Children's Courses

Course List

  • Winter Explorers (3-5 years)

    Join us for this 4-week outdoor adventure among the trees at The Morton Arboretum. (CANCELED) Four Thursdays, January 11 through February 1, 2018, 9:30 to 11:00 a.m.
  • Arbor Reading Adventures

    Join us in the Sterling Morton Library for this popular and interactive story time at The Morton Arboretum. Wednesdays or Fridays, January through March, 2018, 11:00 to 11:45 a.m.
  • Winter Explorers (18-35 months)

    Join us for this 4-week outdoor adventure among the trees at The Morton Arboretum.Four Tuesdays, January 9 through 30, 2018, 9:30 to 10:45 a.m.
  • The Chocolate Tree (18-35 months)

    We’ll take a hike, sing songs, listen to stories and even sample some treats in this sensory-based program all about the trees that give us chocolate at The Morton Arboretum. Tuesday, February 13, 2018, 9:30 to 10:45 a.m.
  • The Chocolate Tree (3-5 years)

    We’ll take a hike, sing songs, listen to stories and even sample some treats in this sensory-based program all about the trees that give us chocolate at The Morton Arboretum. Wednesday, February 14, or Thursday, February 15, 2018, 9:30 to 11:00 a.m.
  • Geology Merit Badge

    Explore the geology at The Morton Arboretum while earning your merit badge. (CANCELED) Sunday, February 18, 2018, 10:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m.
  • Clovers and Rainbows (3-5 years)

    Hunt for clovers and explore the colors of the rainbow in this sensory-based program at The Morton Arboretum. Wednesday, March 7, or Tuesday, March 13, 2018, 9:30 to 11:00 a.m.
  • Clovers and Rainbows (18-35 months)

    Hunt for clovers and explore the colors of the rainbow in this sensory-based program at The Morton Arboretum. Tuesday, March 6, or Wednesday, March 14, 2018, 9:30 to 10:45 a.m.
  • Geocaching Merit Badge

    Earn your merit badge at The Morton Arboretum and learn all about geocaching. Two Sundays, March 18, and April 22, 2018, 10:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m.
  • Arbor Reading Adventures

    Join us in the Sterling Morton Library for this popular and interactive story time at The Morton Arboretum. Wednesdays or Fridays, January through March, 2018, 11:00 to 11:45 a.m.
  • Nature Merit Badge

    Explore The Morton Arboretum’s unique flora and fauna and discover why some species need to be protected.Two Saturdays, April 7 and May 12, 2018, 10:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m.
  • Environmental Science Merit Badge

    Do experiments indoors and out at The Morton Arboretum to earn your Environmental Science Merit Badge. Two Sundays, April 8 and April 29, 2018, 10:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m.
  • Plant Science Merit Badge

    Earn your Plant Science Merit Badge at The Morton Arboretum while discovering the wonderful world of botany. Two Sundays, April 15 and May 20, 2018, 10:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m.
  • Happy Hatchlings (18-35 months)

    Compare eggs from different birds, build nests and make a feathery craft to take home at The Morton Arboretum. Wednesday, April 11 or Thursday April 12 or Tuesday, April 17, 2018, 9:30 a.m. to 10:45 a.m.
  • Happy Hatchlings (3-5 years)

    Compare eggs from different birds, build nests and make a feathery craft to take home at The Morton Arboretum. Tuesday, April 10 or Wednesday, April 18 or Thursday, April 19, 2018, 9:30 a.m. to 11:00 a.m.
  • Weather Merit Badge

    Earn your Weather Merit Badge as you explore meteorology and discuss how weather affects the economy and our daily lives at The Morton Arboretum. Saturday, April 21, 2018, 10:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m.
  • Garden Explorers (18–35 months)

    Join us for this four-week outdoor adventure in the garden. Each day we will play, hike, read stories, and make a nature-related craft at The Morton Arboretum. Four Tuesdays, May 1 through 22, 2018, 9:30 a.m. to 10:45 a.m.
  • Garden Explorers (3–5 years)

    Join us for this four-week outdoor adventure in the garden. Each day we will play, hike, read stories, and make a nature-related craft at The Morton Arboretum. Four Thursdays, May 3 through 24, 2018, 9:30 a.m. to 11:00 a.m.
  • Hiking Merit Badge

    Let miles of walking trails at The Morton Arboretum roll beneath your feet as you experience and discover the wonders of nature and earn your Hiking Merit Badge. Two Sundays, May 6, 2018, 10:00 a.m. to 1:00 p.m., and August 26, 2018, 10:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m.
  • Bird Study Merit Badge

    Study the characteristics, behavior, and significance of birds as you earn your merit badge at The Morton Arboretum. Saturday, May 19, 2018, 10:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m.
  • Mudpies and Swamp Soup (18-35 months)

    Enjoy stories, crafts, muddy games and play in this squishy, squashy, sensory based program at The Morton Arboretum. Thursday, June 7, Tuesday, June 12 or Wednesday, June 13, 2018, 9:30 a.m. to 10:45 a.m.
  • Mudpies and Swamp Soup (3-5 years)

    Enjoy stories, crafts, muddy games and play in this squishy, squashy, sensory-based program at The Morton Arboretum. Tuesday, June 5, Wednesday, June 6 or Thursday, June 14, 2018, 9:30 a.m. to 11:00 a.m.
  • Citizenship in the World Merit Badge

    Learn what it takes to be a good citizen in the world. Compare the rights we have in the United States with the rights of two other countries. Two Tuesdays, June 12 and July 17, 2018, 6:00 p.m. to 8:30 p.m.
  • Citizenship in the Nation Merit Badge

    How much do you know about your national government? In this merit badge class, held at The Morton Arboretum, explore the three branches of our national government. Two Wednesdays, June 13 and July 18, 2018, 6:00 p.m. to 8:30 p.m.
  • Mudpies and Swamp Soup (18-35 months)

    Enjoy stories, crafts, muddy games and play in this squishy, squashy, sensory based program at The Morton Arboretum. Thursday, June 7, Tuesday, June 12 or Wednesday, June 13, 2018, 9:30 a.m. to 10:45 a.m.
  • Mudpies and Swamp Soup (3-5 years)

    Enjoy stories, crafts, muddy games and play in this squishy, squashy, sensory-based program at The Morton Arboretum. Tuesday, June 5, Wednesday, June 6 or Thursday, June 14, 2018, 9:30 a.m. to 11:00 a.m.
  • Citizenship in the Community Merit Badge

    How much do you know about government where you live? Just as ecosystems within The Morton Arboretum are a complex web, you live in a complex web of government units. Two Thursdays, June 14 and July 19, 2018, 6:00 p.m. to 8:30 p.m.
  • More Youth and Family Programs

    Please check our Calendar of events for more youth and family programs.
  • Hopping through Habitats- Pre-Kindergarten-Camp

    NEW! Some animals dig, some fly, and some swim! Join this adventure in animal movements as we explore how animals move around the Arboretum. Monday through Friday, June 18 through 22, or July 16 through 20, 2018, 9:00 a.m. to noon.
  • Growing up Green- Pre-Kindergarten-Camp

    NEW! How do animals and plants grow up with roots, scales, or tails? Dive into the lifecycles of green creatures around the Arboretum and see them up close! Monday through Friday, June 25 through 29, or July 23 through July 27, 2018, 9:00 a.m. to noon

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