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Trees and Ecology

Natural history

New! What has six legs and no uncles? An ant! Explore the zany world of insects as you dig, sweep, and dip your way through the insect world At The Morton Arboretum. Monday through Friday, June 5 through 9; June 26 through 30; July 17 through 21; or August 7 through 11, 9:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m.
How do animals and insects fly? Read stories and play games to learn how different animals fly, where they live, and how they use trees and other plants for shelter and food. Observe beautiful birds and fluttering butterflies up close at The Morton Arboretum. Monday through Friday, June 19 through 23 or July 17 through 21, 2017, 9:00 a.m. to noon, or July 10 through 14, 12:30 to 3:30 p.m.
New! Do you think you can paint with a beak, sculpt with a paw, or draw with a claw? Find out how Arboretum animals are adapted to life in the woods, ponds, and prairies and embrace various artistic media to capture these unique animal features. Monday through Friday, June 12 through 16 or July 17 through 21, 2017, 12:30 to 3:30 p.m., or June 26 through 30 or July 31 through August 4, 2017, 9:00 a.m. to noon
Animals are experts at hide and seek. Use your skills to uncover patterns in nature and see how well you can camouflage in the woods at The Morton Arboretum. Monday through Friday, June 19 through 23, July 17 through 21 or August 7 through 11, 9:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m.
Dive into the slippery, slimy, scaly world of reptiles and amphibians at The Morton Arboretum! Monday through Friday, June 12 through 16 or July 17 through 21, 9:00 a.m. to noon, or July 24 through 28 or August 7 through 11, 12:30 to 3:30 p.m.
New! Explore nature through the eyes of a scientist. Catapult seeds, make sun prints, and experiment with leaves as you use the outdoors as your laboratory! Monday through Friday, June 12 through 16, July 10 through 14, or July 24 through August 4, 9:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m.
Rev up for a week of wet, hydrodynamic explorations! Slosh buckets and dip nets into Arboretum lakes to examine water-loving insects and plants. Monday through Friday, 21 June 19 through 23, or July 17 through 21, 9:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m.
New! Birds sing, crickets chirp, and frogs chorus out in the woods. Experiment with the sounds of nature and create your own nature-based instruments to play. Monday through Friday, June 5 through 9, June 26 through 30 or July 24 through 28, 2017, 9:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m.
New! Leaves come in all shapes, sizes, and colors! Let your imagination run wild as you discover what you can create with leaves at The Morton Arboretum. Monday through Friday, July 10 through 14, 2017, 12:30 to 3:30 p.m., or July 31 through August 4, 9:00 a.m. to noon
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 through Friday, June 12 through 16, 2017, 12:30 to 3:30 p.m., or June 26 through 30, 2017, 9:00 a.m. to noon

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