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  • Following state recommendations to help slow the spread of coronavirus (COVID-19), this program has been cancelled. For refund and more information, visit the Coronavirus (COVID-19) Preparedness and Prevention webpage.
  • Following federal and state recommendations to help slow the spread of coronavirus, this program has been MOVED TO A WEBINAR FORMAT. Deepen your connection to trees and nature by learning to backpack. Spending a night in the wilderness is a unique way to connect with nature, but it’s important to have the right “know-how” so you can enjoy your trip safely--and protect the place you’re visiting! Saturday, May 30, 2020, 9:00 to 10:30 a.m.
  • Following state recommendations to help slow the spread of coronavirus (COVID-19), this program has been cancelled. For refund and more information, visit the Coronavirus (COVID-19) Preparedness and Prevention webpage.
  • Learn to identify the trees you see every day in the woodlands and neighborhoods of the Chicago region at The Morton Arboretum. Dates and times vary in August 2020.
  • The Chicago Region Trees Initiative has developed a full day, hands on training event for non-forestry professionals who work with trees. Basic Urban Forestry and Chainsaw Workshops: The Richmond workshop for April 7 and 8 has been canceled. Please call the registrar at 630-719-2468 to transfer to the Montgomery workshop on September 1 and 2, or to receive a refund.
  • Following federal and state recommendations to help slow the spread of coronavirus, this program has been cancelled through April. For refund and more information, visit the Coronavirus (COVID-19) Preparedness and Prevention webpage.
  • Celebrate pollinators with this three-week study of bees. Bees are important pollinators for both flowers and trees. Work with a skilled instructor to observe and capture the intricate details of native and honey bees and watch the unique characteristics of different species emerge at The Morton Arboretum. Three Mondays, June 1, 8, and 15, 2020, 9:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m.
  • Following state recommendations to help slow the spread of coronavirus (COVID-19), this program has been cancelled. For refund and more information, visit the Coronavirus (COVID-19) Preparedness and Prevention webpage.
  • Learn principles and practices for managing critical habitats. Join us as we visit a variety of managed ecosystems in the Chicagoland area to discuss current conservation challenges and strategies with site managers and volunteer stewards. Wednesday, June 3, 2020: Online materials become available. Sunday, June 14, and Sunday, June 28 , 2020, 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. meet offsite.
  • 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 Thursdays, June 4 through 25, 6:30 to 9:30 p.m.
  • Stretch, strengthen, and release stress while having fun, cocooned in a hammock suspended from the trees at The Morton Arboretum! Thursday June 4, 11, or 18, 2020, 6:00 to 7:15 p.m., or Friday, June 5, 12, or 19, 2020, 9:30 to 10:45 a.m.
  • Focus on your wellness with help from The Morton Arboretum. Join us for a week of online wellness programs. Take time out for your mental and emotional wellbeing with a series of online offerings for mind and body.
  • Become acquainted with the host of birds that nest and breed in our region. We will observe breeding, foraging, and nesting behavior; discuss food choices and nesting habits; and learn bird songs and calls. Three Saturdays, June 6 through 20, 2020, 8:00 to 11:30 a.m.
  • Following state recommendations to help slow the spread of coronavirus (COVID-19), this program has been cancelled. For refund and more information, visit the Coronavirus (COVID-19) Preparedness and Prevention webpage.
  • Sumi-e is the Japanese word for “black ink painting” a style of art in which the brush strokes capture the spirit (Ch’i) of nature rather than a photographic likeness. In this workshop, you will learn to simplify a specimen into a few well placed strokes with this minimalist approach of brush painting at The Morton Arboretum. Saturday, June 6, 2020, 9:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m.
  • Following state recommendations to help slow the spread of coronavirus (COVID-19), this program has been cancelled. For refund and more information, visit the Coronavirus (COVID-19) Preparedness and Prevention webpage.
  • Digitally explore the intricacies of the prairie landscape and learn how to restore these signature American ecosystems at The Morton Arboretum. Tuesday, May 5, 2020: Noon U.S. Central time: Online Course Becomes available, or Monday, June 8, 2020: Noon U.S. Central time: Online Course Becomes available
  • Stroll the Arboretum's stunning gardens where you’ll learn about plant placement, dividing, transplanting, watering, fertilizing, mulching and more. Tuesday, June 9, 2020, 6:00 to 8:00 p.m.
  • Tap into your creativity and let the experts from Chicago Sip & Paint guide you through a step by step tree painting over a glass of wine at The Morton Arboretum. Thursday, June 11, 2020, 7:00 p.m. to 9:30 p.m.
  • 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. Saturday, June 13, 2020, 9:00 a.m. to noon
  • Kick off pollinator week with gardening expert Melinda Myers. Learn to support pollinators in your landscape with this detailed, practical, and hands-on seminar, led by one of the region’s leading horticulturists at The Morton Arboretum. Saturday, June 13, 2020, 8:30 a.m. to 3:00 p.m.
  • Enrich your understanding of our local natural areas by learning to identify the most common native plants you’re likely to encounter at The Morton Arboretum. Saturday, June 13, 2020, 8:30 to 11:30 a.m.
  • Ride the tram with curator Matt Lobdell for an enlightening perspective on the Arboretum’s most treasured trees. Wednesday, June 17, 2020, 7:00 to 8:30 p.m. (rain date June 18)
  • Join the community science movement! Learn to identify the endangered rusty patched bumblebee and participate in a bee blitz on Schulenberg Prairie. Friday, June 19, 2020, 10:00 a.m. to 1:00 p.m.
  • Learn the many ways that plants can help you stay alive in the wild at The Morton Arboretum. Saturday, June 20, 2020, 9:00 a.m. to noon.
  • Study the ecology of mushrooms and other fungi with Patrick Leacock, mycologist and adjunct curator at the Field Museum. Learn about the biology and ecology of fungi and walk the trails at the Arboretum to search for mushrooms. Saturday, June 20, 2020, 9:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m.
  • Following state recommendations to help slow the spread of coronavirus (COVID-19), this program has been cancelled. For refund and more information, visit the Coronavirus (COVID-19) Preparedness and Prevention webpage.
  • Celebrate the connection we have with nature on this evening solstice tram ride. As you wind through the Arboretum’s grounds, watch the sun set behind the Human+Nature sculptures. Sunday, June 21, or Tuesday, June 23, 2020, 7:30 p.m. to 9:30 p.m.
  • Grab a mimosa and enjoy the scents of spring in this behind-the-scenes tour of the Arboretum’s Children’s Garden. Monday, June 22, 2020, 5:00 to 6:15 p.m. or 6:15 to 7:30 p.m.
  • Explore the fascinating ecology of turtles and learn techniques for monitoring their biodiversity for management purposes. Tuesday, June 23, 6:00 to 9:00 p.m.
  • The Arboretum is well known as a tree focused botanical garden, but there are many stories you may not know that are still waiting to be told. Discover new tales and unique features on this conversational evening hike. June 25, 2020, 6:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m.,
  • Chase dragonflies with Cindy Crosby, dragonfly monitor and author of the book Chasing Dragonflies: A Natural, Cultural, and Personal History. Saturday, June 27, 2020, noon to 1:00 p.m.
  • Celebrate the release of author Cindy Crosby’s newest book, Chasing Dragonflies: A Natural, Cultural, and Personal History. Cindy will be joined by the book’s award-winning illustrator, Peggy MacNamara, artist in residence at the Field Museum. Saturday, June 27, 2020, 10:00 to 11:30 a.m.
  • Learn the names and ecology of the wildflowers, sedges, rushes, and other plants that inhabit wetlands at The Morton Arboretum. Sunday, June 28, 2020, 9:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m.
  • Learn to identify dragonflies and damselflies on the grounds of the Arboretum. Join dragonfly monitor and naturalist Cindy Crosby to learn about the natural history, diversity, habitat, and behaviors of these astonishing, colorful insects. Wednesday, July 8, 2020, 8:00 a.m. to 11:30 a.m.
  • Join us for an interactive day of learning in both the laboratory and in the field as we delve further into the development, classification, ecology and morphology of the insect order Odonata (dragonflies and damselflies) at The Morton Arboretum. Friday, July 10, 2020, 9:00 a.m. to 1:00 p.m.
  • What can a gardener do with a typical suburban plot? A LOT! Come and be inspired by the possibilities showcased at this Homer Glen home. Friday, June 19, 2020, 10:00 a.m. to noon.
  • Capture the graceful curve of an unfolding bud, the surprise of new leaves, or the lightness of a cloud through Ikebana -- the art of Japanese flower arranging at The Morton Arboretum. Saturday, June 20, 2020, 1:00 to 3:30 p.m.
  • Join us for a conversation with Jennifer Jewell, creator and host of the award-winning public radio show and podcast, Cultivating Place, about women who are creating change in the world through careers in horticulture at The Morton Arboretum. Presented in partnership with C2ST.org. The health and safety of visitors, volunteers, and employees continue to be the top priority for The Morton Arboretum. Following federal and state recommendations to help slow the spread of coronavirus, this class been RESCHEDULED FOR: Wednesday, September 2, 2020 7:00 to 8:30 p.m.
  • This one-day conference for green industry professionals and avid home gardeners will focus on the latest information and practice related to the selection and care of Midwestern trees, shrubs, and woody plants, as shared by leading designers and plant experts. Thursday, September 3, 2020, 8:30 a.m. to 4:00 p.m.
  • Following federal and state recommendations to help slow the spread of coronavirus, this program has been cancelled for Wednesday May 20. INVASIVE SPECIES ONLINE ONLY IS OPEN FOR REGISTRATION.
  • Plant-Animal Interactions is the study of the special ecological and evolutionary relationships between plants and animals. Wednesdays, September 9 through, December 2. 2020, 6:30 to 9:30 p.m., and Lab and field work: Select Saturdays September 12 through November 28, 2020 9:00 a.m. to Noon.
  • Practice correct pruning techniques and learn which plants to prune now and more importantly, which to prune later at The Morton Arboretum. Learn online, then apply those skills during a hands-on workshop. Next offered January 2021.