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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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The spruce tree in the foreground has a triangular shape.
If you look around nature, you will find that it comes in a variety of shapes. Use shape viewers to search for triangle trees, heart shaped leaves, and square stems. Daily in June, 11:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m.
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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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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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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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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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Finger prints are used to create colorful flowers.
Flowers grow in all kinds of shapes, sizes and colors. Look around at all of the flowers in the Children’s Garden and find your favorite to finger paint. Daily in July, 11:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. Weather permitting.
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Stack a colorful paper, completed origami folded items, hands holding a piece of yellow paper and folding it.
Play games and make crafts inspired by Japanese culture. July 8 & 9, 2017
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Kids sitting on a blanket outside watching a movie
Join us on Saturday, July 8, 2017 for a summer movie night featuring "Kubo and the Two Strings", an epic action-adventure set in Japan.
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A squirrel is sitting on a tree branch.
What has four legs, fur and fancies trees? Find out about some of the fascinating animals that live at the Arboretum and make a mask to take home. Daily in August, 11:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m.
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Sumo wrestlers wrestling each other
Explore the diverse cultures of Asia through music, dance, food and trees. August 4, 5 & 6, 2017
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A miniature zen garden with black rocks and a tiny wooden rack.
Celebrate Asian culture at the Destination Asia Festival. In the Children’s Garden, experience zen gardening, and make your own mini zen garden to take home. August 5 through 6, 2017, 11:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m.
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Child looking through a spyglass at plants in a container
Come celebrate the Children’s Garden’s 12th birthday with a bee-utiful event! September 9 & 10 2017. 11:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m.
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A German dance trio
Immerse yourself in the diverse cultures of Europe with visits to our European tree collections, plus culinary delights, authentic musical performances, impressive dancing demonstrations, and much more. September 23-24, 2017, at The Morton Arboretum.
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Runners participating in the Fall Color 5k Run & Walk
Race in our 13th annual Fall Color 5K Run & Walk, Sunday, October 1, 2017.
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Adults and children dressed up
Join us for BOO Breakfast, complete with visits from favorite characters. Costumes encouraged. October 29, 2017, 9:00 - 11:00 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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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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New! Mix and Match this three part series where we will delve into the Arboretum’s scientific side. Dates vary starting June 12, 2017, 9:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m., Multiple sections.
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Experience nature from a new angle through fun animal and tree yoga poses at The Morton Arboretum! Spring session: Mondays, May through June (except Memorial Day), 2017, 10:00 to 11:00 a.m. Summer session: Mondays, July through September (except September 4),10:00 to 11:00 a.m.
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Want to be a weather watcher? Investigate rain, snow, sun, and clouds. Study weather extremes from across the planet and enjoy experiments and stories on local weather wonders at The Morton Arboretum. Monday through Friday, June 26 through 30 or July 24 through 28, 2017, 12:30 to 3:30 p.m., or July 17 through 21, 2017, 9:00 a.m. to noon
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Have you ever been as hungry as a caterpillar? Enter the whimsical world of Eric Carle as his characters come to life through stories, games, and crafts at The Morton Arboretum. Monday through Friday, June 12 through 16, 2017, 12:30 to 3:30 p.m., or June 26 through 30, 2017, 9:00 a.m. to noon
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Become a mini Monet! Explore the Arboretum for artistic inspiration and use impressionist techniques to create a masterpiece. Monday through Friday, June 26 through 30 or July 31 through August 4, 2017, 9:00 a.m. to noon, or July 10 through 14, 12:30 to 3:30 p.m.
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Rev up for a week of wet, hydrodynamic explorations! Slosh buckets and dip nets into Arboretum lakes to examine water-loving insects and plants. Monday through Friday, 21 June 19 through 23, or July 17 through 21, 9:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m.
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Can you survive in the great outdoors? Explore native woodlands and wetlands, and gain the skills needed to survive in these ecosystems Learn navigation skills and how to build a shelter. Set up camp, fish, and make tools to explore and tame the wild at The Morton Arboretum. Monday through Friday, June 5 through 9, July 10 through 14, or August 7 through 11, 2017, 9:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m.
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Who is really in charge of defending the Earth? Become an environmental scientist as you track pollution, analyze water and soil samples, monitor insect life, and learn what you can do to save the planet at The Morton Arboretum. Monday through Friday, June 5 through 9 or June 26 through 30, or August 7 through 11, 2017, 9:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m.
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Become a nature artist! Use nature as your inspiration to explore texture, color, and dimension at The Morton Arboretum. Monday through Friday, June 12 through 16, or July 10 through 14, 2017, 9:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m
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Travel back to the dinosaur age! Discover different dinosaurs; learn what they ate, where they lived, and the trees that grew when dinosaurs were alive at The Morton Arboretum. Monday through Friday, June 5 through 9, 2017, 12:30 to 3:30 p.m., or July 17 July 21, 2017, 9:00 a.m. to 12:00 p.m. a.m.-12:00 p.m.
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New! Capture nature from a new angle! Take the time to play with mirrors, water, shadows, and light in this photography class. Participants must bring their own digital camera at The Morton Arboretum. July 10 through 14, 2017, 9:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m.
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Splash, play and learn in this sensory based program all about water at The Morton Arboretum. Tuesday, July 11 or Wednesday, July 19, 2017, 9:30 to 10:45 a.m.
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Splash, play and learn in this sensory based program all about water at The Morton Arboretum. Wednesday, July 12, Tuesday, July 18, or Thursday, July 20, 2017, 9:30 to 11:00 a.m.
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Put on your gardening gloves and get ready to dig in the dirt at The Morton Arboretum. Monday through Friday, June 5 through 9; June 26 through 30; or July 17 through 21, 2017, 9:00 a.m. to noon; or June 12 through 16, 12:30 to 3:30 p.m.
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Explore the colors of the rainbow while learning about trees and other plants at The Morton Arboretum. Monday through Friday, July 17 through 21, 2017, 12:30 to 3:30 p.m.
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Have you ever wondered WHY? Find out as we conduct experiments using the scientific method. Delve into why leaves change color, where rainbows come from, how fireflies glow, and other scientific mysteries at The Morton Arboretum.Monday through Friday, June 5 through 9 or June 26 through 30, 2017, 9:00 a.m. to noon, or June 19 through 23 or July 17 through 21, 2017, 12:30 to 3:30 p.m.
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How do animals and insects fly? Read stories and play games to learn how different animals fly, where they live, and how they use trees and other plants for shelter and food. Observe beautiful birds and fluttering butterflies up close at The Morton Arboretum. Monday through Friday, June 19 through 23 or July 17 through 21, 2017, 9:00 a.m. to noon, or July 10 through 14, 12:30 to 3:30 p.m.
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Gear up for a daytime camping excursion! Learn how to pitch a tent, fish, and make s’mores. Enjoy nature games, hikes, and songs at The Morton Arboretum. Monday through Friday, June 5 through 9, June 26 through 30, or July 24 through 28, 2017, 9:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m.
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Rock out with an in-depth study of glaciers, soils, fossils, and rocks at The Morton Arboretum. Monday through Friday, June 12 through 16, 2017, 9:00 a.m. to noon, or July 24 through 28, 2017, 9:00 a.m. to noon or 12:30 to 3:30 p.m.
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Put on your artist hat. Paint and sculpt squishy frogs, textured turtles, and slippery fish. Learn about these wetland critters and develop artistic skill at The Morton Arboretum. Monday through Friday, July 24 through 28, 2017, 9:00 a.m. to noon
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Join “Ms. Frizzle” on her latest adventure. Learn about plants, water and bugs through hands-on experiments and hikes at The Morton Arboretum. Monday through Friday, June 5 through 9 or June 26 through 30, 2017, 12:30 to 3:30 p.m., or June 19 through 23 or July 24 through 28, 2017, 9:00 a.m. to noon
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New! Explore nature through the eyes of a scientist. Catapult seeds, make sun prints, and experiment with leaves as you use the outdoors as your laboratory! Monday through Friday, June 12 through 16, July 10 through 14, or July 24 through August 4, 9:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m.
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New! From intricate birds nests to astounding beaver dams, animals are engineering all around us. Take a closer look at the construction techniques used in the animal kingdom and take on wild STEM building challenges at The Morton Arboretum. Monday through Friday, June 19 through 23 or July 10 through 14, or July 24 through 28, 2017 9:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m.
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Who are nature’s superheroes? Explore the science behind superheroes like Spiderman and Batman at The Morton Arboretum. Monday through Friday, June 12 Through 16, 2017, 9:00 a.m. to noon, or July 24 through 28, 2017, 12:30 to 3:30 p.m.
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Design and build forts inspired by trees. Study trees up close and uncover their unique characteristics. Build a mini tree fort village as a group. Each child takes home their own mini tree fort. Monday through Friday, June 12 through 16; June 19 through 23; July 10 through 14; or July 24 through 28, 9:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m.
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Paint, draw, color, and sculpt your way through the Arboretum. Dates vary starting June 6, 2016. Multiple sections.
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Search for fairies hidden in the forest. Explore the trees and plants that fairies care for at The Morton Arboretum.Monday through Friday,June 12 through 16, July 10 through 14, or July 24 through 28, 2017, 9:00 a.m. to noon, or June 26 through 30, 2017, 12:30 to 3:30 p.m.
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Get outside and explore! Set off on a different adventure each day as you explore geocaching, letterboxing, survival skills, and more at The Morton Arboretum.Monday through Friday, June 19 through 23, July 17 through 21, or July 24 through August 4, 2017, 9:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m.
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New! Just a spoon full of nature makes a happier and healthier you! Try out some natural ways to work towards a healthy body and mind, including nature walks, yoga, journaling, coloring, and much more as we take time for wellness at The Morton Arboretum. Monday through Friday, June 12 through 16, June 26 through 30, July 24 through 28, 2017, 9:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m.
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Spend the week getting wet! Wallow through wetlands to collect water samples, play games, and conduct experiments. Examine critters that call ponds, lakes, rivers, and marshes home at The Morton Arboretum. Monday through Friday, June 12 through 16, June 26 through 30, or July 31 through August 4, 2017, 9:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m.
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How do tadpoles turn into frogs? How do turtles grow up? Together we’ll uncover fun facts, search for croaking frogs and basking turtles, play games, make crafts, and meet live turtles at The Morton Arboretum. Monday through Friday, June 19 through 23, 2017, 9:00 a.m. to noon, or July 31 through August 4, 2017, 12:30 p.m. to 3:30 p.m.
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Make your own fishing pole and let’s go fishing. Enjoy stories, games, and fishing trips to the Arboretum’s best spots. Monday through Friday, June 12 through 16; July 10 through 14; or July 24 through 28, 2017, 9:00 a.m. to noon; or July 31 through August 4, 12:30 to 3:30 p.m.
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New! Leaves come in all shapes, sizes, and colors! Let your imagination run wild as you discover what you can create with leaves at The Morton Arboretum. Monday through Friday, July 10 through 14, 2017, 12:30 to 3:30 p.m., or July 31 through August 4, 9:00 a.m. to noon
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Walk in the wild parts of the Arboretum and explore nature. Discover the differences between bees and wasps, go bird watching, and hunt for animal footprints. Monday through Friday, June 5 through 9, 2017, 12:30 to 3:30 p.m., or June 19 through 23, July 10 through 14, or August 7 through 11, 2017, 9:00 a.m. to noon
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New! Do you think you can paint with a beak, sculpt with a paw, or draw with a claw? Find out how Arboretum animals are adapted to life in the woods, ponds, and prairies and embrace various artistic media to capture these unique animal features. Monday through Friday, June 12 through 16 or July 17 through 21, 2017, 12:30 to 3:30 p.m., or June 26 through 30 or July 31 through August 4, 2017, 9:00 a.m. to noon
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What can you accomplish when you take on an eco-challenge? Build your leadership skills as you take on team building and STEM challenges in this camp, while exploring the natural world at The Morton Arboretum. Monday through Friday, July 17 through 21 or July 31 through August 4, 2017,9:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m.
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Are fairies hidden in the forest? Discover woodland plants and animals. Create your own fairy and, as a group, build a fairy village at The Morton Arboretum. Monday through Friday June 5 through 9, June 19 through 23, or July 31 through August 4, 2017, 9:00 a.m. to noon
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Enjoy hands-on investigations of all things aquatic. Experiment with water and its properties, trudge through the wetlands to gather water samples, and use scientific equipment to inspect plants and animals that call ponds, lakes, rivers, and marshes home. at The Morton Arboretum.Monday through Friday, June 19 through 23, July 17 through 21, or July 31 through August 4, 2017, 9:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m.
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Get inspired and create your own nature sculptures. Learn techniques and use tools of contemporary artists to create your own works of art each day at The Morton Arboretum. Dates vary starting June 6, 2016. Multiple sections. Monday through Friday, June 5 through 9 or July 31 through August 4, 2017, 9:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m.
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Animals are experts at hide and seek. Use your skills to uncover patterns in nature and see how well you can camouflage in the woods at The Morton Arboretum. Monday through Friday, June 19 through 23, July 17 through 21 or August 7 through 11, 9:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m.
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New! What has six legs and no uncles? An ant! Explore the zany world of insects as you dig, sweep, and dip your way through the insect world At The Morton Arboretum. Monday through Friday, June 5 through 9; June 26 through 30; July 17 through 21; or August 7 through 11, 9:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m.
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Soar into the fascinating life of birds. Listen for bird calls, and scout out nests, eggs, and feathers at The Morton Arboretum. Monday through Friday, June 19 through 23, or July 17 through 21, 2017, 12:30 to 3:30 p.m., or July 10 through 14, or July 17 through 21, 2017, 12:30 to 3:30 p.m.
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Dive into the slippery, slimy, scaly world of reptiles and amphibians at The Morton Arboretum! Monday through Friday, June 12 through 16 or July 17 through 21, 9:00 a.m. to noon, or July 24 through 28 or August 7 through 11, 12:30 to 3:30 p.m.
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Explore the woodlands of The Morton Arboretum and discover all the wild things. Monday through Friday, June 5 through 9, 2017, 9:00 a.m. to noon, or June 26 through 30, or August 7 through 11, 2017, 12:30 to 3:30 p.m.
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Get ready for some boot-sloshin’ fun! Go fishing at The Morton Arboretum. Monday through Friday, June 19 through 23, 2017, 12:30 to 3:30 p.m., or July 10 through 14, or August 7 through 11, 2017, 9:00 a.m. to noon
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Hike, listen to stories, and play games in this interactive sensory based program at The Morton Arboretum. Tuesday, August 8, or Wednesday, August 16, 2017, 9:30 to 10:45 a.m.
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Each day we will hike, read stories, and play in this 4–week sensory based outdoor adventure at The Morton Arboretum. Four Thursdays, September 8 through 29, 2016, 9:30 to 11:00 a.m. Four Tuesdays, September 5 through 26, 2017, 9:30 to 10:45 a.m.
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Each day we will hike, read stories, and play in this 4–week sensory based outdoor adventure at The Morton Arboretum. Four Thursdays, September 7 through 28, 2017, 9:30 to 11:00 a.m.
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