VISIT & explore


LISLE, IL (May 17, 2013) – Meadow Lake at The Morton Arboretum is being transformed into an outdoor adventure headquarters on Sunday, May 19, from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. With help from the experts at REI, visitors can learn new tips on new and favorite outdoor sports.
REI and staff from The Morton Arboretum will lead hourly drop-in presentations, tours and demonstrations on a variety of activities including bike maintenance, outdoor yoga, hiking, slacklining, rock wall climbing and stand-up paddle boarding. Outdoor Adventure Day is free with Arboretum admission.
Drop-In Presentations
At the drop-in presentations, visitors can stop by for a few minutes or stay for a whole session, free of charge.
  • At 11 a.m. and 2 p.m., check out Bike Maintenance Basics where guests can learn to lube a chain, fix a flat tire in record time, and make other minor adjustments to a bicycle. (No personal bikes, please.)
  • At noon and 1 p.m., drop in at The Ultimate Car Camping Setup. Participants can explore camping gear and get hands-on with tools designed for camping in style.
  • Try Yoga in the Outdoors at noon and 2 p.m. This class will introduce basic yoga exercises and poses along with insights for incorporating yoga into your outdoor fitness routine. (Yoga mats are not required.)
Outdoor Adventure Tours
Outdoor Adventure Tours are guided experiences designed for smaller groups on a first-come, first-served basis.
  • Meet in Arbor Court at 11 a.m. or 2 p.m. for Hiking Basics. Pick up tips on all aspects of hiking, including trip planning, essential items, equipment, safety precautions, local resources and places to go.
  • Then, at noon, join Map and Compass Basics. Learn the parts of a compass, how to read a topographic map and how to use them in tandem. Discover how to navigate to new locations by following a bearing as well as other essential navigation skills. Maps and compasses are provided.
  • At 1 p.m., take a tour of Fitness in the Outdoors. Explore how to incorporate cross-training exercises into your outdoor activities to create a unique and specialized workout just for you. (May require light jogging.)
Demonstrations and Experiences
Looking to try something new outdoors? At 11 a.m. and 1 p.m., check out the stand up paddle boarding demonstrations on Meadow Lake (non-participatory).
From 11 a.m. to 3 p.m., test your balance with slacklining or try your hand at rock wall climbing (waiver required to participate).
About The Morton Arboretum
The Morton Arboretum is an internationally recognized outdoor tree museum on 1,700 acres. Plant collections, scientific research and education programs support the mission to plant and conserve trees and other plants for a greener, healthier and more beautiful world. Designed with natural landscapes, the grounds include the award-winning, four-acre interactive Children’s Garden, the one-acre Maze Garden, plus specialty gardens, 16 miles of trails and nine miles of roads. Visitor experiences include the open-air tram ride, guided walks, Arbor Day celebrations, concerts, art shows, Fall Color Festival, and special exhibits. The Arboretum welcomes more than 800,000 visitors annually and serves more than 35,600 members. Located 25 miles west of Chicago in Lisle, Illinois, the Arboretum is open daily 7 a.m. until sunset. Learn more at mortonarb.org.
Admission Rate 
Nonmember admission rates to The Morton Arboretum are $12 for adults ages 18-64 ($8 on Wednesday), $11 for seniors ages 65 and over ($7 on Wednesday), $9 for children ages 2-17 ($6 on Wednesday) and free for children under age 2. Parking is free with admission.