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Adult Courses

Course List

  • Create a festive, long-lasting botanical arrangement to display in your home during the holidays, using a wintery mix of greenery and flowers at The Morton Arboretum. Thursday, December 19, 2019, 7:00 to 9:00 p.m.
  • Join Natalie and Jay for a rejuvenating yoga session infused with the pure tones of the crystal bowls at The Morton Arboretum. (Registration will open Tuesday, August 20, 2019.) Third Thursday of each month, October 17, November 21, or December 19, 2019, 6:00 to 7:30 p.m.
  • Join us for a FREE orientation to the Natural Areas Conservation Training (N-ACT) Program in ecological restoration. Course start date: October 21 2019 through February 17, 2020
  • Improve your health and well-being with yoga. We will practice poses, breathing and meditation in the tranquil setting of the Morton Arboretum. Select Mondays or Wednesdays, December 2019 through March 2020. Mondays, 9:30 to 10:30 a.m. or Wednesdays, 6:00 to 7:00 p.m.
  • 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. Saturday, November 23, 2019, 9:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m., or New Year’s Day: Wednesday, January 1, 2020, 8:00 to 11:00 a.m.
  • Under the light of a full moon, hit the trail for a night of troll hunting at The Morton Arboretum! Select Tuesdays, Wednesdays, Thursdays, or Fridays November 13, 2019 through March 10, 2020, 6:30 to 8:30 p.m.
  • Join us for a FREE orientation program on the Natural Areas Conservation Training Program Orientation (formally the Woodland Stewardship Program) at the Morton Arboretum. Tuesday October 29, 2019, 6:30 to 8:00 p.m., or Tuesday, January 14, 6:30 to 8:00 p.m.
  • Learn to identify trees after they shed their leaves for the winter. Develop the skills to identify winter trees on your own using clues found in buds, fruits, leaf scars, bark, and branching patterns at The Morton Arboretum. Dates and times vary starting Thursday January 16, 2020.
  • Learn techniques for accurately identifying Illinois' winter birds, spot species that are in the area this winter, and meet the migratory species that overwinter in our region at The Morton Arboretum. Three Saturdays, January 18 through February 1, 2020, 8:00 to 11:30 a.m.
  • Learn to use your new DSLR camera. Get familiar with the basic features and functions of your camera and have the opportunity to practice under the guidance of an experienced photographer at The Morton Arboretum.Saturday, January 18, 2020, noon to 3:00 p.m.
  • Browse a selection of seeds, and take home a variety to plant this spring. Bring your leftover seed packets or self-saved seeds to share. Saturday, January 18, 2020, 11:00 a.m. to 1:00 p.m.
  • Discover techniques for and benefits of growing your vegetables from seed started indoors at The Morton Arboretum. Saturday, January 18, 2020, 9:00 to 11:00 a.m.
  • Experience the healing and wellness-promoting effects of Shinrin-Yoku, the practice of bathing the senses in the atmosphere of the forest. Take a mindful walk with a certified Forest Therapy guide on a trail at the Morton Arboretum as you awaken your senses and reconnect with nature. Select Mondays and Saturdays starting January 20 through March 21, 2020, 9:30 to 11:30 a.m.
  • Learn to make one-of-a-kind handbound books that can be given as a gift, displayed as art, or used to hold photographs, sketches, or journal entries at The Morton Arboretum. Five days, Three Tuesdays January 21 through February 4, and two Thursdays, January 23 and 30, 2020, 6:30 p.m. to 9:30 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. Fall: Tuesday, October 29, 2019: Registration closes at 11:59 p.m. Wednesday, October 30, 2019: Winter: Online course available, or Tuesday, January 21, 2020: Registration closes at 11:59 p.m. Wednesday, January 22, 2020: Online course available at noon
  • Warm up the winter with engaging talks on history, ecology, art, literature, and more by Arboretum and visiting experts. Circle up around the fireplace in the historic Founder’s Room in Thornhill Education Center, and enjoy an hour-long talk followed by a Q&A with the week’s featured speaker. Select Wednesdays, January 22 through March 25, 2020, 10:00 to 11:30 a.m.
  • 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. Monday, December 16, 2019 or the Second or fourth Thursday of each month: January 23 through March 12, 2020, 6:00 to 7:00 p.m.
  • (Registration opens August 20) Mix and blend colors to create a watercolor painting of a delicate fall leaf at The Morton Arboretum. Saturday, January 25, or Sunday, January 26, 2020, 10:00 a.m. to 1:00 p.m.
  • Plant-based foods are good for you and for the planet. Learn to make non-dairy cheeses and nut-based yogurts with creative mix-ins for a healthy, delicious treat at The Morton Arboretum! Saturday, January 25, 10:00 a.m. to noon.
  • Learn to effectively and efficiently use the tools of the trade to tackle different restoration jobs at The Morton Arboretum. Tuesday, January 28, 2020, 12:00 p.m.: Online materials become available. Tuesday, February 4, 2020, 6:30 to 8:30 p.m: In-person session at Thornhill Education Center
  • The Perennial Plant Association and The Morton Arboretum are teaming up to offer a day-long symposium entitled, ‘Garden Companions.’ Some of the best writers and most knowledgeable experts in the business will be here, and you’re invited to listen, learn, and ask questions
  • Remember, “the best camera is the one that’s with you.” Whether you are new to photography or new to smartphones, discover techniques for getting great nature images with your phone at The Morton Arboretum. The Saturday, November 16 class is CANCELED. Please enroll in the December 7, 2019, 9:00 a.m. to noon, or Saturday, February 1, 2020, 9:00 a.m. to noon class.
  • Learn the essentials of woodland ecology and the woodland management techniques necessary to maintain threatened woodland ecosystems at The Morton Arboretum. Thursday, November 21, 2019, 12:00 p.m. U.S. Central time: Online course becomes available, or Thursday, January 30, 2020, 12:00 p.m. U.S. Central time: Online course becomes available.

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