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Trees and Nature

Course List

  • Learn the nuts and bolts of excellent nature writing and improve your wordsmithing skills in this blended online and in-person course at The Morton Arboretum. Tuesday, March 3, 2020: Online component begins. Three Tuesdays, March 10, 24, and April 7, 6:30 to 9:00 p.m..: In-person classes meet.
  • Circle up around the fireplace in the historic Founder’s Room in Thornhill Education Center, and enjoy an hour-long talk followed by a Q&A with the week’s visiting expert. Select Wednesdays, January 22 through March 25, 2020, 10:00 to 11:30 a.m.
  • Learn to identify plants without leaves or flowers. Explore the Schulenberg Prairie and adjacent woodlands to practice identifying native perennials and grasses in winter with a local expert at The Morton Arboretum. Saturday, March 7, 2019, 8:00 a.m. to noon.
  • 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.Sunday, March 8, 2020, 9:00 a.m. to 12:30 p.m., or 1:00 to 4:30 p.m.
  • Under the light of a full moon, hit the trail for a night of troll hunting at The Morton Arboretum! Select Tuesdays, Wednesdays, Thursdays, or Fridays November 13, 2019 through March 10, 2020, 6:30 to 8:30 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 and Sunday, November 3, 2019, 9:00 a.m. to 1:00 p.m.: In person session meets, or Wednesday, March 11, 2020: Online materials become available and Sunday, March 22, 2020, 1:00 to 5:00 p.m.: In person session meets.
  • Be prepared for your next wilderness outing; learn to find your way using a map and compass at The Morton Arboretum. Sunday, March 15, 2020, noon to 4:00 p.m.
  • In this single morning workshop for beginners, learn how to find birds, discuss equipment, what to wear, keeping track of your observations, and more at The Morton Arboretum. Saturday, March 21, 2020, 9:00 a.m. to 12:30 p.m.
  • Digitally explore the intricacies of the prairie landscape and learn how to restore these signature American ecosystems at The Morton Arboretum. Thursday, March 26, 2020: Noon U.S. Central time: Online course becomes available.
  • 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, March 28, 2020, 12:30 to 3:00 p.m.
  • Learn how scientists study and take action to conserve plants. This class will review the major threats to plant species (fragmentation, habitat loss, disease, overharvest, and more) and how biologists make conservation decisions at The Morton Arboretum. Wednesday, January 29 through Wednesday, April 29, 2020. Weekly on Mondays and Wednesdays, 6:30 to 8:30 p.m., and three Saturdays, February 15, March 21, April 18, 2020, 9:00 a.m. to 1:00 p.m.
  • Discover the principles and practice of ecosystem restoration at The Morton Arboretum. Next offered in Spring 2020. Online registration for Spring classes opens February 18, 2020.
  • 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. Next offered in Spring 2020. Online registration for Spring classes opens February 18, 2020.
  • Learn the theory and practice of habitat restoration at The Morton Arboretum. This course provides an overview of Chicago region ecosystems, threats to their biodiversity and functions, and management practices designed to restore them and the environmental services they provide. Thursdays, February 20, February 27, and March 19 through May 21, 2020, 5:30 to 8:30 p.m.;Three Tuesdays, April 28, May 12, and May 19, 2020, 5:30 to 9:30 p.m.,; and Four Saturdays, March 28, April 11, April 25, and May 9, 2020, 9:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.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.