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Chicago Botanic Garden
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The Chicago Botanic Garden is a world-renowned living museum and conservation science center that offers multiple unique nature courses spread throughout 26 gardens and four natural areas on 385 acres.

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Chicago Botanic Garden

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Introduction to Beekeeping

Chicago Botanic Garden @ 1000 Lake Cook Road, Chicago, IL

Learn all the basics needed to start keeping bees. This includes what to expect, how to put together equipment, how to get bees in your hive, finding the queen, feeding, what to look for after the bees are installed, and seasonal chores. There will be hands-on exercise in the field. All participants are required to bring their own bee-suit. No extra suits will be available at the class.

Saturday Feb 17th, 9am–2pm Central Time

Mosaic Workshop

Chicago Botanic Garden @ 1000 Lake Cook Road, Chicago, IL

Pique assiette, or “broken plates,” incorporates a blending of color, form, and texture. This folk art can be found in many cultures and is popular today as a way to recycle a favorite piece of china or broken heirloom. Complete a unique mosaic from shards of china, ceramic, or glass.  A supply list is given at the first class, but you can start collecting dishes now.

Thursday Jan 18th, 1:30–3:30pm Central Time

 (8 sessions)


8 sessions

Tin Angel Ornament Workshop

Chicago Botanic Garden @ 1000 Lake Cook Road, Chicago, IL

Unleash your creativity and craft a unique masterpiece using decorative tin, jewelry parts, rhinestones, and charms. Join this workshop and create a fanciful angel in collage art, perfect as a personalized gift or a charming addition to your collection. No prior experience is required and all skill levels are welcome to indulge in this imaginative workshop.

Saturday Dec 2nd, 1–3pm Central Time

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Forest Bathing Experience

Chicago Botanic Garden @ 1000 Lake Cook Road Glencoe, Chicago, IL

Inspired by Shinrin yoku, Japanese forest bathing refers to the practice of immersing all of your senses in the healing forest to reduce stress hormones and increase immune function. Connect with forest life around you through mindful activities on a gentle walk, typically covering less than a mile, and ending with a simple tea ceremony utilizing native plants.  Dress for the weather, as class will still be held in light to moderate rain....

Sunday Jan 14th, 1–2:30pm Central Time

Basic Jewelry Techniques

Chicago Botanic Garden @ 1000 Lake Cook Road, Chicago, IL

If you’ve always wanted to try your hand at jewelry making, give this class a try. You will learn a sampling of basic jewelry techniques, including solder, wire wrap, and string. This is a fun hobby to tap into your creativity! All materials included.

Tuesday Jan 16th, 6:30–8:30pm Central Time

 (4 sessions)


4 sessions

Photoshop 1

Chicago Botanic Garden @ 1000 Lake Cook Road, Chicago, IL

Make your images even better with Adobe Photoshop Elements—a user-friendly photo editor that has the same concepts as the full version of Photoshop. Apply selection tools, layers, and smart brushes.  A laptop computer with Adobe Photoshop Elements or Adobe Photoshop CS5 installed and a digital camera are required.

Monday Jan 22nd, 1–3:30pm Central Time

 (6 sessions)


6 sessions

Hands-on Baking: Pate a Choux

Chicago Botanic Garden @ 1000 Lake Cook Road, Chicago, IL

Pâte à choux is a classic French dough typically used to make éclairs. Once you master the basic dough technique, you can create a variety of treats, both sweet and savory.  In this class, you will learn to work with a piping bag and use a variety of techniques to prepare chocolate eclairs, cheesy gougères, and cinnamon-sugar churros. Each student will take home a sampling of the treats made in class.

Monday Feb 12th, 10am–12pm Central Time

Hands-on Cooking: Knife Skills

Chicago Botanic Garden @ 1000 Lake Cook Road, Chicago, IL

Improve your knife skills by practicing mince, dice, julienne, and chiffonade cuts in this cooking class.  You will cut up vegetables for a classic rice pilaf, and watch how to prepare, cook, and carve a classic roast chicken. Take home a portion of prepped, uncooked vegetables.

Wednesday Jan 17th, 2–4pm Central Time

Live Sound Meditation Experience

Chicago Botanic Garden @ 1000 Lake Cook Road, Chicago, IL

Lay down, close your eyes, and allow the powerful frequencies of the singing bowls accompanied by a vocalist support you in reaching a state of deep relaxation and rejuvenation. No previous experience, ability, skills, or beliefs, are required to participate. Please bring a yoga mat, pillow, and anything else you need to be comfortable. Dress for the weather as class is held outside.

Tuesday Jan 9th, 6:30–7:45pm Central Time

Winter Bird Walk

Chicago Botanic Garden @ 1000 Lake Cook Road, Glencoe, IL

Immerse yourself in the serene beauty of winter as you embark on a captivating journey through the Chicago Botanic Garden. Join our expert guides on a stroll through the garden's enchanting landscapes, where you'll encounter a diverse array of magnificent winter bird residents and early spring migrants. Prepare to be awe-inspired as you witness the wonders of nature unfold before your eyes.

Saturday Dec 2nd, 8–9:30am Central Time

Yoga Flow Beginner

Chicago Botanic Garden @ 1000 Lake Cook Road, Chicago, IL

Experience the perfect harmony of movement and breath in this invigorating yoga series designed to enhance your health and vitality. Join us at the Chicago Botanic Garden for an immersive yoga experience that will engage your mind and energize your body. All levels are welcome!

Tuesday Jan 16th, 9:30–10:30am Central Time

 (9 sessions)


9 sessions

Yoga Flow Intermediate

Chicago Botanic Garden @ 1000 Lake Cook Road, Chicago, IL

Elevate your yoga practice and reach new levels of strength and flexibility with the invigorating Yoga Flow series in a serene botanical setting. Unleash your inner power as you connect breath with movement, taking your practice to exhilarating new heights. Unwind and recharge your mind and body in this challenging class with like-minded yogis.

Thursday Jan 18th, 9:30–10:30am Central Time

 (9 sessions)


9 sessions

Mosaic Bird Pendant Workshop

Chicago Botanic Garden @ 1000 Lake Cook Road, Chicago, IL

Chase away the winter blues and create a delightful miniature mosaic bird pendant from tiny pieces of antique china dishes. This one-of-a-kind treasure will soon become your favorite necklace. All materials included. All skill levels welcome.

Thursday Jan 18th, 6:30–8:30pm Central Time

Laugh it Off with Laughter Yoga

Chicago Botanic Garden @ 1000 Lake Cook Road, Chicago, IL

Laughter is the best medicine. This fun, interactive workshop combines simulated laughter exercises with breathing techniques to produce a wide range of physical, psychological, and emotional benefits. Medical research shows even if you pretend to laugh, your body produces “happiness chemicals.” Suitable for all fitness levels. Dress for comfort. This class may be taken multiple times.

Saturday Jan 20th, 1–2pm Central Time

Tai Chi Fundamental Yang 24

Chicago Botanic Garden @ 1000 Lake Cook Road, Chicago, IL

Tai chi from the Yang style is a beautiful, slow-moving meditation in motion. Move through a selection from the 24 forms and some qi gong. Class level is best for students new to tai chi or the Yang form, or if you would like to refresh your practice.  This class will be held inside the Regenstein Center.

Tuesday Jan 23rd, 8–9am Central Time

 (6 sessions)


6 sessions

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