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Adult Courses

Course List

  • Intro to Colored Pencil

    Intro to Colored Pencil
    Learn the fundamentals of working with colored pencil to create images of nature at The Morton Arboretum. Four Fridays, October 18 through November 8, 2019, 9:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m.
  • Drawing Nature II

    Drawing Nature II
    Grow your nature drawing skills under the guidance of a knowledgeable instructor at The Morton Arboretum. Four Saturdays, October 19, 26, November 2, 16 (no class November 9), 2019, 9:00 a.m. to noon.
  • The Monarch Mystery: Sprouting Your Student Scientists

    Attention all 3rd-5th grade teachers! Flutter on by The Morton Arboretum to gather strategies in order to bring the outdoors indoors! Saturday, October 19, 2019, 9:00 A.M. to 11:30 P.M.
  • Guided Paddle: Fall Foliage at Busse Woods

    Guided Paddle: Fall Foliage at Busse Woods
    Leave the leaf-peeping traffic behind and escape in a kayak where you can experience the vivid colors of fall's foliage from the waters of the Ned Brown Preserve in Busse Woods. Saturday, October 19, 2019, 9:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m.
  • Rare Habitats Tour: Cemetery Prairie

    This program has been cancelled. Did you know that many of Illinois’ best prairies are found in cemeteries? Join botanist Christopher Benda for a tour of one of these high-quality cemetery prairies.
  • Fall Food Series: Plant-Based Eating

    What is plant-based eating? Come find out! A diet focused on plants is good for you and good for the planet. Each week, you get to watch cooking demonstrations, taste samples, or get hands-on and prepare a recipe to take home with you at The Morton Arboretum! Saturday, October 19 or 26, or November 2 or 9, 2019, 10:00 a.m. to noon.
  • Fall Foliage Walking Tour

    Fall Foliage Walking Tour
    Enjoy a brisk autumn walk and take in the changing colors of the Arboretum’s trees. Guided by our forest ecologist, this special seasonal stroll will give you the chance to view fall color with the engaging story of the seasonal changes that trees go through each year. Saturday, October 19, or November 2, 2019 9:00 to 11:00 a.m.
  • Bird Walks

    Bird Walks
    Search the woods, fields, and edges of the Arboretum for birds. The third Saturday of each month, August 17 through December 21, 2019, 8:00 to 10:30 a.m.
  • Basic Plant ID (In-person)

    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. Saturday, September 21, 9:00 to 11:30 a.m., or Saturday, October 12, 2019, 12:30 to 3:00 p.m.
  • Shrubs for the Illinois Garden

    Shrubs for the Illinois Garden
    Design for the middle distance using shrubs that thrive in the upper Midwest at The Morton Arboretum. The “middle distance” links the foreground and background of a landscape or connects the large features with the small. Registration will open August 20, 2019. Wednesday, October 23, 2019, 9:00 a.m. to 1:00 p.m.
  • Hand-painted Wood Ornaments

    Hand-painted Wood Ornaments
    Create your own nature-themed hand-painted ornament in time for the holidays at The Morton Arboretum. Saturday, November 23, 2019, 10:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m.
  • Nature Photography: In the Footsteps of Henri Cartier-Bresson

    Cartier-Bresson first popularized the concept of the “decisive moment:” that sliver of time when all elements of an image align, and the photographer can tell a complete story and fully engage the viewer. In this class, we will apply Bresson’s concepts to nature photography, as plants bloom, the tides come and go, or clouds or reflections enhance a scene at The Morton Arboretum. Five days: Three Wednesdays, October 23 through November 6, 6:30 to 9:30 p.m., and two Saturdays, October 26 and November 2, 2019, 8:00 to 11:00 a.m.
  • Meditation and Essential Oils

    Meditation and Essential Oils
    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. The September 26 class has been canceled. Please sign up for another section on the second or fourth Thursday of each month: October 10 through December 12, 2019, 6:00 to 7:00 p.m.
  • Whiskey Walks

    Join us for a hike and whiskey tasting at The Morton Arboretum. Saturday, October 26, 2019, noon to 1:30 p.m., 1:00 to 2:30 p.m., or 2:00 to 3:30 p.m.
  • Basic Nature Photography

    Basic Nature Photography
    Become a nature photographer. Move beyond shooting in automatic; learn how to adjust your camera’s manual settings to get the shot you want at The Morton Arboretum. Four Sundays, October 27 through November 17, 2019, noon to 3:00 p.m.
  • Natural Areas Conservation Training Program Orientation (In-Person)

    Natural Areas Conservation Training Program Orientation (In-Person)
    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.
  • Ecosystem Concepts (Online and In-person)

    Explore the interactions that drive ecosystem function and learn to identify plants, animals, and fungi in relation to ecological habitats at The Morton Arboretum. Tuesday, October 29, 2019: Online materials become available. Sunday, November 3, 2019, 9:00 a.m. to 1:00 p.m.: In person session meets at Thornhill Education Center. (Registration will open Tuesday, August 20, 2019.)
  • Basic Plant ID (Online)

    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. Tuesday, October 29, 2019: Registration closes at 11:59 p.m. Wednesday, October 30, 2019: Online course available. (Registration will open Tuesday, August 20, 2019.)
  • Forest Therapy Walks (3 hour)

    Forest Therapy Walks (3 hour)
    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. Dates and locations vary on Mondays or Saturdays from September through December 2019, 9:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m., or New Year’s Day: Wednesday, January 1, 2020.
  • Autumn Textures in Graphite

    Autumn Textures in Graphite
    Capture curled leaves and seed pods--the perfect textures for graphite at The Morton Arboretum. Four Thursdays, October 31 through November 21, 2019, 6:30 to 9:30 p.m.
  • Wilderness Survival Skills

    Wilderness Survival Skills
    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. Saturday, November 2, 2019, noon to 3:00 p.m.
  • Fall Foliage Walking Tour

    Fall Foliage Walking Tour
    Enjoy a brisk autumn walk and take in the changing colors of the Arboretum’s trees. Guided by our forest ecologist, this special seasonal stroll will give you the chance to view fall color with the engaging story of the seasonal changes that trees go through each year. Saturday, October 19, or November 2, 2019 9:00 to 11:00 a.m.
  • Fall Photography Walking Tour

    See the Arboretum through the eyes of an expert photographer. Learn how to notice your surroundings with attention to light, angle, subject, and creative interpretation. Saturday, October 26, or November 2, 2019, 8:00 a.m. to 11:00 a.m.
  • Glacial History Bike Tour

    Glacial History Bike Tour
    Learn the geologic history of the Midwest as we cycle the the roads of the Arboretum. Sunday, November 3, 2019, 9:00 to 11:00 a.m. (Registration will open Tuesday, August 20, 2019.)
  • Garden Design for a Changing Climate

    Set your garden up for success with plants and design techniques that can withstand changing conditions at The Morton Arboretum. Registration will open August 20, 2019. Three Tuesdays, November 5 through 19, 2019, 6:30 to 9:00 p.m.
  • Food Evolution: Film Screening and Discussion

    The debates surrounding our food and the role science will play in navigating global food challenges have been notable for the polarizing perceptions and misperceptions that have surrounded the conversation. The documentary FOOD EVOLUTION​, from Academy Award®-nominated director Scott Hamilton Kennedy (The Garden, Fame High, OT: Our Town), explores the controversy surrounding GMOs and food. Tuesday, November 5, 2019, 7:00 to 9:00 p.m.
  • Volunteer Leadership (Online and In-person)

    Volunteer Leadership (Online and In-person)
    Strengthen your skills leading volunteers in natural areas management with this interactive primer for volunteer stewardship activity planning, group dynamics, safety, and volunteer empowerment at The Morton Arboretum. Thursday, November 7, 2019: Online materials become available. Thursday, November 14, 6:00 to 9:30 p.m., 2019.
  • Forest Therapy Walks (1 hour 45 minute)

    Forest Therapy Walks (1 hour 45 minute)
    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. Select Mondays or Saturday, August through November 2019, 9:30 to 11:15 a.m.
  • Fall Food Series: Plant-Based Eating

    What is plant-based eating? Come find out! A diet focused on plants is good for you and good for the planet. Each week, you get to watch cooking demonstrations, taste samples, or get hands-on and prepare a recipe to take home with you at The Morton Arboretum! Saturday, October 19 or 26, or November 2 or 9, 2019, 10:00 a.m. to noon.
  • Soap-Making Workshop

    Make your own naturally scented soaps using the cold-press process at The Morton Arboretum. Saturday, November 9, 2019, 1:00 to 3:00 p.m.

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