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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.
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • 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)

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