It may seem like there is nothing to do during the winter, but the truth is the Arboretum offers a multitude of specialty programs for adults, kids, and families that only happen this time of year. Don’t miss out on your chance to discover the wonder of winter and engage in some seasonal fun.
Arbor Reading Adventures
11:00–11:45 a.m., Wednesdays and Fridays through March 2013
Member: $4 (nonmember: $5) plus admission fees
Children ages 3–5 can drop in the Sterling Morton Library for this popular interactive story time! Read stories, make a craft, and then head out for an adventure walk (weather permitting). A maximum of 10 participants is allowed for each session, so register now.
Winter Bird Walk
9:00–11:30 a.m., Saturday, January 19
Member: $8 (nonmember: $10) plus admission fees
Explore the landscape with an expert guide, learn to identify the birds that spend winter in Illinois, and discuss their behaviors and natural history. Please bring binoculars and a field guide if you have them.
Intro to Smartphone Photography
1:00–4:00 p.m., Saturday, January 19
Member: $35 (nonmember: $42)
Smartphones have opened up a new way to photograph. Learn the best ways to capture attractive images, good starter apps, and some basic post-processing techniques. Please bring your personal smartphone or tablet to use.
Winter Wildlife Tracking
9:00–11:00 a.m., Sunday, January 20
Member: $16 (nonmember: $23)
Children ages 12 and up with an adult registrant are welcome to meet the animals that prowl our woods and ponds all winter long. Follow mink, beaver, coyote, and deer around the Arboretum and learn to read the tracks, scat, gnawings, tunnels, and burrows they leave behind.
Bird House Workshops
10:00–11:30 a.m., Saturdays, January 26 & February 2
Member: $10 (nonmembers: $17)
Families with children ages 2–10 will decorate a wooden bird house and discover the perfect place to keep it at home. During a short walk through the woods, participants will explore some birds of winter. Strollers welcome.