Active & Recreational

  • Cross-Country Ski & Snowshoe Rental

    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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  • Member Appreciation Month

    2 Visitors cross-county skiing
    Members enjoy the following benefits during the month of February. Thank you for your support!

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  • Vanishing Acts: Trees Under Threat Exhibit

    The Vanishing Acts exhibit with a light dusting of snow.
    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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  • Forest Therapy Walks (1 hour 45 minutes)

    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. Select Mondays or Saturdays, February 3 through, June 23, 2018, 8:00 to 11:00 a.m.

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  • Sensational Seeds tabletop tour

    Seeds in a wide variety of sizes shapes and colors
    What do coffee, chocolate and your morning oatmeal have in common? They are all made from seeds. Stop by our tabletop tour and learn more about those sensational seeds.

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  • Nature at Night Hike

    A path through the snowy woods at dusk
    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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  • Dog Admission Day

    A dog at Dog Admission Day
    Hit the trails, at The Morton Arboretum, with your canine friend on the following Saturdays, March 3 and November 3, 2018, 7:00 a.m. to sunset.

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  • Arboretum Running Tour

    A person is jogging down the road.
    Strap on your running shoes for an informative running tour of the Arboretum. Saturday, March 24, 2018, 8:00 to 9:30 a.m.

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  • Family Explorers Backpack

    The contains of the Family Explorer Backpack available for rental.
    Looking for a unique experience in the Children’s Garden At The Morton Arboretum? Rent a self-guided family backpack and enhance your visit. Available daily, April through October, 2018, 10:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m.

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  • Acorn Express Adventures: Homeschool Journey

    The Acorn Express Tram is moving down the road.
    Join us on the Acorn Express for a family friendly tram ride adventure through the Arboretum! The first Wednesday of each Month, April 4 Through October 3, 2018, 9:30 a.m. to 10:15 a.m.

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  • Acorn Express Adventures

    A family is riding the Acorn Express Adventure Tram.
    Join us on the Acorn Express tram for a family friendly tram-ride adventure through the Arboretum! We’ll seek out fun destinations to hike, make a craft, and explore new topics each week. Wednesdays and Fridays, April-October, 2018, 11:00 a.m. to 11:45 a.m.

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  • Bike Rentals

    Row of bikes to rent
    Explore nine miles of paved roads that wind through our magnificent tree collections. Weekends in April and daily beginning on Memorial Day. 10:00 a.m.-4:00 p.m.

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  • Acorn Express Tram Tours

    The Acorn Express open-air Tram
    Beginning weekends in mid-April, 2018 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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  • The Champion of Trees 10K Run

    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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  • Dress Like a Tree, Get In Free

    Photo of children dressed like a tree
    On April 27, 2018 celebrate trees by dressing like one. On Arbor Day get free admission to The Morton Arboretum when you dress like a tree. One free general admission per costumed individual. Arbor Day only, April 27, 2018.

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  • Troll Hunt

    Close-up of a giant troll created from discarded wood. His hand is wrapped around a tree trunk.
    May 1 through June 21, 2018. Artist in Residence, Danish artist Thomas Dambo uses discarded wood to create the giant trolls who will inhabit the Arboretum. The hunt begins June 22, 2018!

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  • Tails on the Trails

    A dog running the agility course
    Join us for Tails on the Trails on May 5, 2018, 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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  • Tree Pose Family Yoga

    Children are practicing yoga outside.
    Experience nature from a new angle through fun animal and tree yoga poses! Mondays, May through June (except Memorial Day), 2018, 10:00 a.m. to 11:00 a.m.

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  • National Public Gardens Day

    Aerial view of the Maze Garden
    Celebrate National Public Gardens Day on Friday, May 11, 2018 at The Morton Arboretum. 7:00 a.m. to sunset there is something to do at The Morton Arboretum.

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  • Craft Beer Festival

    Visitors sampling craft beer
    Come sample local favorites and explore new beers from 40 breweries, surrounded by summer's beauty at the Arboretum. Saturday, June 23, 2018

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  • Fall Color 5K Run & Walk

    Runners participating in the Fall Color 5k Run & Walk
    Save the date for our 15th annual Fall Color 5K Run & Walk, Sunday, September 30, 2018.

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  • Veterans Day-Veterans Free

    Veteran's get in free on Veteran's Day
    All veterans free today, November 11!

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  • Happy Holidays - Free Admission

    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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