Children's Courses

Course List

  • Hydro-Explorers-1st-2nd grade-Camp

    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, June 18 through 22, or July 16 through 20, or August 6 through 10, 2018, 9:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m.
  • Awesome Art-1st-2nd grade-Camp

    Become a nature artist! Use nature as your inspiration to explore texture, color, and dimension. Learn about different artists’ techniques and create your own nature-related artwork to take home at The Morton Arboretum. Monday through Friday, June 11 through 15, or July 9 through 13, or July 30 through August 3, 2018, 9:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m.
  • Slippery Slimy Scaly-1st-2nd grade-Camp

    Dive into the slippery, slimy, scaly world of reptiles and amphibians. From tadpoles to snakes, salamanders to toads, find out what these cold-blooded creatures are all about 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.
  • Camping Out-1st-2nd grade-Camp

    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 18 through 22, or July 9 through 13, or July 23 through 27, 2018, 9:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m.
  • Stripes and Spots-1st-2nd grade-Camp

    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 4 through 8, or June 25 through 29, or July 23 through 27, 2018, 9:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m.
  • Go Fish-1st-2nd grade-Camp

    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 11 through 15, or July 30 through August 3, 2018, 9:00 a.m. to noon, or July 9 through 13, 2018, 12:30 to 3:30 p.m.
  • Gotta Grow-1st-2nd grade-Camp

    Put on your gardening gloves and get ready to dig in the dirt. Examine flowers up close with microscopes, watch seeds germinate and decorate flower pots at The Morton Arboretum. Monday through Friday, June 11 through 15, or July 30 through August 3, 2018, 12:30 to 3:30 p.m., or July 9 through 13, 2018, 9:00 a.m. to noon.
  • Magic School Bus Adventures-1st-2nd grade-Camp

    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 4 through 8, or July 23 through 27, 2018, 9:00 a.m. to noon, or June 25 through 29, 2018, 12:30 to 3:30 p.m.
  • Wiggly Worms (18–35 months)

    Dig in the dirt, wiggle like worms and investigate the world under our feet in this interactive, sensory based program. We’ll also take a short hike and listen to stories and play in the dirt at The Morton Arboretum! Tuesday August 7, or Wednesday, August 15, 2018, 9:30 to 10:45 a.m.
  • Wiggly Worms (3–5 years)

    Dig in the dirt, wiggle like worms and investigate the world under our feet in this interactive, sensory based program. We’ll also take a short hike and listen to stories and play in the dirt at The Morton Arboretum! Wednesday, August 8, Tuesday, August 14, or Thursday, August 16, 2018, 9:30 to 11:00 a.m.
  • Wetland Wonders-3rd-4th grade-Camp

    Spend the week getting wet! Wallow through wetlands to collect water samples, play games, and conduct experiments at The Morton Arboretum. Monday through Friday, June 4 through 8, or June 25 through 29, or July 23 through 27, 2018, 9:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m.
  • Adventures in Art-3rd-4th grade-Camp

    Paint, draw, color, and sculpt your way through the Arboretum.Create masterpieces daily to showcase in an end-of-the-week art show. Monday through Friday, June 11 through 15, or July 9 through 13, or July 30 through August 3, 2018, 9:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m.
  • Walk in the Wild-3rd-4th grade-Camp

    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 11 through 15, 2018, 12:30 to 3:30 p.m., or June 25 through 29, or July 30 through August 3, 2018, 9:00 a.m. to noon.
  • Woodland Fairies-3rd-4th grade-Camp

    Search for fairies hidden in the forest. Explore the trees and plants that fairies care for at The Morton Arboretum. Monday through Friday, June 11 through 15, 2018, 9:00 a.m. to noon, or July 23 through 27, 2018, 12:30 to 3:30 p.m.
  • Adaptive Art-3rd-4th grade-Camp

    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 4 through 8, or July 9 through 13, or August 6 through 10, 2018, 9:00 a.m. to noon, or June 18 through 22, 2018, 12:30 to 3:30 p.m
  • Going Buggy-3rd-4th grade-Camp

    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 18 through 22, or July 16 through 20, or August 6 through 10, 2018, 9:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m.
  • The Arb Rocks-3rd-4th grade-Camp

    Rock out with an in-depth study of glaciers, soils, fossils, and rocks at The Morton Arboretum. Monday through Friday, dates and times vary starting June 11, 2018. Multiple morning or afternoon sections.
  • Forest Forts-3rd-4th grade-Camp

    Design and build forts inspired by trees. Study trees up close and uncover their unique characteristics at The Morton Arboretum. Monday through Friday, dates and times vary starting June 4, 2018. Multiple full day sections.
  • Outdoor Adventures-3rd-4th grade-Camp

    Get outside and explore! Set off on a different adventure each day as you explore geocaching, letterboxing, survival skills, and more at The Morton Arboretum. Monday through Friday, June 11 through 15; June 25 through 29; July 16 through 20, or July 30 through August 3, 2018, 9:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m.
  • Science of Why-3rd-4th grade-Camp

    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, Dates and times vary starting June 4, 2018. Multiple morning and afternoon sections.
  • Guardians of the Greenery-5th-6th grade-Camp

    NEW! Who is really in charge of defending the Earth? Explore the world of environmental science as you run experiments, explore environments, and investigate ways to save the world at The Morton Arboretum. Monday through Friday, June 18 through 22, or July 16 through 20, or August 6 through 10, 2018, 9:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m.
  • Children’s Garden Campout

    Join us for a campout designed especially for families! Pitch your tent on the lawn inside the Children’s Garden and get ready for a night filled with fun at The Morton Arboretum. Friday, June 22 through Saturday June 23, or July 20 through 21, or August 17 through 18, 2018, 6:30 p.m. to 9:00 a.m.
  • Kids vs. Wild-5th-6th grade-Camp

    Can you survive in the great outdoors? Explore native woodlands and wetlands, and gain the skills needed to survive in these ecosystems at The Morton Arboretum. Monday through Friday, June 4 through 8, or June 25 through 29, or July 23 through 27, 2018, 9:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m.
  • A Week of Wetlands-5th-6th grade-Camp

    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 11 through 15 or July 9 through 13 or July 30 through August 3, 2018, 9:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m.
  • Filming in the Forest-5th-8th grade-Camp

    If a picture is worth a thousand words, how many words is a video worth? Capture the movements of nature from falling leaves to crawling caterpillars and make a moving story out of the natural world at The Morton Arboretum. Monday through Friday June 11 through 15, or July 23 through 27, 2018, 9:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m.
  • Nature Photography I-5th-8th grade-Camp

    Use your nature observation skills and get creative with digital photography at The Morton Arboretum. Monday through Friday, June 4 through 8, or July 16 through 20, 2018, 9:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m.
  • Acting at the Arb-5th-8th grade-Camp

    With the forest as the stage, act out the drama (or comedy) of the natural world. Explore the history of the Arboretum, the natural drama of animal survival, and create a tree-mendous performance. Monday through Friday, July 9 through 13, or July 30 through August 3, 2018, 9:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m.
  • Vitamin N-5th-8th grade-Camp

    Just a spoonful 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 25 through 29, 2018, 9:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m.
  • Nature Photography II-5th-8th grade-Camp

    Capture nature from a new angle! Take the time to play with mirrors, water, shadows, and light in this photography class at The Morton Arboretum. Monday through Friday, June 18 through 22, or August 6 through 10, 2018, 9:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m.
  • Eco-Challenge-7th-8th grade-Camp

    What can you accomplish when you take on an eco-challenge? Build your leadership skills as you take on team building and STEM challenges in this camp, while exploring the natural world at The Morton Arboretum. Monday through Friday, June 25 through 29, or July 23 through 27, 2018, 9:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m.

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