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Youth groups and scouts

Youth groups and scouts
Help your youth or scout group share unique discoveries in the great outdoors at The Morton Arboretum. Search for hidden geocaches, spy on nighttime critters, or uncover easy ways to recycle and save trees during guided or self-guided group outings.
 

Programs are offered for groups of 5-12 year olds during weekday afternoons, nights, or weekends at a reasonable cost. Activity patches are available for purchase with all youth group programs. Guided and self-guided expeditions for groups are available year-round.


Group outings are perfect for:

  • Girl & Boy Scout troops
  • School and church youth groups
  • Homeschool and parent groups
  • 4-H and ecology clubs
     

Guided adventures

The Morton Arboretum provides guided adventures that inspire the explorer in children. Programs are 1.5 hours in length and there are morning, afternoon, and evening options. Or, expand your experience to a guided overnight adventure at the Arboretum's cabin to enjoy the wilderness from dusk till dawn. learn more  
 

Self-guided adventures

Register your youth group or scout troop for a self-guided adventure at The Morton Arboretum. Adventures can expand throughout the Arboretum's 1,700 acres of trees, woodlands, and prairies. Backpack programs include tools to inspire hands-on learning. Learn more  
 

Merit badge programs

The Morton Arboretum also offers merit badge programs led by certified merit badge counselors. Gain skills and knowledge about forestry, wildlife, history, and more among the trees of the Arboretum. learn more