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Focal Point Plants

Chicago Botanic Garden @ Online via Zoom

The Chicago Botanic Garden’s online garden design class is a virtual experience you can take anywhere! Many well-designed landscapes rely on focal points to draw the eye to a certain location in the garden. Focal points can be either non-living structures and elements or an interesting and effective plant. Discover some of the most striking plants that can become powerful focal points when thoughtfully selected and placed in the landscape. ...

Thursday Nov 30th, 6:30–8:30pm Central Time

Bird Talk: The Super Migrants

UW Botanic Gardens @ Online Class

Two million flaps. That's how many times a shorebird weighing less than a small grape must beat its wings to fly from its nesting grounds in the Arctic to its wintering grounds in South America. And yet billions of birds make this arduous journey twice a year, passing through our state in wave upon wave of flights in spring and fall. It is a wondrous phenomenon of nature, one that we are just beginning to understand. Come along on the birds' journey...

Thursday Oct 12th, 7–8:30pm Pacific Time

25 Backyard Feeder Birds

Chicago Botanic Garden @ Online via Zoom

Get to know your feathered outdoor dining guests. Learn about common resident and migratory birds. Bird feeding basics such as feeder and food selection, care, and the importance of offering water will be covered. Bird migration, citizen science, and other tips will be discussed.  This class will be taught online via Zoom. All registrations must be submitted online two days before your class starts. Registered students will receive login instructions...

Saturday Nov 18th, 10:30am–12pm Central Time

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Literary Left Bank Virtual Tour

Coucou Los Angeles @ Live Online

Coucou is partnering with Women of Paris to offer you a very unique Literary Left Bank virtual tour! Join Heidi, Paris tour guide and creator of the Women of Paris Walks for an immersive, online jaunt through the lives and achievements of female Parisian writers like Colette, George Sand, Simone de Beauvoir and more… Set to charming views of Saint Germain-des-Prés, you will examine these women’s writing through the lens...

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Armchair Tour: Rotary Botanical Gardens

Chicago Botanic Garden @ Online via Zoom

The Chicago Botanic Garden’s online tour is a virtual experience you can take anywhere!  The transformation of a sand and gravel pit to a 20-acre internationally themed public garden has made Rotary Botanical Gardens the pride of Janesville, Wisconsin, for nearly 35 years. Learn about some of the 26 different gardens that make up Rotary and about their transition to sustainable garden practices. This class will be taught online via Zoom. All...

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Armchair Tour: Anderson Japanese Garden

Chicago Botanic Garden @ Online via Zoom

The Chicago Botanic Garden’s online tour is a virtual experience you can take anywhere!  Anderson Japanese Gardens is one of the highest quality Japanese gardens in North America. Join Tim Gruner, garden curator, in an exploration of the Garden’s history, patterns, and rhythms of nature that inspire Japanese garden design, and the reason so much energy and resources are expended in the Garden’s ongoing evolution. This class will be taught...

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Armchair Tour: Gardens of Millenium Park

Chicago Botanic Garden @ Online via Zoom

The Chicago Botanic Garden’s online tour is a virtual experience you can take anywhere!  Discover Chicago's celebrated urban sanctuary, Millennium Park. Austin Eischeid will discuss how the success of Lurie Garden has left the city wanting more. He will share how he has transformed surrounding underutilized landscapes around Millennium Park to seasonal, artistic, dynamic, and ecological landscapes. Austin will illustrate the seasonality of...

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Armchair Tour: Olbrich Botanical Garden

Chicago Botanic Garden @ Online via Zoom

The Chicago Botanic Garden’s online tour is a virtual experience you can take anywhere!  Join Jeff Epping for an inside look at the beautiful and varied gardens of Olbrich Botanical Gardens in Madison, Wisconsin. Olbrich recently received the American Horticultural Society’s 2022 Garden Stewardship Award, given to public gardens “that embrace and exemplify sustainable horticultural practices in design, maintenance, and programs.” Jeff...

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Modigliani Unmasked

The Jewish Museum @ Virtual Classroom

Join us for an online workshop for educators exploring Amedeo Modigliani's lyrical drawings, striking paintings, and majestic sculptures featured in the Jewish Museum’s past exhibition, Modigliani Unmasked. Participate in a virtual tour of the exhibition followed by a live drawing workshop to create a series of sketches inspired by work from the exhibition using line, contour, and shading. Modigliani Unmasked was on view at the Jewish Museum from...

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Tour Guide Certification

International Guide Academy, Inc.

A Tour Guide provides local expertise and does walking tours, step-on motor coach narration in their city, meets and greets at an airport, work at seminars and conventions, etc. They are hired by Destination Management Companies. Another way of looking at it is that Tour Guides are rarely away from home at night. Tour Guide class: This course is intended for those wishing to work as a Tour Guide. Tour Guides are knowledgeable within a specific...

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$795

5 sessions

Gardening for Hummingbirds

Chicago Botanic Garden @ Online via Zoom

One of summer’s delights is a visit from a ruby-throated hummingbird. Learn about these special guests and how to attract them to gardens during their warm-season residency. Migration, plant selection, eco-friendly gardening practices, nesting, supplemental feeding, and citizen science will be discussed. This class will be taught online via Zoom. Registered students will receive login instructions one day in advance.

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Amphibians of the Northeast

New York Botanical Garden @ Virtual Learning

Discover the fascinating traits that most frogs, toads, and salamanders share-such as having thin, smooth skins through which they can breathe-as well as what makes them unique. You'll pick up tips to identify local species by sight and/or sound and use case studies to learn more about their life history, ecology, and conservation.

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$105

2 sessions

The Science of Tree Communication - Online

New York Botanical Garden @ Virtual Learning

This class will take place online. Registered students will receive login instructions. Discover how trees communicate via chemical signals in the air (to warn of insect attacks) and transfer nutrients to one another through complex underground fungal networks (sometimes to assist sick trees).

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$159

3 sessions

Intro to the Ecology of Galls

New York Botanical Garden @ Virtual Learning

Fascinating adaptations, galls are highly modified tissues in plants caused by arthopods, fungi, viruses, or bacteria. Surprisingly little is known about the biology and ecology of galls, making them a prime topic for naturalists to study. This class will focus on the ecology of galls created by wasps, midges, aphids, psyllids, and more in the northeastern U.S. Participants will receive some tips on how to identify some of the more common species...

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The Raptors Among Us

UW Botanic Gardens @ Online Class

Eagles, hawks, and falcons are skilled predators who hunt their prey relentlessly and remorselessly--yet they are gentle and caring parents, loyal mates, and essential caretakers of nature.  Washington State is one of the richest environments in the world for raptors. Some 20 species make us their home. Come join master birder Connie Sidles in the world of raptors as she shares some of their secrets! 

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