The Morton Arboretum

The Morton Arboretum

Life Skills
Lisle, Lisle, Illinois
(14 Reviews)

When Joy Morton established The Morton Arboretum in 1922, he envisioned a “great outdoor museum” of trees. Today, our living collections inspire visitors to appreciate, learn about, plant, and protect trees. The Arboretum champions the world's trees through plant collections, science and conservation, education, and outreach.

The Morton Arboretum's 1,700 acres hold more than 222,000 live plants representing nearly 4,300 taxa from around the world. Situated on the rolling Valparaiso moraine and bisected by the East Branch of the DuPage River, the Arboretum is planned and planted to nurture and display trees and shrubs in environments conducive to their growth.

The Arboretum conducts leading scientific research on tree health and tree improvement, collects and displays trees for study and enjoyment on the grounds, offers educational programming for adults and children, and presents nature-related activities year-round for people of all ages and interests.

Also on the grounds are the Visitor Center with The Arboretum Store and Ginkgo Restaurant and Café, four-acre Children’s Garden, one-acre Maze Garden, Sterling Morton Library, Plant Clinic, nine miles of roads, and 16 miles of trails.

Notes: The registrars office is the one who confirms registrations ([email protected]). They respond to emails Monday through Friday between 8:30 and 4pm. If a student registers through Coursehorse on Friday evening for a Saturday class, we will not have a way to confirm them.

Reviews of The Morton Arboretum

(14 Reviews)
Beginning iPhone Photography (Online)

2/7/2021
Therese Z.

Attended: Beginning iPhone Photography (Online)


I learned several tricks that will help me use my iPhone more effectively. The presenters were well organized and built in practice time within the class. It can be hard to teach on zoom and these teachers did a very good job.

Handmade Bookbinding Workshop

2/7/2020
Elizabeth B.

Attended: Handmade Bookbinding Workshop


The teacher was very nice and informed about the subject. I did learn quite a bit. I had issues with the pacing and organization of the class. Also, there were two students enrolled that sort of pushed the instructor to go faster/do things not in the course plan and we did not do the final hardcover book with a spine. Or if we did I wasn't aware of it because of the chaos.

Spring Ikebana: Japanese Floral Arranging

6/30/2019
Anonymous

Attended: Spring Ikebana: Japanese Floral Arranging


Excellent class. Great teacher.

Woodcraft Workshop: DIY Reclaimed Birdhouse

6/16/2019
Vicky K.

Attended: Woodcraft Workshop: DIY Reclaimed Birdhouse


Good instructor - very knowledgeable and helpful as were all the other helpers. Class was totally hands-on, even with the power tools, which was nice. Helpers were there at all times for those that needed help or guidance, so it was comfortable for all levels of experience. There was a good choice of weathered wood to choose from. A nice feature was that the back of each plank had been planed to show fresh wood, giving participants a choice of using either the weathered side, or the "new" side. Extra bits of wood were provided for those who wanted to add additional features to their birdhouse. The only reason for 4 stars instead of 5 is because there could have been a little more instruction and a better ratio of tools to participants. A sheet of basic instructions, including measurements of the birdhouses would have been helpful. I realize it's a lot of work to haul power tools and wood to an event, but 2 saws and 3 nail guns for 15 people meant for a lot of waiting around. All in all, We came home with birdhouses that we're quite happy with and would recommend the class to others, especially if they'd like a fully hands-on class and the chance to use power tools.

The Prairie in Art and Literature (Online)

2/25/2021
Maureen B.

Attended: The Prairie in Art and Literature (Online)


Maureen B. gave this class 5 out of 5 CourseHorse stars.

The Secrets of Bird Identification (Online)

1/31/2021
Anonymous

Attended: The Secrets of Bird Identification (Online)


Anonymous gave this class 5 out of 5 CourseHorse stars.

The Secrets of Bird Identification (Online)

1/30/2021
Frances S.

Attended: The Secrets of Bird Identification (Online)


Frances S. gave this class 5 out of 5 CourseHorse stars.

Beginning Beekeeping

2/27/2020
Anonymous

Attended: Beginning Beekeeping


Anonymous gave this class 4 out of 5 CourseHorse stars.

Valentine Floral Design

2/10/2020
Anonymous

Attended: Valentine Floral Design


Anonymous gave this class 4 out of 5 CourseHorse stars.

Meditation and Essential Oils

1/24/2020
Catherine G.

Attended: Meditation and Essential Oils


Catherine G. gave this class 5 out of 5 CourseHorse stars.

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4100 Illinois Rte 53, Lisle, Illinois 60532
The Morton Arboretum
Lisle, Suburbs
4100 Illinois Rte 53
At Ginkgo Wy
Lisle, Illinois 60532

Upcoming Classes at The Morton Arboretum

Ecosystem Concepts (Online and In-person)
Ecosystem Concepts (Online and In-person)
Next start date:

Monday Mar 8th, 12pm - 11:55pm Central Time

Attracting Birds and Bees to Your Garden (Online)
Attracting Birds and Bees to Your Garden (Online)
Next start date:

Wednesday Mar 10th, 9:30am - 11am Central Time

Growing a Productive Edible Garden (Online)
Growing a Productive Edible Garden (Online)
Next start date:

Saturday Mar 13th, 9:30am - 11am Central Time

Basic Nature Photography (Online and in-person)
Basic Nature Photography (Online and in-person)
Next start date:

Saturday Mar 13th, 1pm - 3pm Central Time

Botanical Names Demystified (Online)
Botanical Names Demystified (Online)
Next start date:

Thursday Mar 18th, 12pm - 1:30pm Central Time

Woodland Ecology (Online)
Woodland Ecology (Online)
Next start date:

Thursday Mar 18th, 12pm - 4pm Central Time

Invasive Species (Online)
Invasive Species (Online)
Next start date:

Thursday Mar 18th, 12pm - 1:30pm Central Time

Climate Change Close to Home (Online)
Climate Change Close to Home (Online)
Next start date:

Thursday Mar 18th, 7pm - 8:30pm Central Time

Starting Vegetables from Seed (Online)
Starting Vegetables from Seed (Online)
Next start date:

Saturday Mar 20th, 9:30am - 11am Central Time

Tai Chi (Online)
Tai Chi (Online)
Next start date:

Wednesday Mar 24th, 9:30am - 10:30am Central Time

Arboretum Uncorked: Paint a Floral Wreath (Online)
Arboretum Uncorked: Paint a Floral Wreath (Online)
Next start date:

Thursday Mar 25th, 7pm - 9pm Central Time

Intro to Ecological Restoration (Online and In-person)
Intro to Ecological Restoration (Online and In-person)
Next start date:

Wednesday Mar 31st, 12pm - 11:55pm Central Time

Arboretum Yoga (Online)
Arboretum Yoga (Online)
Next start date:

Monday Mar 8th, 9:30am - 10:30am Central Time

Growing Medicinal and Culinary Herb Gardens (Online)
Growing Medicinal and Culinary Herb Gardens (Online)
Next start date:

Saturday Mar 6th, 9:30am - 11am Central Time

Conifer Collection Guided Tour (In-person)
Conifer Collection Guided Tour (In-person)
Next start date:

Saturday Mar 6th, 9:30am - 11am Central Time

Spring Native Plant Propagation (In-person)
Spring Native Plant Propagation (In-person)
Next start date:

Saturday Mar 13th, 1pm - 4:30pm Central Time

Basic Plant ID
Basic Plant ID
Next start date:

Thursday Mar 18th, 12pm - 1:30pm Central Time

Arboretum Yoga
Arboretum Yoga
Next start date:

Monday Mar 8th, 9:30am - 10:30am Central Time

Beginning Birdwatching
Beginning Birdwatching
Next start date:

Saturday Mar 27th, 9am - 12:30pm Central Time

Trolls After Dark Hike
Trolls After Dark Hike
Next start date:

Wednesday Mar 31st, 7pm - 9pm Central Time

Teachers at The Morton Arboretum

Amanda Thomsen Andrea Mattson Ben Calvert Beth Botts Brenda Spitzer Bridget Bittman Carol E Becker Carrie Rasor Carrie Carlson Chris Benda Christy Rollinson, Laura Milkert & Jill Kostel Cindy Crosby Cindy Crosby and Peggy McNamara Cindy Crosby, Brenda, Carrie Carlson, & Brittany Caldwell Claudia Frost, Photographer and Teacher Cora Jacobs Cora Jacobs & Diana Chrisman Cora Jacobs and Erica Benson Dan Halsey Dana Quattlebaum Dave Dolak Dawn Nader Debbie Anderson-Phillips Denis Kania Dr. Lauren Oakes, Dr. Christy Rollinson & Dr. Jessica B. Turner-Skoff Dulcey Lima E-Ling Lou Emily Paster Emily Prasad Emmy Lou John and Linda Valenti Erica Benson Erika Allen Evey Schweig Greg Greg Rajsky Heather Prince Jay Sturner Jeanne Nolan & Maureen Maitland Jeannie Iseman Jeff Weiss Jennifer Murtoff Jennifer Jewell Jim Beck Julie Sutter-Blair Karen Johnson Kat Haberman Kathy Steere Katie Vota Katrina Lewin Kelly Burns Ken Thompson Kimberly Mullarkey Kimberly Darovec Laura Kamedulski Linda Camp Lindsay Sandbothe Lynn Dugan, RDN Marcy Stewart-Pyziak, horticulturist Marge Trocki Maria Rebelo and Cora Jacobs Mary Zaander Matt Candeias Matt Lobdell Melinda Myers Mike Moats Natalie Schilke Natasha Nicholes Nathan Hambel Nina Koziol Patricia Larkin Green Patrick Leacock, PhD Renae Frigo Retta Hennessy Rhonda Stibbe Robb Telfer Ron Nosek Ryan Anderson Sarah Cousins and Rochelle Wiedenhoeft Scott Kobal Sharon Yiesla Spencer Campbell Spencer Campbell and Brooke Pudar Susan Jacobsen, FASLA, PLA Suzanne Wegener Theresa Mieseler Tom Anton Vallari Talapatra, Landscapes Architect, Eco-scapes Vicky Sroczynski Will Clay Will Clay and Ken Thompson
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