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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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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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St Nick arriving at The Morton Arboretum
Make this holiday season special by joining us in the Thornhill Mansion for an elegant family supper. This event is sold out.
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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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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 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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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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Children running around in the snow.
Celebrate the last days of winter with games, art and play. Saturday, March 24 through Sunday, March 25, 2018, 11:00 a.m. to 3:00 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 14, 2018.
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Join us in the Sterling Morton Library for this popular and interactive story time at The Morton Arboretum. Wednesdays or Fridays November 2017 through March, 2018, 11:00 to 11:45 a.m.
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Join us for this 4-week outdoor adventure among the trees at The Morton Arboretum. Four Thursdays, January 11 through February 1, 2018, 9:30 to 11:00 a.m.
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Join us for this 4-week outdoor adventure among the trees at The Morton Arboretum.Four Tuesdays, January 9 through 30, 2018, 9:30 to 10:45 a.m.
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How much do you know about government where you live? Just as ecosystems within The Morton Arboretum are a complex web, you live in a complex web of government units. (SOLD OUT) Two Sundays, December 10 and January 14, 2017, 10:00 a.m. to 12:30 p.m., or Two Sundays, February 4 and March 4, 2018, 1:00 to 3:30 p.m.
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Learn what it takes to be a good citizen in the world. Compare the rights we have in the United States with the rights of two other countries. (SOLD OUT) Two Sundays, December 3 and January 7, 2017, 1:00 to 3:30 p.m., or Two Sundays, February 4 and March 4, 2018, 10:00 a.m. to 12:30 p.m.
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We’ll take a hike, sing songs, listen to stories and even sample some treats in this sensory-based program all about the trees that give us chocolate at The Morton Arboretum. Tuesday, February 13, 2018, 9:30 to 10:45 a.m.
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We’ll take a hike, sing songs, listen to stories and even sample some treats in this sensory-based program all about the trees that give us chocolate at The Morton Arboretum. Wednesday, February 14, or Thursday, February 15, 2018, 9:30 to 11:00 a.m.
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Explore the geology at The Morton Arboretum while earning your merit badge. Sunday, February 18, 2018, 10:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m.
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Hunt for clovers and explore the colors of the rainbow in this sensory-based program at The Morton Arboretum. Wednesday, March 7, or Tuesday, March 13, 2018, 9:30 to 11:00 a.m.
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Hunt for clovers and explore the colors of the rainbow in this sensory-based program at The Morton Arboretum. Tuesday, March 6, or Wednesday, March 14, 2018, 9:30 to 10:45 a.m.
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Earn your merit badge at The Morton Arboretum and learn all about geocaching. Two Sundays, March 18, and April 22, 2018, 10:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m.
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