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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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Colors splashed across the hemlock trees - Treemagination
See trees in a different light. Our interactive experience filled with dazzling projections, trees that respond to your touch and voice, and vivid, electric colors throughout. Open Friday, November 17, 2017 through Monday, January 1, 2018​. (Closed on Christmas Eve and Christmas Day along with the following Mondays, December 11 & 18.) Tickets on sale now.
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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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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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A trail through the forest is covered in snow.
Experience the healing and wellness promoting effects of Shinrin-Yoku, the practice of bathing the senses in the atmosphere of the forest. Monday, January 1, 2018, 8:00 to 11:00 a.m., and Select Saturdays, January 20 through March 24, 2018, 9:30 a.m. to 11:15 a.m.
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Two women are sitting on yoga mats relaxing with a beer.
For ultimate relaxation, join us for one hour of peaceful yoga stretches, then enjoy sipping your beverage of choice while looking upon the tranquil setting of the Morton Arboretum. Thursday, January 11 or Friday, February 16, 2018, 6:30 to 8:30 p.m.
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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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People are walking down a path as the sun starts to set.
With the moon shining through the trees and reflecting off the snow, a winter evening reveals a captivating symphony of sounds and mysterious spaces as we hope to spot wildlife darting through the darkness. Thursday, February 1, March 1, or Friday, March 2, 2018, 7:00 to 9:00 p.m.
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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 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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The conifer trees are dappled with snow.
Join an Arboretum expert for a cup of hot cocoa and a winter stroll through the conifer collection. Saturday, February 10 or 17, 2018, 10:00 a.m. to noon
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The Morton Arboretum logo,the leaves to the left of the base of the tree represent the years that have passed. The full-grown tree signifies the present. The acorns to the right of the tree anticipate the future.
Arriving in April 2018. Search for giant wooden trolls created by Thomas Dambo, a Danish artist who sculpts with reclaimed wood. They'll be living among our trees.
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Participants at the start line in our annual The Champion of Trees 10K Run
Tap into the championship spirit as you run through a springtime morning surrounded by trees from around the world. Save the date for next year, Sunday, April 22, 2018.
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A dog running the agility course
Join us for Tails on the Trails on September 9, 2017, 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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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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