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An origami acorn made with orange paper
Practice folding paper into your favorite garden shapes. Daily through October 22, 2017, 11:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. in the Children's Garden. Weather permitting.
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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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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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Children listening to a story
Gather in the Children’s Garden amphitheater for story time and fun. Fridays, April 7 through October 27, 2017, 11:00 a.m.
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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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Learn how to study, protect and conserve soil and water resources in this merit badge class at The Morton Arboretum. Two Sundays, October 22 and December 17, 2017, 10:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m.
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Experience nature from a new angle through fun animal and tree yoga poses at The Morton Arboretum! . Summer session: Mondays, July through September (except August 21 and September 4),10:00 to 11:00 a.m., or Fall session: Mondays, October, 2 through 30, 2017, 10:00 to 11:00 a.m.
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Investigate the life of a wild turkey through stories, play and a hike in this hands-on sensory based fall program at The Morton Arboretum. Thursday, November 2, Tuesday, November 7, or Wednesday, November 8, 2017, 9:30 to 11:00 a.m.
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Investigate the life of a wild turkey through stories, play and a hike in this hands-on sensory based fall program at The Morton Arboretum. Wednesday, November 1, or Thursday, November 9, 2017, 9:30 to 10:45 a.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. 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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Enjoy a cup of tea and sweet treats as we celebrate the holidays with a tea party at The Morton Arboretum. Saturday, December 9, 2017, 10:00 a.m. to 11:30 p.m., or 12:30 to 2:00 p.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. 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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How much do you know about your national government? In this merit badge class, held at The Morton Arboretum, explore the three branches of our national government. Two Sundays, December 3 and January 7, 10:00 a.m. to 12:30 p.m., or December 10 and January 14, 2017, 1:00 to 3:30 p.m.
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