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Trees and Nature

Course List

  • In this three-part series, learn the identification skills to manage, restore, or simply enjoy prairie habitats. Three Tuesdays, July 14 through July 28, 2020, 6:00 to 8:00 p.m.
  • Learn to identify and manage the most common invasive plants in the Great Lakes region at The Morton Arboretum.
  • Draw the tallgrass prairie, Illinois' most important native habitat. Learn more about this disappearing habitat while practicing your drawing skills under the guidance of a professional artist. Thursday, July 23, August 20, or September 17, 2020, 9:00 a.m. to 12:30 p.m.
  • Learn the essentials of woodland ecology and the woodland management techniques necessary to maintain threatened woodland ecosystems at The Morton Arboretum. Tuesday, July 21, 2020, 12:00 p.m.: Online course becomes available.
  • Learn to call plants by their botanical names and discover their fascinating origins in this “at your own pace" online class. Tuesday, June 23, or Wednesday, July 22, or Tuesday, September 22, 2020, Online course available at noon.
  • 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, July 28, 2020, 12:00 p.m.: Online materials available, or Thursday, September 24, 2020, 12:00 p.m.: Online materials available.
  • Learn how humans have used prairie plants on this virtual exploration with The Morton Arboretum. Two Fridays, July 31 and August 7, 2020, 9:00 a.m. to 11:00 a.m.
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • Enrich your understanding of our local natural areas by learning to identify the most common native plants you’re likely to encounter. Saturday, August 8, 2020, 8:00 a.m. to 11:00 a.m.
  • Attention all PreK-2nd grade teachers! Flutter on by The Morton Arboretum to gather strategies in order to bring the outdoors indoors! Saturday, August 8, 2020, 9:00 A.M. to 3:00 P.M.
  • Learn to identify the common trees you see in local preserves or in your neighborhood in this online-only class from The Morton Arboretum. Multiple sections are available: Thursday, June 11:Tuesday, July 14:Tuesday, August 11, or Monday, September 21, 2020, noon: Online materials available
  • Explore the interactions that drive ecosystem function and learn to identify plants, animals, and fungi in relation to ecological habitats at The Morton Arboretum. Thursday, Aug 20, 2020, 12:00 p.m.: Online materials become available. Sunday, Aug 30, 2020, 9:00 a.m. to 1:00 p.m.: In person session meets
  • Discover the edible plants that grow wild among us! Monday, August 24, 2020, 4:00 to 5:30 p.m.
  • Spend an evening learning about Illinois’ native bats, and then go outside and use specialized microphones to hear the bats swooping around the Arboretum skies. Thursday, August 27, 2020, 7:00 to 10:00 p.m.
  • Enjoy autumn’s amazing birding as you learn to identify the migratory birds filling the air at The Morton Arboretum. Five Saturdays, August 29, through , September 26, 2020, 8:00 a.m. to 11:30 a.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.
  • Discover what happens at the Arboretum at night, when no one is around. 7:30 p.m. to 9:30 p.m., Wednesday, September 2, 2020, or Thursday, September 3, 2020.
  • Digitally explore the intricacies of the prairie landscape and learn how to restore these signature American ecosystems at The Morton Arboretum. Monday, June 8, 2020, or Wednesday, September 2, 2020, 12:00 p.m.: Online materials available
  • Learn to identify and manage the most common invasive plants in the Great Lakes region. Managing invasive plants is one of the most common restoration tasks Wednesday, September 9, 2020, 12:00 p.m.: Online course becomes available. Saturday, September 19, 2020: Meet in-person, 8:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m.
  • Learn the basics of beekeeping. Curious about honey bees? Interested in starting your own hive and harvesting your own honey? Four Tuesdays, September 15 through October 6, 2020, 6:30 to 9:30 p.m.
  • Learn how we can fight light pollution and save dark skies during this live webinar with The Morton Arboretum. Protecting the night sky from light pollution is critical for wildlife and people alike. Thursday, September 17, 2020 7:00 p.m. to 8:30 p.m.
  • Celebrate the first day of fall with a guided hike through the Arboretum’s natural areas. Tuesday, September 22, 2020, 9:00 to 11:00 a.m.
  • Strengthen your skills leading volunteers in natural areas management with this interactive primer for volunteer stewardship activity planning, group dynamics, safety, and volunteer empowerment. Wednesday, September 23, 2020: Online materials become available. Thursday, September 30, 2020, 6:00 to 9:00 p.m.: live webinar via Zoom
  • Learn how to identify the sparrows found along woodland edges, wetlands, and grasslands at The Morton Arboretum. Three days: Wednesday, September 23, 2020, 6:30 p.m. to 8:30 p.m., and two Sunday, September 27 and Sunday, October 4, 2020, 8:00 a.m. to 11:30 a.m.
  • 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.