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  • Troll Tram Rides

    Troll Tram Rides
    Explore Troll Hunt from the comfort of our motorized open-air tram. Daily through Sunday, November 18, 2018

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  • Troll Hunt

    Troll Hunt
    Journey through our far-reaching forest to hunt for six colossal trolls crafted from reclaimed wood by Danish artist Thomas Dambo. Through Summer 2019.

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  • Nature Play Spaces

    Nature Play Spaces
    Enjoy creative, unstructured outdoor play spaces, Mud Kitchen near Parking Lot 20 and Word Garden near Parking Lot 13. Daily, weather permitting, 7:00 a.m. to sunset

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  • Vanishing Acts: Trees Under Threat Exhibit

    Vanishing Acts: Trees Under Threat Exhibit
    Come learn about the gifts that the world's endangered trees give us—and how you can join the Arboretum in saving them. Daily, 7:00 a.m. - sunset

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  • Library Exhibit: Plant Hunters

    Library Exhibit: Plant Hunters
    The exhibit features artifacts from the library’s special collection relating to famous plant hunters, and it explores modern conservation efforts by scientists at the Arboretum. Tuesdays-Saturdays, during regular library hours.

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  • Troll Archives

    Troll Archives
    Find a one-of-a-kind book related to the trolls you are hunting in the Sterling Morton Library. Open 9 a.m. - 5 p.m. - Tuesday-Friday and 10 a.m. - 4 p.m. - Saturday

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  • IllumiBrew Preview Event

    IllumiBrew Preview Event
    Preview the new season of Illumination at our new IllumiBrew event just for adults! Be among the first to see Illumination’s newest features while you sample beer from more than a dozen top local breweries stationed along the path. November 16, 2018

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  • Illumination: Tree Lights at The Morton Arboretum

    Illumination: Tree Lights at The Morton Arboretum
    See trees in a different light. Our interactive experience filled with dazzling projections, trees that respond to your touch and voice, and vivid, electric colors throughout. November 17, 2018 - January 1, 2019

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  • Breakfast In The Ginkgo Restaurant

    Breakfast In The Ginkgo Restaurant
    Enjoy a delicious breakfast at The Morton Arboretum in the scenic Ginkgo Restaurant! Saturdays & Sundays, 9:00-10:45 a.m.

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  • Illumination Entertainment

    Illumination Entertainment
    During the week, enjoy various live entertainment in the Ginkgo Room and around the trail during Illumination: Tree Lights at The Morton Arboretum.

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  • Happy Thanksgiving-FREE Admission

    Happy Thanksgiving-FREE Admission
    Happy Thanksgiving! Enjoy FREE admission at The Morton Arboretum. All buildings and the Children's Garden will be closed. Thursday, November 22, 2018

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  • Black Friday Guided Hike

    Black Friday Guided Hike
    Opt for the outdoors this Black Friday with a peaceful hike along the Arboretum’s quietest trails. Friday, November 23, 2018, 8:00 to 9:30 a.m.

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  • Artist's Trunk Show: Art by Rozanne

    Artist's Trunk Show: Art by Rozanne
    Shop for beautiful nature images available on greeting cards, prints, canvases, pillows, and more with designs by Rozanne Priebe of Elmhurst. At The Morton Arboretum Store, November, 24, 2018, 11:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m.

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  • Holiday Herbal Cocktails (21+)

    Holiday Herbal Cocktails (21+)
    Add some flair to your holiday party with festive holiday cocktails that incorporate flavorful herbs. Tuesday, November 27, 2018, 7:00 to 9:00 p.m.

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  • 2018-2019 Chamber Concert Series

    2018-2019 Chamber Concert Series
    The 2018-2019 Chamber Concert Series is now sold out and tickets are no longer available.

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  • Holly and Hops

    Holly and Hops
    Grab a drink and get into the spirit of the season with an evening of entertaining holiday-themed plant tales. Thursday, December 13, 2018, 7:00 to 9:00 p.m.

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  • Leafing Through the Pages - Members' Book Discussion Group

    Leafing Through the Pages - Members' Book Discussion Group
    On the second Thursday of every month, Morton Arboretum members enjoy a morning of community, connectivity, and spirited book discussion.

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  • Happy Holidays - Free Admission

    Snowy larches around Meadow Lake
    Enjoy free admission on Christmas Day at The Morton Arboretum! Tuesday, December 25, 2018. Buildings, Children’s Garden, and Illumination are closed.

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  • The Arboretum Store Clearance Sale

    The Arboretum Store Clearance Sale
    Shop for discounts of 30 to 60 percent on select holiday merchandise. Plus, members still receive their 10 percent discount. December 29

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  • Arboretum Store Closed

    Arboretum Store Closed
    The Arboretum Store will be closed on Monday, January 7, 2019 for our annual inventory process. The store will re-open on Tuesday, January 8 at our regular time.

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  • Whiskey Dinner

    Whiskey Dinner
    Warm up this winter with whiskey in our beautiful Ginkgo Restaurant at The Morton Arboretum. January 11 and 12, 2019

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  • Little Trees Open House

    Little Trees Open House
    “Little Trees” is an immersive outdoor nature-based learning experience for children ages 3 to 5 years old at The Morton Arboretum. Join us for our open house on Friday, January 11, 2019, 6:00 to 7:30 p.m.

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  • Enchanted Railroad

    Enchanted Railroad
    Watch an intricate railroad travel through a wonderland at a child-friendly level. January 18 through February 24, 2019

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  • Husky Heroes

    Husky Heroes
    Save the date, January 26 and 27, 2019 to see Siberian husky sled pulling, skijoring, and speed demonstrations at The Morton Arboretum. Please leave pets at home.

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  • Dog Admission Day

    Dog Admission Day
    Hit the trails, at The Morton Arboretum, with your canine friend on the following Saturday, November 3, 2018 and Saturday, February 2, 2019, 7:00 a.m. to sunset.

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  • Chocolate Weekend Member Night

    Chocolate Weekend Member Night
    For Arboretum members only. Shop Chocolate Weekend vendors before the crowds arrive. Friday, February 8, 2019

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  • Chocolate Weekend

    Chocolate Weekend
    Discover chocolate’s deeply rooted tree history as you taste and shop for treats! Shop, sample, and celebrate chocolate indoors. February, 9 and 10, 2019

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  • Valentine's Day Dinner

    Valentine's Day Dinner
    Share a romantic dinner with someone you love with the sweep of Meadow Lake before you. February 14 or 15, 2019 at The Morton Arboretum.

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  • Nature ConnectsⓇ: Art with LEGOⓇ bricks by Sean Kenney

    Nature ConnectsⓇ: Art with LEGOⓇ bricks by Sean Kenney
    Calling all LEGO® fans! Don't miss Nature Connects Friday, May 24 through Sunday, September 15, 2019

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  • Glass Pumpkin Patch

    Glass Pumpkin Patch
    Explore a dazzling collection of handblown glass pumpkins and other autumnal designs. Save the date, October 9 through 13, 2019

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  • Veterans Day-Veterans Free

    Veterans Day-Veterans Free
    All veterans free November 11 and 12!

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  • Michael R. Jeffords and Susan L. Post have circled the globe--and explored their own neighborhood-- collecting strange and beautiful curiosities from across the natural world. Join them for an evening lecture in which they open their personal cabinet of curiosities and share stories of their most unusual encounters with nature at The Morton Arboretum. Thursday, November 15, 7:00 to 8:30 p.m.
  • Create a colorful autumnal arrangement for your Thanksgiving table or to give as a hostess gift at The Morton Arboretum. Thursday, November 15, 2018, 7:00 to 9:00 p.m., or Saturday, November 17, 2018, 1:00 to 3:00 p.m.
  • Experience the healing and wellness promoting effects of Shinrin-Yoku, the practice of bathing the senses in the atmosphere of the forest at The Morton Arboretum. Select Mondays or Saturdays, September 29, through November 17, 2018, 9:30 to 11:15 a.m.
  • Identify and apply short and long term restoration activities to enhance wildlife habitat at The Morton Arboretum. Saturday, November 17, 2018, 10:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m.
  • Make personalized notecards using watercolor (Section A) or gelli prints (Section B) at The Morton Arboretum. Saturday, November 17, 2018, 9:00 a.m. to noon (watercolor) or 1:00 to 4:00 p.m. (gelli prints)
  • Explore meditative and self-nurturing yoga poses with the use of plant based essential oils to restore and rebalance the mind and body in the tranquil setting of the Morton Arboretum. Tuesday, November 13 or Monday, December 17, 6:00 to 7:00 p.m.
  • Opt outside this Black Friday with a peaceful hike along the Arboretum’s quietest trails. Friday, November 23, 2018, 8:00 to 9:30 a.m.
  • Get the botany basics you need to identify plants at The Morton Arboretum. In-person only meets: Online only begins:Tuesday, November 27, 2018. 2019 dates vary starting February 12 through June 9 with online or in-person options available.
  • Add some flair to your holiday party with festive holiday cocktails that incorporate flavorful herbs at The Morton Arboretum. Tuesday, November 27, 2018, 7:00 to 9:00 p.m.
  • Learn the essentials of woodland ecology and the woodland management techniques necessary to maintain threatened woodland ecosystems at The Morton Arboretum. Online component begins: Wednesday, November 28, 2018 (open for registration). Online component begins: Tuesday, January 29, 2019 (registration opens November 20, 2019).
  • In linoleum block printing, a reduction print is a multicolored print created from a single block. Carrie will break down the process, teach how to plan the layers in an image, and share some tricks for registering the paper with ease at The Morton Arboretum. Two days: Saturday, December 1, through Sunday, December 2, 2018, 9:30 a.m. to 3:30 p.m.
  • Make a set of four essential oil sprays and bundle them up in a decorative tin at The Morton Arboretum. Saturday, December 1, 2018, 10:00 a.m. to noon
  • Grab a flashlight and hit the trail for a night of troll hunting at The Morton Arboretum! Wednesday November 28 or December 12, 2018, 7:00 to 8:30 p.m. (open for registration). Select Thursdays starting January 14 through May 2, 2019, varied times (registration opens, November 20, 2018)
  • Improve your health and well-being with yoga. We will practice poses, breathing and meditation in the tranquil setting of the Morton Arboretum. Select Wednesdays or Thursdays, September 5 through October 4, 2018, times vary, OR select Mondays or Tuesdays, October 29 through November 27, 2018, times vary.
  • (SOLD OUT) Discover the world of fiber arts! Learn the basics of working with natural fibers and create a pair of woodland creatures, including a gnome or a hedgehog. Or, tap into the holiday spirit and craft a Santa Claus and elf at The Morton Arboretum. Saturday, December 8, 2018, 10:00 a.m. to 1:00 p.m.
  • Grab a drink and get into the spirit of the season with an evening of entertaining holiday-themed plant tales at The Morton Arboretum.Thursday, December 13, 2018, 7:00 to 9:00 p.m.
  • (SOLD OUT) Create a festive, long-lasting botanical arrangement to display in your home during the holidays, using a wintery mix of greenery and flowers at The Morton Arboretum. (SOLD OUT) Thursday, December 13, 2018, 7:00 to 9:00 p.m.
  • Gain a new perspective on familiar settings with the chance to see what happens in the Arboretum at night when no one is around. Thursdays, December 6, 2018, 7:00 to 8:30 p.m. (open for registration). Thursdays, February 14, 28 or March 14, 2019, 7:00 to 8:30 p.m. (registration opens November 20, 2019).
  • Add artistry to your nature photography with creative effects at The Morton Arboretum. Saturday, December 1, 2018, 9:00 a.m. to 1:00 p.m.
  • (SOLD OUT) Create an elegant evergreen swag, a versatile cluster of winter foliage that can be placed almost anywhere around the house at The Morton Arboretum. Thursday, November 29, 2018, 7:00 to 9:00 p.m.
  • Experience the healing and wellness promoting effects of Shinrin-Yoku, the practice of bathing the senses in the atmosphere of the forest at The Morton Arboretum. Select Saturdays or Mondays through November 26, 2018, 9:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m., and don't miss our New Year's day hike on Tuesday, January 1, 2019, 8:00 to 11:00 a.m.
  • Remember, “the best camera is the one that’s with you.” Whether you are new to photography or new to smartphones, discover techniques for getting great nature images with your phone at The Morton Arboretum. Saturday, December 8, 2018, 9:00 a.m. to noon, or Saturday, January 26, 2019, noon to 3:00 p.m.
  • Search the woods, fields, and edges of the Arboretum for birds. The third Saturday of each month, November 17, 2018 through March 16, 2019, 8:00 to 10:30 a.m.
  • Learn the basics of how to use your new DSLR camera at The Morton Arboretum. Saturday, January 19, 2019, 9:00 a.m. to noon (registration opens November 22, 2018)
  • Join us for a FREE orientation program on the Natural Areas Conservation Training Program Orientation (formally the Woodland Stewardship Program) at the Morton Arboretum. (Registration opens November 20, 2019) In-Person. Tuesday, January 22, 2019, 6:30 to 8:00 p.m. Thornhill Education Center.
  • Learn the basics of drawing in a class designed for true beginners at The Morton Arboretum. Four Saturdays, January 26 through February 23 (no class February 2), 2019, 9:00 to noon (registration opens November 20, 2018.)
  • Strengthen your skills leading volunteers in natural areas management with this interactive primer for volunteer stewardship activity planning, group dynamics, safety, and volunteer empowerment at The Morton Arboretum. (Registration opens November 20, 2019) Online component begins: Thursday, January 31, 2019. In-person component: Saturday, February 9, 2019, 10:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m.
  • Join librarian Rita Hassert and artist Karen Johnson for an armchair tour of the Sterling Morton Library's extensive botanical art collection at The Morton Arboretum. Saturday, February 2, 2019, 10:00 a.m. to noon
  • Become a nature photographer. Move beyond shooting in automatic; learn how to adjust your camera’s manual settings to get the shot you want at The Morton Arboretum. Four Saturdays, February 2 through 23, 2019, 8:00 to 11:00 a.m.
  • Learn the basics of beekeeping at The Morton Arboretum. Four Thursdays, February 7 through 28, 2019, 6:30 to 8:30 p.m. (Registration opens November 20, 2019)
  • Spring bird migration begins earlier than most people realize. Many species are already on the move in February. Waterfowl are the first to make major migration moves. As soon as the ice begins to leave our lakes and ponds waterfowl start pushing north. Three Saturdays, February 16, March 2, and March 9, 2019, 8:00 a.m. to noon. (registration opens November 20, 2019)
  • Chicago Wilderness will offer three winter sessions of the Midwest Ecological Prescription Burn Crew Member Training class at The Morton Arboretum. Two days: Thursday, January 31, and Friday, February 1, 2019, 8:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m.; or Thursday, February 14, and Friday, February 15, 2019, 8:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m.; or Saturday, February 16, and Sunday, February 17, 2019, 8:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m.
  • Learn to identify and manage the most common invasive plants in the Great Lakes region at The Morton Arboretum. Online class begins: Wednesday, February 20, 2019 (registration opens November 20, 2019).
  • Learn to effectively and efficiently use the tools of the trade to tackle different restoration jobs at The Morton Arboretum. Dates and times vary starting September 11 or November 6, 2018. (Winter registration opens November 20, 2018) Online component begins: Tuesday, February 26, 2019. In-person component meets: Tuesday, March 5, 2019, 6:30 to 8:30 p.m.
  • Learn to creatively use light in your photography. Improve your results by considering the quantity, color, and quality of light found during the course of the day and throughout the seasons at The Morton Arboretum. Four days, three Thursdays, March 7, 14 and 21, 6:30 to 9:30 p.m., and Saturday, March 9, 2019, 8:00 to 11:00 a.m.
  • (SOLD OUT) Learn spring methods for propagating your favorite native plants at The Morton Arboretum.Sunday, March 10, 2019, 1:00 to 4:30 p.m. (registration opens November 20, 2019)
  • Explore the interactions that drive ecosystem function and learn to identify plants, animals, and fungi in relation to ecological habitats at The Morton Arboretum. (SOLD OUT) Online component begins: Friday, October 19, 2018. In-person component: Sunday, October 28, 2018, 1:00 to 5:00 p.m. NEW SECTION ADDED: Online components begins: Friday, November 9, 2018. In-person component: Sunday, November 18, 2018, noon to 4:00 p.m.
  • Make a difference in your own backyard with simple ideas that have a big impact on the planet. Learn how you can have an attractive, functional, outdoor space that your family--as well as the birds and the butterflies--can enjoy at The Morton Arboretum. Thursday, March 14, 2019, 7:00 to 9:30 p.m.
  • Join us for the annual Edible Gardening Workshop Series held each spring at The Morton Arboretum! Each week, gardening experts will share practical tips on growing your own food and inspire you with new ways to create beautiful, productive, edible gardens. Select Saturday, March 16, 23, 30 or April 6, 2019, 9:30 a.m. to noon
  • Learn to assess the invasive species issues at a site, and set priorities for efficiently and effectively managing invasive species in this engaging online class through The Morton Arboretum. (winter registration opens November 20, 2019) Online class begins Wednesday, March 20, 2019.
  • Learn how to safely use herbicides to benefit natural areas management at The Morton Arboretum. Saturday, March 23, 2019, 9:00 a.m. to noon (registration opens November 20, 2019).
  • In this single morning workshop for beginners, learn how to find birds, discuss equipment, what to wear, keeping track of your observations, and more at The Morton Arboretum. Saturday, April 6, 9:00 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. (registration opens November 20, 2019)
  • Explore the world underground at The Morton Arboretum. Mondays, 6:00 to 8:00 p.m. and every other Saturday, 9:00 a.m. to 1:00 p.m., January 28 through April 29, 2019.
  • Learn the names and ecology of the wildflowers that cover the woodland floor in spring at The Morton Arboretum. This class will be offered again in April 2019. Registration will open February 2019.
  • Discover the principles and practice of ecosystem restoration at The Morton Arboretum. This class will be offered again in April 2019. Registration will open Tuesday, February 19, 2019
  • Learn the theory and practice of habitat restoration at The Morton Arboretum. Wednesdays, April 3 through May 8, 2019, 5:30 to 8:30 p.m., and Mondays, May 6, 13, 20, and Wednesdays, May 15 and 22, 2019, 3:00 to 8:30 p.m.
  • Learn principles and practices for managing critical habitats at The Morton Arboretum. This class will be offered again in April-May 2019. Registration will open Tuesday, February 19, 2019.
  • Learn the essentials of wetland ecology and the vital management techniques necessary to maintain threatened wetland ecosystems at The Morton Arboretum. This class will be offered again in June-August 2019. Registration will open Tuesday, February 19, 2019.
  • Learn to identify the trees you see every day in the woodlands and neighborhoods of the Chicago region at The Morton Arboretum. This class will be offered again in Summer 2019. Registration will open Tuesday, May 21, 2019.
  • Learn the identification skills to manage, restore, or simply enjoy prairie habitats at The Morton Arboretum. This class will be offered again in July 2019. Registration will open May 2019.
  • Learn how humans have used prairie plants on this summer hike at The Morton Arboretum. Saturday, July 28, 2018, 8:30 to 11:00 a.m. This class will be offered again in August 2019.

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