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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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  • 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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  • 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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  • 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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  • 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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  • 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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  • 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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  • 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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  • 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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  • 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, March 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.
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • Earn your Plant Science Merit Badge at The Morton Arboretum while discovering the wonderful world of botany. Three days: Tuesday, April 21 through Thursday April 23, 2020, 6:00 to 8:30 p.m.
  • Earn your Weather Merit Badge as you explore meteorology and discuss how weather affects the economy and our daily lives at The Morton Arboretum. Saturday, April 25, 2020, 10:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m.
  • Let miles of walking trails at The Morton Arboretum roll beneath your feet as you experience and discover the wonders of nature and earn your Hiking Merit Badge. Two Sundays, May 3, 2020, 10:00 a.m. to 1:00 p.m., and August 23, 2020, 10:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m.
  • Join us for this four-week outdoor adventure in the garden. Each day we will play, hike, read stories, and make a nature-related craft at The Morton Arboretum. Four Tuesdays, May 5 through 26, 2020, 9:30 a.m. to 10:45 a.m.
  • Join us for this four-week outdoor adventure in the garden. Each day we will play, hike, read stories, and make a nature-related craft at The Morton Arboretum. Four Thursdays, May 7 through 28, 2020, 9:30 a.m. to 11:00 a.m.
  • Study the characteristics, behavior, and significance of birds as you earn your merit badge at The Morton Arboretum. Saturday, May 16, 2020, 10:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m.
  • Learn what it takes to be a good citizen in the world. Compare the rights we have in the United States with the rights of two other countries. Two Tuesdays, May 19 and June 23, 2020, 6:00 p.m. to 8:30 p.m.
  • How much do you know about your national government? In this merit badge class, held at The Morton Arboretum, explore the three branches of our national government. Two Wednesdays, May 20 and June 24, 2020, 6:00 p.m. to 8:30 p.m.
  • Investigate nature up close in this 2-week Winter discovery program. Search for signs of animals and how life adapts to changing seasons, then continue your hands-on explorations while you warm up with hot chocolate at The Morton Arboretum. Two Wednesdays, February 19 and 26, 2020, 9:30 to 11:00 a.m., or Two Wednesdays, May 20 and 27, 2020, 9:30 to 11:00 a.m.
  • How much do you know about government where you live? Just as ecosystems within The Morton Arboretum are a complex web, you live in a complex web of government units. Two Thursdays, May 21 and June 25, 2020, 6:00 p.m. to 8:30 p.m.
  • After the stillness of winter, spring brings an exuberance of color, sound, texture, and smell!
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • Explore your artistic roots! Touch, explore, play, and paint with all the parts of a plant and discover what each part does at the Morton Arboretum. Monday through Friday, June 1 through 5, or July 6 through 10, or August 3 through 7, 2020, 9:00 a.m. to noon, or July 6 through 10, 2020, 12:30 to 3:30 p.m.
  • How do animals and plants grow up with roots, scales, or tails? Dive into the life cycles of green creatures around the Arboretum and see them up close! Monday through Friday, June 22 through 26, or July 27 through July 31, 2020, 9:00 a.m. to noon, or July 27 through July 31, 2020, 12:30 to 3:30 p.m.
  • Observe, guess, test, and splash your way through science experiments in this fun-filled outdoor lab adventure at The Morton Arboretum. Monday through Friday, June 8 through 12, or July 13 through 17, or August 10 through 14, 2020, 9:00 a.m. to noon, or June 8 through 12, 2020, 12:30 to 3:30 p.m.
  • Some animals dig, some fly, and some swim! Join this adventure in animal movements as we explore how animals move around the Arboretum. Monday through Friday, June 15 through 19, or July 20 through 24, 2020, 9:00 a.m. to noon.
  • How do tadpoles turn into frogs? How do turtles and fish grow up? Together we’ll search for croaking frogs, basking turtles, and swimming fish while we take a closer look at our friends that live in ponds at The Morton Arboretum! June 8 through 12, or July 13 through 17, 2020, 9:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m.
  • Leaves come in all shapes, sizes, and colors! Let your imagination run wild as you discover what you can create with leaves at The Morton Arboretum. Monday through Friday, June 15 through 19, or July 27 through 31, 2020, 9:00 a.m. to noon, or July 6 through 10, 2020, 12:30 to 3:30 p.m.
  • Have you ever been as hungry as a caterpillar? Enter the whimsical world of Eric Carle as his characters come to life through stories, games, and crafts at The Morton Arboretum. Monday through Friday, June 1 through 5, or July 13 through 17, 2020, 9:00 a.m. to noon, or June 15 through 19, July 27 through 31, 2020, 12:30 to 3:30 p.m.
  • Build, play, dig, and discover all the things that love mud! Take time to explore life underground and what it takes to make a home in the mud, while playing muddy games, doing muddy crafts, and becoming a muddy scientist at The Morton Arboretum.Monday through Friday, June 8 through 12, or July 20 through 24, 2020, 9:00 a.m. to noon, or June 22 through 26, or August 3 through 7, 2020, 12:30 to 3:30 p.m.
  • Travel back to the dinosaur age! Discover different dinosaurs; learn what they ate, where they lived, and the trees that grew when dinosaurs were alive at the Morton arboretum. Monday through Friday, June 8 through 12, or July 20 through 24, 2020, 12:30 to 3:30 p.m. or July 6 through 10, or Aug 10 through 14, 2020, 9:00 a.m. to noon
  • Put on your artist hat. Paint and sculpt squishy frogs, textured turtles, and slippery fish.Learn about these wetland critters and develop artistic skill at The Morton Arboretum. Monday through Friday, June 22 through 26, or August 3 through 7, 2020, 9:00 a.m. to noon, or July 13 through 17, 2020, 12:30 to 3:30 p.m.
  • Where are the wild things hiding in the Arboretum? Hunt for wildlife as you explore the woodlands and discover the animals that live within. What type of wild thing would the woods inspire you to be? Monday through Friday, June 22 through 26, or July 27 through 31, 2020, 9:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m.
  • From fins to scales fish are fascinating creatures! Discover more about fish and the habitat they live in while you enjoy fish stories, games, and cast a net to find out what fish live at the Arboretum. Monday through Friday, June 1 through 5, or July 13 through 17, 2020, 12:30 to 3:30 p.m., or July 6 through 10, 2020, 9:00 a.m. to noon
  • Water your curiosity! With a microscope get an up close look at seeds, leaves, and flowers. Sprout seeds, decorate a flower pot, and explore the gardens of the Arboretum. Monday through Friday, June 1 through 5, or July 13 through 17, 2020, 9:00 a.m. to noon, or June 8 through 12, or July 20 through 24, 2020,12:30 to 3:30 p.m.
  • Gear up for a daytime camping excursion! Learn how to pitch a tent, fish, and make s’mores. Enjoy nature games, hikes, and songs at The Morton Arboretum. Monday through Friday, June 8 through 12, or June 22 through 26, or August 3 through 7, 2020, 9:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m.
  • Dive into the slippery, slimy, scaly world of reptiles and amphibians at The Morton Arboretum. Monday through Friday, June 15 through 19, or July 27 through 31, 2020, 9:00 a.m. to noon, or June 22 through 26, or Aug 3 through 7, 2020, 12:30 to 3:30 p.m.
  • Stripes, spots, streaks, and stealth make animals experts at hide and seek. Uncover patterns in nature, create your own camouflage, and explore how both predators and prey use camouflage to their advantage at The Morton Arboretum. June 8 through 12, July 6 through 10, or July 27 through 31, 2020, 9:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m.
  • Have you ever imagined you were part of a factory inside a tree, underground digging with worms, or part of an insect chorus? Let your imagination run wild as you take a closer look at the Arboretum though interactive play, hands-on experiments, and exploration hikes. Monday through Friday, June 22 through 26, or Aug 3 through 7, 2020, 9:00 a.m. to noon, or July 6 through July 10, 2020, 12:30 to 3:30 p.m.
  • Explore nature through the eyes of a scientist. Catapult seeds, make sun prints, and experiment with leaves as you use the outdoors as your laboratory at The Morton Arboretum! Monday through Friday, Section A: June 1 through 5, or June 15 through 19, or July 20 through 24, 2020, 9:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m.
  • Are fairies hidden in the forest? Discover woodland plants and animals, create your own fairy, and work together to build a fairy village at The Morton Arboretum. Monday through Friday, June 8 through 12, or July 20 through 24, 2020, 9:00 a.m. to noon, or June 15 through 19, or July 27 through 31, 2020, 12:30 to 3:30 p.m.
  • Engineering and art collide as you take on building challenges and put your creativity to the test! Spend time exploring our latest art exhibit and build your own art from natural materials at The Morton Arboretum. July 6 through 10, July 13 through 17, or Aug 10 through Aug 14, 2020, 9:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m.
  • Rev up for a week of wet, hydrodynamic explorations! Slosh buckets and dip nets into Arboretum lakes to examine water-loving insects and plants. Monday through Friday, June 1 through 5, or, June 15 through 19, or July 20 through 24, 2020, 9:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m.
  • Stretch, squish, and squoosh some slime as you discover how plants and animals use slime, try out some recipes for slime, and put your slime to the test at ?The Morton Arboretum. Monday through Friday, June 1 through 5; June 15 through 19; July 6 through 10, 9:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m; or August 10 through 14, 2020, 9:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m.
  • Can you solve the case of the missing acorn or the mystery of the toppled tree? Put your sleuthing skills to good use as you learn signs that animals leave behind and become a woodland detective at The Morton Arboretum. Monday through Friday, Monday through Friday, June 1 through 5, or July 6 through 10, 2020, 9:00 a.m. to noon.
  • Rock out with an in-depth study of glaciers, soils, fossils, and rocks. Take a geological journey through Earth, uncovering the layers below, identifying hidden fossils, and investigate the three types of rocks at The Morton Arboretum. June 22 through 26, or July 27 through 31, 2020, 9:00 a.m. to noon
  • Have you ever wondered WHY? Find out as we conduct experiments using the scientific method. Delve into why leaves change color, where rainbows come from, how fireflies glow, and other scientific mysteries at The Morton Arboretum. Monday through Friday, June 15 through 19, or July 20 through 24, 2020, 9:00 a.m. to noon
  • Spend the week getting wet! Wallow through wetlands to collect water samples, play games, and conduct experiments. Examine critters that call ponds, lakes, rivers, and marshes home The Morton Arboretum. Monday through Friday, June 8 through 12; June 22 through 26; July 13 through 17; or Section C: July 27 through 31, 2020, 9:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m.
  • Design and build forts inspired by trees. Study trees up close and uncover their unique characteristics. Build a mini tree fort village as a group. Each child takes home their own mini tree fort at The Morton Arboretum. Monday through Friday, June 1 through 5; June 15 through 19; July 6 through 10; July 20 through 24, 2020, 9:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m.
  • Engineering and art collide as you take on building challenges and put your creativity to the test! Spend time exploring our latest art exhibit and build your own art from natural materials at The Morton Arboretum. June 22 through 26, July 20 through 24, or August 3 through 7, 2020, 9:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m.
  • Walk in the wild parts of the Arboretum and explore nature. Discover the differences between bees and wasps, go bird watching, and hunt for animal footprints. Monday through Friday, June 8 through 12, or July 13 through 17, 2020, 9:00 a.m. to noon
  • Get outside and explore! Set off on a different adventure each day as you explore geocaching, letterboxing, survival skills, and more at The Morton Arboretum. Monday through Friday, June 8 through 12, July 13 through 17, or July 27 through 31, 2020, 9:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m.
  • Uncover alien species that have invaded the woodlands, prairies, and wetlands of Illinois. Learn why we consider these species invasive, how to remove them, and develop ways to prevent their return at The Morton Arboretum. Monday through Friday, June 15 through 19, July 6 through 10, or July 20 through 24, 2020, 9:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m.
  • Use your nature observation skills and get creative with digital photography. Practice composition, subject placement, close-ups, moving targets, and more at The Morton Arboretum. Monday through Friday, June 3 through 7, 2019, or July 15 through 19, 2019, 9:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m.
  • Can you survive in the great outdoors? Explore native woodlands and wetlands, and gain the skills needed to survive in these ecosystems. Learn navigation skills and how to build a shelter. Set up camp, fish, and make tools to explore and tame the wild. at The Morton Arboretum. Monday through Friday, June 1 through 5; June 15 through 19; July 6 through 10; July 20 through 24; or August 3 through 7, 2020, 9:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m.
  • What can you accomplish when you take on an eco-challenge? Build your leadership skills as you take on team building and STEM challenges in this camp, while exploring the natural world. at The Morton Arboretum. Monday through Friday, June 8 through 10; June 22 through 26; July 13 through 17; or August 10 through 14, 2020, 9:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m.
  • Put your forest and problem solving skills to the test as you take on daily challenges, solve puzzles, and explore the Arboretum to answer riddles. In teams, campers will create their own “escape room” challenge in the forest! Monday through Friday, June 1 through 5, July 6 through 10, or August 3 through 7, 2020, 9:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m.
  • Capture nature from a new angle! Take the time to play with mirrors, water, shadows, and light in this photography class at The Morton Arboretum. Participants must bring their own digital camera Monday through Friday, June 22 through 26, or July 20 through 24, 2020, 9:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m.
  • Engineering and art collide as you take on building challenges and put your creativity to the test! Spend time exploring our latest art exhibit and build your own art from natural materials at The Morton Arboretum. June 15 through 19, or July 27 through 31, 2020, 9:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m.
  • What can you make out of natural items? Put your creativity to the test as you hike to find craft supplies in the forest and then assemble them into your own unique and useful art at The Morton Arboretum. June 8 through 12, or July 13 through 17, 2020, 9:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m.

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