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  • Dog Admission Days

    Dog Admission Days
    Hit the trails, at The Morton Arboretum, with your canine friend for our next Dog Admission Day on Sunday, February 21 and Sunday March 21, 2021.

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  • Earn your Weather Merit Badge as you explore meteorology and discuss how weather affects the economy and our daily lives. Saturday, April 24, 2021, 10:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m.
  • Join us for this four-week outdoor adventure in the Children’s Garden. Each day we will play, hike, read stories, and participate in nature-related activities. Adults will receive tips to continue exploration at home! Four Tuesdays, May 4 through 25, 2021, 9:30 a.m. to 11:00 a.m.
  • Join us for this four-week outdoor adventure in the Children’s Garden. Each day we will play, hike, read stories, and participate in nature-related activities. Adults will receive tips to continue exploration at home! Four Thursdays, May 6 through 27, 2021, 9:30 a.m. to 11:00 a.m.
  • Explore how garden plants provide us with fresh and seasonal ingredients for our tables, through storytimes, short hikes, and delicious bakes to take home! Wednesday, May 19, 12021, 10:30 a.m. to noon, or 1:30 to 3:00 p.m
  • Study the characteristics, behavior, and significance of birds as you earn your merit badge at The Morton Arboretum. Saturday, May 22, 2021, 10:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m.
  • Search for signs of animals and learn how life adapts to the changing seasons in these two-week nature discovery programs. Two Mondays: June 14 and 21, 2021, 9:30 to 11:00 a.m.
  • Exercise your green thumb as you sprout, transplant, and experiment with plants in this gardening adventure at The Morton Arboretum. Monday through Friday. Dates vary starting June 21, 2021.
  • Young explorers will hike, play, listen to stories, and engage in science and art in these hands-on sensory-based programs. Select Tuesdays, Wednesdays, or Thursdays, February through June, 2021, 9:30 to 11:00 a.m.
  • Young explorers will hike, play, listen to stories, and engage in science and art in these hands-on sensory-based programs. Select Tuesdays, Wednesdays, or Thursdays, February through June, 2021, 9:30 to 11:00 a.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. Dates vary starting June 25, 2021.
  • 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. Dates and times vary starting June 28, 2021
  • 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. Dates and times vary starting June 18, 2021.
  • 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. Dates and times vary starting June 7, 2021.
  • 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. Dates and times vary starting June 14, 2021
  • 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! Monday through Friday. Dates vary starting June 14, 2021.
  • 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. Dates and times vary starting June 14, 2021
  • 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. Dates and times vary starting June 28, 2021
  • 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. Dates vary starting June 28, 2021.
  • 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. Dates and times vary starting June 7, 2021.
  • 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. Dates and time vary starting June 21, 2021.
  • Become a nature artist! Use nature as your inspiration to explore texture, color, and dimension at The Morton Arboretum. Monday through Friday. Dates vary starting June 7, 2021.
  • What would it take to be a bird? Soar into the fascinating life of birds as you listen for bird calls, scout out nests, and make a bird feeder to attract your own backyard birds at The Morton Arboretum. Monday through Friday. Dates and times vary starting June 28, 2021.
  • 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! Monday through Friday. Dates vary starting June 7, 2021.
  • Birds sing, crickets chirp, and frogs chorus out in the woods. Experiment with the science of sound and build your own nature-based instruments to play at The Morton Arboretum. Monday through Friday. Dates vary starting June 18, 2021
  • How strong is a spider’s web? How do bats hunt? How fast is a hummingbird? Use your knowledge of nature’s super powers to create your own superhero, play games, and look at real animal “powers” close up at the Morton Arboretum. Monday through Friday. Dates and times vary starting June 7, 2021.
  • 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. Dates and times vary starting June 7, 2021.
  • 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. Dates and times vary starting June 1, 2021.
  • From intricate birds nests to astounding beaver dams, animals are engineering all around us. Take a closer look at the construction techniques used in the animal kingdom, and take on wild STEM building challenges at The Morton Arboretum. Monday through Friday. Dates vary starting June 21, 2021.
  • Become a mini Monet! Explore the Arboretum for artistic inspiration and use impressionist techniques to create a masterpiece. Monday through Friday. Dates and times vary starting June 21, 2021.
  • 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. Dates vary starting June 14, 2021.
  • 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. Dates vary starting June 7, 2021.
  • 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. Dates vary starting June 14, 2021.
  • From intricate birds nests to astounding beaver dams, animals are engineering all around us. Take a closer look at the construction techniques used in the animal kingdom, and take on wild STEM building challenges at The Morton Arboretum. Monday through Friday. Dates vary starting June 21, 2021.
  • 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. Dates vary starting June 14, 2021.
  • Paint, draw, color, and sculpt your way through the Arboretum. Create masterpieces daily to showcase in an end-of-the-week art show at The Morton Arboretum. Monday through Friday. Dates vary starting June 14, 2021.
  • What has six legs and no uncles? An ant! Explore the zany world of insects as you dig, sweep, and dip your way through the insect world at The Morton Arboretum. Monday through Friday. Dates vary starting June 7, 2021.
  • 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. Dates vary starting June 7, 2021
  • Do you think you can paint with a beak, sculpt with a paw, or draw with a claw? Find out how Arboretum animals are adapted to life in the woods, ponds, and prairies and embrace various artistic media to capture these unique animal features. Monday through Friday. Dates vary starting June 28, 2021.
  • 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. Dates vary starting June 14, 2021.
  • Enjoy hands-on investigations of all things aquatic. Experiment with water and its properties, trudge through the wetlands to gather water samples, and use scientific equipment to inspect plants and animals that call ponds, lakes, rivers, and marshes home The Morton Arboretum. Monday through Friday. Dates vary starting June 7, 2021.
  • What does a tree have to say? Solve the case of the felled foliage as you examine tree rings, visit the Herbarium to view trees of the past and present, and discover the unique things trees have to tell us at The Morton Arboretum. Monday through Friday. Dates vary starting June 28, 2021
  • 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. Dates vary starting June 21, 2021.
  • 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. Dates vary starting July 2, 2021.
  • 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. Monday through Friday. Dates vary starting June 14, 2021.
  • From intricate birds nests to astounding beaver dams, animals are engineering all around us. Take a closer look at the construction techniques used in the animal kingdom and take on wild STEM building challenges at The Morton Arboretum. Monday through Friday. Dates vary starting June 21, 2021.
  • 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. Dates vary starting June 7, 2021.

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