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Happy Thanksgiving-FREE Admission
Happy Thanksgiving! Enjoy FREE admission at The Morton Arboretum. All buildings and the Children's Garden will be closed. November 23, 2017.
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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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Illumination, Treemagination. Colors splashed across the hemlock trees.
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 Thanksgiving, Christmas Eve, and Christmas Day along with the following Mondays, November 20 & 27 and December 4, 11, & 18.) Tickets on sale now.
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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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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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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 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 7, 2018.
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Veteran's get in free on Veteran's Day
All veterans free today, November 11!
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