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Camp out at the Arboretum this summer

Spend a night this summer exploring The Morton Arboretum.


Wind rustles darkened tree branches, a faraway owl hoots, stars wink overhead — it’s night time at The Morton Arboretum.

Most visitors only see the Arboretum during the day, but this summer, a special group of families will have the chance to enjoy the sights and sounds of our grounds after dark.

The Arboretum’s campouts are a unique experience perfect for families. Activities will include guided sensory hikes, during which campers can touch and feel the trees and plants around them, as well as crafts, bedtime stories and marshmallow roasting.  Families can also choose to explore the Arboretum on their own.  Attendees are invited to bring their own snacks, but can also enjoy refreshments and a light breakfast provided by the Arboretum. Participants are required to bring their own tent.

“This is a great program for little kids because it acts as a stepping stone to actual camping,” said Krista Childs, Children’s Garden Program Coordinator. “The Arboretum offers campers a chance to see and discover nature but in a setting that isn’t much beyond camping in their own backyard.”

The Children’s Garden Campout will take place Friday, June 20- Saturday, June 21 and again from Friday, July 11-Saturday, July 12. Set up within the four-acre Children’s Garden, this campout is geared to families with children 2 and older

From Friday, July 25 to Saturday, July 26, families can pitch a tent on the lawn surrounding the shelter at Thornhill Education Center for Family Adventure Campout. This campout, which will also take place from Friday, August 8 to Saturday, August 9, is best suited for families with children 5 and older.