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Adult Courses

Course List

  • Learn about the role of storytelling in Indigenous culture and enjoy traditional Potawatomi stories. Wednesday, March 3, 2021, 7:00 to 8:30 p.m.: Attend live session online.
  • Chicago Wilderness offers the Midwest Ecological Prescription Burn Crew Member Training class online through The Morton Arboretum. Based on the National Wildfire Coordinating Group’s (NWCG) S-130 and S-190 courses, this two-day training covers the basics of such topics as fire behavior, controlled burn techniques, and smoke management. Thursday, February 25, 2021, noon (Central time): Access self-paced materials online, and Thursday and Friday, March 4 and 5, 2021, 9:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m. (Central time): Attend live sessions online.
  • Growing a garden can be healing in so many ways, whether you are replenished by the healing herbs you grow, the time spent outdoors, or the empowerment that comes with growing your own food. Join co-founder and CEO of the Urban Growers Collective and dig deep into the how’s and why’s of herbal gardens. Saturday, March 6, 2021, 9:30 a.m. to 11:00 a.m. (Central time): Attend live session online.
  • Join an Arboretum expert for a winter stroll through the conifers. Admire the variety of textures, shapes, and colors of the Arboretum’s magnificent collection of evergreen trees from around the world. Friday, February 26, 2021, 1:00 to 2:30 p.m., or Saturday, March 6, 2021, 9:30 to 11:00 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. Mondays, 9:30 to 10:30 a.m. March 1 through March 29, 2021.
  • Explore the interactions that drive ecosystem function and learn to identify plants, animals, and fungi in relation to ecological habitats at The Morton Arboretum. Monday, March 8, 2021, 12:00 p.m. (Central time): Access self-paced materials online. and Saturday, March 20, 2021, 1:00 to 2:30 p.m. (Central time): In person session meets at Thornhill Picnic Shelter, P-21.
  • Birds and bees are an important part of healthy landscapes. Learn how to attract birds and bees to your garden in this live, interactive online class with landscape designer Carol Becker. Two Wednesdays, March 10 and 17, 2021, 9:30 a.m. to 11:00 a.m. (Central time): Attend live sessions online.
  • Strengthen your skills leading volunteers in natural areas management with this interactive primer for volunteer stewardship activity planning, group dynamics, safety, and volunteer empowerment. Dates vary starting December 1, 2020, or March 11, 2021.
  • Imagine growing an edible garden so bountiful that it overflows with produce. In this online workshop, learn to maximize results in your edible garden through good design, plant selection, and smart techniques. Saturday, March 13, 2021, 9:30 a.m. to 11:00 a.m. (Central time): Attend live session online..
  • Learn to use your digital SLR camera to capture beautiful nature images in this online class with The Morton Arboretum. Three Saturdays, March 13, 27, April 10, 2021, 1:00 to 3:00 p.m.: Attend live sessions online and Two Sats., March 20 and April 3, 1:00 to 3:00 p.m.: Attend sessions on-site.
  • Learn spring methods for propagating your favorite native plants. Learn how to bring seeds out of stratification, plant in seed trays and transplant seedlings at The Morton Arboretum. Saturday, March 13, 2021, 1:00 to 4:30 p.m. (Central time).
  • Learn to call plants by their botanical names and discover the fascinating origins of names in this self-paced online class. Third Thursday of each month: November 19, 2020 through March 18, 2020: Access self-paced materials online (available for 60 days).
  • Illinois is known as the Prairie State, but in reality, the natural communities that make up our state are as diverse as its human communities. Whether you live in Chicago, the suburbs, or the surrounding rural areas, climate change is affecting all of us, though in different ways. Thursday, March 18, 2021, 7:00 to 8:30 p.m.: Attend live session online.
  • Get the botany basics you need to identify plants in this online, self-paced class. Whether you are a natural resources volunteer or specialist, gardener, naturalist, or artist this class provides the fundamentals you need to get started. Thursday, Jan 21, Feb 18, or March 18, 2021, noon (Central time): Access self-paced materials online.
  • Learn the essentials of woodland ecology and the woodland management techniques necessary to maintain threatened woodland ecosystems at The Morton Arboretum. Thursday, Jan 21, February 18, or March 18, 2021, noon (Central time) Access self-paced materials online.
  • Hike the Arboretum’s lesser-known trails with a naturalist guide. Stretch your legs and get some fresh air while you learn about the history of the Arboretum and the plants and animals that call it home. Wednesday, December 16, (SOLD OLD) 2020, 8:30 to 10:00 a.m., or Friday January 22, February 19 or March 19, 2021, 8:30 to 10:00 a.m. Locations vary.
  • Growing vegetables from seed is an affordable way to grow your own food and try new varieties you can’t find at the garden center. Need some help getting started? Join urban homesteader and community gardener Natasha Nicholes for this online beginner’s workshop. Saturday, March 20, 2021, 9:30 a.m. to 11:00 a.m. (Central time): Attend live sessions online.
  • Learn to identify the common trees you see in local preserves or in your neighborhood in this online-only class from The Morton Arboretum. Third Thursday of each month: November 19, 2020 through March 18, 2020: Access self-paced materials online.
  • Experience the healing and wellness-promoting effects of Shinrin-Yoku, the practice of bathing the senses in the atmosphere of the forest at The Morton Arboretum. Saturdays January 23, February 20, or Saturday, March 20, 2021, 9:00 to 11:00 a.m.
  • Join us for digital Arboretum Yoga sessions. Maintain your health and well-being with yoga from the comfort of your home. Mondays, 9:30 to 10:30 a.m., December 2020 through January 2021, or Wednesdays, 6:00 to 7:00 p.m., December 2020 through January 2021.
  • Pour a glass of wine, follow along and paint a cheerful floral wreath in this live, online class with The Morton Arboretum. Thursday, March 25, 2021, 7:00 to 9:00 p.m.: Attend live session online.
  • Discover the principles and practice of ecosystem restoration. Ecological restoration is a process for recovering forests, grasslands, and other ecosystems that have been degraded. Challenge your assumptions and have conversations about ecological restoration with an expert instructor. Wednesday, March 31, 2021, noon (Central time): Access self-paced materials online and Saturday, April 10, and Saturday, April 17, 2021, 9:00 a.m. to noon (Central time): Attend in-person classes at the Arboretum.
  • In this single morning workshop for beginners, learn how to find birds, discuss equipment, what to wear, keeping track of your observations, and more. Saturday, March 27, 2021, or Saturday, April 3, 2021, 9:00 a.m. to 12:30 p.m.
  • Attention all PreK-2nd grade teachers! The Morton Arboretum invites you to gather strategies in order to bring the outdoors indoors! Discover implementable activities about butterflies to help connect your students to the green spaces in their community. Saturday April 17, 2021, 9:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m.
  • Crawl, slither, hop, or branch out on Zoom with The Morton Arboretum and join us for this workshop about the plants and animals that make up an ecosystem. Saturday May 15, 2021, 9:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m.