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The Morton Arboretum

The Morton Arboretum

Life Skills
Lisle, Lisle, Illinois
(10 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

(10 Reviews)
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.

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.

Beginning Beekeeping

10/10/2019
Anonymous

Attended: Beginning Beekeeping


Anonymous gave this class 5 out of 5 CourseHorse stars.

Spring Ikebana: Japanese Floral Arranging

9/29/2019
Lorena J.

Attended: Spring Ikebana: Japanese Floral Arranging


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

Sensational Summer Side Dishes

8/16/2019
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

6/22/2019
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

Upcoming Classes at The Morton Arboretum

Backpacking Basics
Backpacking Basics
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Saturday May 30th, 9am - 12:30pm Central Time

Drawing Bees
Drawing Bees
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Monday Jun 1st, 9:30am - 12:30pm Central Time

Full Moon Tram Tour
Full Moon Tram Tour
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Wednesday Jun 3rd, 7:30pm - 9:30pm Central Time

Basic Nature Photography
Basic Nature Photography
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Thursday Jun 4th, 6:30pm - 9:30pm Central Time

Field Study: Birds of Summer
Field Study: Birds of Summer
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Saturday Jun 6th, 8am - 11:30am Central Time

Sumi-e Brush Painting Workshop: Flowers
Sumi-e Brush Painting Workshop: Flowers
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Saturday Jun 6th, 9am - 3pm Central Time

Garden Walk: Spring Maintenance
Garden Walk: Spring Maintenance
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Tuesday Jun 9th, 6pm - 8pm Central Time

Basic Tree ID
Basic Tree ID
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Thursday Jun 11th, 6pm - 8:30pm Central Time

Arboretum Uncorked: Happy Little Trees
Arboretum Uncorked: Happy Little Trees
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Thursday Jun 11th, 7pm - 9:30pm Central Time

Native Plant ID
Native Plant ID
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Saturday Jun 13th, 8:30am - 11:30am Central Time

Sustainable Gardening: Pollinator Garden Seminar
Sustainable Gardening: Pollinator Garden Seminar
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Saturday Jun 13th, 8:30am - 3pm Central Time

Beginning Smartphone Photography
Beginning Smartphone Photography
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Saturday Jun 13th, 9am - 12pm Central Time

Forest Therapy Walk (Three Hour)
Forest Therapy Walk (Three Hour)
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Monday Jun 15th, 9am - 12pm Central Time

Treasured Trees of the Arboretum Tram Tour
Treasured Trees of the Arboretum Tram Tour
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Wednesday Jun 17th, 7pm - 8:30pm Central Time

Endless Possibilities Home Garden Tour
Endless Possibilities Home Garden Tour
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Friday Jun 19th, 10am - 12pm Central Time

Plants for Wilderness Survival
Plants for Wilderness Survival
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Saturday Jun 20th, 9am - 12pm Central Time

Forest Therapy Walk (Two Hour)
Forest Therapy Walk (Two Hour)
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Saturday May 30th, 9am - 11am Central Time

Mushroom ID Workshop
Mushroom ID Workshop
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Saturday Jun 20th, 9am - 3pm Central Time

Spring Ikebana: Japanese Floral Arranging
Spring Ikebana: Japanese Floral Arranging
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Saturday Jun 20th, 1pm - 3:30pm Central Time

Human+Nature Solstice Tram Tour
Human+Nature Solstice Tram Tour
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Sunday Jun 21st, 7:30pm - 9:30pm Central Time

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