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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. Sundays, May 15, 2016, 10:00 a.m.-1:00 p.m., and August 21, 2016, 10:00 a.m.-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 21, 2016, 10:00 a.m.-3:00 p.m.

Spring Bird Walk

Explore the spring landscape with an expert guide, learn to identify the birds that overwinter in Illinois, and discuss their behaviors and natural history at The Morton Arboretum. Saturdays, March 19, April 16 or May 21, 2016, 8:00-10:30 a.m.

Open Studio

Work with an instructor on learning the basic techniques of a different medium each week at The Morton Arboretum. Choose one or all 4 Mondays, May 2-May 23, 2016 6:30-9:30 p.m.

Midwest Early Childhood Educator Symposium Second Nature: Reintroducing Children to the Outdoors

Join us at The Morton Arboretum on June 4th, 2016, 8:45 a.m.-3:00 p.m. as we explore the many benefits of nature-based early childhood education.

Camping Out-1st-2nd grade

Gear up for a daytime camping excursion at The Morton Arboretum. Dates and times vary starting June 6, 2016. Multiple sections.

Dinos, Ginkgos, and Me-kindergarten

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-Friday, June 6-10, 12:30-3:30 p.m. or July 18-22, 9:00 a.m.-12:00 p.m.

Magic School Bus Adventures-1st-2nd grade

Join “Ms. Frizzle” on her latest adventure. Learn about plants, water and bugs through hands-on experiments and hikes at The Morton Arboretum. Dates vary starting June 6, 2016. Multiple sections.

NEW! Eco-Challenge-7th-8th grade

Ants can carry fifty times their body weight, termites build mounds twenty-five feet tall, and bees can visit over one thousand flowers in a day. Find out what you can accomplish as you explore the habitats at the Arboretum and take on eco-challenges. Dates vary starting June 6, 2016. Multiple sections.

Forest Fairy Friends-1st-2nd grade

Are fairies hidden in the forest at The Morton Arboretum? Dates and times vary starting June 6, 2016. Multiple sections.