Children's Courses

  • Join us in the Sterling Morton Library for this popular and interactive story time at The Morton Arboretum. Wednesdays or Fridays, November 2016, through March 2017, (except November 25, December 23.and January 18), 11:00 to 11:45 a.m.
  • Join us in the Sterling Morton Library for this popular and interactive story time at The Morton Arboretum. Wednesdays or Fridays, November 2016, through March 2017, (except November 25, December 23.and January 18), 11:00 to 11:45 a.m.
  • Earn your merit badge at The Morton Arboretum and learn all about geocaching. Two Sundays, March 19, and May 21, 2017, 10:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m. .
  • Explore The Morton Arboretum’s unique flora and fauna and discover why some species need to be protected. (Canceled) Two Saturdays, April 8 and May 13, 2017, 10:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m.
  • Earn your Plant Science Merit Badge at The Morton Arboretum while discovering the wonderful world of botany. (Canceled) Two Sundays, April 9 and May 7, 2017, 10:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m.
  • Join us as we dig in the soil, explore how plants grow, and plant a seed of your own to take home in this hands-on, sensory based gardening program for little sprouts at The Morton Arboretum! (Sold Out) Wednesday, April 5 or Tuesday, April 11, 2017, 9:30 a.m. to 10:45 a.m.
  • 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 2 through 23, 2017, 9:30 a.m. to 10:45 a.m.
  • 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 4 through 25, 2017, 9:30 a.m. to 11:00 a.m.
  • Experience nature from a new angle through fun animal and tree yoga poses at The Morton Arboretum! Spring session: Mondays, May through June (except Memorial Day), 2017, 10:00 to 11:00 a.m. Summer session: Mondays, July through September (except September 4),10:00 to 11:00 a.m.
  • Study the characteristics, behavior, and significance of birds as you earn your merit badge at The Morton Arboretum. Saturday, May 20, 2017, 10:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m.
  • 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. (Canceled) Two Sundays, May 21, 2017, 10:00 a.m. to 1:00 p.m., and August 20, 2017, 10:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m.
  • Put on your gardening gloves and get ready to dig in the dirt at The Morton Arboretum. Monday through Friday, June 5 through 9; June 26 through 30; or July 17 through 21, 2017, 9:00 a.m. to noon; or June 12 through 16, 12:30 to 3:30 p.m.
  • Get inspired and create your own nature sculptures. Learn techniques and use tools of contemporary artists to create your own works of art each day at The Morton Arboretum. Dates vary starting June 6, 2016. Multiple sections. Monday through Friday, June 5 through 9 or July 31 through August 4, 2017, 9:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m.
  • Join “Ms. Frizzle” on her latest adventure. Learn about plants, water and bugs through hands-on experiments and hikes at The Morton Arboretum. Monday through Friday, June 5 through 9 or June 26 through 30, 2017, 12:30 to 3:30 p.m., or June 19 through 23 or July 24 through 28, 2017, 9:00 a.m. to noon
  • Explore the woodlands of The Morton Arboretum and discover all the wild things. Monday through Friday, June 5 through 9, 2017, 9:00 a.m. to noon, or June 26 through 30, or August 7 through 11, 2017, 12:30 to 3:30 p.m.
  • Can you survive in the great outdoors? Explore native woodlands and wetlands, and gain the skills needed to survive in these ecosystems Learn navigation skills and how to build a shelter. Set up camp, fish, and make tools to explore and tame the wild at The Morton Arboretum. Monday through Friday, June 5 through 9, July 10 through 14, or August 7 through 11, 2017, 9:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m.
  • Travel back to the dinosaur age! Discover different dinosaurs; learn what they ate, where they lived, and the trees that grew when dinosaurs were alive at The Morton Arboretum. Monday through Friday, June 5 through 9, 2017, 12:30 to 3:30 p.m., or July 17 July 21, 2017, 9:00 a.m. to 12:00 p.m. a.m.-12:00 p.m.
  • Paint, draw, color, and sculpt your way through the Arboretum. Dates vary starting June 6, 2016. Multiple sections.
  • Gear up for a daytime camping excursion! Learn how to pitch a tent, fish, and make s’mores. Enjoy nature games, hikes, and songs at The Morton Arboretum. 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.
  • Have you ever wondered WHY? Find out as we conduct experiments using the scientific method. Delve into why leaves change color, where rainbows come from, how fireflies glow, and other scientific mysteries at The Morton Arboretum.Monday through Friday, June 5 through 9 or June 26 through 30, 2017, 9:00 a.m. to noon, or June 19 through 23 or July 17 through 21, 2017, 12:30 to 3:30 p.m.
  • Walk in the wild parts of the Arboretum and explore nature. Discover the differences between bees and wasps, go bird watching, and hunt for animal footprints. Monday through Friday, June 5 through 9, 2017, 12:30 to 3:30 p.m., or June 19 through 23, July 10 through 14, or August 7 through 11, 2017, 9:00 a.m. to noon
  • Who are nature’s superheroes? Explore the science behind superheroes like Spiderman and Batman at The Morton Arboretum. Monday through Friday, June 12 Through 16, 2017, 9:00 a.m. to noon, or July 24 through 28, 2017, 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
  • Search for fairies hidden in the forest. Explore the trees and plants that fairies care for at The Morton Arboretum.Monday through Friday,June 12 through 16, July 10 through 14, or July 24 through 28, 2017, 9:00 a.m. to noon, or June 26 through 30, 2017, 12:30 to 3:30 p.m.
  • Use your nature observation skills and get creative with digital photography. Practice composition, subject placement, close-ups, moving targets, and more at The Morton Arboretum. Monday through Friday, June 12 through 16 or August 7 through 11, 2017, 9:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m.
  • 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.
  • New! Just a spoon full of nature makes a happier and healthier you! Try out some natural ways to work towards a healthy body and mind, including nature walks, yoga, journaling, coloring, and much more as we take time for wellness at The Morton Arboretum. Monday through Friday, June 12 through 16, June 26 through 30, July 24 through 28, 2017, 9:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m.
  • Become a nature artist! Use nature as your inspiration to explore texture, color, and dimension at The Morton Arboretum. Monday through Friday, June 12 through 16, or July 10 through 14, 2017, 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.
  • Rock out with an in-depth study of glaciers, soils, fossils, and rocks at The Morton Arboretum. Monday through Friday, June 12 through 16, 2017, 9:00 a.m. to noon, or July 24 through 28, 2017, 9:00 a.m. to noon or 12:30 to 3:30 p.m.

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