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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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  • Acorn Express Adventures

    Acorn Express Adventures
    Following state recommendations to help slow the spread of coronavirus (COVID-19), this program has been cancelled. For refund and more information, visit the Coronavirus (COVID-19) Preparedness and Prevention webpage.

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  • Self-Guided Family Play and Exploration: Signs of Spring

    Self-Guided Family Play and Exploration: Signs of Spring
    After the stillness of winter, spring brings an exuberance of color, sound, texture, and smell! Enjoy the following ideas throughout the spring season in your own backyard or at The Morton Arboretum.

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  • Garden Story Time

    Garden Story Time
    Following state recommendations to help slow the spread of coronavirus (COVID-19), this program has been cancelled. For refund and more information, visit the Coronavirus (COVID-19) Preparedness and Prevention webpage.

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  • Nature Artists’ Guild (NAG) Spring Exhibit

    Nature Artists’ Guild (NAG) Spring Exhibit
    Following state recommendations to help slow the spread of coronavirus (COVID-19), this program has been cancelled. For refund and more information, visit the Coronavirus (COVID-19) Preparedness and Prevention webpage.

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  • Library Exhibit: Plant Hunters

    Library Exhibit: Plant Hunters
    The exhibit features artifacts from the library’s special collection relating to famous plant hunters, and it explores modern conservation efforts by scientists at the Arboretum. Tuesdays-Saturdays, during regular library hours.

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  • Trees around the World

    Trees around the World
    Did you know the Morton Arboretum has trees from around the world? Explore unique trees from around the globe and how different cultures celebrate trees.. Daily in April, 2020, 11:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m.

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  • Breakfast with the Bunny

    Breakfast with the Bunny
    Following federal and state recommendations to help slow the spread of coronavirus, "Breakfast with the Bunny" on Friday, April 10th and Saturday, April 11th have both been cancelled. Thank you for understanding that the safety and wellbeing of visitors is our top priority. For more information, visit the Coronavirus (COVID-19) Preparedness and Prevention webpage.

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  • Family Explorers Backpack

    Family Explorers Backpack
    Looking for a unique experience in the Children’s Garden At The Morton Arboretum? Rent a self-guided family backpack and enhance your visit. Available daily, April through October, 2020, 10:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m.

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  • Easter Brunch

    Easter Brunch
    Following federal and state recommendations to help slow the spread of coronavirus, Easter Brunch on Sunday, April 12, 2020 has been cancelled.

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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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  • Feathered Families

    Feathered Families
    Spring is full of nesting, tweeting feathered friends! Discover the world of eggs, baby birds and their parents in this self-guided hands-on discovery activity. Daily in May 2020, 11:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m.

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  • Tails on the Trails

    Tails on the Trails
    Join us for Tails on the Trails on Sunday, May 3, 2020 for a "paw"fect day out with your pup as you meander down The Morton Arboretum's 16 miles of hiking trails. Dogs are only allowed on special days like these!

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  • Mother’s Day Brunch

    Mother’s Day Brunch
    Celebrate Mom with a fabulous brunch against the blooming backdrop of Meadow Lake. Sunday, May 10, 2020. Tickets are now sold out for this event.

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  • Mothers in Nature

    Mothers in Nature
    How do animal moms care for their young? Sunday May 10, 2020, 11:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m.

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  • Sensory Friendly Sundays

    Sensory Friendly Sundays
    Experience a less crowded Children’s Garden with minimal noise, suited to families with sensory needs. Select Sundays, May through October 2020, 8:45 to 9:30 a.m. Participants are welcome to stay once the Children’s Garden opens to public.

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  • Arbor Evenings

    Arbor Evenings
    Arbor Evenings now moving to Thursday's! Enjoy live music and more on select Thursday Nights from May to August, 2020.

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  • Human+Nature

    Human+Nature
    The Morton Arboretum’s next major exhibition, Human+Nature (pronounced: Human Nature), will highlight the deep connections between people and trees.

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  • Tuesday Family Nights

    Tuesday Family Nights
    Enjoy live music, games, and crafts after-hours on Tuesdays, June 16, through August 11, 2020 at The Morton Arboretum Children's Garden. 5:00 to 8:00 p.m.

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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 July, August and October 2020.

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  • Destination Asia Festival

    Destination Asia Festival
    Explore the diverse cultures of Asia through music, dance, food, and trees. Friday, July 31, through Sunday, August 2, 2020 Included in Arboretum admission.

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  • Passport Europe Festival

    Passport Europe Festival
    Immerse yourself in the diverse cultures of Europe with visits to our European tree collections, plus culinary delights, authentic musical performances, impressive dancing demonstrations, and much more. Saturday, September 19, and Sunday, September 20, 2020.

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  • Fall Color 5K Run & Walk

    Fall Color 5K Run & Walk
    Satisfy your inner champion on our scenic, rolling course through the crisp autumn air at our 17th annual Fall Color 5K Run and Walk at The Morton Arboretum.

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  • Boo Breakfast

    Boo Breakfast
    Join us for BOO Breakfast, complete with visits from favorite characters. Costumes encouraged. Saturday, October 31, 2020

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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 Sunday, November 8, 2020.

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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 2020 - January 2021.

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  • After the stillness of winter, spring brings an exuberance of color, sound, texture, and smell! Enjoy the following ideas throughout the spring season in your own backyard or at The Morton Arboretum.
  • Join us for a live Arboretum Family Yoga online session! Friday, April 10, 2020, 10:30 to 11:00 a.m.
  • Explore the Arboretum’s diverse tree collections and learn about the plants and animals that call them home in these guided, family-friendly hikes featuring a hands-on activity component. Saturday April 18, May 16, or June 20, 2020, 11:00 a.m. to noon.
  • Celebrate Arbor Day with a tree planting at the Arboretum! Take a narrated tram ride to the Big Rock Visitor Station and help plant a tree near our nature play area. Friday, April 24, 2020, 11:00 a.m. to 12:30 p.m.
  • Please check our Calendar of events for more youth and family programs.
  • Join us for a fun-filled adventure after hours at the Arboretum to explore the night's theme with a tram ride, activities, and a hike. Friday, June 5 or Saturday, June 27, 2020, 7:00 p.m. to 9:00 p.m.
  • After the stillness of winter, spring brings an exuberance of color, sound, texture, and smell!

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