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Trees and Nature

Course List

  • 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.
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • 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.)
  • 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.)
  • 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.
  • 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.)
  • 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.
  • Enjoy the last of the migratory birds for the year. Three Saturdays, November 9 through 23, 2019, 8:00 to 11:30 a.m.
  • Learn to call plants by their botanical names through The Morton Arboretum. Tuesday, November 12, 2019: Online course begins.
  • Under the light of a full moon, hit the trail for a night of troll hunting at The Morton Arboretum! Tuesday, November 12; Wednesday November 13; Wednesday, December 11; or Thursday, December 12, 2019, 6:30 to 8:30 p.m.
  • Discover another side of poet Emily Dickinson, who was also an avid gardener at The Morton Arboretum. Wednesday, November 13, 2019, 7:00 to 8:30 p.m.
  • Learn to identify and manage the most common invasive plants in the Great Lakes region at The Morton Arboretum. Wednesday, November 13, 2019: Online course becomes available.
  • Wildlife populations are rebounding across the Chicago suburbs. Sharing space with wild animals comes with challenges as well as many benefits. Come explore the human-wildlife dynamic and learn how you can take action to support our local wildlife in all the right ways at The Morton Arboretum. Thursday, November 14, 2019, 7:30 to 9:30 p.m.
  • Learn the essentials of woodland ecology and the woodland management techniques necessary to maintain threatened woodland ecosystems at The Morton Arboretum. Thursday, September 26, 2019, 12:00 p.m., or Thursday, November 21, 2019, 12:00 p.m. U.S. Central time: Online course becomes available
  • Opt outside this Black Friday with a peaceful hike along the Arboretum’s quietest trails. Friday, November 29, 2019, 9:00 to 10:30 a.m.
  • Uncover hidden treasures and learn secrets found in the stacks in this special program at the Sterling Morton Library. Saturday, December 7, 2019, 1:30 to 3:00 p.m.
  • Woody Plants of the Western Great Lakes Region is an introduction to the identification of the plants that make up the woody flora of the western Great Lakes region. Wednesdays, September 11 through December 4, 2019, 6:30 to 9:30 p.m., and select Saturdays, September 14 through, December 7, 2019, 9:00 a.m. to noon.
  • Join an Arboretum expert for a cup of hot cocoa and a winter stroll through the conifer collection. Saturday, December 7 or 14, 2019, 1:00 to 3:00 p.m.