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The Morton Arboretum

The Morton Arboretum

Life Skills
Lisle, Lisle, Illinois
(15 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

(15 Reviews)
Beginning iPhone Photography (Online)

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

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


Attended: Spring 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.

Growing a Productive Edible Garden (Online)


Attended: Growing a Productive Edible Garden (Online)

Anonymous gave this class 5 out of 5 CourseHorse stars.

The Prairie in Art and Literature (Online)

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)


Attended: The Secrets of Bird Identification (Online)

Anonymous gave this class 5 out of 5 CourseHorse stars.

The Secrets of Bird Identification (Online)

Frances S.

Attended: The Secrets of Bird Identification (Online)

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

Beginning Beekeeping


Attended: Beginning Beekeeping

Anonymous gave this class 4 out of 5 CourseHorse stars.

Valentine Floral Design


Attended: Valentine Floral Design

Anonymous 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

Teachers at The Morton Arboretum

Amanda Thomsen Andrea Mattson Annamaria León Ben Calvert Beth Botts Brenda Spitzer Bridget Bittman Carol E Becker Carrie Rasor Carrie Carlson Cassi Saari 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 Iovinelli Jeanne Nolan & Maureen Maitland Jeannie Iseman Jeff Weiss Jennifer Murtoff Jennifer Jewell Jim Beck Julie Sutter-Blair Karen Johnson Kasey Bersett Eaves 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 Maria Rebelo and Cora Jacobs Mary Zaander Matt Candeias Matt Lobdell Melinda Myers Mike Moats Mike Baker Multi Speakers Natalie Schilke Natasha Nicholes Nathan Hambel Nathanael Pilla 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 Yvonne Wolf
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