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  • LEGO® Brick Play

    LEGO® Brick Play
    What will nature inspire you to build? Play and create LEGO® masterpieces in this self-guided hands-on discovery activity. Available daily, May through September, 2019, from 11:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m.

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  • Monarchs in Motion

    Monarchs in Motion
    Fluttering about, these beautiful butterflies are constantly on the move. Discover some fascinating facts about butterflies and make a monarch mask to take home. Daily in August 2019, 11:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m.

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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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  • 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 August and October 2019

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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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  • 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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  • Troll Archives

    Troll Archives
    Find a one-of-a-kind book related to the trolls you are hunting in the Sterling Morton Library. Open 9 a.m. - 5 p.m. - Tuesday-Friday and 10 a.m. - 4 p.m. - Saturday

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  • Acorn Express Adventures

    Acorn Express Adventures
    Join us on the Acorn Express tram for a family friendly tram-ride adventure through the Arboretum! Tuesdays, Wednesdays and Fridays, April through October, 2019, (except June 26) times vary.

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  • Sensational Seeds

    Sensational Seeds
    Examine seeds up close and learn about where they come from. Weekends in September 2019, 11:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m.

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  • Bird is the Word

    Bird is the Word
    Join us for a day all about the winged creatures that call trees home! Sunday, September 8, 2019, 11:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m.

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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 21, and Sunday, September 22, 2019.

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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 16th 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 Dog Admission Days on March 2 and November 2 from 7:00 a.m. to sunset.

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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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  • Each day we will hike, read stories, and play in this 4–week sensory based outdoor adventure. Adults will also receive tips to continue exploration at home! Four Tuesdays, September 3 through 24, 2019, 9:30 to 10:45 a.m.
  • Each day we will hike, read stories, and play in this 4–week sensory based outdoor adventure. Adults will also receive tips to continue exploration at home! Four Thursdays, September 5 through 26, 2019, 9:30 to 11:00 a.m.
  • Spend the day observing live species of insects in their habitats while learning why they are different from other animals species at The Morton Arboretum. Two Sundays, September 22 and October 13, 2019, 10:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m. (Registration will open Tuesday, August 20, 2019.)
  • Earn your Forestry Merit badge as you create your own field book to identify local trees and shrubs by leaves, buds and bark at The Morton Arboretum. Two Saturdays, September 28 and October 26, 2019, 10:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m. (Registration will open Tuesday, August 20, 2019.)
  • Young explorers will hike, play, listen to stories, and engage in science and art in these hands-on sensory-based programs. Select Weekdays starting August 22 through November, 12, 2019, 9:30 to 11:00 a.m.
  • Do experiments indoors and out at The Morton Arboretum to earn your Environmental Science Merit Badge. Two Sundays, September 15 and October 20, or Two Saturdays, October 12 and November 16, 2019, 10:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m. (Registration will open Tuesday, August 20, 2019.)
  • Young explorers will hike, play, listen to stories, and engage in science and art in these hands-on sensory-based programs at The Morton Arboretum. Select Weekdays starting August 20 through November 14, 2019, 9:30 to 10:45 a.m.
  • Learn how to study, protect and conserve soil and water resources in this merit badge class at The Morton Arboretum. Two Sundays, October 27 and November 24, 2019, 10:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m. (Registration will open Tuesday, August 20, 2019.)
  • 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 Sundays, December 8 and January 5, 2019, 1:00 to 3:30 p.m. (Registration will open Tuesday, August 20, 2019.)
  • 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 Sundays, December 8 and January 5, 10:00 a.m. to 12:30 p.m., or December 15 and January 12, 2019, 1:00 to 3:30 p.m. (Registration will open Tuesday, August 20, 2019.)
  • 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 Sundays, December 15 and January 12, 2019, 10:00 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. (Registration will open Tuesday, August 20, 2019.)

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