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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.
  • Tweet, drum and shake and explore all of the sounds of nature in this sensory-based program at The Morton Arboretum. Wednesday, March 8, or Tuesday, March 14, 2017, 9:30 to 11:00 a.m.
  • Tweet, drum, shake and explore all of the sounds of nature in this sensory-based program at the Morton Arboretum. Tuesday, March 7, or Wednesday, March 15, 2017, 9:30 to 10:45 a.m.
  • After taking a hike through the Children’s Garden to hunt for all of the hiding gnomes, create a keepsake, light-up gnome home of your own at The Morton Arboretum. Weekends November 2016 through March 2017, Times vary between 11:00 a.m. and 2:00 p.m.
  • Do experiments indoors and out at The Morton Arboretum to earn your Environmental Science Merit Badge. Hike through the west side of the Arboretum to study the environment and then design a construction plan to complete your environmental impact statement.Two Sundays, April 2 and April 30, 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. 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. 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! Wednesday, April 5 or Tuesday, April 11, 2017, 9:30 a.m. to 10:45 a.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! Tuesday, April 4 or Wednesday, April 12, 2017, 9:30 a.m. to 11:00 a.m.
  • 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 22, 2017, 10:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m.
  • Earn your merit badge at The Morton Arboretum and learn all about geocaching. Two Sundays, March 19, and April 23, 2017, 10:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m. .
  • Experience nature from a new angle through fun animal and tree yoga poses at The Morton Arboretum! Mondays, Mondays, May through June (except Memorial Day), 2017, 10:00 a.m. to 11:00 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.
  • 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. 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.
  • Experience nature from a new angle through fun animal and tree yoga poses at The Morton Arboretum! Mondays, Mondays, May through June (except Memorial Day), 2017, 10:00 a.m. to 11:00 a.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
  • 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 24 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
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • Who is really in charge of defending the Earth? Become an environmental scientist as you track pollution, analyze water and soil samples, monitor insect life, and learn what you can do to save the planet at The Morton Arboretum. Monday through Friday, June 5 through 9 or June 26 through 30, or August 7 through 11, 2017, 9:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m.
  • New! Mix and Match this three part series where we will delve into the Arboretum’s scientific side. Dates vary starting June 12, 2017, 9:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m., Multiple sections.

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