VISIT & explore

Families

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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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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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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Holiday store display
Save on home decor, jewelry, books, desktop, apparel, and more. December 29 through January 2018. The Arboretum Store will be closed for inventory on January 8, 2018
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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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The Vanishing Acts exhibit with a light dusting of snow.
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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An arboretum expert showing fur pelts that keep animals warm in winter
If you want to experience The Morton Arboretum in winter but it’s just too cold, come inside and take a “table-top” tour with us. Sundays January 14, 21 & 28, 2018 and Wednesdays January 10, 17, 24 & 31, 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 model train racing around in indoor track
For Arboretum members only. Enjoy after-hours fun with the Enchanted Railroad. Friday, February 2, 2018. 4:00 to 8:00 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 Saturdays, February 3, March 3, and November 3, 2018, 7:00 a.m. to sunset.
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Children watching a miniature model train wind through magnificent scenery
Since some children may be over-stimulated by all of the sights and sounds of the Enchanted Railroad, we are setting aside special times to accommodate these families this year: February 3, 4, and 6. Times vary.
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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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A star shaped treat for birds is hanging on a tree.
Make a tasty treat to hang on the trees for our feathered friends. Saturday and Sunday, February 10 and 11, 2018 from 11:00 a.m. to 3:00 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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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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The contains of the Family Explorer Backpack available for rental.
Looking for a unique experience in the Children’s Garden At The Morton Arboretum? Rent a self-guided family backpack and enhance your visit. Available daily, April through October, 2018, 10:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m.
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A tree made out of paper towel rolls, bottle caps and Popsicle sticks
Use natural and recycled materials to build your own nature keepsake to take home at the Morton Arboretum. Daily April and May, 2018, 11:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m.
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The Acorn Express Tram is moving down the road.
Join us on the Acorn Express for a family friendly tram ride adventure through the Arboretum! The first Wednesday of each Month, April 4 Through October 3, 2018, 9:30 a.m. to 10:15 a.m.
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A family is riding the Acorn Express Adventure Tram.
Join us on the Acorn Express tram for a family friendly tram-ride adventure through the Arboretum! We’ll seek out fun destinations to hike, make a craft, and explore new topics each week. Wednesdays and Fridays, April-October, 2018, 11:00 a.m. to 11:45 a.m.
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A large tree cookie has smaller tree cookies on top that spell out we love trees.
Discover some of the wonderful products that trees give us at The Morton Arboretum. Weekends in April, 2018, 11:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m.
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Row of bikes to rent
Explore nine miles of paved roads that wind through our magnificent tree collections. Weekends in April and daily beginning on Memorial Day. 10:00 a.m.-4:00 p.m.
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The Acorn Express open-air Tram
Beginning weekends in mid-April, 2018 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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Photo of children dressed like a tree
On April 27, 2018 celebrate trees by dressing like one. On Arbor Day get free admission to The Morton Arboretum when you dress like a tree. One free general admission per costumed individual. Arbor Day only, April 27, 2018.
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Children are listening to a story in the Children's Garden
Gather in the Children’s Garden for story time and fun. Fridays starting in May, 2018 11:00 a.m.
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Close-up of a giant troll created from discarded wood. His hand is wrapped around a tree trunk.
Arriving in May 2018. Artist in Residence: watch as Danish artist Thomas Dambo uses discarded wood to create the giant trolls who will inhabit the Arboretum starting this summer.
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A dog running the agility course
Join us for Tails on the Trails on May 5, 2018, 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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Children are practicing yoga outside.
Experience nature from a new angle through fun animal and tree yoga poses! Mondays, May through June (except Memorial Day), 2018, 10:00 a.m. to 11:00 a.m.
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A drawing of a fairy with pine needle wings and pine cone top.a
Did you know that fairies live in the Children’s Garden at The Morton Arboretum? Come and celebrate garden fairies on Saturday, May 12 and Sunday May 13, 2018, 11:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m.
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Springy table setting
Celebrate Mom with a fabulous brunch against the blooming backdrop of Meadow Lake. Sunday, May 13, 2018.
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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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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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Runners participating in the Fall Color 5k Run & Walk
Save the date for our 15th annual Fall Color 5K Run & Walk, Sunday, October 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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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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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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