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Ikebana: Japanese Floral Arranging

at The Morton Arboretum - Lisle 4100 Illinois Rte 53, Lisle, Illinois 60532

Capture the graceful curve of an unfolding bud, the surprise of new leaves, or the lightness of a cloud through Ikebana -- the art of Japanese flower arranging. The instructors will demonstrate several techniques and then help you create your favorite version. All plant materials will be collected fresh from the Arboretum grounds. Each student will...

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$46

Beginning Beekeeping

at The Morton Arboretum - Lisle 4100 Illinois Rte 53, Lisle, Illinois 60532

Learn the basics of beekeeping. Curious about honey bees?  Interested in starting your own hive and harvesting your own honey? Already have a hive and want to learn more about managing it? Join our experienced beekeeper and explore the history of beekeeping, bee anatomy, starting up a colony and managing it through the year, equipment basics,...

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$109

4 sessions

DIY Fall Garden Flag

at The Morton Arboretum - Lisle 4100 Illinois Rte 53, Lisle, Illinois 60532

Make your own burlap garden flag that celebrates fall! Under the guidance of your instructor, learn techniques to paint and stencil a design on an rustic-chic burlap flag. Finish your flag with three-dimensional collage elements to add texture and interest. The flag is approximately 12” by 18” and comes with a metal frame to stake in your garden...

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$88

Sensational Summer Side Dishes

at The Morton Arboretum - Lisle 4100 Illinois Rte 53, Lisle, Illinois 60532

Learn to prepare three deliciously easy side dishes representing the flavors of summer in this hands-on class! This is the best part of summer in Illinois, when produce is plentiful in the farmers markets and backyard gardens are bursting at the seams. It’s the perfect time to enjoy fresh fruits and vegetables for their peak flavor and stellar nutritional...

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$34

Outdoor Skills: Fire-Building Workshop

at The Morton Arboretum - Lisle 4100 Illinois Rte 53, Lisle, Illinois 60532

Get the skills you need to build a “sure-fire” campfire in this hands-on workshop. In addition to instruction on proper materials and construction techniques, it will also cover a number of ways to start a fire using tools ranging in skill level from a primitive bow-drill to a flint and steel to a BIC lighter. For millennia, fire has been an elemental...

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$20

Beginning Home Composting

at The Morton Arboretum - Lisle 4100 Illinois Rte 53, Lisle, Illinois 60532

Discover the basics of backyard composting and composting with worms. Compost is that dark crumbly material—the result of decomposed organic materials—that improves the structure and texture of the soil enabling it to better retain nutrients, moisture, and air around plant roots. You can buy it in bags, but it’s easy and cheaper to make your...

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$34

Woodblock Printing

at The Morton Arboretum - Lisle 4100 Illinois Rte 53, Lisle, Illinois 60532

Create relief prints from carved blocks of wood. In woodblock printing, an image is carved in reverse on a piece of wood (areas that will not be printed are removed) leaving the image's outline on the wood. The block is then inked and printed on paper.  This introductory class will cover the history, tools, inks, paper, plate/blocks, and printing...

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$123

4 sessions

Natural History Bike Tour

at The Morton Arboretum - Lisle 4100 Illinois Rte 53, Lisle, Illinois 60532

Discover the natural history of northeast Illinois as we cycle the roads of the Arboretum. The Arboretum contains wonderful examples of the region’s wetland, prairie, and woodland ecosystems. Learn about the characteristics of these natural areas that define northeast Illinois.  Find out about the fascinating geology that characterizes the...

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$20

Begin to Draw Nature

at The Morton Arboretum - Lisle 4100 Illinois Rte 53, Lisle, Illinois 60532

Learn the basics of drawing nature in this course designed for true beginners. We will discuss everything from how to hold your pencil to what kind of paper to use. You will have time to work on drawing skills in a no-pressure setting. A great confidence builder. Bring a pencil with an eraser and a folder to hold papers. All other supplies will be...

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$162

4 sessions

Woodcraft Workshop: DIY Reclaimed Birdhouse

at The Morton Arboretum - Lisle 4100 Illinois Rte 53, Lisle, Illinois 60532

Make an attractive, one-of-a-kind bird house using mid-century lumber reclaimed from Chicago buildings. In this hands-on workshop, you will: Learn how materials are reclaimed from demolition sites and the positive impact that sustainable demolition has on our resources and environment. Understand which species of woods are best for woodworking,...

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$64

Plant and Sip Night

at The Morton Arboretum - Lisle 4100 Illinois Rte 53, Lisle, Illinois 60532

Grab a drink and get your hands dirty in this DIY houseplant workshop. Learn why houseplants are such great additions to your home. Find out which types of plant might be right for you and how to care for it so it keeps you company for years to come. Then assemble your own dish garden with a variety of small houseplants that you can take home. Decorate...

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$57

Drawing Shells

at The Morton Arboretum - Lisle 4100 Illinois Rte 53, Lisle, Illinois 60532

Capture the subtle colors and textures and the graceful lines of shells, pebbles, and other ephemera from the shore. Use graphite or colored pencil and work under the guidance of your instructor to accurately portray a summer beach still life. Notes: This is an intermediate/advanced class

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$112

3 sessions

Backyard Chickens 102: Chicken Coop Basics

at The Morton Arboretum - Lisle 4100 Illinois Rte 53, Lisle, Illinois 60532

Learn how to build a safe and comfortable home for your hens. Get the scoop on the basic needs of your backyard birds from local chicken expert, Jen Murtoff.  See examples of coop styles, and learn the nuts and bolts of building your own, including:  the essential components of a coop things to avoid when choosing construction materials...

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$34

Backyard Chickens 101: Chicken-Keeping

at The Morton Arboretum - Lisle 4100 Illinois Rte 53, Lisle, Illinois 60532

Learn the essential skills and knowledge for raising happy, healthy backyard chickens. Whether you’re exploring the possibility of chicken-keeping or already have your own birds, join local chicken expert Jen Murtoff to find out about best practices for raising chicks, caring for adult birds, and keeping your neighbors happy!

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$34

Gardening for Pollinators

at The Morton Arboretum - Lisle 4100 Illinois Rte 53, Lisle, Illinois 60532

Do your part to keep bees and other pollinators busy this summer. Bees, butterflies, and other insects play a crucial role in both nature and in agriculture through the process of pollination. They pollinate everything from the flowers outside our window to the food we put on the table. According to the USDA, one third of all agricultural output in...

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$46
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