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Fall family adventures

As birds, wildlife, and even insects prepare for winter, families are invited to take part in special programs designed to give them a behind-the-scenes look at all the action.
 
"The animals are dependent on trees and plants, and with the changing of the seasons, we will see changes in animal habitats and habits,” says Lesley Kolaya, manager of youth and family programs. “We will be talking about animals that stick around for winter, those that leave, and how they prepare for that change."
 
Check out these fall programs, then register at mortonarb.org/education, in the Visitor Center or by calling 630-719-2468.
 
Fun with Fall
Tuesdays, September 3–24, 9:30–10:45 a.m.
$65 members, $78 nonmembers including admission
Why are animals so busy in the fall? Join us for a four-week sensory based class in the Children’s Garden to explore how animals prepare for the winter. Designed for children 18-35 months with adult. Adults will receive additional information to continue exploration at home.  Register at mortonarb.org/education, in the Visitor Center or by calling 630-719-2468.
 
Autumn Animals
Thursdays, September 5-26, 9:30–11:00 a.m.
Join us for this four-week class in the Children’s Garden to find out what busy animals are doing in the fall to get ready for winter. We’ll pretend to collect food, build cozy homes and search for signs of animals that live here in the Children’s Garden. Adults will receive additional information to continue exploration at home. For children 3 to 5 years old, with an adult. Cost per child is $70 for members, $83 for nonmembers.
 
Mantis Mania
Weekdays in September, 1:00–4:00 p.m.
Free with admission
Spotting these camouflaged creatures can be harder than you think. Find out some of the unique habits praying mantis have and make a camouflaged creation to take home in this self guided hands-on discovery activity in the Children’s Garden.
 
Busy Bees
Weekends in September, 11:00 a.m.–4:00 p.m.
Free with admission
Buzz around, busy little honey bee!  Make a bee mask and find out what all the buzz is about in this self guided hands-on discovery activity available in the Children's Garden.
 
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.