January 21, February 18, or March 18, 2021 noon (central time): Access online self-paced materials (available for 60 days).
Digitally explore the intricacies of the prairie landscape and learn how to restore these signature American ecosystems at The Morton Arboretum. Monday, February 8, 2021, noon (Central time): Access self-paced materials online and Tuesday, February 23, 2021, 12:00 to 1:00 p.m. (Central time): Attend live session online.
Create a garden space that offers rest and renewal. In this live, interactive online class, we’ll identify the visual cues in a garden that invite meditation. Three Wednesdays, February 10, 17, and 24, 2021, 9:30 to 11:00 a.m. (Central time): Attend live sessions online.
Learn to use watercolor to capture nature in color. In this four-week class, you will learn watercolor techniques such as laying a wash, glazing, and dry brush at The Morton Arboretum. Four Thursdays, February 11, 18, 25, and March 4, 2021, from 6:30 to 8:30pm: Attend live sessions online.
The Perennial Plant Association, the Horticultural Society of Maryland, and The Morton Arboretum are teaming up to offer a virtual gardening symposium with the best writers and most knowledgeable experts in the business. Friday, February 12, 2021, 8:45 a.m. to 4:30 p.m., Central time.
Learn the theory and practice of habitat restoration at The Morton Arboretum. This course provides an overview of Chicago region ecosystems, threats to their biodiversity and functions, and management practices designed to restore them and the environmental services they provide. Online classes meet: 12 Mondays, February 22, March 1, and March 22 through May 24, 2021, 6:30 to 8:30 p.m. In-person, outdoor learning, field and lab exploration: Six Wednesdays, March 24 through May 26, 2021, 5:30 to 8:30 p.m., and Four Saturdays, April 3, April 17, May 1, and May 15, 2021, 9:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m.
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, noon (Central time).: Access self-paced materials online and Tuesday, January 12, 2021, noon to 1:00 p.m. (Central time): Attend live sessions online or Wednesday, February 24, 2021, noon (Central time).: Access self-paced materials online. (available for 60 days) and Friday, March 12, 2021, noon to 1:00 p.m. (Central time): Attend live sessions online.
The tallgrass prairie is usually thought of for its diverse community of plants, animals, and insects. Yet, it is also an inspiration for a creative community! Wednesday, February 24, 2021, 7:00 to 8:30 p.m.: Attend live session online.
Explore the lives of hummingbirds and learn to attract them to your home garden in this live, online program from The Morton Arboretum. Friday, February 26, 2021, 10:00 to 11:30 a.m. (Central time): Attend live session online.
This year we are counting trees, but trees are also counting on you and your students! Learn more about The Arboretum’s 2020 Tree Census Project, as well as find ways your students can get involved in measuring trees in your community, or in their backyard. Friday February 26, 2021, 9:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m. Attend live session Online.
Interested in getting into gardening? Learn the basics you need to turn your yard into an appealing outdoor space. This live, online class will cover the foundational skills that every new gardener needs. Saturday, February 27, 2021, 9:00 a.m. to 10:30 a.m. (Central time): Attend live session online.
Improve your health and well-being with yoga. We will practice poses, breathing and meditation in the tranquil setting of The Morton Arboretum. Mondays, 9:30 to 10:30 a.m. March 1 through March 29, 2021.
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. Thursday, February 25, 2021, noon (Central time): Access self-paced materials online, and Thursday and Friday, March 4 and 5, 2021, 9:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m. (Central time): Attend live sessions online.
Growing a garden can be healing in so many ways, whether you are replenished by the healing herbs you grow, the time spent outdoors, or the empowerment that comes with growing your own food. Join co-founder and CEO of the Urban Growers Collective and dig deep into the how’s and why’s of herbal gardens. Saturday, March 6, 2021, 9:30 a.m. to 11:00 a.m. (Central time): Attend live session online.
Join an Arboretum expert for a winter stroll through the conifers. Admire the variety of textures, shapes, and colors of the Arboretum’s magnificent collection of evergreen trees from around the world. Friday, February 26, 2021, 1:00 to 2:30 p.m., or Saturday, March 6, 2021, 9:30 to 11:00 a.m.
Explore the interactions that drive ecosystem function and learn to identify plants, animals, and fungi in relation to ecological habitats at The Morton Arboretum. Monday, March 8, 2021, 12:00 p.m. (Central time): Access self-paced materials online. and Saturday, March 20, 2021, 1:00 to 2:30 p.m. (Central time): In person session meets at Thornhill Picnic Shelter, P-21.
Birds and bees are an important part of healthy landscapes. Learn how to attract birds and bees to your garden in this live, interactive online class with landscape designer Carol Becker. Two Wednesdays, March 10 and 17, 2021, 9:30 a.m. to 11:00 a.m. (Central time): Attend live sessions online.
Strengthen your skills leading volunteers in natural areas management with this interactive primer for volunteer stewardship activity planning, group dynamics, safety, and volunteer empowerment. Dates vary starting December 1, 2020, or March 11, 2021.
Learn to use your digital SLR camera to capture beautiful nature images in this online class with The Morton Arboretum. Three Saturdays, March 13, 27, April 10, 2021, 1:00 to 3:00 p.m.: Attend live sessions online and Two Sats., March 20 and April 3, 1:00 to 3:00 p.m.: Attend sessions on-site.
Learn spring methods for propagating your favorite native plants. Learn how to bring seeds out of stratification, plant in seed trays and transplant seedlings at The Morton Arboretum. Saturday, March 13, 2021, 1:00 to 4:30 p.m. (Central time).
Imagine growing an edible garden so bountiful that it overflows with produce. In this online workshop, learn to maximize results in your edible garden through good design, plant selection, and smart techniques. Saturday, March 13, 2021, 9:30 a.m. to 11:00 a.m. (Central time): Attend live session online..
Learn the essentials of woodland ecology and the woodland management techniques necessary to maintain threatened woodland ecosystems at The Morton Arboretum. Thursday, Jan 21, February 18, or March 18, 2021, noon (Central time) Access self-paced materials online.
Illinois is known as the Prairie State, but in reality, the natural communities that make up our state are as diverse as its human communities. Whether you live in Chicago, the suburbs, or the surrounding rural areas, climate change is affecting all of us, though in different ways. Thursday, March 18, 2021, 7:00 to 8:30 p.m.: Attend live session online.
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, Jan 21, Feb 18, or March 18, 2021, noon (Central time): Access self-paced materials online.
Learn to call plants by their botanical names and discover the fascinating origins of names in this self-paced online class. Third Thursday of each month: November 19, 2020 through March 18, 2020: Access self-paced materials online (available for 60 days).
Hike the Arboretum’s lesser-known trails with a naturalist guide. Stretch your legs and get some fresh air while you learn about the history of the Arboretum and the plants and animals that call it home. Wednesday, December 16, (SOLD OLD) 2020, 8:30 to 10:00 a.m., or Friday January 22, February 19 or March 19, 2021, 8:30 to 10:00 a.m. Locations vary.
Growing vegetables from seed is an affordable way to grow your own food and try new varieties you can’t find at the garden center. Need some help getting started? Join urban homesteader and community gardener Natasha Nicholes for this online beginner’s workshop. Saturday, March 20, 2021, 9:30 a.m. to 11:00 a.m. (Central time): Attend live sessions online.
Learn to identify the common trees you see in local preserves or in your neighborhood in this online-only class from The Morton Arboretum. Third Thursday of each month: November 19, 2020 through March 18, 2020: Access self-paced materials online.
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., December 2020 through January 2021, or Wednesdays, 6:00 to 7:00 p.m., December 2020 through January 2021.
Experience the healing and wellness-promoting effects of Shinrin-Yoku, the practice of bathing the senses in the atmosphere of the forest at The Morton Arboretum. Saturdays January 23, February 20, or Saturday, March 20, 2021, 9:00 to 11:00 a.m.
Discover the principles and practice of ecosystem restoration. Ecological restoration is a process for recovering forests, grasslands, and other ecosystems that have been degraded. Challenge your assumptions and have conversations about ecological restoration with an expert instructor. Wednesday, March 31, 2021, noon (Central time): Access self-paced materials online and Saturday, April 10, and Saturday, April 17, 2021, 9:00 a.m. to noon (Central time): Attend in-person classes at the Arboretum.
In this single morning workshop for beginners, learn how to find birds, discuss equipment, what to wear, keeping track of your observations, and more. Saturday, March 27, 2021, or Saturday, April 3, 2021, 9:00 a.m. to 12:30 p.m.
Attention all PreK-2nd grade teachers! The Morton Arboretum invites you to gather strategies in order to bring the outdoors indoors! Discover implementable activities about butterflies to help connect your students to the green spaces in their community. Saturday April 17, 2021, 9:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m.