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Children's Courses

  • 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.
  • 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.
  • 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
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • 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
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • 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
  • 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.
  • 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! 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
  • Design and build forts inspired by trees. Study trees up close and uncover their unique characteristics. Build a mini tree fort village as a group. Each child takes home their own mini tree fort. Monday through Friday, June 12 through 16; June 19 through 23; July 10 through 14; or July 24 through 28, 9:00 a.m. to 3:00 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.
  • Make your own fishing pole and let’s go fishing. Enjoy stories, games, and fishing trips to the Arboretum’s best spots. Monday through Friday, June 12 through 16; July 10 through 14; or July 24 through 28, 2017, 9:00 a.m. to noon; or July 31 through August 4, 12:30 to 3:30 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.
  • 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! 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.
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • New! Mix and Match this three part series where we will delve into the Arboretum’s scientific side. (CANCELED) Dates vary starting June 12, 2017, 9:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m., Multiple sections.
  • Spend the week getting wet! Wallow through wetlands to collect water samples, play games, and conduct experiments. Examine critters that call ponds, lakes, rivers, and marshes home at The Morton Arboretum. Monday through Friday, June 12 through 16, June 26 through 30, or July 31 through August 4, 2017, 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.
  • Enjoy stories, crafts, muddy games and play in this squishy, squashy, sensory-based program at The Morton Arboretum. Thursday, June 8, Tuesday, June 13 or Wednesday, June 14, 2017, 9:30 a.m. to 10:45 a.m.
  • Enjoy stories, crafts, muddy games and play in this squishy, squashy, sensory-based program at The Morton Arboretum. Tuesday, June 6, Wednesday, June 7 or Thursday, June 15, 2017, 9:30 a.m. to 11:00 a.m.
  • Enjoy hands-on investigations of all things aquatic. Experiment with water and its properties, trudge through the wetlands to gather water samples, and use scientific equipment to inspect plants and animals that call ponds, lakes, rivers, and marshes home. at The Morton Arboretum.Monday through Friday, June 19 through 23, July 17 through 21, or July 31 through August 4, 2017, 9:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m.
  • 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.
  • Soar into the fascinating life of birds. Listen for bird calls, and scout out nests, eggs, and feathers at The Morton Arboretum. Monday through Friday, June 19 through 23, or July 17 through 21, 2017, 12:30 to 3:30 p.m., or July 10 through 14, or July 17 through 21, 2017, 12:30 to 3:30 p.m.

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