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Sunday, August 6, 2017

  • A squirrel origami sculpture made out of metal
    Dozens of large-scale metal sculptures based on the ancient Japanese art of paper folding will engage you on paths through the Arboretum’s spectacular landscape Friday, May 19, through Sunday, October 22, 2017.
  • A display in The Arboretum Store
    Save on home and garden decor, jewelry, apparel, books, and more. Friday, July 21 through Friday, August 11, 2017
  • A play taking place outdoors
    Experience the theater on nature's stage as plays based on literary tales are presented during hikes through the scenic landscape of The Morton Arboretum. Select weekends, July, August, September, and October, 2017
  • An origami acorn made with orange paper
    Practice folding paper into your favorite garden shapes. Daily through October 22, 2017, 11:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. in the Children's Garden. Weather permitting.
  • Pancakes with blueberries and powdered sugar
    Enjoy a delicious breakfast at The Morton Arboretum in the scenic Ginkgo Restaurant! Saturdays & Sundays, 9:00-10:45 a.m. The Ginkgo Restaurant will be closed on April 15 & 16
  • A visitor learning about endangered tree species by using the interactive panels
    Come learn about the gifts that the world's endangered trees give us—and how you can join the Arboretum in saving them. Daily, 7:00 a.m. - sunset
  • A child making mud pies in the Mud Kitchen
    Enjoy creative, unstructured outdoor play spaces, Mud Kitchen near Parking Lot 20 and Word Garden near Parking Lot 13. Daily, weather permitting, 7:00 a.m. to sunset
  • The Acorn Express open-air Tram
    Beginning April 24, 2017 hop on the Acorn Express tram for a tour of our 1,700 acres of blooming beauty (weather permitting) narrated by one of our expert guides. Call 630-968-0074 for times and pricing.
  • A Toro Nagashi Japanese floating lantern display on water
    Explore the diverse cultures of Asia through music, dance, food and trees. August 4, 5 & 6, 2017
  • One dime at a time logo
    Donate your 10¢ bag refund for every bag you reuse at any Whole Foods store in Illinois. The proceeds will go to The Morton Arboretum. July 1 through September 30, 2017. All Whole Foods Market locations in Illinois
  • Display of several Bonsai displays
    See bonsai displays and demonstrations, by Prairie State Bonsai Society members at The Morton Arboretum, August 5 & 6, 2017. 10:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m.
  • A bonsai tree in a pot with a large stone.
    Take a beginner or advanced workshop taught by a Prairie State Bonsai Society member. Saturday and Sunday, August 5 and 6, 2017. Times vary
  • A miniature zen garden with black rocks and a tiny wooden rack.
    In the Children’s Garden, experience zen gardening, and make your own mini zen garden to take home. August 5 through 6, 2017, 11:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m.
  • A squirrel is sitting on a tree branch.
    What has four legs, fur and fancies trees? Find out about some of the fascinating animals that live at the Arboretum and make a mask to take home. Daily in August, 11:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m.