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Display of fall bulbs
Shop dozens of varieties of dutch bulbs such as tulips, daffodils, iris, alliums, crocus, fritillaria, and many more. Daily in October, 2017 at The Arboretum Store. 9 a.m. - 6 p.m.
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A visitor learning about endangered tree species by using the interactive panels
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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Scarecrow depicting Horton Hears a Who
Admire creations from local scout troops and vote for your favorite scarecrow. Daily in October, 2017. 7:00 a.m-sunset
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A child making mud pies in the Mud Kitchen
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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The Acorn Express open-air Tram
Beginning April 24, 2017 hop on the Acorn Express tram for a tour of our 1,700 acres of blooming beauty (weather permitting) narrated by one of our expert guides. Call 630-968-0074 for times and pricing.
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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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1950s scene
Enjoy interactive dinner theatre with a mystery to solve. Don’t forget your detective hat. October 26 or 27, 2017 at 6:30 p.m.
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A glass jar is filled with colorful kimchi with flat gray rocks in the backround for contrast.
Find out what fermentation is, watch demos, sample fermented goods, and get hands-on at the Fermented Foods Series at The Morton Arboretum this fall. Saturdays, October 21 through November 18, 2017, 10:00 a.m. to noon
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A play taking place outdoors
Experience the theater on nature's stage as plays based on literary tales are presented during hikes through the scenic landscape of The Morton Arboretum. Select weekends, July, August, September, and October, 2017
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Pancakes with blueberries and powdered sugar
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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Artist demonstrates linoleum block printing for an engaged group of observers.
Enjoy more than 150 works of art celebrating nature and see demonstrations by the artists.Saturday, November 4 and Sunday, November 5, 2017. 10:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m.
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A dog at Dog Admission Day
Hit the trails, at The Morton Arboretum, with your canine friend on the following Saturday, November 4, 2017, 7:00 a.m. to sunset.
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Paul Galbraith with his guitar
All concerts in our 2017-2018 Chamber Concert Series are sold out! Join us for intimate classical concerts and friendly receptions at the historic Thornhill Education Center. You will see, hear, and feel the music! Select Sundays, November, 2017 through March, 2018 at 2:15 p.m.
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The Sterling Morton Library
On the second Thursday of every month, Morton Arboretum members enjoy a morning of community, connectivity, and spirited book discussion.
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Colorful Illumination logo with geometric trees
Arborvitae Society, Thornhill Society, and Partner-level members are invited to Preview Night for Illumination: Tree Lights at The Morton Arboretum. November 9, 2017 at 5:00 p.m.
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Arboretum Store customer looking at holiday ornaments
The Morton Arboretum members, enjoy extra savings in time for the holidays. November 10-12, 2017 10:00 a.m. - 4:00 p.m.
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Veteran's get in free on Veteran's Day
All veterans free today, November 11!
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Illumination, Treemagination. Colors splashed across the hemlock trees.
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. Open Friday, November 17, 2017 through Monday, January 1, 2018​. (Closed on Thanksgiving, Christmas Eve, and Christmas Day along with the following Mondays, November 20 & 27 and December 4, 11, & 18.) Tickets on sale now.
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Happy Thanksgiving-FREE Admission
Happy Thanksgiving! Enjoy FREE admission at The Morton Arboretum. All buildings and the Children's Garden will be closed. November 23, 2017.
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Painting of fall leaves
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, Saturday, September 23 and November 26, 2017 from 11:00 a.m. - 3:00 p.m.
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A bottle of wine and glasses
Celebrate the holidays with a special night out! Enjoy Illumination: Tree Lights at The Morton Arboretum, paired with a wine tasting. Thursday, November 30, and Friday, December 1, 2017
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Snowy larches around Meadow Lake
Enjoy free admission on Christmas Day at The Morton Arboretum! Sunday, December 25, 2016. Buildings, Children’s Garden, and Illumination closed.
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Holiday store display
Save on home decor, jewelry, books, desktop, apparel, and more. December 29 through January 19, 2018. The Arboretum Store will be closed for inventory on January 8, 2018
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Whiskey samples
Warm up this winter with whiskey in our beautiful Ginkgo Restaurant at The Morton Arboretum. January 12 or 13, 2018
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The Morton Salt railroad car and the Hub Group railroad car.
Watch an intricate railroad travel through a wonderland at a child-friendly level. January 13-February 19, 2018
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Photo of child with a Siberian husky
Save the date, January 27 and 28, 2018 to see Siberian husky sled pulling, skijoring, and speed demonstrations at The Morton Arboretum. Please leave pets at home.
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One of the chocolate vendors engaging with the visitors
For Arboretum members only. Shop Chocolate Weekend vendors before the crowds arrive. Friday, February 9, 2018. 5:00 to 9:00 p.m.
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Chocolates wrapped in boxes and bags tied with bows
Discover chocolate’s deeply rooted tree history as you taste and shop for treats! Friday, February 9, through Sunday, February 11, 2018. Shop, sample, and celebrate chocolate indoors.
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Couples enjoying an elegant Valentine's Day dinner in the Ginkgo Restaurant.
Share a romantic dinner with someone you love with the sweep of Meadow Lake before you. February 11 or 14, 2018 at The Morton Arboretum.
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Spring table setting with centerpiece
Celebrate Easter with your loved ones while savoring a delicious meal and the breathtaking view of Meadow Lake. Sunday, April 1, 2018.
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Participants at the start line in our annual The Champion of Trees 10K Run
Tap into the championship spirit as you run through a springtime morning surrounded by trees from around the world. Save the date for next year, Sunday, April 22, 2018.
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Guests browsing near a tent where exhibitors are located
Sip wine and shop for art as you stroll around Meadow Lake. Saturday, August 18 and Sunday, August 19, 2018.
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Runners participating in the Fall Color 5k Run & Walk
Save the date for our 15th annual Fall Color 5K Run & Walk, Sunday, October 7, 2018.
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Glass-blown pumpkin with several gourds
Explore a dazzling collection of 5,000 hand-blown glass pumpkins and other autumnal designs in mesmerizing colors, shapes, and sizes. At The Morton Arboretum, October 10 through 14, 2018
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Grow your nature drawing skills under the guidance of a knowledgeable instructor at The Morton Arboretum. Four Wednesdays, October 25, November 1, 8, and 15, 2017, 6:30 to 9:30 p.m.
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Create a ready-to-hang, personal piece of Arboretum art you can display in your home or give as a gift. (CANCELED) Four Thursdays; October 26 through November 16, 2017, 6:30 to 9:30 p.m.
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Explore the interactions that drive ecosystem function and learn to identify plants, animals, and fungi in relation to ecological habitats at The Morton Arboretum. Online component begins: Friday, October 27, 2017, In person component: Saturday, November 4, 2017, 1:00 to 5:00 p.m.
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As a steward, site manager, naturalist, or other natural resource leader, you may find giving talks and guided walks to the public is a daunting task! Polish your public speaking skills and gain confidence in working with people -- especially the difficult ones -- as you gain tips and tricks for strengthening your tours and hikes at The Morton Arboretum. Saturday, October 28, 2017, 8:00 a.m. to noon
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Experience the healing and wellness promoting effects of Shinrin-Yoku, the practice of bathing the senses in the atmosphere of the forest. Take a mindful walk with a certified Forest Therapy guide on a trail at the Morton Arboretum as you awaken your senses and reconnect with nature. Select Mondays or Saturdays starting August 12 through November 18, 2017, 9:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m., and Monday, January 1, 2018, 8:00 to 11:00 a.m.
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Get the botany basics you need to identify plants at The Morton Arboretum. Online components start Thursday, August 31 or Friday, October 20, 2017. Multiple sections.
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Now is the time to start your landscape projects for spring at The Morton Arboretum. Saturday, November 4, 2017, 9:00 a.m. to noon
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Learn the basics of how to use your new camera at The Morton Arboretum. Saturday, September 30, and November 4, 2017, 8:00 to 11:00 a.m.
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Learn the basics of watercolor and create a fall painting at The Morton Arboretum. Saturday, November 4, or Sunday November 5, 2017, 10:00 a.m. to 1:00 p.m.
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Learn the geologic history of the Midwest as we cycle the the roads of the Arboretum. Sunday, November 5, 2017, noon to 2:00 p.m. (rain date November 11)
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Learn to effectively and efficiently use the tools of the trade to tackle different restoration jobs at The Morton Arboretum. Dates vary with online component starting Tuesday September 5, or Tuesday November 7, 2017. Multiply sections.
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Dig up some dirt, roll over rotting logs, poke at creepy crawlers, and find out how it all serves as the foundation for the woodland ecosystem at The Morton Arboretum. Saturday, November 11, 2017, 9:00 a.m. to noon
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Strap on your running shoes for an informative running tour of the Arboretum. Summer tour: Saturday, November 11, 2018, 8:00 to 9:30 a.m.
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Create set of ten monotype print cards to send to friends and family this season at The Morton Arboretum. Saturday, November 11, 2017, 1:00 to 4:00 p.m.
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Marlene Donnelly returns to the Arboretum for this weekend workshop in the use of pastel dust. Saturday and Sunday, November 11 and 12, 2017, 9:30 a.m. to 3:30 p.m.
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Late autumn is one of the best times to prune for plant structure at The Morton Arboretum. Saturday, November 4, or Thursday, November 16, 2017, 9:30 a.m. to 3:30 p.m.
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Learn the essentials of woodland ecology and the woodland management techniques necessary to maintain threatened woodland ecosystems at The Morton Arboretum. Thursday, November 16, 2017
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Connect the mind and body in this peaceful yoga class in honor of the full and new moons each month at The Morton Arboretum. Multiple sections. Dates and times vary starting Saturday, November 4, 2017.
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Fill a pumpkin with a fall bouquet at The Morton Arboretum. Thursday, November 16, 2017, 7:00 to 9:00 p.m., or Saturday, November 18, 2017, 1:00 to 3:00 p.m.
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Identify and apply short and long term restoration activities to enhance wildlife habitat at The Morton Arboretum. Saturday, November 18, 2017, 10:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m.
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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. (CANCELED) Online component begins: Friday, Aug 11, 2017, In person component: Saturday, Aug 19, 2017, 10:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m.
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Opt outside this Black Friday with a peaceful hike along the Arboretum’s quietest trails. Friday, November 24, 2017, 8:00 to 10:00 a.m.
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Just in time for the holiday season, find out how you can incorporate evergreen branches and boughs into elegant holiday swags at The Morton Arboretum. Thursday, November 30, 2017, 7:00 to 9:30 p.m., or Saturday, December 2, 2017, 1:00 to 3:30 p.m.
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Produce high quality, exhibit-worthy photographs with your smartphone at The Morton Arboretum. Saturday, December 2, 2017, noon to 3:00 p.m.
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This class will cover the best ways to use your smartphone to capture attractive images, and recommend a selection of good starter apps for some basic post-processing of your photos at The Morton Arboretum. Summer dates: Saturday, July 15, 8:00 to 11:00 a.m, or Saturday, September 30, 2017, 1:00 to 4:00 p.m. Fall date: Saturday, December 2, 2017, 8:00 to 11:00 a.m.
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Join writer and naturalist Cindy Crosby to hear stories of how wildflowers have changed human history: through literature, art, medicine, as love charms, and more at The Morton Arboretum! Saturday, December 2, 2017, 1:30 to 3:30 p.m.
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Make an ornament using air plants and festive decorations at The Morton Arboretum. Thursday, December 7, 2017, 7:00 to 9:00 p.m.
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Learn techniques for painting on a wooden surface using acrylics at at The Morton Arboretum. Saturday, December 2, or December 9, 2017, 10:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m.
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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. Monday, August 28, Thursday, November 9, or Wednesday, December 6, 2017, 6:00 to 7:00 p.m.
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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. Tuesday, December 19, 2017, 7:00 to 9:00 p.m.
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Improve your health and well-being with yoga. We will practice poses, breathing and meditation in the tranquil setting of the Morton Arboretum. Dates and times vary starting Wednesday, September 13, 2017. Multiple sections.
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Learn to save your own seeds in this hands-on workshop at The Morton Arboretum. (CANCELED) Saturday, September 30, 2017, 9:30 a.m. to noon
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Browse a selection of ornamental and edible seeds, and take home a variety to plant this spring at The Morton Arboretum. Saturday, January 27, 2018, 11:00 a.m. to 1:00 p.m.
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Learn how biologists study and take action to conserve plants at The Morton Arboretum. Mondays and Wednesdays, January 29 through May 2, 2018. 6:00 to 8:00 p.m.
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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 3 through 24, 2018, 8:00 to 11:00 a.m.
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Learn the basics of beekeeping at The Morton Arboretum. Four Thursdays, February 8 through March 1, 6:30 to 8:30 p.m.
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Search the woods, fields, and edges of the Arboretum for birds. The third Saturday of each month, October 21, 2017 through March 17, 2018, 8:00 to 10:30 a.m.
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Learn the basics of drawing in a class designed for true beginners at The Morton Arboretum.Four Saturdays, March 3 through 24, 2018, 9:00 to noon
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Learn about forests, what they are, how they function, and why they are so important for our future at The Morton Arboretum. Three Saturdays: April 21, May 12, and May 19, 2018, 9:30 a.m. to 2:00 p.m., and Mondays and Wednesdays, May 7 through 30, 2018, 3:30 to 8:00 p.m.
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Learn to identify plants in the field through studying the plants of the Chicago region at The Morton Arboretum. Wednesdays, June 13 through August 1, 2018. 6:30 to 9:00 p.m., and Saturdays, June 16 through July 28, 2018, 9:00 a.m. to 1:15 p.m. Except on Saturday, July 14, class will meet 9:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m.
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Learn how humans have used prairie plants on this summer hike at The Morton Arboretum. Friday, August 11, 2017 8:30 to 11:00 a.m.
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