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A small gnome hangs from a tree
Can you find all of the gnomes hiding in The Morton Arboretum's Children's Garden? Daily November 2017 through March 2018, 9:30 a.m. to 4:00 p.m.
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Two adults cross-country skiing down a small slope
When there is four inches or more of snow on the ground at The Morton Arboretum, trails are available to cross-country ski or snowshoe. The rental season runs December 1, 2017 through March 11, 2018.
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Colors splashed across the hemlock trees - Treemagination
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 Christmas Eve and Christmas Day along with the following Mondays, December 11 & 18.) Tickets on sale now.
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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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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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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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Child making a snow angel
Join us in the Children's Garden for winter time fun! Daily November 2017 through March 2018, in the Children’s Garden from 11:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m. Weather permitting.
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Story time
Join us in the Sterling Morton Library for this popular and interactive story time! Best for ages 2-6 with adult. Wednesdays and Fridays November 2017 through March 2018, 11:00-11:45 a.m.
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Colorful lights decorate Meadow Lake Trail
Enjoy live musical performances in the Ginkgo Room from 5:45 p.m. - 9:00 p.m., glowing dancers along the trail from 5:30 p.m. - 7:30 p.m., and roaming carolers along the trail from 5:00 p.m. - 8:00 p.m., on select nights, during Illumination: Tree Lights at The Morton Arboretum.
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A traditional Santa Claus walking to the Visitor Center via Meadow Lake Trail
Enjoy a special breakfast in The Morton Arboretum's scenic Ginkgo Restaurant and a visit from Santa! On select dates December 2017
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St Nick arriving at The Morton Arboretum
Make this holiday season special by joining us in the Thornhill Mansion for an elegant family supper. Thursday, December 21, or Friday, December 22, 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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Snowy larches around Meadow Lake
Enjoy free admission on Christmas Day at The Morton Arboretum! Monday, December 25, 2017. Buildings, Children’s Garden, and Illumination are 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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Children and adults looking at the model railroad
Watch an intricate railroad travel through a wonderland at a child-friendly level. January 13 - February 19, 2018
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A musher standing on the runners of a sled being pulled by 4 Siberian  huskies
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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2 Visitors cross-county skiing
Members enjoy the following benefits during the month of February. Thank you for your support!
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A dog at Dog Admission Day
Hit the trails, at The Morton Arboretum, with your canine friend on the following Saturdays, February 3, March 3, and November 3, 2018, 7:00 a.m. to sunset.
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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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Easter Bunny arriving at the Visitor Center
Hop on over for tasty springtime buffet featuring a visit from the Easter Bunny. Friday, March 30 and Saturday, March 31, 2018.
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The Morton Arboretum logo,the leaves to the left of the base of the tree represent the years that have passed. The full-grown tree signifies the present. The acorns to the right of the tree anticipate the future.
Arriving in April 2018. Search for giant wooden trolls created by Thomas Dambo, a Danish artist who sculpts with reclaimed wood. They'll be living among our trees.
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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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A dog running the agility course
Join us for Tails on the Trails on September 9, 2017, a "paw"fect day out with your pup as you meander down The Morton Arboretum's 16 miles of hiking trails. Dogs are only allowed on special days like these!
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Families gather on the grass sitting on picnic blankets
Enjoy live music, kid-friendly fare, and entertainment after-hours. Thursdays, June 14, through August 16, 2018 at The Morton Arboretum's Children's Garden. 5:00 to 8:00 p.m.
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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 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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Veteran's get in free on Veteran's Day
All veterans free today, November 11!
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Learn about birds and decorate a wooden birdhouse to take home at The Morton Arboretum. Saturday, February 24, 2018, 10:00 to 11:30 a.m. or 2:00 to 3:30 p.m.
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Take a guided hike to learn the history of maple tapping and see how it’s done at The Morton Arboretum! Saturday, March 17, or Sunday, March 18, 2018, start times vary from 10:00 a.m. to noon.
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Rent a self-guided family backpack that will enhance your visit to The Morton Arboretum. Check back in April, 2018. Daily, April through October, 2018, 10:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m.
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