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Weekend Nature Retreat

Schedule and Location

Saturday and Sunday, October 5 and 6, 2019, 4:00 p.m. to noon
Thornhill Shelter

Fees and Registration

$185.00 member
$215.00 nonmember
(Fees include admission to the Arboretum)
ONLINE: REGISTER NOW
BY PHONE: 630-719-2468 ( Monday through Friday, 9:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m.)
Cancellations made by September 27th are subject to a 10% administrative fee. No refunds after September 27. 

Course Description

Connect with trees and nature and spend a night under the stars on the beautiful grounds of the Arboretum during this adults-only nature retreat.

Research shows that time spent among the trees has clear benefits for our mental, emotional, and physical well-being. Set aside the daily grind and escape to nature! Slow down and connect with nature through hiking, journaling, and more. For those new to camping out, the Arboretum setting provides a safe and quiet place to experience the outdoors.

Bring your own picnic dinner to enjoy on Saturday evening.


What’s Included?

Included in the fee are:

  • a weekend full of nature programs including night hikes, bird walks, journaling, art, yoga, games, and more
  • snacks and a delicious Sunday breakfast (bring your own picnic dinner on Saturday)
  • the very special opportunity to spend the night at the Arboretum
  • and of course, a campfire with plenty of s’mores!

A packing list will be provided and includes camping gear (tent and sleeping bag). A limited number of tents and sleeping bags are available to borrow.


Daily Schedule

Saturday

  • 4:00 p.m. Check in and set up camp
  • 5:00 p.m. Welcome, dinner (bring your own picnic), and games/freetime
  • 6:30 p.m. Keeping a Nature Journal
  • 7:30 p.m. Guided Night Hike
  • 9:00 p.m. S’mores and freetime
  • 10:00 p.m. Lights out 

Sunday

  • 7:00 a.m. Breakfast buffet (Served until 9am)
  • 7:30 a.m. Sunrise Yoga OR Bird Walk
  • 9:00 a.m.  Art
  • 11:00 a.m.  Freetime, break camp
  • Noon  Depart

Course number

N115

Course Details

Notes: Programs will be held outdoors weather permitting. Snacks and Sunday breakfast are included; bring your own picnic dinner for Saturday evening. No alcohol please.  Cancellations made by September 27th are subject to a 10% administrative fee. No refunds after September 27. Limit 40
Supplies: Basic camping gear, including a tent, sleeping bag, and flashlight required. Wear comfortable clothes. Bring a yoga mat if you have one. Bring insect repellent, sunscreen, a sunhat, and sturdy shoes for hiking.  A limited number of tents and sleeping bags are available to borrow. Call the registrar’s office at 630-719-2468 or email registrar-ed@mortonarb.org to reserve.