Sat, Jun 8
10:30am - 4:30pm
104 classes have spots left
Participants will learn the fundamental principles of aquaponics production as well as tips and tricks for building an at-home or small-scale aquaponics system. This course will include hands-on work with the nursery system and the 52,000-gallon aquaponics production system.
Saturday Jun 8th, 10:30am - 4:30pm
Learn to eat more seasonally and locally throughout the year by canning, fermenting, dehydrating, and freezing. You will practice step-by-step methods for water-bath canning and fermentation. Safety concerns and equipment needs will be addressed.
Saturday Jun 8th, 12pm - 2pm
The plight of pollinators and nectar-feeding insects is well known. Honeybees, native bees, monarch butterflies, moths, and many lesser-known insects rely mainly on native plants for survival and reproduction. Explore recommended pollinator-attracting plants for Midwest gardens including native and nonnative cultivars, and nectar-rich varieties.
Saturday Jun 8th, 1pm - 3pm
Category: Nature Studies Many of the grass-like plants you encounter in native habitats in the Chicago region and elsewhere are not actually grasses. Although similar looking, they are members of an entirely different family of plants. In this course you will study Carex, the largest and most diverse genus of the sedge family. Learn about the taxonomy,...
Tuesday Jun 11th, 9am - 1pm
Enjoy a tour featuring the summer containers at the Garden. Then prepare a warm-season mixed container suitable for a sun or partial shade location. Your container may include annuals, perennials, herbs, and decorative foliage. Please bring gloves.
Tuesday Jun 11th, 10am - 12pm
New! Learn how to create a tropical look and feel in your garden without breaking the budget. Plant selections, sun and shade requirements, and hot new plants are discussed. A Garden walk is included, so please dress for the weather.
Tuesday Jun 11th, 6pm - 8pm
Take advantage of the photographic opportunities presented by the beautiful city of Chicago and its environs. This class integrates the photography of landscape and hardscape and allows the use of camera settings beyond the everyday. The School’s CEUs=12 hours
Friday Jun 14th, 9am - 12pm(5 sessions)
The Chicago Botanic Garden’s outdoor environment is a unique alternative to a health club. Walking for fitness outside provides an experience that simply cannot be duplicated indoors. Stimulate your mind and body with fresh air and scenic vistas that change weekly. Build endurance, gain core strength, and improve your balance and stability as you...
Saturday Jun 15th, 8am - 9am(5 sessions)
Asparagus is one of spring’s most anticipated and versatile vegetables. Learn to select the best asparagus, how to store them, and different preparation methods. Recipes include a spring risotto with asparagus, peas, and mint, and an Italian-inspired asparagus preserved in oil. You will make and take home a jar of pickled asparagus.
Saturday Jun 15th, 9am - 11am
Shinrin yoku, Japanese forest bathing, refers to the practice of immersing all of your senses in the healing forest to reduce stress hormones and increase immune function. Connect with forest life around you through mindful activities on a gentle walk, typically covering less than a mile, and ending with a simple tea ceremony utilizing native...
Friday Jun 21st, 1pm - 2:45pm
A Janet Meakin Poor Research Symposium New! Celebrate pollinator week by learning more about pollinators, why they are important, the threats they face, and what you can do to help them. Presenters will focus on native pollinators, bees and climate change, supporting pollinators in gardens and other natural areas, supporting bees in urban areas,...
Saturday Jun 22nd, 9am - 5:30pm
New! Bonsai trees are susceptible to various pests and diseases. You will become familiar with common maladies affecting bonsai, learn prevention methods, and explore how treat your trees if necessary. A map and driving directions will be sent with your confirmation.
Wednesday Jun 26th, 6pm - 9pm
Pastel dust is a medium that lends itself to great vibrancy and soft blending, perfect for botanical subjects. Used in conjunction with pastels and pastel pencils, it combines an expressive painterly approach with the ability to achieve great detail. The School’s CEUs=9 hours
Saturday Jun 29th, 9:30am - 4pm(2 sessions)
Experience the Chicago Botanic Garden the way few can—by sleeping over on the Regenstein Learning Campus. Connect with nature and enjoy a low-stress camping experience in one of Chicago’s most inspirational settings. Campers can set their own schedule, choosing from activities like yoga, a tram tour, board games, s’mores, a bird walk, and more....
Saturday Jun 29th, 5pm - 11:45pm(2 sessions)
New! From the Great Basin, to the fountain in the North Lake, to the Waterfall Garden, to the Water Gardens, you will paint the reflective qualities, the movement, the sparkle, and the tranquility of water. Learn to analyze and paint water in different ways to apply to your landscape paintings. All media welcome. Dress for the weather. ...
Monday Jul 8th, 9am - 1pm(5 sessions)