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Adult Courses

Course List

  • 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
  • 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.
  • 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
  • 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.
  • 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 visiting expert. 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
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • Practice correct pruning techniques and learn which plants to prune now and more importantly, which to prune later at The Morton Arboretum. Online component begins: Thursday, January 16 at noon and In-person class meets: Thursday, January 23, 9:00 to 11:30 a.m., or Online component begins: Monday, January 27 at noon and In-person class meets: Saturday, February 1, 9:00 to 11:30 a.m.
  • 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, January through March 2020. Mondays, 9:30 to 10:30 a.m. or Wednesdays, 6:00 to 7:00 p.m.
  • Learn to identify and manage the most common invasive plants in the Great Lakes region at The Morton Arboretum. Tuesday, February 4, 2020: Noon U.S. Central time: Online course becomes available.
  • Learn the basics of beekeeping at The Morton Arboretum. Four Wednesdays, February 5 through 26, 6:30 to 8:30 p.m.
  • 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 6 through 27, 6:30 p.m. to 9:30 p.m.
  • Learn to combine multiple photographs into one presentation to tell a powerful story or show differences between subjects at The Morton Arboretum. Five days: three Thursdays, February 6 through 20, 6:30 p.m. to 9:30 p.m., and two Saturdays, February 8 and 15, 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 nature artist Julie Sutter-Blair for a two-day drawing workshop that explores creative expression through drawing with graphite or colored pencil at The Morton Arboretum. Two days: Friday and Saturday, February 7 and 8, 2020, 9:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m.
  • Learn to call plants by their botanical names and learn 40 common plant species that are native to Illinois at The Morton Arboretum. Tuesday, November 12, 2019: Online course begins, or Wednesday, February 12, 2020: Online course begins
  • Take the leap toward a lawn-free yard. Lawns are labor- and resource-intensive. Learn ways to reduce the amount of lawn in your home landscape and replace it with an attractive, more sustainable design that meets your goals at The Morton Arboretum. Three Tuesdays, February 11 through 25, 2020, 9:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m.
  • Create a unique fresh floral design to celebrate love, and bring a splash of color and life to winter at The Morton Arboretum. Saturday, February 8, 2020, 10:00 a.m. to noon, or Wednesday, February 12, 2020, 7:00 to 9:00 p.m.
  • Capture the hidden side of trees in this special intermediate/advanced art workshop at The Morton Arboretum.Three Fridays, February 14 through 28, 2020, 9:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m.

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