Botanical Art & Illustration

Learn to see nature through an artist’s eyes
Fall 2012
MOSAICS FOR THE GARDEN Lisa Talbort, Mosaic Artist Summer’s not over yet! Learn the whimsical art of broken china (pique assiette) mosaic while making a stepping stone or a mosaic bowling ball for the yard or to display in the home. You will learn the history of this colorful and fun form of mosaic, how to choose materials for outdoor environments, and the use of the proper tools, adhesives, and china cutting techniques. You will complete your project including grouting. Please bring a lunch. Supplies included in registration fee. Beginners welcome--no art background is necessary. ♦A022. Research Center. $83 (non-members $98). Limit 10. Section a; Bowling Ball: Saturday, Sep 15; 9 am – 2 pm. Section b; Stepping Stone: Sunday, Sep 16; 9 am – 2 pm.

PLANTS IN WATERCOLOR I Fran Kelly, Freelance Artist Classic English watercolor technique is often used when color is required for botanical illustrations. Add to your color illustration skills by learning this traditional medium. We will focus on the use of color glazing, specific brush techniques, and accurate rendition of details. Prerequisite: Botanical Art & Illustration: Pencil (A110) Certificate Information: Art Certificate Requirement (18 hours) ♦A316. 6 Wednesdays, Aug 8 – Sep 12; 6:30 – 9:30 pm. Research Center. $174 (non-members $205). Limit 15. BOTANICAL ART & ILLUSTRATION: COLOR THEORY, COLORED PENCIL Kimberly Mullarkey, Freelance Artist Explore the nature of color and how colors impact each other and the viewer. Develop the vocabulary to discuss color and practice its application in the medium of colored pencil. Add to your sketchbook and finish several colored pencil drawings. Prerequisite: Botanical Art & Illustration: Pencil (A110) Certificate Information: Art Certificate Requirement (15 hours) ♦A215. 6 Saturdays, Sept 8 – Oct 13; 1:30 – 4 pm. Thornhill Education Center. $160 (non-members $188). Limit 15.

Guest Artist GLASS PUMPKIN WORKSHOP Shannon Morgan, Glass Artist Work with molten glass to create your own glass pumpkin paperweight. We will meet in the classroom and then move out to the demonstration area where each student will create their own piece of artglass. Prerequisite: Must be 16 yrs. old Certificate Information: Art Certificate Elective (4 hours) ♦A366. West Lawn. $75 (non-members $89). Limit 6. Section a: Monday, Oct 15; 8 – Noon. Section b: Tuesday, Oct 16; 8 – Noon. Section c: Wednesday, Oct 17; 8 – Noon. Section d: Thursday, Oct 18; 8 – Noon. Section e: Friday, Oct 19; 8 – Noon.

DRAWING LICHENS AND MOSSES Rich Hyerczyk, Arboretum Instructor and Founder, Chicago Lichenological Society, and Suzanne Wegener, Manager of Botanical Art Education, The Morton Arboretum Learn to identify and capture the simple beauty of these two organisms. Lichens are actually a combination of two organisms, fungi and algae, which live together intimately. Mosses are very small, spore-producing, green plants with their own unique adaptations to their environment. Class will be spent partly outdoors learning the plants natural habitats with an indoor session focusing on their basic biology. Using a microscope, you will capture their delicate forms in pencil. Create a sketchbook of several different species as you examine different specimens. You will have the opportunity to work directly with a bryologist/lichenologist. Prerequisite: Botanical Art & Illustration: Pencil (A110) Certificate Information: Art Certificate Elective; Naturalist Certificate Elective (9 hours) ♦A114. 3 Tuesdays, Sept 11 – 25; 6:30 – 9:30 pm. Thornhill Education Center. $110 (non-members $129). Limit 15.

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Botanical Art & Illustration
BUILDING FORM AND MASS: FRUITS AND PODS Kimberly Mullarkey, Freelance Artist How do you draw realistic form and mass on a 2 D surface? We will work on a series of drawings using exercises to focus on realistic shapes found in botanical specimens such as pods, fruits and other forms found in nature. Prerequisite: Botanical Art & Illustration: Pencil (A110) Certificate Information: Art Certificate Elective (15 hours) ♦A182. 5 Wednesdays, Sept 12 – Oct 10; 6:30 – 9:30 pm. Thornhill Education Center. $160 (non-members $188). Limit 15. AUTUMN PLANTS IN SCRATCHBOARD ADVANCED BLACK & WHITE ILLUSTRATION Karen Johnson, Freelance Illustrator Scratchboard is a very forgiving medium. Capture the textures of autumn by scratching out details such as delicate veins against a dark background. We will work with black scratchboard, explore pen & ink techniques on white scratchboard, and end with graphite on scratchboard. Prerequisite: BA&I: Pencil (A110) and BA&I: Pen & Ink (A120) Certificate Information: Art Certificate Elective (15 hours) ♦A328. 5 Thursdays, Sept 13 – Oct 11; 9:30 am – 12:30 pm. Thornhill Education Center. $160 (non-members $188). Limit 15. BEGIN TO DRAW NATURE Connie Devendorf, Freelance Artist Learn the basics of drawing in a class designed for true beginners. Everything from how to hold your pencil to what kind of paper to use will be discussed. You will have time to work on drawing skills in a no-pressure setting. A great confidence builder! Note: No art background necessary. Note: This is a prerequisite for Pencil (A110) for those with limited art experience. Please contact the Manager of Nature Art Education for more information at 630-719-5642. Certificate Information: Art Certificate Elective (15 hours) ♦A000. 5 Tuesdays, Sept 18 – Oct 16; 6:30 – 9:30 pm. Thornhill Education Center. $160 (non-members $188). Limit 15. BOTANICAL ART & ILLUSTRATION: PENCIL Arlene Widrevitz, Freelance Artist As you study and draw the details of living plants, you will learn the techniques of pencil drawing, develop your eye-hand coordination, and learn the structures of the plants you draw. Regular activities include daily drawing exercises, weekly home assignments, and constructive critiques. Those with no or little art experience are encouraged to take A000 Begin to Draw. Certificate Information: Art Certificate Requirement (15 hours) ♦A110. 5 Saturdays, Sept 22 – Oct 20; 9:30 – 12:30 pm. Thornhill Education Center. $160 (non-members $188). Limit 15. AUTUMN SKY THROUGH THE LEAVES Connie Devendorf, Freelance Artist Create a lovely watercolor of the autumn sky as seen through the leaves. We will begin by learning how to lay a wash. Then paint a variety of leaves with glazing and details in dry brush. Prerequisite: Botanical Art & Illustration: Pencil (A110) Certificate Information: Art Certificate Elective (9 hours) ♦A195. 3 Tuesdays, Oct 23 – Nov 6; 6 – 9 pm. Thornhill Education Center. $110 (non-members $129). Limit 15.

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PORTFOLIO REVIEW Suzanne Wegener, Nature Arts Education Manager, The Morton Arboretum and Botanical Art Certificate Instructor Please register for the portfolio review if you have completed your requirements to graduate from the Botanical Art & Illustration Certificate or the Master’s Studio Certificate. Instructions will be mailed for portfolio drop-off and pick-up. Individual evaluations will be given to you at pick-up. Certificate Information: Art Certificate Requirement ♦A403. Monday – Friday, Oct 1 – 5; 9 am – 7 pm. Thornhill Education Center. No fee or limit. AUTUMN LANDSCAPE IN GRAPHITE AND WATERCOLOR Kathleen Tomasek, Freelance Artist Learn how to use both graphite pencils and watercolor to capture the colors of autumn and compose a completed painting. We will sketch the landscape on-site; then return to the classroom to heighten the drawings with watercolor washes. Prerequisite: Pencil (A110) and Watercolor I (316) Art Certificate Elective (11 hours) ♦A355. Saturday & Sunday, Oct 27 & 28; 10 – 3:30 pm. Thornhill Education Center. $125 (non-members $147). Limit 15. BEGINNER’S DRAWING WORKSHOP: LANDSCAPE IN PASTEL Laverne Bohlin, Freelance Artist Do you love the velvety look of pastel but think it’s too messy? Spend a day learning the basics and create a mini landscape. We will meet in the Founder’s Room, which is part of the original Morton Estate mansion. End the day with a stroll through the Nature Artists’ Guild Spring Exhibit. Note: No experience necessary; all levels welcome. Supplies: All supplies included. ♦A044. 10 – 1 pm. Thornhill Education Center. $35 (nonmembers $42). Limit 15. Section a: Saturday, Nov 10 Section b: Sunday, Nov 11 THE HISTORY OF BOTANICAL ART AND ILLUSTRATION Arlene Widrevitz, Freelance Artist & Rare Print Collection Staff, The Morton Arboretum Spend winter afternoons learning about the history and uses of botanical and scientific art from early herbals to today’s contemporary artists. Enjoy a hot cup of tea and goodies each week as Arlene introduces the week’s focus. Then, benefit from an exceptional close-up view of artwork from the extensive rare book and print collection of the Sterling Morton Library. Prerequisite: None. No art background required. Certificate Information: Art Certificate Elective (12 hours) ♦A400. 4 Saturdays, Jan 5 – 26; 1 – 4 pm. Sterling Morton Library. $128 (non-members $150). Limit 15.

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Botanical Art & Illustration

Fall 2012

Master’s Studio and Visiting Artist Series
Visiting Artist Series
ILLUSTRATING NATURE IN TEXT AND ART Julie Wildman, Freelance Calligrapher and Artist Calligraphy is not just for wedding invitations! Come and learn how the “art of beautiful writing” is also used to create beautiful works of art. In this two‐part class, the student will first be introduced to the Italic calligraphic hand. You will learn the basic strokes that are inherent to Italic, letters, writing sentences and learning about proper letter and word spacing. Many samples from various historic calligraphic masters will be shown throughout the class, as well as modern samples from some of the cutting‐edge lettering artists out there today. We will then focus on simple illustration techniques—using colored pencils and watercolors—to create an image with lettering to create the finished piece. Students will also gain an understanding of the principles of layout and design. $12 materials fee payable to instructor. Supply list will be sent. Prerequisite: Pencil (A110) and Watercolor I (A316) or Colored Pencil (A215) Certificate Information: Art Certificate Elective (12 hours) ♦A282. Saturday & Sunday, Nov 10 & 11; 10 – 4 pm. Thornhill Education Center. $140 (non-members $165). Limit 15.

Visiting Artist Series
ALTERED BOOKS JoAnne Laudolff, Nature Artist and Papermaker Make a beautiful and one of a kind journal for nature art from a recycled book! We will paint or gesso the pages to give you a new palette to display your images. We will use handmade and other unique papers, print on the pages with leaves, rubber stamps and add image transfers. We will embellish the pages further with beads and fibers. This can be a journal to write in or just a work of art in itself! Recycled books will be provided or bring a book that has special meaning to you to alter. All supplies are included. Note: No art background is necessary. Bring a lunch. Supplies: All supplies are included. Certificate Information: Art Certificate Elective (5 hours) ♦A043. Sunday, Nov 18; 11 am – 4 pm. Research Center. $65 (non-members $78). Limit 10.

Visiting Artist Series
MIXED MEDIA IN DEPTH: CONTEMPORARY BOTANICAL ART JoAnne Laudolff, Nature Artist and Papermaker In this class we will make all the components to create a beautiful Mixed Media piece. We will start with by dying tissue paper in different and vivid colors, then make some pattern paper by printing with different objects for fun and unique backgrounds. In the second class, we will learn the process of image transfers using your own artwork if you wish. In the last class we will learn a way to alter magazine pages with different solvents for a distressed or marbled look. Then, we will put it all together in your own style! If you would like to use your own images from your collection, they will need to be printed with a laser printer on either HP presentation paper or regular copy paper. All supplies are included. Note: No art background is necessary. Bring a lunch. Supplies: All supplies are included. Certificate Information: Art Certificate Elective (9 hours) ♦A132. 3 Tuesdays, Oct 16 – 30; 10 am – 1 pm. Research Center. $108 (non-members $128). Limit 10.

MASTER’S STUDIO SERIES

NEW! FIELD SKETCHING IN THE MANNER OF MAY WATTS

Kimberly Mullarkey, Freelance Artist May T. Watts was a naturalist and artist who launched the Education program at the Arboretum. She worked in a unique style illustrating her guidebook series from her sketchbook studies. We will work in May’s style to study the autumn landscape and create a series of study pages. Prerequisite: Botanical Art and Illustration: Pencil (A110) Certificate Information: Art Certificate Elective (15 hours) ♦A174. 5 Saturdays, Sept 8 – Oct 6; 9:30 am – 12:30 pm. Thornhill Education Center. $160 (non-members $188). Limit 15. MASTER’S STUDIO SERIES The Master’s Studio Certificate is designed for the advanced student who has completed the core classes in Pencil, Colored Pencil, Watercolor I and Pen & Ink from the Botanical Art and Illustration Certificate. Students must submit a portfolio of recent work for review. may be applied to the Certificate. A portfolio review and art exhibit will complete your Certificate. For more information, please contact the Manager of Botanical Art Education at 630-719-5642.

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Gardening & Horticulture
The art and science of growing plants in your landscape garden
Fall 2012 Come celebrate Honey Bee Weekend!
PLANTING A HONEY BEE GARDEN Kim Flottum, editor, Bee Culture magazine & author, The Backyard Beekeeper Grow a garden that feeds bees! Honey bees are important pollinators of common garden plants, and their populations have been declining in recent years. Join Kim Flottum, home beekeeping expert and editor of Bee Culture magazine, to discover the garden plants that honey bees need to thrive. Add vibrant, beautiful color to your garden while supporting bee populations for the future. This program is part of the Arboretum’s Honey Bee Weekend. Note: Held indoors. Certificate Information: May be used as a Naturalist or Home Landscape Gardening Certificate Elective (2 hours) ♦H156. Saturday, Sept 8; 10 am – Noon. Research Center, Botany Lab. $28 (non-members $35). Limit 20. Honey Bee Weekend! BEGINNING BEEKEEPING Bronwyn Weaver, The Morton Arboretum Beekeeper & owner, Heritage Prairie Farm 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 Bronwyn Weaver, owner of Heritage Prairie Farm and Bron’s Bee Company, and Beekeeper for the Arboretum, to explore the history of beekeeping, bee anatomy, starting up a colony and managing it through the year, equipment basics, honey bee pests and diseases, harvesting honey, and more. All participants will receive their own hive tool to take home. This program is part of the Arboretum’s Honey Bee Weekend. Note: Held mostly indoors. Outdoor excursions will be discussed in class ahead of time. Recommended text: The recommended text, The Backyard Beekeeper: An Absolute Beginner’s Guide to Keeping Bees in Your Yard & Garden is available in the Arboretum Store. Certificate Information: May be used as a Naturalist or Home Landscape Gardening Certificate Elective (8 hours). ♦H158. 4 Tuesdays, Sept 11 – Oct 2; 6 – 8 pm. Thornhill Education Center. $80 (non-members $94). Limit 50 WOODLAND BULBS FOR EVERY YARD Rachel Drucks, Horticulturist II, The Morton Arboretum Looking for unusual spring bulbs to brighten up your yard? Need spring color in a shady spot? Discover great woodland bulbs, including plants such as fritillaria, summer snowflakes, snowdrops, Scylla, wild hyacinth, and more. Learn their growth requirements, how to plant and care for them and how to force these bulbs. Find out which species will work best in your garden and take home a mixed container of bulbs to plant. Note: Held indoors. Supplies: Please bring a 6” – 8” container and gardening gloves. Certificate Information: May be used as a Home Landscape Gardening Certificate Elective (2 hours). ♦H138. Saturday, Sept 15; 9:30 am – Noon. Thornhill Education Center. $35 (non-members $42). Limit 18. NATIVE PLANT PROPAGATION FOR HOMEOWNERS Jan Sorensen, Horticulturist As you consider adding native plants to your garden, you may be working on a budget, or interested in locally sourced seeds. If so, this class is for you! Take a walk at the Arboretum to identify appropriate plants in the field and discover how (and where) to collect seed from fall blooming native perennials. Then return to the classroom to learn how to process and sow seed, and discuss how to care for plantings to encourage successful germination and transplant. Start this fall to include brightly colored natives in your spring garden. This program is part of the 50th anniversary celebration of the Schulenberg Prairie. ♦H157. Saturday, Sept 15; 1 – 4 pm. Thornhill Education Center. $35 (non-members $42). Limit 20.

HONEY BRUNCH N’ LEARN Kim Flottum, Editor, Bee Culture magazine & author, The Backyard Beekeeper Explore the varieties and culture of honey! Over a delicious, honey-themed brunch, discover the history and culture of beekeeping and producing honey with popular writer Kim Flottum. The author of the The Backyard Beekeeper: An Absolute Beginner’s Guide to Keeping Bees in Your Yard and Garden, and editor of Bee Culture magazine, Kim will share stories and insights from his personal experience, discuss how honey varies from region to region, explore the different flavors of honey and share the concerns beekeepers have over the future of our pollinators. A book signing will follow the brunch. This program is part of the Arboretum’s Honey Bee Weekend. Note: Our delicious buffet brunch is included in the price. ♦LL401. Sunday, Sept 9; 9:30 – 11 am. Hawthorn and Chestnut Room, Visitor Center. $29 ( non-members $36). Limit 75.

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Gardening & Horticulture
Landscape Plants: Identification and Culture Being able to identify the plants in your garden and neighborhood provides pleasure and confidence for anyone who enjoys the outdoors. Plants have specific names that can unlock a world of information on the web and in books. Learn about great trees, amazing wild flowers, fruiting shrubs, poisonous plants to avoid, and modern perennials. These short courses focus on both native and exotic plants that are available in regional nurseries and growing in the Chicago region. Instructors emphasize identification characteristics and favored light and soil conditions of plants selected for seasonal displays of flower, form, or leaf color that represent the broad range of landscape plants suitable for your Midwestern garden. Over the course of a year, students learn to recognize and know the culture of approximately 200 different plants. LANDSCAPE PLANTS: Early Fall Trees and Shrubs Philip Riske, Collections Supervisor, The Morton Arboretum Learn to identify the plants that will help you create a beautiful home landscape. Meet approximately 30 trees and shrubs that are top performers in the Midwest, learn about the characteristics, growth requirements, and uses of these landscape superstars, and explore how they add interest and structure to your garden. Over the course of a year, students will learn to recognize and know the culture of approximately 200 different plants, season by season. Classes may be taken in any order. Note: Includes indoor classroom instruction and outdoor field study in each session. Please dress for the weather, including sun protection. Activity level: Walking on paved paths, chipped trails and uneven terrain. Certificate Information: Home Landscape Gardening Certificate Requirement (9 hours). ♦H175. 3 Saturdays, Sept 15 – 29; 9:30 am – 12:30 pm. Thornhill Education Center. $108 (non-members $127). Limit 16.

Fall 2012
FLAVORFUL HERBAL HARVESTS Susy Stone, Horticulturist Extend your enjoyment of home-grown herbs by learning how to harvest them, and a variety of ways to store them. Learn how to dry and freeze herbs, and simple recipes to preserve them. In class, Susy will prepare a variety of recipes for you to taste, including herb butter, salad dressing, cheese dip, and pesto sauce. Each student will make a bottle of herb vinegar to take home. Note: Held indoors. Certificate Information: Home Landscape Gardening Certificate Elective (2 hours). ♦H152. Wednesday, Sept 19; 6:30 – 8:30 pm. Thornhill Education Center. $25 (non-members $32). Limit 16.

Growing Woody Plants Series Looking for a rewarding and economical way to add trees and shrubs to your yard? Now, you can grow your own! Increase your enjoyment and success in adding plants to your landscape by learning to grow and propagate trees and shrubs. This three season series of workshops provides an overview of propagation techniques for woody plants. In this class you will participate in the entire process of collecting, cleaning and organizing seeds, growing seedlings, preparing cuttings and creating grafts. Take one class for a specific propagation technique or take them all to experience the full range of propagation throughout the year. GROWING WOODY PLANTS: STARTING FROM SEED Mark Zampardo, Horticulturist and Author Nothing creates a sense of satisfaction like seeing a tree you’ve grown from seed. Add trees to your yard and increase local tree diversity without spending a lot of money by learning to collect and plant tree seeds. Go on seed collecting hikes to a variety of tree collections, including oaks, beeches, locust, and crabapple to learn about nuts, pods and fleshy fruits. Keep a collecting journal and learn how to establish a home nursery area. Seeds collected in the fall class will be used in the winter section. Notes: The course meets both indoors and outdoors. Please dress for the weather. Certificate Information: May be used as a Home Landscape Gardening Certificate Elective (9 hours). ♦H220. 3 Wednesdays, Sept 26 – Oct 10; 9:30 am – 12:30 pm. Research Center. $92 (non-members $108). Limit 20. Watch for the next courses in the series in 2013! ♦H221 WINTER: Growing Woody Plants: Hardwood Cuttings & Grafts ♦H223 SUMMER: Growing Woody Plants: Softwood Cuttings

COMPOST IN ANY SPACE Vicki Nowicki, Let’s Grow Vegetables & LaManda Joy Minikel, The Peterson Garden Project Think you don’t have room to compost? In this single day workshop, organic gardening experts Vicki and LaManda show you how to compost (almost) anywhere! Compost is an essential element of a sustainable garden or landscape. Break down a classic compost pile to explore how to reuse our natural resources and improve soil through composting and then branch out to explore methods for different gardening spaces. From a worm bin under your kitchen sink, to options for different urban and suburban yards, to composting for community gardens, we’ll explore it all. Notes: Held indoors. Certificate Information: May be used as a Home Landscape Gardening Certificate Elective (3 hours). ♦H344. Saturday, Sept 22; 9:30 am – 12:30 pm. Thornhill Education Center. $35 (non-members $42). Limit 18.

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Gardening & Horticulture
The art and science of growing plants in your landscape garden
Fall 2012
NATIVE PERENNIALS FROM THE PRAIRIE AND WOODS Nina Koziol, Garden Writer Illinois is home to an incredible collection of beautiful wildflowers and grasses, many suitable for the home landscape. Discover a colorful range of drought-tolerant shade- and sun-loving plants as well as natives that withstand shady, wet sites. Learn how to effectively combine native plants with other perennials to create an interesting and wildlife-friendly habitat. Great for new gardeners or for anyone looking for a beautiful, low-input garden. Note: The course meets indoors. Certificate Information: May be used as a Home Landscape Gardening Certificate Elective (2 hours). ♦H244. Saturday, Sept 29; 1:30 – 3:30 pm. Thornhill Education Center. $25 (non-members $32). Limit 20. PLAN YOUR LANDSCAPE I—Getting Started Laverne Bohlin, Landscape Designer In this first of a three-course series, you will take home a better understanding of the processes used to design a home landscape. Learn to use your plat of survey to prepare a scaled base map of your garden. Discover how to measure and evaluate your property. Learn design terminology and the application of various garden styles. Note: Drawing materials will be discussed at the first class. This class is the prerequisite for all other design classes. Required Text: Designing the Landscape by Tony Bertauski will be used as the text for all three Plan Your Landscape courses (H933, H934, and H935). Certificate Information: Home Landscape Gardening Certificate Requirement (12 hours) ♦H933. 4 Tuesdays, Oct 2 – 23, 9:30 am – 12:30 pm. Thornhill Education Center. $130 (non-members $153). Limit 16. GARDENING 101: PLANT AND CARE FOR YOUR GARDEN Donna Smith, Horticulturist, The Morton Arboretum Acquire hands-on knowledge so you may be effective and efficient in the maintenance of your landscape garden and property. Learn the recommended way to plant, transplant, and maintain trees, shrubs, and perennials. Discover how and when to water, how to use mulches and fertilizers, and other routine maintenance tasks. Knowledgeable maintenance will save you time, frustration, and money and will result in the garden you envisioned. Note: Held indoors. Certificate Information: Satisfies a Home Landscape Gardening Certificate Requirement (9 hours). ♦H443. 3 Wednesdays, Oct 10 – 24; 6:30 – 9:30 pm. Thornhill Education Center. $83 (non-members $99). Limit 20. LANDSCAPE PLANTS: Late Fall Trees and Shrubs Marcy Stewart-Pyziak, The Gardeners’ Tutor Learn to identify the plants that will help you create a beautiful home landscape. Meet approximately 30 trees and shrubs that are top performers in the Midwest, learn about the characteristics, growth requirements, and uses of these landscape superstars, and explore how they add interest and structure to your garden. Over the course of a year, students will learn to recognize and know the culture of approximately 200 different plants, season by season. Classes may be taken in any order. Note: Held indoors and outdoors. Please dress for the weather, including sun protection. Activity level: Walking on chipped trails and uneven terrain. Certificate Information: Home Landscape Gardening Certificate Requirement (9 hours). ♦H176. 2 Wednesdays, Oct 17 – 24; 6:30 – 9 pm & Saturday, Oct 27; 9 am – 12:30 pm. Thornhill Education Center. $108 (non-members $127). Limit 16.

CONTAINER GARDENING Bill Shores, Shores Garden Consulting Container gardens add growing space and visual interest to your garden and are also a great way to extend the growing season. As the garden manager for the Rick Bayless Organic Garden in Chicago where he grows salad greens, herbs, tomatoes and chili peppers for Rick’s restaurant, Topolobampo, Bill Shores is an expert at producing food in containers and small spaces. Through photos and discussion, he will guide you through choosing the appropriate size and type of container including raised beds, container placement, choosing or making your own growing media, fertilizing, and watering including simple drip irrigation systems and self-watering containers Notes: Held indoors. Certificate Information: May be used as a Home Landscape Gardening Certificate elective (2 hours). ♦H337. Saturday, Oct 20; 10 am – Noon. Thornhill Education Center. $35 (non-members $42). Limit 20.

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Gardening & Horticulture

Fall 2012

PERENNIAL GARDEN DESIGN REVISITED: SUN, SHADE, WET, DRY Marcy Stewart-Pyziak, The Gardener’s Tutor & Nina Koziol, Garden Writer If you're an experienced gardener, garden designer, or an enthusiastic plant collector, this class will help you move your garden design up a notch. In this workshop, you'll learn about the most effective ways to use color, create focal points and combine great perennials with existing woodies. This seminar focuses on the use of native and non-native perennials with an emphasis on creating state-of-the-art, sustainable and low-maintenance perennial designs. Note: Held indoors and outdoors; please dress for the weather. Certificate Information: Home Landscape Gardening Certificate Elective (5 hours). ♦H914. Friday, Oct 26; 9 am – 2 pm. Thornhill Education Center. $59 (non-members $69). Limit 16. DESIGNING FOR FOUR SEASONS Vallari Talapatra, Landscape Architect, Eco-Scapes Include fall and winter in your plans for a lovely garden! Plants have many great design characteristics in addition to leaves and flowers. Learn how to see plants with a designer's eyes, discuss plants that add interest over all four seasons, and explore how to locate woody plants, structures, and hardscape for a more interesting garden layout through the entire year. Note: Held indoors and outdoors. Please dress for the weather. Certificate Information: Home Landscape Gardening Certificate Elective (4 hours). ♦H464. 2 Wednesdays, Nov 7 – 14; 6:30 – 8:30 pm. Thornhill Education Center. $45 (non-members $53). Limit 16. STRUCTURAL PRUNING Katrina Lewin, Horticulturist Late autumn is one of the best times to prune for plant structure. The foliage has fallen, revealing the limbs and form of the plant. In this workshop you will learn structural pruning techniques for specimen shrubs, small ornamental trees, and young trees. Your goal is to maintain the plant's natural character and create a strong branch structure, eliminating future problems. Note: Held indoors and outdoors. Please dress for the weather, including sun protection. Activity level: Walking on chipped trails and uneven terrain. Certificate Information: May be used to fill the Home Landscape Gardening Certificate Pruning Requirement in place of H448. If H448 is completed, may be used as a Home Landscape Gardening Certificate Elective (6 hours). ♦H136. Saturday, Nov 10; 9 am – 3 pm. Thornhill Education Center. $59 (non-members $69). Limit 16.

HOLIDAY WREATHS AND SWAGS Emmy Lou John & Linda Valenti, Arboretum Botanical Arrangers Just in time for the holiday season, find out how you can incorporate evergreen branches and boughs into elegant wreaths and swags. Discover the methods used to create wreaths, learn insider tricks, design a Thanksgiving themed swag that can be updated to last through the winter holidays, and make your own swag to take home. Note: Held mostly indoors Supplies: A supply list will be sent to registrants. ♦H025. Saturday, Nov 17; 9:30– 12:30 pm. Thornhill Education Center. $35 (non-members $42). Limit 18.

WONDERFUL WINTER CONTAINERS Tiffani Howell, Horticulturist II, The Morton Arboretum Want to add exciting containers to your deck, yard, or home? Creating beautiful containers is easy, when you have the right tips! Tiffani will use her experience with the Arboretum’s containers to introduce good plants for containers, and demonstrate the principles of container design and correct potting strategies. Bring your own container, and create a complete container to take home in this hands-on workshop. Notes: Held indoors. Supplies: Participants will need to provide their own 10-12 inch container. Supply list will be sent to registrants. Certificate Information: May be used as a Home Landscape Gardening Certificate Elective (2 hours). ♦H338. Saturday, Dec 1; 10 am – Noon. Thornhill Education Center. $35 (non-members $42). Limit 18.

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Natural History
Learn about the natural world surrounding you
Fall 2012
SUNSET AT THE SCHULENBERG Kurt Dreisilker, Manager of Natural Resources Every spot on the Schulenberg Prairie has a story – of the restoration work done there, of the people who’ve worked there, and of the plants and animals that live there. Stroll through the Schulenberg Prairie with the man in charge of its restoration today to hear those stories and then discuss prairie ecosystems and restoration over beer and snacks This program is part of the 50th Anniversary Celebration of the Schulenberg Prairie. Note: Held entirely outdoors. Please dress for the weather. Certificate Information: Naturalist Certificate, WSTP Elective (2 hours) ♦N144. Wednesday, Sept 5; 5:30 – 7:30 pm. Prairie Visitor Station. $29 (non-members $34). Limit 20.

Honey Bee Weekend! Come join us!
BIKE TO THE HIVES Visit our bees on your bike! Pedal through the Arboretum and search the woods for the first hints of fall color. At the hives, meet up with our assistant beekeeper to learn about life in the hive and how honey is made at the Arboretum. Registration: Open now until the start of the event. Register early to reserve your spot. Normal admission fees apply. Equipment: Please bring your own bike and helmet; bikes are not provided. Bikes will be available for rental at the Arboretum for a separate fee, on a first-come, first-served basis. Ages: Recommended for ages 14 and up. ♦N157. Meet at the Bike Rental Station, Parking Lot 1. $15 (nonmembers $18). Limit 15. Section a: Saturday, Sept 8, 11 am Section b: Saturday, Sept 8, 2 pm Section c: Sunday, Sept 9, 11 am Section d: Sunday, Sept 9, 2 pm

Honey Bee Weekend! Come join us!
BEE HIVE TOUR Bronwyn Weaver, The Morton Arboretum Beekeeper & owner, Heritage Prairie Farm Learn about the importance of bees in horticulture and the environmental health of the planet. Join us for a tour of the bee hives kept onsite at the Arboretum. Bee netting will be provided. Enjoy a sample of honey for a sweet finish to the tour. Note: Held indoors and outdoors. Please dress for the weather. Certificate Information: Naturalist or Home Landscape Gardening Certificate Elective (3 hours) ♦N058. Friday, Sept 7; 9:30 am – 12:30 pm. Research Center, Botany Lab. $25 (non-members $32). Limit 20.

SILENCE OF THE BEES Five years ago, millions of bees vanished from their hives, a phenomenon known as Colony Collapse Disorder. A critical pollinator of fruit trees and vegetables, the disappearing bees left billions of dollars of crops at risk and threatened our food supply. Silence of the Bees tells the story of the honeybee’s impact on humanity and takes the viewer on journey through the riveting, ongoing investigation to save honeybees from dying out. (110 minutes, 2007) Registration: Open now until the start of the event. Register early to reserve your spot. Normal admission fees apply. ♦N159. Cudahy Auditorium, Administration Building. Free. Limit 100. Section a: Saturday, Sept 8; 11:30 am Section b: Saturday, Sept 8; 1:30 pm Section c: Saturday, Sept 8; 3:30 pm Section d: Sunday, Sept 9; 11:30 am Section e: Sunday, Sept 9; 1:30 pm Section f: Sunday, Sept 9; 3:30 pm

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Natural History
LOCAL FLORA Scott Kobal, Ecologist, Forest Preserve District of DuPage County Ever wanted to know the names of the wildflowers covering the forest floor in fall? Learn the names and characteristics of native and introduced plants flowering in the woodlands, prairies, wetlands, and other areas of the Arboretum. Note: Held both indoors and outdoors. Please dress for the weather and wear appropriate footwear for walking. No Prerequisites: Local Flora: Spring and Summer are not prerequisites. Supplies: Bring your favorite field guides; a hand lens will be useful. Certificate Information: Only one in this series is required for both Naturalist and Botanical Art & Illustration Certificates; May be used as a Photography Certificate Option or WSTP Elective (16 hours) ♦N317. 4 Saturdays, Sept 15 – Oct 6; 8 am – Noon. Administration Building Herbarium. $176 (non-members $207). Limit 18.

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TREE IDENTIFICATION AND ECOLOGY Susan Lawrence, Senior Ranger, Forest Preserve District of DuPage County Learn to identify the trees you see every day in the woodlands and neighborhoods of the Chicago region as you enjoy their brilliant fall colors. You will examine 70 - 80 trees, learn the skills to identify them, and discuss their biology and ecology. Note: Held both indoors and outdoors. Please dress for the weather and wear appropriate footwear for walking. Recommended texts: The recommended field guides, Trees of Illinois by Linda Kershaw and Tree Finder by May Watts, are available at the Arboretum Store. Certificate information: Only one in this series is required for both Naturalist and Botanical Art Certificates; Photography Certificate Option (15 hours) ♦N242. 5 Thursdays, Sept 20 – Oct 18; 9:30 am – 12:30 pm. Thornhill Education Center. $176 (non-members $207). Limit 18. INTRODUCTION TO NATURAL AREAS MANAGEMENT Greg Rajsky, Arboretum Instructor Remnant natural areas act as genetic banks for plant, animal, and insect diversity. How are these critical habitats being managed for the future? Join us as we visit a variety of managed ecosystems to discuss current conservation challenges and strategies with site managers and volunteer stewards. Note: Thursday session held indoors & outdoors; Sunday and Saturday classes held outdoors and offsite. Please dress for the weather. Activity Level: Walking on dirt trails and off-trail over varying terrain. Supplies: Please bring lunch and a water bottle for the Sunday and Saturday classes. Driving Directions: Driving directions will be provided in class for Sunday and Saturday classes. Certificate Information: Naturalist Certificate Natural Areas Track Requirement, Interpretive Track Elective; WSTP Elective (12 hours) ♦N400. Thursday, Sept 27; 6 – 9 pm, Sunday, Sept 30; 1 – 5 pm & Saturday, Oct 6; 10 am – 3 pm. Thornhill Education Center. $138 (non-members $162). Limit 20. FIELD ECOLOGY: FALL Explore the natural world of Illinois in the Fall session of Field Ecology. Learn how our natural world has changed over time and under the influence of humankind. . Field experiences studying community composition in the natural areas of the Arboretum allow us to observe these concepts in action. Note: Be prepared to be outdoors for an extended period in each daytime session. Certificate Information: Naturalist Certificate Requirement; Photography Certificate Option (12 hours) ♦N014. Research Center. $169 (non-members $138). Limit 20. Section a: 4 Tuesdays, with Cyndi Duda, Field Ecologist, Witness Tree Native Landscapes, Oct 2 – 23; 9:30 am – 12:30 pm, Thornhill Education Center Section b: 2 Wednesdays, with Scott Kobal, Ecologist, DuPage County Forest Preserve District, Oct 10 & 17; 7 – 9 pm & 2 Saturdays, Oct 13 & 20; 8 am – Noon, Research Center, Botany Lab

FOSSIL HUNTING AT MAZON CREEK Dave Dolak, Columbia College Ready to be a paleontologist for a day? Northeastern Illinois is world-famous for its magnificent Coal Age fossils. This field trip takes you to the renowned Mazon Creek area, where generations of fossil hunters have found thousands of 280 million-year old fossils of the Pennsylvanian Period. Search for excellent specimens of tropical plants and animals that flourished when Illinois was on the equator and part of the supercontinent Pangaea and explore the ancient natural history of Illinois. Notes: Held entirely outdoors, and includes walking over uneven terrain, hiking off-trail, and uphill. Be prepared to hike one to two miles. Please dress for the weather and wear appropriate footwear. Supplies: Please bring a sack lunch and extra water, a collecting bucket, and a rock hammer and hand lens, if you have them. Ages: Children ages 12 and up are welcome with an adult registrant. Driving Directions: Driving directions for this Kankakee area site will be sent to registrants. Certificate Information: Naturalist Certificate Elective (4 hours) ♦N041. Saturday, Sept 15; 10 am – 2 pm. Offsite. $32 (nonmembers $38). Limit 30. THE PRAIRIE IN FALL Explore tall swaying grasses, brilliant goldenrods, and asters as the colors change from day to day on the early fall prairie. Experience the ecology of this unique ecosystem with an expert guide. This program is part of the 50th Anniversary Celebration of the Schulenberg Prairie. Note: Held entirely outdoors. Please dress for the weather. Supplies: Bring your hat and water bottle and wear sun and insect protection. A plant list will be provided but feel free to bring your own field guide and hand lens. Ages: Children ages 12 and up welcome with adult registrant. ♦N034. Prairie Visitor Station. $21 (non-members $14). Limit 20. Section a: Thursday, Sept 20; 5:30 – 7:30 pm with Susan Lawrence, Senior Ranger, Forest Preserve District of DuPage County Section b: Saturday, Sept 22; 9:30 am – Noon with Phyllis Mertz, Arboretum Instructor

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Natural History

Fall 2012

INTRODUCTION TO BOTANY Donna Danielson, Arboretum Instructor Explore the world of plants by learning how leaves, flowers, fruit, seeds, and roots relate to water, light, nutrients, and reproduction. Classes begin with presentations followed by lab sessions to observe plant structures and functions. Note: Held indoors Required text: The required text, Botany for Gardeners (3rd ed.), by Brian Capon, can be purchased at the Arboretum Store. Certificate Information: Satisfies Naturalist, Home Landscape Gardening and BA&I Certificate Requirement; May be used as a Photography Certificate Elective (18 hours) ♦N234. 6 Thursdays, Oct 11 – Nov 15; 6:30 – 9:30 pm. Thornhill Education Center. $176 (non-members $207). Limit 20. AROUND THE WORLD IN 80 TREES: FALL Donna Danielson, Arboretum Instructor Revel in fall color from around the world. After a brief introduction, we will head out to meet the trees in person. Each season, you will explore 20 trees to complete your tour around the world. Dress to spend time outdoors. Children ages 11 and up welcome with adult registrant. Activity level: walking over uneven terrain ♦N024. Saturday, Oct 13; 9 am – Noon. Research Center Biology Lab. $16 (non-members $23). Limit 20.

NATURAL AREAS EXPLORATION: PRAIRIE REMNANT Kurt Dreisilker, Manager of Natural Resources Discover the secret gems in the Arboretum’s natural areas! Go behind the scenes with Manager of Natural Resources Kurt Dreisilker, to uncover a hidden prairie restoration on the Arboretum’s East Side and learn about the conservation and management work being done there. Certificate Information: This course is eligible for Naturalist Certificate Elective credit (3 hours) ♦N414. Saturday, Oct 20; 8 – 11 am. Parking Lot 8. $8 (non-members $15). Limit 20. WRITE AND RESTORE Cindy Crosby, Isle Royale National Park Ranger and author of By Willoway Brook Want to meet people who love the outdoors and enjoy writing? Join us for a short work morning outside: seed collecting, weeding, and caring for the Schulenberg Prairie. Then, we’ll head to the classroom. (Bring your lunch!) Listen while you eat to some readings from classic prairie literature and then flex your creative muscles as you try some writing exercises that will help you better communicate about nature through words. This program is part of the 50th Anniversary Celebration of the Schulenberg Prairie. Note: Held outdoors and indoors. Please dress for the weather and for working outside. Supplies: Please bring a sack lunch and a beverage; a hat, water bottle, and work gloves; and your preferred writing equipment. Certificate Information: Naturalist Certificate, WSTP Elective (5 hours) ♦N094. Saturdays; 8:30 am – 1:30 pm. Prairie Visitor Station. $35 (non-members $42). Limit 15. Section a: Tuesday, Oct 23. Section b: Saturday, Oct 27.

NATURE WRITING LeAnn Spencer, Editor, A Prairie Journal and Seeding the Snow Explore different types of nature writing and develop your writing skills. Work with LeAnn Spencer, a former journalist and editor for the Chicago Tribune, and the current editor and publisher of two nature-themed journals, to experience the pleasure in sharing your ideas about nature. Through group critique and review, many students, regardless of their past experience, have created exceptional projects, including newsletter articles, interpretative texts, and personal essays. All experience levels welcome. Certificate Information: Naturalist Certificate Requirement (Interpretive Track); or Elective (Natural Areas Track) (12 hours) ♦N095. 5 Tuesdays, Oct 16 – Nov 13; 6–8:30 pm. Administration Building Herbarium. $114 (non-members $134). Limit 12.

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Natural History

Fall 2012
Cross-listed Courses - Woodland Stewardship Training

THE CURIOUS NATURALIST Katie Slivosky, Director of Exhibit Development, Chicago Children’s Museum Sharing your love of nature with others is wonderfully rewarding. Introducing children to nature is an important step toward “leaving no child inside” and connecting children with their environment. Learn age-appropriate techniques to engage these “curious naturalists” from birth to adulthood in meaningful activities, explorations, and conversations to spark their excitement and appreciation for nature. The class may go outdoors, so dress for the weather. Certificate Information: This class or Interpretive Skills for Naturalists is required for the Naturalist Certificate; Interpretive Track requirement, Natural Areas track elective (7 hours) ♦N305. Saturday, Oct 27; 9 am – 4 pm. Research Center Botany Lab. $69 (non-members $81). Limit 20.

PRAIRIE CONSERVATION & MANAGEMENT Craig Johnson, Arboretum Instructor and Kurt Dreisilker, Manager of Natural Areas, The Morton Arboretum Find out what you can do to help conserve Illinois prairies! Study prairie function and ecology, learn how to tell a hill prairie from a dry mesic prairie, and become familiar with the prairie flora. Discuss how conservation and restoration targets might be set, examine regional and urban contexts for conservation, and learn management practices specific to prairies. Students should come prepared to be outdoors in each class. Notes: Students should come prepared to be outdoors in each class. Please dress for the weather, and wear sturdy footwear. Prerequisites: Woodland Conservation & Management (W001) or instructor permission Activity level: walking over uneven terrain and in wet areas Supplies: Please bring a water bottle and materials for writing in the field. Certificate Information: Either this class or Wetland Conservation & Management may be used to fill a WSTP Requirement; Steward Supervisor Requirement; may be used as a Naturalist Certificate Elective (24 hours) ♦W003. 3 Tuesday, Sept 4 – 18; 5:30 – 8 pm & 4 Saturdays, Sept 8 – Sept 29; 8 am – Noon. Thornhill Education Center. $100 (non-members $118). Limit 20.

S-234 IGNITION OPERATIONS Illinois Fire Service Institute Do you supervise prescribed burn operations or are you preparing to supervise prescribed burn operations at your site? Then this course is for you. S-234 Ignition Operations introduces the roles and responsibilities of a firing boss (FIRB), common firing devices, and general firing operations and techniques. This intensive workshop will describe the roles and responsibilities of the FIRB for planning, execution, safety, and coordination of an ignition operation on a wildland or prescribed fire. We will cover specialized firing devices, their characteristics, applications, safety and transportation requirements, maintenance needs and availability. The course will also review desired fire behavior, firing techniques, necessary resources, and risk management to meet wildland or prescribed fire objectives; emphasizing safety, coordination, communication, and evaluation. The field demonstration section of the course will include live fire exercises on The Morton Arboretum’s grounds. Field exercises will consist of introducing the student to alternative firing devices, firing patterns for varying conditions and prescriptions, sequencing and coordination with holding resources and controlling fire intensities through lighting techniques. Save the date: If inclement weather interferes with our ability to hold field exercises, we will reschedule to Nov 7, 8 & 9. Prerequisites: S-130/190 or permission of the instructor Certification Information: NWCG S-234 ♦W234. Tuesday, Oct 30 – Thursday, Nov 1; 8 am – 5 pm. The Morton Arboretum, Visitor Center, Sycamore Room. $420 per person. Limit 30.

TOPOGRAPHIC & GEOLOGIC MAPS: READING THE LANDSCAPE Dave Dolak, Columbia College Gain hands-on experience in the use, interpretation, and construction of topographic and geologic maps. Participants will learn to draw each type of map and will create a topographic map during a field trip around the Arboretum. Please bring your lunch, and be prepared to spend part of the day outdoors. Notes: Held both indoors and outdoors. Please dress for the weather and wear appropriate footwear for walking. Supplies: Please bring a sack lunch and a water bottle. Certificate Information: This course is eligible for Naturalist Certificate Elective credit (5 hours) ♦N423. Saturday, Nov 10; 9:30 am – 2:30 pm. Research Building Botany Lab. $45 (non-members $53). Limit 20.

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Nature Photography
Capture nature through your lens
Fall 2012
COMPOSITION IN NATURE Will Clay, Nature Photographer Learn to capture the "physicality" of a scene – its shapes, textures, and forms – through composition, which is a cornerstone of photography. Discover techniques for composing and capturing natural scenes in photographs by combining the physical elements and colors you observe in nature. Through practice in the field and classroom reviews, translate design principles, subjects, and prevailing light into appealing, expressive photographs. Prerequisite: Introduction to Nature Photography (P001) Certificate Information: Photography Certificate Requirement (15 hours) ♦P110. 3 Thursdays, Sep 6 – 20; 6:30 – 9:30 pm & 2 Saturdays, Sep 8 & 15; 8 – 11 am. Thornhill Education Center. $178 (non-members $209). Limit 15. PHOTOGRAPHING SANDHILL CRANES Walt Anderson, Nature Photographer Each fall, thousands of migrating cranes descend on the JasperPulaski Fish and Wildlife area. Imagine flocks of huge birds with 7-foot wingspans kiting into Goose Pasture as you watch through your camera. About an hour before sunset, the cranes begin to gather-eating, gabbing, and dancing. Join us to photograph this unforgettable autumn ritual, then reconvene at the Arboretum to review images from the trip as a group. Note: Held entirely outdoors. Please dress for the weather. Bus transportation included. Please meet at Parking 21 on Oct 26, the bus will begin boarding at 11:30 am for a 12 pm departure. Prerequisite: Introduction to Nature Photography (P001) Certificate Information: Photography Certificate Elective (9 hours). An Ornithology Certificate Elective, A Thousand Sandhill Cranes! (O045), is offered concurrently (4 hours). ♦P550. Friday, Oct 26; Noon – 7 pm & Thursday, Nov 1; 6:30 – 9:30 pm. Bus leaves from Parking Lot 21 on Oct 26; meet at Thornhill Education Center Nov 1. $95 (non-members $112). Limit 15.

WILDLIFE PHOTOGRAPHY Walt Anderson, Nature Photographer This class is designed to introduce you to the basics of photographing birds and mammals. We will cover the equipment and skills needed for successful photos. You will learn how to support and handle long lenses in the field, when to choose manual verses aperture preferred metering. Learn how to set up and use your autofocus system, when and how to use flash as a fill light and how to move in the field to minimize the disturbance to your subject. Learn how to compose your picture to help make your subject looks its best. The two in the field sessions will be spent locally with good access to subjects. You need to have a DSLR and a 300mm or longer lens to make best use of this class. Saturday classes will meet off-site; driving directions will be provided in class. Prerequisite: Introduction to Nature Photography (P001) Certificate Information: Photography Certificate Elective (15 hours) ♦P510. 3 Tuesdays, Sep 11 – 25; 6:30 – 9:30 pm & 2 Saturdays, Sep 15 & 22; 1 – 4 pm. Thornhill Education Center. $178 (non-members $209). Limit 15.

Equipment and Film All Nature Photography participants should have, at a minimum, a basic 35mm single-lens reflex (DSLR or SLR) camera with adjustable aperture and shutter speeds. Digital cameras and tripods (for most classes) are strongly recommended. Elective courses may recommend or require other specialized equipment

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Nature Photography
PHOTOGRAPHING TREES: FALL Walt Anderson, Owner, Visual Echoes Photography The brilliant colors of the autumn canopy present unique challenges and opportunities for the photographer. Learn to present the different structures, features, and associations of trees in fall artistically and accurately in your photographs. Prerequisite: Introduction to Nature Photography (P001) Photography Certificate Elective (9 hours) P404. 2 Wednesdays, Oct 24 & 31; 6:30 – 9:30 pm & Saturday, Oct 27; 8 – 11 am. Thornhill Education Center. $95(non-members $112). Limit 15. INTRODUCTION TO NATURE PHOTOGRAPHY Nature photography allows you to document and express your delight in a season, flower, landscape, or insect. Gain an appreciation for the camera's technology and learn the basics of field notes, exposure, composition, and characteristics of light through classroom instruction, hands-on demonstrations, practice in the field, and constructive critiques. Those with little or no photography experience are encouraged to take P000 Digital Photography Fundamentals for Nature Photographers. Certificate Information: Photography Certificate Requirement (17 hours) ♦P001. Thornhill Education Center. $178 (non-members $209). Limit 15. Section a: Tuesday, Oct 16 & Wednesday, Oct 17; 7 – 9:30 pm, 2 Tuesdays, Oct 23 & 30; 6:30 – 9:30 pm, & 2 Saturdays, Oct 20 & 27; 8 – 11am; with Hank Erdmann, Nature Photographer. Section b: Tuesday, Nov 6 & Thursday, Nov 8; 7 – 9:30 pm, 2 Tuesdays, Nov 13 & 27; 6:30 – 9:30 pm, & 2 Saturdays, Nov 10 & 17; 8 – 11am; with Ken Thompson, Nature Photographer. PHOTOSHOPTM I Fred Drury, Nature Photographer Learn the essentials of optimizing digital images of the natural world. Start with the basics of transferring images from the camera to the computer, learn to evaluate images subjectively and objectively, examine how color is both measured and interpreted, and pick up fundamental rules for image-optimization. This course teaches you the fundamentals of a working photographer’s practical digital workflow and prepares you for the next course in the series. Note: Users of Photoshop, version 7 or later, will be best served by this class. Most, but not all, techniques are available in Photoshop Elements. Prerequisite: Introduction to Nature Photography (P001) and familiarity with PC and Microsoft Windows™ environments. Certificate Information: One digital media class may count towards Certificate. Photography Certificate Elective (15 hours) ♦P200. 5 Saturdays, Nov 3 – Dec 8, no class on Sat. Nov 24; 9 am – Noon. Thornhill Education Center. $178 (non-members $209). Limit 15. INTERMEDIATE DIGITAL PHOTOGRAPHY FUNDAMENTALS: NATURE Fred Drury, Nature Photographer This class is a continuation of the Digital Photography Fundamentals focusing more on the technology side of photography. Learn the different types of files, color management, flash basics as well as a comparison of software packages used in photography. Certificate Information: Photography Certificate Elective (15 hours) ♦P002. 5 Tuesdays, Dec 4, 11 & 18 & Jan 8 & 15; 6:30 – 9:30 pm. Thornhill Education Center. $178 (non-members $209). Limit 15
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Fall 2012
INTRO TO SMARTPHONE PHOTOGRAPHY Walt Anderson, Nature Photographer Smartphones have opened up a new way to photograph. This class will cover the best ways to use your phone to capture attractive images, a selection of good starter apps and some basic post-processing of your photos. We will be demonstrating with an iPhone and iPad but the techniques and apps apply to most Smartphones. Remember, “the best camera is the one that’s with you.” Whether you are new to photography or an old hand, discover techniques for getting great nature images with your phone. Note: Held indoors and outdoors; please dress for the weather and wear sturdy walking shoes. Equipment: Please bring your camera equipped smart phone or tablet to class with you Prerequisites: No prior experience required ♦ P284. Saturday, Sept 15, 8 - 11 am. Thornhill Education Center. $35 (non-members $42). Limit 15.

PORTFOLIO REVIEW Suzanne Wegener, Nature Arts Education Manager, The Morton Arboretum, and Nature Photography Certificate Instructors Please register for the portfolio review if you have completed your requirements to graduate from the Nature Photography Certificate. You will drop off your portfolio for review and will receive notification via email. Instructions will be mailed for portfolio preparation, drop-off and pick-up. Individual evaluations will be given to you at pick-up. ♦P403. Monday – Friday, Oct 29 – Nov 2; 9 am – 7pm Thornhill Education Center. No fee or limit.

NATURE PHOTOGRAPHY CERTIFICATE Discover beautiful and exciting plants, animals, landscapes, and gardens and then learn how to capture and communicate those discoveries through photography. The program will focus on photographic strategies and skills while expanding your awareness and appreciation for the natural world. Three core Photography and three Natural History courses plus an additional 45 contact hours of Photography electives are required to complete the Certificate. To view the complete Certificate outline, please visit http://www.mortonarb.org/adult-programs/naturephotography.html. Application and Registration For further information, a complete Certificate description, course listing, and registration, visit www.mortonarb.org or contact the Registrar’s Office at 630-719-2468.

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Nature Photography
Capture nature through your lens
INTRODUCTION TO NATURE PHOTOGRAPHY Nature photography allows you to document and express your delight in a season, flower, landscape, or insect. Gain an appreciation for the camera's technology and learn the basics of field notes, exposure, composition, and characteristics of light through classroom instruction, hands-on demonstrations, practice in the field, and constructive critiques. Those with little or no photography experience are encouraged to take P000 Digital Photography Fundamentals for Nature Photographers. Certificate Information: Photography Certificate Requirement (17 hours) ♦P001. Thornhill Education Center. $178 (non-members $209). Limit 15. Section a: Tuesday, Oct 16 & Wednesday, Oct 17; 7 – 9:30 pm, 2 Tuesdays, Oct 23 & 30; 6:30 – 9:30 pm, & 2 Saturdays, Oct 20 & 27; 8 – 11am; with Hank Erdmann, Nature Photographer. Section b: Tuesday, Nov 6 & Thursday, Nov 8; 7 – 9:30 pm, 2 Tuesdays, Nov 13 & 27; 6:30 – 9:30 pm, & 2 Saturdays, Nov 10 & 17; 8 – 11am; with Ken Thompson, Nature Photographer.

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COLOR, FORM AND CINEMATIC COMPOSITION IN NATURE PHOTOGRAPHY Chris Aquino, Willard Clay This class in photographic composition goes beyond the fundamentals of strategies like the Rule of Thirds to include concepts such as color, areas of the frame, repetition, structure, and movement. Participants will begin by watching the Academy Award-winning film Days of Heaven in class and then apply the cinematic techniques seen in the film to the areas of composition noted above, taking time to discuss the difference between documentary and artistic forms of photography. Participants will use these techniques photograph on their own in the natural landscape and then work with the instructors in class on their own laptop computers to critique and process their images. Prerequisite: Introduction to Nature Photography (P001) Certificate Information: Photography Certificate Elective (15 hours) ♦P416. 5 Tuesdays, Oct 2 – 30; 6:30 – 9:30 pm. Thornhill Education Center. $178 (non-members $209). Limit 15. CREATING ADVANCED COMPOSITIONS Willard Clay, Nature Photographer Go beyond basic composition and gain tools to create advanced compositions from nature. Study tonality contrast as used by Ansel Adams and the Chiaroscuro painters (Rembrandt, Rubens) plus the use of power shapes and the concept of decisive moment (Henri Cartier-Bresson) as they relate to landscape composition. Prerequisite: Introduction to Nature Photography (P001) Certificate Information: Photography Certificate Elective (15 hours) ♦P482. 3 Wednesdays, Oct 3 – 17; 6:30 – 9:30 pm & 2 Saturdays, Oct 6 & 13; 8 – 11 am. Thornhill Education Center. $178 (non-members $209). Limit 15.

DIGITAL PHOTOGRAPHY FUNDAMENTALS: NATURE Fred Drury, Nature Photographer Learn how to take full advantage of your digital camera, including the aesthetics of composing your subject. The first session starts with a “Digital Camera Workshop” (bring your camera and manual). “Homework” will be assigned each week to show you the capabilities of your camera and to exercise your creative skills. The resulting images will be discussed in class. Certificate Information: Photography Certificate Elective (15 hours) ♦P000. 5 Tuesdays, Oct 23 – Nov 20; 6:30 – 9:30. Thornhill Education Center. $178 (non-members $209). Limit 15

PHOTO IMPRESSIONISM IN NATURE Hank Erdmann, Nature Photographer Learn to see nature in a new way using nature as our artistic inspiration as we explore photographing the unique textures and lighting of spring. We’ll learn about multiple exposures, photo composites, soft focus, select focus, movement in subject and camera and computer manipulations of images. Prerequisite: Introduction to Nature Photography (P001) Certificate Information: Photography Certificate Elective (15 hours) ♦P454. 3 Tuesdays, Nov 6 – 20; 6:30 to 9:30 pm and 2 Saturdays, Nov 10 &17; 9 am – Noon. Thornhill Education Center. $178 (non-members $209). Limit 15.

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Ornithology
Let your curiosity and keen interest in birds take flight
Fall 2012
Throughout Fall
Drop In! FALL BIRD WALK Drop In! Search the woods, fields, and edges of the Arboretum for fall FALL BIRD WALKS birds. Learn about fields, and edges of the Arboretum for fall with Search the woods, fall migrants and year round resident birds an expert guide. No prior experienceyearbirding necessary. birds. Learn about fall migrants and in round resident birds with Notes: Please be prepared to experienceofin birding necessary. an expert guide. No prior spend most the class outdoors; binoculars and a field guide will be useful. to spend most of the class outdoors. Please dress for Note: Please be prepared Ages: Children ages sun protection. Bring binoculars and a field the weather, including 12 and up welcome with adult registrant. guide will be Registration: Open now until the start of the event. Register early to reserve useful. your spot. Normal admission up apply. Ages: Children ages 12 and fees welcome with adult registrant. Registration: Open 8 – 10:30the start of the event. Register early to reserve ♦O014. Saturdays, now until am. Thornhill Shelter. $8 (nonyour spot. Normal admission fees apply for non-members. members $10). Limit 20. O014. Saturdays, 8 – Sept 15, with Phyllis Mertz Section a: Saturday, 10:30 am. Thornhill Shelter. $8 (nonmembers $10, plus gate fee). Limit 20. Padera Section b: Saturday, Oct 6, with Linda Section c: Saturday, Oct 20, with Gloria Dobry a: September 15 with Phyllis Mertz Section b: Saturday, October 6 with Linda Padera d: Nov 3, with Gloria Dobry Section c: Saturday, October 20, with Gloria Dobry Section d: Saturday, November 3 with Gloria Dobry
Throughout Fall

A THOUSAND SANDHILL CRANES! Gloria Dobry, Naturalist A THOUSAND SANDHILL CRANES! Each Dobry, Naturalist Gloriafall, thousands of migrating cranes descend on the JasperPulaski Fish and Wildlife area. Imagine flocks of on the JasperEach fall, thousands of migrating cranes descendhuge birds with 7-foot Fish and kiting into Goose Pasture as you watch through PulaskiwingspansWildlife area. Imagine flocks of huge birds with a spotting scope kiting into Goose Pasture as you watch before 7-foot wingspanson the viewing platform. About an hour through sunset, the cranes begin to gather-eating, About and dancing. a spotting scope on the viewing platform.gabbing,an hour before Join us to cranes this unforgettable autumn ritual. sunset, theexplore begin to gather – eating, gabbing, and dancing. Note: to explore outdoors. Please dress for the weather. Join usHeld entirely this unforgettable autumn ritual. Bus transportation included. Please Please Parking 21, the bus will Note: Held entirely outdoors. meet atdress for the weather. Bus begin boarding at 11:30 am Please pm at Parking transportation included.for a 12meet departure. 21, the bus will begin Supplies: Please bring a 12 pm departure. boarding at 11:30 am forfield guides, binoculars and spotting scopes if you have them. Supplies: Please bring field guides, binoculars and spotting scopes if you Certificate have them. Information: Ornithology Certificate, Naturalist Certificate Elective (4 hours). A Photography Certificate Elective, Photographing Certificate Information: Ornithology Certificate, Naturalist Certificate Sandhill Cranes (P550), is offered concurrently (9 hours). Elective (4 hours). A Photography Certificate Elective, Photographing ♦O045. Cranes Oct 26; offered concurrently (9 hours). Sandhill Friday,(P550), isNoon – 7 pm. Bus leaves from Parking Lot 21. Friday, Oct 26; Noon – pm. 45. ♦O045.$88 (non-members $104).7Limit Bus leaves from Parking Lot 21. $88 (non-members $104). Limit 45.

FIELD STUDY: BIRDS OF FALL Denis Kania, Manager of Natural Areas, St. Charles Park District Migratory birds fill the air and make autumn an amazing birding season. STUDY: BIRDS be FALL FIELDWe are fortunate toOFin two flyways, including the longest migration route of any in the Western Hemisphere. Denis Kania, Manager of Natural Areas, St. Charles Park District Learn fall migrants and newly arrived winter residents. Field work will Migratory birds fill the air and make autumn an amazing birding concentrate on identification skills - how molt, feather wear, season. We are fortunate to be in two flyways, including the and age vary a bird's fall plumage. longest migration route of any in the Western Hemisphere. Learn Note: The majority of the arrived winter residents. Field work will fall migrants and newly class is held outdoors and many sessions meet offsite. The class identification Labor how molt, feather wear, and concentrate onwill not meet over skills - Day weekend. Driving Directions: Driving age vary a bird's fall plumage.directions for offsite locations will be supplied in majority of meeting. Note: Thethe first classthe class is held outdoors and many sessions meet Supplies: Please dress meet over Labor Day weekend. offsite. The class will not for the weather and bring binoculars and field guides. Certificate Information: Ornithology for offsite Requirement; Driving Directions: Driving directions Certificatelocations will be Naturalist the first class meeting. supplied in Certificate Elective (18 hours) ♦O604. 5 Please dress Aug 26 & Sept 9 bring binoculars and field guides. Supplies: Sundays, for the weather and – 30; 8 – 11:30 am. Thornhill Education Center. $176 (non-members $207). Limit 12. Certificate Information: Ornithology Certificate Requirement; Naturalist Certificate Elective (18 hours) ♦O604. 5 Sundays, Aug 26 & Sept 9 – 30; 8 – 11:30 am. Thornhill Education Center. $176 (non-members $207). Limit 12.

NIGHT PASSAGE: PERILS OF MIGRATION Denis Kania, Manager of Natural Areas, St. Charles Park District & Renae Frigo, Naturalist How do animals decide that it is time to migrate? How do they prepare for their perilous journeys? Explore the Arboretum at night as we search for answers to questions about migration. In the classroom, discuss migrational instincts and the benefits as well as hazards of migration. We will examine the effects of urban development, manmade obstacles and the strain that is put on vulnerable animal populations. Outdoors, bats, birds and insects, as well as other lesser known migrants, will be encountered as we visit various habitats within the Arboretum grounds after nightfall. Note: This class meets both indoors and outdoors in each section. Supplies: Please dress for the weather and bring a flashlight. Binoculars and field guides may be useful. Certificate Information: Ornithology Certificate; Naturalist Certificate Elective (6 hours) ♦O634. 2 Tuesdays, Sept 11 – 18; 6:30 – 9:30 pm. Thornhill Education Center. $59 (non-members $69). Limit 15.

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Ornithology
Let your curiosity and keen interest in birds take flight
Fall 2012

FALL WARBLERS Denis Kania, Manager of Natural Areas, St. Charles Park District Take the confusion out of "confusing fall warblers" as you take an in-depth look at their migration through DuPage County. You will learn the molt sequence, the plumage variations as related to age and sex, and examine how migration patterns affect the warblers' feeding strategies and diet. Note: The majority of the class is held outdoors and many sessions meet offsite. The class will not meet over Labor Day weekend. Driving Directions: Driving directions for offsite locations will be supplied in the first class meeting. Supplies: Please dress for the weather and bring binoculars and field guides. Certificate Information: Ornithology Certificate; Naturalist Certificate Elective (12 hours) ♦O624. 4 Mondays, Aug 27 & Sept 10 – 24; 8 – 11:30 am. Thornhill Education Center. $138 (non-members $162). Limit 12. NATURAL HISTORY OF BIRDS: EVOLUTION, CLASSIFICATION, AND DIVERSIFICATION John Elliott, Interpretive Specialist How are hawks different from owls? Are all these warblers really that different? Examine the evolutionary relationships of birds and the theories behind their scientific classification. Topics include the origin and geographic distribution of birds, how they diversified, how relationships between birds are determined, and the role of ornithologists in describing bird relationships. Observation in local habitats will link bird distribution with the common bird families in the region. Note: Held both indoors and outdoors and some classes will visit locations away from the Arboretum. Supplies: Please dress for the weather and bring binoculars and field guides. Recommended text: The recommended text, The Sibley Guide to Bird Life and Behavior by David Allen Sibley, is available in the Arboretum Store. Certificate Information: Ornithology Certificate Requirement; Naturalist Certificate Elective (15 hours) ♦O630. 3 Tuesdays, Oct 16 – 30; 6 – 9 pm and 2 Saturdays, Oct 20 & 27; 8 – 11 am. Thornhill Education Center. $176 (nonmembers $207). Limit 20.

THE ORNITHOLOGY CERTIFICATE PROGRAM Enrich your birding adventures and embark on an organized, field-based study of Illinois birds through the Ornithology Program. Classes in the program are open to all students; you do not have to be enrolled in the Certificate to take classes. Eight core courses form the foundation of the Ornithology Certificate Program. These core courses are divided into two groups: four seasons of Field Study courses and four courses on the Natural History of Birds. Field Electives (24 contact hours required) allow you to put your knowledge into practice and to build a program that matches your interests. Courses do not have prerequisites nor are they sequential. Introductory Courses No background is necessary for introductory classes. Courses are open to all, even if you are not working towards a Certificate.

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Woodland Stewardship Training Program Take action to protect regional natural areas
Fall 2012

HELP RESTORE OUR WOODLANDS
Are you interested in taking action to conserve natural areas and woodland habitats in Northern Illinois? Learn how woodland, prairie, and wetland ecosystems work, how to identify the same influences in their own backyards, and how you contribute to habitat conservation as a certified Woodland Steward through a combination of classroom study and field experience. The Woodland Stewardship Training Program is open to anyone interested in the stewardship of our natural heritage and excited to see ecological restoration in action. To learn more about the program, please visit: http://www.mortonarb.org/woodland-restoration.html

S-234 IGNITION OPERATIONS Illinois Fire Service Institute Do you supervise prescribed burn operations or are you preparing to supervise prescribed burn operations at your site? Then this course is for you. S-234 Ignition Operations introduces the roles and responsibilities of a firing boss (FIRB), common firing devices, and general firing operations and techniques. This intensive workshop will describe the roles and responsibilities of the FIRB for planning, execution, safety, and coordination of an ignition operation on a wildland or prescribed fire. We will cover specialized firing devices, their characteristics, applications, safety and transportation requirements, maintenance needs and availability. The course will also review desired fire behavior, firing techniques, necessary resources, and risk management to meet wildland or prescribed fire objectives; emphasizing safety, coordination, communication, and evaluation. The field demonstration section of the course will include live fire exercises on The Morton Arboretum’s grounds. Field exercises will consist of introducing the student to alternative firing devices, firing patterns for varying conditions and prescriptions, sequencing and coordination with holding resources and controlling fire intensities through lighting techniques. Save the date: If inclement weather interferes with our ability to hold field exercises, we will reschedule to Nov 7, 8 & 9. Prerequisites: S-130/190 or permission of the instructor Certification Information: NWCG S-234 ♦W234. Tuesday, Oct 30 – Thursday, Nov 1; 8 am – 5 pm. The Morton Arboretum, Visitor Center, Sycamore Room. $420 per person. Limit 30.

PRAIRIE CONSERVATION & MANAGEMENT Craig Johnson, Arboretum Instructor and Kurt Dreisilker, Manager of Natural Areas, The Morton Arboretum Find out what you can do to help conserve Illinois prairies! Study prairie function and ecology, learn how to tell a hill prairie from a dry mesic prairie, and become familiar with the prairie flora. Discuss how conservation and restoration targets might be set, examine regional and urban contexts for conservation, and learn management practices specific to prairies. Students should come prepared to be outdoors in each class. Notes: Students should come prepared to be outdoors in each class. Please dress for the weather, and wear sturdy footwear. Prerequisites: Woodland Conservation & Management (W001) or instructor permission Activity level: walking over uneven terrain and in wet areas Supplies: Please bring a water bottle and materials for writing in the field. Certificate Information: Either this class or Wetland Conservation & Management may be used to fill a WSTP Requirement; Steward Supervisor Requirement; may be used as a Naturalist Certificate Elective (24 hours) ♦W003. 3 Tuesday, Sept 4 – 18; 5:30 – 8 pm & 4 Saturdays, Sept 8 – Sept 29; 8 am – Noon. Thornhill Education Center. $100 (non-members $118). Limit 20.

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