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  • Acorn Express Tram Tours

    Acorn Express Tram Tours
    Hop on the Acorn Express tram for a tour of our 1,700 acres of blooming beauty narrated by one of our expert guides.

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  • Annual Bulb Sale

    Annual Bulb Sale
    Shop dozens of varieties of dutch bulbs such as tulips, daffodils, iris, alliums, crocus, fritillaria, and many more.

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  • Troll Hunt

    Troll Hunt
    Journey through our far-reaching forest to hunt for six colossal trolls crafted from reclaimed wood by Danish artist Thomas Dambo. On view now through June 2020.

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  • Scarecrow Trail

    Scarecrow Trail
    Admire creations from local scout troops and vote for your favorite scarecrow. Daily in October, 2019. 7:00 a.m-sunset

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  • Nature Play Spaces

    Nature Play Spaces
    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

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  • Cider and Ale Festival

    Cider and Ale Festival
    Sample ciders and seasonal beers in the midst of rich fall color at the Cider and Ale Festival on October 19, 2019

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  • Walking Plays at The Morton Arboretum

    Walking Plays at The Morton Arboretum
    Walk along with theater performers surrounded by nature! All Walking Plays are approximately 90 minutes in length and up to 1.5 miles in hiking distance. Select weekends in October 2019

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  • Fall Color Guided Walk

    Fall Color Guided Walk
    Take a walk with a docent and experience wonderful fall color.

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  • Bike Rentals

    Bike Rentals
    Rent a bike to explore the Arboretum on nine miles of paved roads.

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  • Dog Admission Day

    Dog Admission Day
    Hit the trails, at The Morton Arboretum, with your canine friend for our next Dog Admission Day on November 2 from 7:00 a.m. to sunset.

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  • Chamber Concert Series

    Chamber Concert Series
    Join us for intimate classical concerts at the historic Thornhill Education Center. You will see, hear, and feel the music!

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  • Holiday Sip and Shop

    Holiday Sip and Shop
    Kick off the holiday season with the new Holiday Sip and Shop event taking place at on Friday, November 8, 2019.

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  • The Nature Artists' Guild 2019 Holiday Exhibit of Natural History Art

    The Nature Artists' Guild 2019 Holiday Exhibit of Natural History Art
    Please join us for the Nature Artists' Guild 2019 Holiday Exhibit on Saturday and Sunday, November 9 and 10, 2019, 10:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m.

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  • Veteran's Day - Veterans Free

    Veteran's Day - Veterans Free
    All veterans free on Monday, November 11!

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  • Leafing Through the Pages - Members' Book Discussion Group

    Leafing Through the Pages - Members' Book Discussion Group
    On the second Thursday of every month, Morton Arboretum members enjoy a morning of community, connectivity, and spirited book discussion.

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  • IllumiBrew

    IllumiBrew
    Be among the first to see Illumination’s newest features while you sample beer from popular breweries stationed along the trail on Friday, November 22, 2019. Ages 21+ only.

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  • Illumination: Tree Lights at The Morton Arboretum

    Illumination: Tree Lights at The Morton Arboretum
    An interactive light show filled with dazzling, vivid projections on trees that respond to your touch and voice. See trees in a different light November 23, 2019 - January 5, 2020.

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  • Happy Thanksgiving-FREE Admission

    Happy Thanksgiving-FREE Admission
    Happy Thanksgiving! Enjoy FREE admission at The Morton Arboretum. All buildings and the Children's Garden will be closed. Thursday, November 28, 2019

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  • Enchanted Railroad

    Enchanted Railroad
    Watch an intricate railroad travel through a wonderland at a child-friendly level. Friday, January 17 through Sunday, February 23, 2020.

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  • Husky Heroes

    Husky Heroes
    Join us on January 25 and 26, 2020 to see Siberian husky sled pulling, skijoring, and speed demonstrations at The Morton Arboretum. Please leave pets at home.

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  • Whiskey Dinner

    Whiskey Dinner
    Warm up this winter with whiskey in our beautiful Ginkgo Restaurant at The Morton Arboretum. January 31 or February 1, 2020

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  • Chocolate Weekend Member Night

    Chocolate Weekend Member Night
    For Arboretum members only: Enjoy exclusive shopping hours and a beverage on Friday, February 7

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  • Chocolate Weekend

    Chocolate Weekend
    Discover chocolate’s deeply rooted tree history as you taste and shop for treats! Shop, sample, and celebrate chocolate indoors. February, 8 and 9, 2020

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  • The Arboretum is well known as a tree focused botanical garden, but there are many stories you may not know that are still waiting to be told. Discover new tales and unique features on this conversational evening hike. Thursday, October 3, or 17, 2019, 6:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m.
  • Join Natalie and Jay for a rejuvenating yoga session infused with the pure tones of the crystal bowls at The Morton Arboretum. (Registration will open Tuesday, August 20, 2019.) Third Thursday of each month, October 17, November 21, or December 19, 2019, 6:00 to 7:30 p.m.
  • Discover the basics of backyard composting and composting with worms at The Morton Arboretum. (Register now) Wednesday, September 11, 2019, 7:00 to 9:00 p.m., or Thursday, October 17, 2019, 7:00 to 9:00 p.m.
  • Learn principles and practices for managing critical habitats at The Morton Arboretum. Thursday, October 17, 2019: Online materials become available. Two days: Sunday, October 27, 9:00 a.m. to 1:00 p.m., Saturday, November 9, 2019, 9:00 a.m. to 1:00 p.m. (Registration will open Tuesday, August 20,2019.)
  • Learn the fundamentals of working with colored pencil to create images of nature at The Morton Arboretum. Four Fridays, October 18 through November 8, 2019, 9:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m.
  • Grow your nature drawing skills under the guidance of a knowledgeable instructor at The Morton Arboretum. Four Saturdays, October 19, 26, November 2, 16 (no class November 9), 2019, 9:00 a.m. to noon.
  • Attention all 3rd-5th grade teachers! Flutter on by The Morton Arboretum to gather strategies in order to bring the outdoors indoors! This class has been CANCELED. Saturday, October 19, 2019, 9:00 A.M. to 11:30 P.M.
  • Leave the leaf-peeping traffic behind and escape in a kayak where you can experience the vivid colors of fall's foliage from the waters of the Ned Brown Preserve in Busse Woods. This program has been CANCELED. Saturday, October 19, 2019, 9:00 a.m. to 12:30 p.m.
  • This program has been cancelled. Did you know that many of Illinois’ best prairies are found in cemeteries? Join botanist Christopher Benda for a tour of one of these high-quality cemetery prairies.
  • What is plant-based eating? Come find out! A diet focused on plants is good for you and good for the planet. Each week, you get to watch cooking demonstrations, taste samples, or get hands-on and prepare a recipe to take home with you at The Morton Arboretum! Saturday, October 19 or 26, or November 2 or 9, 2019, 10:00 a.m. to noon.
  • Enjoy a brisk autumn walk and take in the changing colors of the Arboretum’s trees. Guided by our forest ecologist, this special seasonal stroll will give you the chance to view fall color with the engaging story of the seasonal changes that trees go through each year. Saturday, October 19, or November 2, 2019 9:00 to 11:00 a.m.
  • Search the woods, fields, and edges of the Arboretum for birds. The third Saturday of each month, August 17 through December 21, 2019, 8:00 to 10:30 a.m.
  • Get the botany basics you need to identify plants. Whether you are a natural resources volunteer or specialist, gardener, naturalist, or artist this class provides the fundamentals you need to get started at The Morton Arboretum. Saturday, September 21, 9:00 to 11:30 a.m., or Saturday, October 12, 2019, 12:30 to 3:00 p.m.
  • Design for the middle distance using shrubs that thrive in the upper Midwest at The Morton Arboretum. The “middle distance” links the foreground and background of a landscape or connects the large features with the small. Registration will open August 20, 2019. Wednesday, October 23, 2019, 9:00 a.m. to 1:00 p.m.
  • Cartier-Bresson first popularized the concept of the “decisive moment:” that sliver of time when all elements of an image align, and the photographer can tell a complete story and fully engage the viewer. In this class, we will apply Bresson’s concepts to nature photography, as plants bloom, the tides come and go, or clouds or reflections enhance a scene at The Morton Arboretum. Five days: Three Wednesdays, October 23 through November 6, 6:30 to 9:30 p.m., and two Saturdays, October 26 and November 2, 2019, 8:00 to 11:00 a.m.
  • Create your own nature-themed hand-painted ornament in time for the holidays at The Morton Arboretum. Saturday, November 23, 2019, 10:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m.
  • Explore meditative and self-nurturing yoga poses with the use of plant-based essential oils to restore and rebalance the mind and body in the tranquil setting of The Morton Arboretum. The September 26 class has been canceled. Please sign up for another section on the second or fourth Thursday of each month: October 10 through December 12, 2019, 6:00 to 7:00 p.m.
  • Try out this sampler session of aerial yoga. Stretch, strengthen, and release stress while having fun, cocooned in a hammock suspended from the trees at The Morton Arboretum! Weekly in October, Mondays, or Fridays. Times vary.
  • Join us for a hike and whiskey tasting at The Morton Arboretum. Saturday, October 26, 2019, noon to 1:30 p.m., 1:00 to 2:30 p.m., or 2:00 to 3:30 p.m.
  • Fill a pumpkin with a fall bouquet at The Morton Arboretum! This delightful table arrangement will bring seasonal interest to your fall decor. Thursday, October 24, 2019, 7:00 to 9:00 p.m., or Saturday, October 26, 2019, 1:00 to 3:00 p.m.
  • Become a nature photographer. Move beyond shooting in automatic; learn how to adjust your camera’s manual settings to get the shot you want at The Morton Arboretum. Four Sundays, October 27 through November 17, 2019, noon to 3:00 p.m.
  • Join us for a FREE orientation program on the Natural Areas Conservation Training Program Orientation (formally the Woodland Stewardship Program) at the Morton Arboretum. Tuesday October 29, 2019, 6:30 to 8:00 p.m.
  • Explore the interactions that drive ecosystem function and learn to identify plants, animals, and fungi in relation to ecological habitats at The Morton Arboretum. Tuesday, October 29, 2019: Online materials become available. Sunday, November 3, 2019, 9:00 a.m. to 1:00 p.m.: In person session meets at Thornhill Education Center. (Registration will open Tuesday, August 20, 2019.)
  • Get the botany basics you need to identify plants. Whether you are a natural resources volunteer or specialist, gardener, naturalist, or artist this class provides the fundamentals you need to get started. Tuesday, October 29, 2019: Registration closes at 11:59 p.m. Wednesday, October 30, 2019: Online course available. (Registration will open Tuesday, August 20, 2019.)
  • Experience the healing and wellness promoting effects of Shinrin-Yoku, the practice of bathing the senses in the atmosphere of the forest. Take a slow and mindful walk with a certified Forest Therapy guide on a trail at the Morton Arboretum. Dates and locations vary on Mondays or Saturdays from September through December 2019, 9:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m., or New Year’s Day: Wednesday, January 1, 2020.
  • Capture curled leaves and seed pods--the perfect textures for graphite at The Morton Arboretum. Four Thursdays, October 31 through November 21, 2019, 6:30 to 9:30 p.m.
  • Be prepared for the unexpected on your next outdoor adventure. Having a plan and being prepared with some essential survival skills can help you stay safe, even if things go wrong. Saturday, November 2, 2019, noon to 3:00 p.m.
  • See the Arboretum through the eyes of an expert photographer. Learn how to notice your surroundings with attention to light, angle, subject, and creative interpretation. Saturday, October 26, or November 2, 2019, 8:00 a.m. to 11:00 a.m.
  • Learn the geologic history of the Midwest as we cycle the the roads of the Arboretum. Sunday, November 3, 2019, 9:00 to 11:00 a.m. (Registration will open Tuesday, August 20, 2019.)
  • The debates surrounding our food and the role science will play in navigating global food challenges have been notable for the polarizing perceptions and misperceptions that have surrounded the conversation. The documentary FOOD EVOLUTION​, from Academy Award®-nominated director Scott Hamilton Kennedy (The Garden, Fame High, OT: Our Town), explores the controversy surrounding GMOs and food. This class has been CANCELED. Please contact the registrar's office at The Morton Arboretum to receive a refund (630-719-2468, M-F, 9:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m.).
  • Set your garden up for success with plants and design techniques that can withstand changing conditions at The Morton Arboretum. Registration will open August 20, 2019. Three Tuesdays, November 5 through 19, 2019, 6:30 to 9:00 p.m.
  • Strengthen your skills leading volunteers in natural areas management with this interactive primer for volunteer stewardship activity planning, group dynamics, safety, and volunteer empowerment at The Morton Arboretum. Thursday, November 7, 2019: Online materials become available. Thursday, November 14, 6:00 to 9:30 p.m., 2019.
  • Experience the healing and wellness promoting effects of Shinrin-Yoku, the practice of bathing the senses in the atmosphere of the forest. Take a slow and mindful walk with a certified Forest Therapy guide on a trail at the Morton Arboretum. Select Mondays or Saturday, August through November 2019, 9:30 to 11:15 a.m.
  • Make your own naturally scented soaps using the cold-press process at The Morton Arboretum. Saturday, November 9, 2019, 1:00 to 3:00 p.m.
  • Enjoy the last of the migratory birds for the year. Three Saturdays, November 9 through 23, 2019, 8:00 to 11:30 a.m.
  • (Registration opens August 20) Mix and blend colors to create a watercolor painting of a delicate fall leaf at The Morton Arboretum. Saturday, November 9, or Sunday, November 10, 2019, 10:00 a.m. to 1:00 p.m.
  • Under the light of a full moon, hit the trail for a night of troll hunting at The Morton Arboretum! Tuesday, November 12; Wednesday November 13; Wednesday, December 11; or Thursday, December 12, 2019, 6:30 to 8:30 p.m.
  • Learn to call plants by their botanical names through The Morton Arboretum. Tuesday, November 12, 2019: Online course begins.
  • Discover another side of poet Emily Dickinson, who was also an avid gardener at The Morton Arboretum. Wednesday, November 13, 2019, 7:00 to 8:30 p.m.
  • Improve your health and well-being with yoga. We will practice poses, breathing and meditation in the tranquil setting of the Morton Arboretum. Select Mondays or Wednesdays, August through December 2019, Mondays, 9:30 to 10:30 a.m. or Wednesdays, 6:00 to 7:00 p.m.
  • Learn to identify and manage the most common invasive plants in the Great Lakes region at The Morton Arboretum. Wednesday, November 13, 2019: Online course becomes available.
  • Wildlife populations are rebounding across the Chicago suburbs. Sharing space with wild animals comes with challenges as well as many benefits. Come explore the human-wildlife dynamic and learn how you can take action to support our local wildlife in all the right ways at The Morton Arboretum. Thursday, November 14, 2019, 7:30 to 9:30 p.m.
  • Late autumn is one of the best times to prune for plant structure. The foliage has fallen, revealing the limbs and form of the plant. In this workshop you will learn structural pruning techniques for specimen shrubs, small ornamental trees, and young trees at The Morton Arboretum. Saturday, November 2, or Thursday, November 14, 2019, 9:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m.
  • Join Russian watercolor artist Sasha Viazmensky for an enlightening three-day study on botanical mushroom portraits at The Morton Arboretum. Friday through Sunday, November 15 through 17, 2019, 9:30 a.m. to 3:30 p.m.
  • Make personalized notecards using watercolor (Section A) or gelli prints (Section B) at The Morton Arboretum. Saturday, November 23, 2019, 9:00 a.m. to noon (watercolor) or 1:00 to 4:00 p.m. (gelatin prints)
  • Learn the essentials of woodland ecology and the woodland management techniques necessary to maintain threatened woodland ecosystems at The Morton Arboretum. Thursday, September 26, 2019, 12:00 p.m., or Thursday, November 21, 2019, 12:00 p.m. U.S. Central time: Online course becomes available
  • Create a seasonal centerpiece for your holiday table while learning principles of floral design at The Morton Arboretum. Saturday, November 23, 2019, 1:00 to 3:00 p.m., or Tuesday, November 26, 2019, 7:00 to 9:00 p.m.,
  • Opt outside this Black Friday with a peaceful hike along the Arboretum’s quietest trails. Friday, November 29, 2019, 9:00 to 10:30 a.m.
  • Learn to assess the invasive species issues at a site, and set priorities for efficiently and effectively managing invasive species in this engaging online class through The Morton Arboretum. Wednesday, December 4, 2019: Online materials available.
  • Just in time for the holiday season, find out how you can incorporate evergreen branches and boughs into elegant holiday swags at The Morton Arboretum. Saturday, December 7, 2019, 10:00 a.m. to noon.
  • Celebrate the winter season with a wonderful winter container filled with seasonal branches, berries, and colorful twigs at The Morton Arboretum. Thursday, December 5, 2019, 7:00 to 9:00 p.m., or Saturday, December 7, 1:00 to 3:00 p.m.
  • Uncover hidden treasures and learn secrets found in the stacks in this special program at the Sterling Morton Library. Saturday, December 7, 2019, 1:30 to 3:00 p.m.
  • Woody Plants of the Western Great Lakes Region is an introduction to the identification of the plants that make up the woody flora of the western Great Lakes region. Wednesdays, September 11 through December 4, 2019, 6:30 to 9:30 p.m., and select Saturdays, September 14 through, December 7, 2019, 9:00 a.m. to noon.
  • Join an Arboretum expert for a cup of hot cocoa and a winter stroll through the conifer collection. Saturday, December 7 or 14, 2019, 1:00 to 3:00 p.m.
  • Create a festive, long-lasting botanical arrangement to display in your home during the holidays, using a wintery mix of greenery and flowers at The Morton Arboretum. Thursday, December 19, 2019, 7:00 to 9:00 p.m.
  • Learn how scientists study and take action to conserve plants. This class will review the major threats to plant species (fragmentation, habitat loss, disease, overharvest, and more) and how biologists make conservation decisions at The Morton Arboretum. Wednesday, January 29 through Wednesday, April 29, 2020. Weekly on Mondays and Wednesdays, 6:30 to 8:30 p.m., and three Saturdays, February 15, March 21, April 18, 2020, 9:00 a.m. to 1:00 p.m.
  • Learn the theory and practice of habitat restoration at The Morton Arboretum. This course provides an overview of Chicago region ecosystems, threats to their biodiversity and functions, and management practices designed to restore them and the environmental services they provide. Thursdays, February 20, February 27, and March 19 through May 21, 2020, 5:30 to 8:30 p.m.;Three Tuesdays, April 28, May 12, and May 19, 2020, 5:30 to 9:30 p.m.,; and Four Saturdays, March 28, April 11, April 25, and May 9, 2020, 9:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m.

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