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  • 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.
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • The Arboretum closes at dusk, so enjoy this special opportunity to see the mysterious forest protectors under the light of the moon. Wednesday, January 27, 2021, 7:00 to 9:00 p.m.
  • 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).
  • Experience Tai Chi from the comfort of home with live, online classes from The Morton Arboretum. Twice monthly on Wednesdays, January through March, 2021, 9:30 a.m. to 10:30 a.m. (Central time)
  • Meet the animals that prowl our woods and ponds all winter long. We rarely see them—mink, beaver, coyote, and deer—but they are here. Saturday, February 6, 2021, 9:00 to 11:00 a.m.
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • Learn about the role of storytelling in Indigenous culture and enjoy traditional Potawatomi stories. Wednesday, March 3, 2021, 7:00 to 8:30 p.m.: Attend live session online.
  • 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.

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