Youth groups and scouts: Self-guided adventures

Register your youth group or scout troop for a self-guided adventure at The Morton Arboretum.

REGISTER NOW for Fall and Winter programs.

Backpack adventures: Monday-Saturday, 9:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m. 

Backpack Program: Arboretum Adventures

Kindergarten–2nd graders | Backpack reservation required | Year-round
Find flowers, examine leaves, and search for signs of animals. Backpack supplies include: magnifying glasses, flower and tree identification guides, hands-on activities, and games. 

Backpack Program: Treemendous Trees

3rd–6th graders | Backpack reservation required | Spring, Summer, Fall
Learn to identify trees by their leaves, bark,seeds, and flowers. Discover how important roots are to a tree, how trees make their own food, the purpose of a flower, and how to read the history of a tree. Backpack supplies include: tree “cookies,” tree identification guides, and hands-on activities.

Backpack Program: Vanishing Acts

4th–8th graders | Backpack reservation required | Year-round
See endangered trees and explore ways the Arboretum is helping to save them. Play games and discover how important one tree species can be in an ecosystem.

Children’s Garden

Kindergarten–3rd graders | Year-round
Enjoy the wonders of nature in the Children’s Garden. Splash through secret streams, climb colossal acorns, and slide down giant tree roots.

Throughout the Arboretum

For all ages | Year-round
Plan your own adventure at the Arboretum. Walk our 16 miles of paved or wood-chipped trails; be sure to notice the trees, shrubs, wildflowers, and critters as you go. Touch the rough bark of trees or study the different shapes of leaves. Biking is also allowed on paved roads. Helmets required. 


Self-guided adventures are available throughout the year. Please dress for the outdoors and wear sturdy shoes. Programs are not cancelled due to inclement weather such as cold, heat, rain, or wind.

Children’s Garden adventures: Monday-Sunday, 9:30 a.m. – 5:00 p.m.

Backpack adventures: Monday-Saturday, 9:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m.


Self-guided adventure fee is $105 per group.

  • Fee includes up to 15 scouts, 4 chaperones, and a $15 non-refundable registration fee
  • Patches are available for purchase at time of registration and cost $4.00 each.
  • Additional chaperones are $12 per person.
  • There are no refunds for cancellations made less than 2 weeks in advance.

CALL: Call the registrar at 630-719-2468, Monday – Friday, 9:00 a.m. – 4:00 p.m.

ONLINE: Fill out the youth group and scouts online form. REGISTER NOW