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The Morton Arboretum

The Morton Arboretum

Life Skills
Lisle, Lisle, Illinois
(6 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

(6 Reviews)
Ikebana: Japanese Floral Arranging


Attended: Ikebana: Japanese Floral Arranging

Excellent class. Great teacher.

Woodcraft Workshop: DIY Reclaimed Birdhouse

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.

Beginning Beekeeping


Attended: Beginning Beekeeping

Anonymous gave this class 5 out of 5 CourseHorse stars.

Ikebana: Japanese Floral Arranging

Lorena J.

Attended: Ikebana: Japanese Floral Arranging

Lorena J. gave this class 5 out of 5 CourseHorse stars.

Sensational Summer Side Dishes

Mary Ann S.

Attended: Sensational Summer Side Dishes

Mary Ann S. gave this class 5 out of 5 CourseHorse stars.

Woodcraft Workshop: DIY Reclaimed Birdhouse

Jim K.

Attended: Woodcraft Workshop: DIY Reclaimed Birdhouse

Jim K. gave this class 4 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