Active at the Arb

The Morton Arboretum is a great place to learn about all aspects of nature while being active. In fact, our youth and family education programs are designed with that in mind.
“Being an outdoor institution, it's only natural that we would incorporate all types of wellness into our programming, including mental and physical activities to energize the whole family," says Lesley Kolaya, manager of youth and family programs.
Check out these upcoming programs, then register at mortonarb.org/education, in the Visitor Center or by calling 630-719-2468.
Wednesdays, September 4, 11, 18; 9:00–10:00 a.m.
$10 member child, $17 nonmember child including admission
Come experience nature from a new angle with yoga designed just for kids! Young students will learn about the environment while stretching, moving, and breathing like the creatures around them. Practice will be held outdoors, weather permitting. Best suited for ages 4-6, with adult. Yoga mat required; mats will be available for rent.
Family Twilight Adventures
Saturday, September 14, 6:00–8:00 p.m.
Friday, September 20, 7:00–9:00 p.m.
$16 members, $19 nonmembers including admission, children under 2 are free with accompanying adult
Join us for a fun-filled adventure after hours at the Arboretum! September’s Family Twilight Adventures theme is Curious Coyotes and the Fascinating Fox. Hike, do activities, and roast marshmallows before going on a silent tram ride through the woods after dark. See what animals come out when people go home! Children must be accompanied by adult registrant; plan to have at least one adult per five children and dress for the weather.
Bike the Arb
Sundays, September 22 and 29, 1:00–3:00 p.m.
$10 members, $17 nonmembers including admission
Take the family on a bicycle adventure through the Arboretum. These rides offer interpretive stops along the route where you can learn more about trees and wildlife. Snack stations will keep you refreshed along the way. Bike rentals are available on a first come, first served basis.
Family Jack O’ Lantern Hike
Saturday, October 12, 6:00, 6:15, 6:30, 6:45, and 7:00 p.m.
Sunday, October 13, 6:00, 6:15, 6:30, 6:45, and 7:00 p.m.
Saturday, October 19, 6:00, 6:15, 6:30, 6:45, and 7:00 p.m.
$16 members, $19 nonmembers including admission
Explore the nightlife of owls, bats, and spiders. Decorate pumpkins and end the night by roasting marshmallows. Hikes are an hour and a half long.
New! Wilderness Skills 101
Saturday, November 2, 1:00–2:30 p.m.
Sunday, November 10, 1:00–2:30 p.m.
$10 members, $17 nonmembers including admission
Could you survive in the wilderness? Could you navigate the woods, find and collect water, build a shelter, and start a fire? Don't just watch it on TV, get some hands-on practice at these essential skills with experts from REI! For families with children ages 8 & up.
Navistar is the Presenting Sponsor for Children’s Garden Drop-in and Family Adventure Programming. Exelon is the Presenting SPonsor and SunCoke is the Contributing Sponsor for STEM education at the Arboretum.