Troll Hunt


Schedule and Location

June 22  - Let the hunt begin!

The sculptures, each created especially for its Arboretum site, will remain through the summer of 2019.

Journey through our far-reaching forest to hunt for six colossal trolls crafted from reclaimed wood by Danish artist Thomas Dambo. Marvel at these 15- to 30-foot-tall (and one 60-foot long) sculptures that have been created to serve as protectors of our environment. 

These mysterious creaturesresembling the trolls of European folklorewere first spotted at the Arboretum in the spring of 2018. As sightings increased, an official investigation was launched to learn about these fascinating new residents.

The trolls share the Arboretum's desire to care for trees; however, they seem suspicious of humans. We need you to join the investigation and help trolls and humans come to understand each other. What will you discover when you join the hunt? 

Join the adventure and pick up the Troll Hunter's Handbook when you arrive. The Handbook will help you find a clue for each troll to locate the Troll's secret hideout, complete with a troll-size toothbrush and other troll essentials.  

Before you visit, check out these Troll Hunt Adventure Tips!


Learn about related activities during Troll Hunt.


All trolls are located between two feet and three-quarters of a mile from the nearest parking lot on a variety of path surfaces (pavement, wood-chipped, and mown grass).

Spoilers ahead! Visit Troll Hunt accessibility for specific information about troll locations and how to access them. 

Fees and Admission

Included in Arboretum admission.


Troll Hunt generously supported by International Paper, Marquette, and Plante Moran. Reclaimed wood generously provided by Sterling.


This program is partially supported by a grant from the Illinois Arts Council Agency

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