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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 Tram Rides

    Troll Tram Rides
    Explore Troll Hunt from the comfort of our motorized open-air tram. Daily beginning August 13, 2018.

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  • Annual Bulb Sale

    Annual Bulb Sale
    Shop dozens of varieties of bulbs such as tulips, daffodils, iris, alliums, crocus, fritillaria, and many more. Daily, through through October 31, 2018, 10:00 a.m. to 6:00 p.m.

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  • Acorn Express Tram Tours

    Acorn Express Tram Tours
    Hop on the Acorn Express tram for a tour of our 1,700 acres of blooming beauty narrated by one of our expert guides.

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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.

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  • Fall Color Festival

    Fall Color Festival
    Surround yourself in 1,700 acres of breathtaking fall color at The Morton Arboretum. Spend the day hiking or biking, explore our award-winning Children’s Garden, or enjoy seasonal events on select weekends, like our Cider and Ale Festival, Glass Pumpkin Patch art sale, Grimmest of Ghost Tales, Halloween events, and more!

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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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  • Scarecrow Trail

    Scarecrow Trail
    Admire creations from local scout troops and vote for your favorite scarecrow. Daily in October, 2018. 7:00 a.m-sunset

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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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  • 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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  • Full Moon Tram Tour

    Full Moon Tram Tour
    Discover what happens at the Arboretum at night, when no one is around. Wednesday, October 24, or Thursday, October 25, 2018, 7:30 to 9:30 p.m.

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  • Fermented Foods Series

    Fermented Foods Series
    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. Saturday, October 20 or 27, or November 3 or 10, 2018, 10:00 a.m. to noon

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  • Bike Rentals

    Bike Rentals
    Explore nine miles of paved roads that wind through our magnificent tree collections. Saturdays & Sundays in October. Rentals also open Monday, October 8, on Columbus Day, weather permitting.

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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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  • The Plant Hunters

    The Plant Hunters
    History is full of exciting tales of the plant hunters who traveled the globe to discover and obtain new types of trees, orchids, wildflowers, fruits and vegetables, tea, and more! Saturday, November 3, 2018, 1:00 to 2:30 p.m.

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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, 7:00 a.m. to sunset.

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  • Nature Artists’ Guild (NAG) Holiday Exhibit of Natural History Art

    Nature Artists’ Guild (NAG) Holiday Exhibit of Natural History Art
    Enjoy more than 150 works of art celebrating nature and see demonstrations by the artists. Saturday and Sunday, November 3 and 4, 2018, 10:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m.

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  • 2018-2019 Chamber Concert Series

    2018-2019 Chamber Concert Series
    Select Sundays, November, 2018 through March, 2019 at 2:15 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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  • Members’ Extra Discount Weekend

    Members’ Extra Discount Weekend
    The Morton Arboretum members, enjoy extra savings in time for the holidays. November 9-11, 2018 10:00 a.m. - 4:00 p.m.

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  • Veterans Day-Veterans Free

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

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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 16, 2018 - January 1, 2019

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  • IllumiBrew Opening Night Event

    IllumiBrew Opening Night Event
    Kick off 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 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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  • 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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  • 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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  • 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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  • 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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  • 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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  • 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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  • Digitally explore the intricacies of the prairie landscape and learn how to restore these signature American ecosystems at The Morton Arboretum. Online component begins Wednesday, October 24, 2018
  • Discover what happens at the Arboretum at night, when no one is around. (SOLD OUT) Wednesday, October 24, or Thursday, October 25, 2018, 7:30 to 9:30 p.m.
  • Discover the principles and practice of ecosystem restoration at The Morton Arboretum. (SOLD OUT) Online component begins: October 26, 2018. In person component: Two Saturdays, Nov 3 and 10, 2018, 9:00 a.m. to 12:30 p.m.
  • 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, October 27 through November 17, 8:00 to 11:00 a.m.
  • Learn to make striking prints using botanical elements, and take home one-of-a-kind, fall-inspired work of art at The Morton Arboretum. Sunday, October 28, 2018, 11:00 a.m. to 4:00 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, November 1, 8, and 15, 6:30 to 9:30 p.m. and Saturday, November 3, 2018, 8:00 to 11:00 a.m.
  • 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. Online component begins: Friday, September 21, or November 2, 2018. In person component: Saturday, September 29, or November 10, 2018, 10:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m.
  • Late autumn is one of the best times to prune for plant structure at The Morton Arboretum. Friday, November 2, 2018, 9:30 a.m. to 3:30 p.m.
  • Tap into your creative side with an introductory workshop on nature art at The Morton Arboretum. Fall Leaves in Watercolor; Saturday, November 3, or Sunday, November 4, 2018, 10:00 a.m. to 1:00 p.m.
  • Make your own naturally scented soaps using the cold-press process at The Morton Arboretum. Saturday, November 3, 2018, 1:00 to 3:00 p.m.
  • History is full of exciting tales of the plant hunters who traveled the globe to discover and obtain new types of trees, orchids, wildflowers, fruits and vegetables, tea, and more! Join us at The Morton Arboretum for an exciting afternoon hearing tales of these brave men and women from years ago and the new plants they discovered that give us pleasure today. Saturday, November 3, 2018, 1:00 to 2:30 p.m.
  • This winter, grow your salad indoors. Discover how to grow your own microgreens and salad greens indoors under a very simple grow light system at The Morton Arboretum! Saturday, November 3, 2018, 1:00 to 3:00 p.m.
  • Learn the geologic history of the Midwest as we cycle the the roads of the Arboretum. Sunday, November 4, 2018, noon to 2:00 p.m.
  • Learn to capture the textures and color of fall. Work with graphite to build form and texture, then learn to use watercolor to add a punch of color at The Morton Arboretum. Four Tuesdays, November 6 through 27, 2018, 6:30 to 9:30 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.
  • New! For ultimate relaxation, join us for one hour of peaceful yoga stretches, then enjoy sipping your beverage of choice while looking upon the tranquil setting of the Morton Arboretum. Thursday, November 8, 2018, 6:30 to 8:30 p.m.
  • 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.
  • Produce high quality, exhibit-worthy photographs with your smartphone at The Morton Arboretum. Saturday, November 10, 2018, 1:00 to 4:00 p.m.
  • Enjoy demos, tastings, and hands-on learning in the Fermented Foods Series at The Morton Arboretum. Saturday, October 20 or 27, or November 3 or 10, 2018, 10:00 a.m. to noon
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • 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 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.
  • 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.
  • Learn the essentials of woodland ecology and the woodland management techniques necessary to maintain threatened woodland ecosystems at The Morton Arboretum. (Registration opens August 21, 2018) Online component begins: Wednesday, November 28, 2018.
  • 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.
  • 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
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • 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, October 4 or 11, or December 6, 2018, 7:00 to 8:30 p.m.
  • 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.
  • 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, October 13 or December 8, 2018, 9:00 a.m. to noon.
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • Search the woods, fields, and edges of the Arboretum for birds. The third Saturday of each month, April 21 through December 15, 2018, 8:00 to 10:30 a.m.
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • Learn the basics of how to use your new DSLR camera at The Morton Arboretum. Coming in winter 2019.
  • Learn the basics of beekeeping at The Morton Arboretum. This class will be offered again in Winter 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.
  • 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 the essentials of wetland ecology and the vital management techniques necessary to maintain threatened wetland ecosystems at The Morton Arboretum. Two days: Wednesday, August 1, 6:30 to 8:30 p.m., and Saturday, August 4, 2018 8:00 a.m. to noon. SOLD OUT. This class will be offered again in June 2019. Registration will open Tuesday, February, 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.
  • 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 April 2019.

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