Courses for Children

Course List

  • Magic School Bus Adventures-1st-2nd grade

    Join “Ms. Frizzle” on her latest adventure. Learn about plants, water and bugs through hands-on experiments and hikes at The Morton Arboretum. Dates vary starting June 6, 2016. Multiple sections.
  • Eco-Mythbusters-5th-6th grade

    Do you get warts when you touch a toad? Does moss always grow on the north side of a tree? Explore the Arboretum for the answers to these questions and more. Dates vary starting June 6, 2016. Multiple sections
  • The Invisible World-5th-6th grade

    Many of the living things around us are so small we can not see them, yet we can not live without them. Explore ecosystems and uncover these microscopic organisms that inhabit the Earth and help it thrive at The Morton Arboretum. Dates vary starting June 13, 2016. Multiple sections.
  • Nature’s Superheroes-kindergarten

    Who are nature’s superheroes? Explore the science behind superheroes like Spiderman and Batman.See how spiders spin webs and bats fly at The Morton Arboretum. Monday-Friday, June 13-17, 9:00 a.m.-12:00 p.m. or July 25-29, 12:30-3:30 p.m. ,
  • Cool Cache-5th-6th grade

    Discover the awesome hobby of geocaching! Use maps, compasses and GPS units to find hidden Arboretum treasures while exploring areas with unique plants and animals. Dates vary starting June 13, 2016. Multiple sections.
  • Forbidden Forest-5th-6th grade

    Explore all things magical from the popular Harry Potter series. Use “magical” technology to discover the Arboretum’s wand trees. Try your hands at herbology, and find out if we “muggles” can unravel the science behind Harry Potter’s wizardry. Monday-Friday, June 13-17, 2016, 9:00 a.m.-3:00 p.m. or July 18-22, 2016, 9:00 a.m.-3:00 p.m.
  • Slippery, Slimy, Scaly-1st-2nd grade

    Dive into the slippery, slimy, scaly world of reptiles and amphibians at The Morton Arboretum. Dates and times vary starting June 20, 2016. Multiple sections.
  • Night Spies-5th-6th grade

    What happens outside when people are fast asleep? Head out on a twilight hike to study the night stars, track animals, catch fireflies, and listen for creatures of the night at The Morton Arboretum. (Canceled) Tuesday-Thursday, June 21-23 or July 19-21, 2016, 7:00-10:00 p.m.
  • Hydro-Explorers-1st-2nd grade

    Rev up for a week of wet, hydrodynamic explorations! Slosh buckets and dip nets into Arboretum lakes to examine water-loving insects and plants. Dates vary starting June 20, 2016. Multiple sections.
  • Cold-blooded Creatures-7th-8th grade

    Whether covered in scales, shells, or warts, these creatures are a fascinating find. Discover the world of herpetology, the study of amphibians and reptiles at The Morton Arboretum. Monday-Friday, June 20-24, 2016, 9:00 a.m.-3:00 p.m. or July 25-29, 2016, 9:00 a.m.-3:00 p.m.
  • Extreme Bugs-5th-6th grade

    Which insects can fly the fastest, jump the highest, or make the loudest sound? Discover some extreme insects living around the Arboretum and the extraordinary things they can do. Monday-Friday, June 20-24, 2016, 9:00 a.m.-12:00 p.m. or July 18-22, 2016, 9:00 a.m.-12:00 p.m.
  • Evening Eco-Art -7th-8th grade

    Explore the Arboretum at dusk. Use this unique perspective as inspiration for nature inspired art. (Canceled) Tuesday-Thursday, July 19-21, 2016, 7:00-10:00 p.m.
  • Frogs and Fairies and Mudpies...Oh My! 3-5 years

    Enjoy stories, crafts, muddy games and play in this squishy, squashy, fairytale of a program at The Morton Arboretum. Tuesday, June 14 , Wednesday, June 15 or Thursday, June 23, 2016, 9:30 to 11:00 a.m.
  • Eric Carle’s Friends-kindergarten

    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-Friday, June 13-17, 12:30-3:30 p.m. or June 27-July 1, 9:00 a.m.-12:00 p.m.
  • Down in the Dirt-kindergarten

    Discover the wonderful world of dirt! Dig for decomposers, make mud art, play games, and explore the exciting soil beneath our feet at The Morton Arboretum. Monday-Friday, July 11-15, 2016, 12:30-3:30 p.m. or August 1-5, 2016, 9:00 a.m.-12:00 p.m.
  • Forbidden Forest-5th-6th grade

    Explore all things magical from the popular Harry Potter series. Use “magical” technology to discover the Arboretum’s wand trees. Try your hands at herbology, and find out if we “muggles” can unravel the science behind Harry Potter’s wizardry. Monday-Friday, June 13-17, 2016, 9:00 a.m.-3:00 p.m. or July 18-22, 2016, 9:00 a.m.-3:00 p.m.
  • Night Spies-5th-6th grade

    What happens outside when people are fast asleep? Head out on a twilight hike to study the night stars, track animals, catch fireflies, and listen for creatures of the night at The Morton Arboretum. (Canceled) Tuesday-Thursday, June 21-23 or July 19-21, 2016, 7:00-10:00 p.m.
  • Evening Eco-Art -7th-8th grade

    Explore the Arboretum at dusk. Use this unique perspective as inspiration for nature inspired art. (Canceled) Tuesday-Thursday, July 19-21, 2016, 7:00-10:00 p.m.
  • Busy Bees 18-35 months

    We’ll appeal to every sense as we explore honeybees, their favorite flowers, and honey in this sensory based program at The Morton Arboretum. Wednesday, July 13, Thursday, July 14 or Tuesday, July 19, 2016, 9:30 to 10:45 a.m.
  • Busy Bees 3-5 years

    We’ll appeal to every sense as we explore honeybees, their favorite flowers, and honey in this sensory based program at The Morton Arboretum. Tuesday, July 12 or Wednesday, July 20, 2016, 9:30-11:00 a.m.
  • Slippery, Slimy, Scaly-1st-2nd grade

    Dive into the slippery, slimy, scaly world of reptiles and amphibians at The Morton Arboretum. Dates and times vary starting June 20, 2016. Multiple sections.
  • Nature’s Superheroes-kindergarten

    Who are nature’s superheroes? Explore the science behind superheroes like Spiderman and Batman.See how spiders spin webs and bats fly at The Morton Arboretum. Monday-Friday, June 13-17, 9:00 a.m.-12:00 p.m. or July 25-29, 12:30-3:30 p.m. ,
  • Cold-blooded Creatures-7th-8th grade

    Whether covered in scales, shells, or warts, these creatures are a fascinating find. Discover the world of herpetology, the study of amphibians and reptiles at The Morton Arboretum. Monday-Friday, June 20-24, 2016, 9:00 a.m.-3:00 p.m. or July 25-29, 2016, 9:00 a.m.-3:00 p.m.
  • Cool Cache-5th-6th grade

    Discover the awesome hobby of geocaching! Use maps, compasses and GPS units to find hidden Arboretum treasures while exploring areas with unique plants and animals. Dates vary starting June 13, 2016. Multiple sections.
  • Magic School Bus Adventures-1st-2nd grade

    Join “Ms. Frizzle” on her latest adventure. Learn about plants, water and bugs through hands-on experiments and hikes at The Morton Arboretum. Dates vary starting June 6, 2016. Multiple sections.
  • Eco-Mythbusters-5th-6th grade

    Do you get warts when you touch a toad? Does moss always grow on the north side of a tree? Explore the Arboretum for the answers to these questions and more. Dates vary starting June 6, 2016. Multiple sections
  • Extreme Bugs-5th-6th grade

    Which insects can fly the fastest, jump the highest, or make the loudest sound? Discover some extreme insects living around the Arboretum and the extraordinary things they can do. Monday-Friday, June 20-24, 2016, 9:00 a.m.-12:00 p.m. or July 18-22, 2016, 9:00 a.m.-12:00 p.m.
  • Squishy Squashy Art-kindergarten

    Put on your artist hat. Paint and sculpt squishy frogs, textured turtles, and slippery fish at The Morton Arboretum. Monday-Friday, July 25-29, 2016, 9:00 a.m.-12:00 p.m.
  • The Invisible World-5th-6th grade

    Many of the living things around us are so small we can not see them, yet we can not live without them. Explore ecosystems and uncover these microscopic organisms that inhabit the Earth and help it thrive at The Morton Arboretum. Dates vary starting June 13, 2016. Multiple sections.
  • Hydro-Explorers-1st-2nd grade

    Rev up for a week of wet, hydrodynamic explorations! Slosh buckets and dip nets into Arboretum lakes to examine water-loving insects and plants. Dates vary starting June 20, 2016. Multiple sections.

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