Courses for Children

Course List

  • Winter Explorers (18-35 months)

    Winter Explorers (18-35 months)
    Join us for this 4-week outdoor adventure among the trees at The Morton Arboretum. Four Tuesdays, January 22 through February 12, 2019, 9:30 to 10:45 a.m.
  • Winter Explorers (3-5 years)

    Winter Explorers (3-5 years)
    Join us for this 4-week outdoor adventure among the trees at The Morton Arboretum. Four Thursdays, January 24 through February 14, 2019, 9:30 to 11:00 a.m.
  • Cloudy with a Chance of Trees! (3–5 years)

    Explore clouds, sunshine, rain and...trees in this sensory-based program all about weather at The Morton Arboretum. Tuesday March 12, or Thursday March 14, or Wednesday March 20, 2019, 9:30 to 11:00 a.m.
  • Cloudy with a Chance of Trees! (18–35 months)

    Explore clouds, sunshine, rain and...trees in this sensory-based program all about weather at The Morton Arboretum. Wednesday March 13, or Tuesday March 19, or Thursday March 21, 2019, 9:30 to 10:45 a.m.
  • More Youth and Family Programs

    Please check our Calendar of events for more youth and family programs.
  • Citizenship in the Nation Merit Badge

    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 22 and June 19, 6:00 p.m. to 8:30 p.m. Registration opens February 19, 2019
  • Painting with Plants- Pre-Kindergarten

    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, July 8 through 12, or August 5 through 9, 2019, 9:00 a.m. to noon, or July 8 through 12, 2019, 12:30 to 3:30 p.m.
  • Hopping through Habitats-Pre-Kindergarten

    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 17 through 21, or July 22 through 26, 2019, 9:00 a.m. to noon.
  • Growing up Green- Pre-Kindergarten

    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 24 through 28, or July 29 through Aug 2, 2019, 9:00 a.m. to noon, or July 29 through Aug 2, 2019, 12:30 to 3:30 p.m.
  • Squishy Squashy Art-kindergarten

    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 24 through 28, or Aug 12 through Aug 16, 2019, 9:00 a.m. to noon, or July 22 through 26, 2019, 12:30 to 3:30 p.m.
  • Dinos, Ginkgos, and Me-Kindergarten

    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 17 through 21, or August 5 through 9, 2019, 12:30 to 3:30 p.m. or July 15 through July 19, 2019, 9:00 a.m. to noon.
  • Fishing Fun-Kindergarten

    Get ready for some boot-sloshin’ fun! Go fishing at the Arboretum. Play games, make crafts, and read stories about fish at The Morton Arboretum. Monday through Friday, June 10 through June 14, or July 15 through July 19,2019, 9:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m.
  • Leaf Zoo-Kindergarten

    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 17 through June 21, or August 5 through Aug 9, 2019, 9:00 a.m. to noon.
  • Mud Buddies-Kindergarten

    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 10 through June 14, or, July 29 through Aug 2, 2019, 9:00 a.m. to noon, or July 8 through July 12, 2019, 12:30 to 3:30 p.m.
  • Turtles and Tadpoles-Kindergarten

    How do tadpoles turn into frogs? How do turtles grow up? Together we’ll uncover fun facts, search for croaking frogs and basking turtles, play games, make crafts, and meet live turtles at The Morton Arboretum. Monday through Friday, July 8 through July 12, 2019, 9:00 a.m. to noon, or July 29 through Aug 2, 2019, 12:30 to 3:30 p.m.
  • Where the Wild Things Are-Kindergarten

    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 24 through June 28, or July 29 through Aug 2, 2019, 9:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m.
  • Eric Carle’s Friends-kindergarten

    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 3 through 7, or July 22 through 26, 2019 9:00 a.m. to noon.
  • Young Impressionists-1st-2nd grade

    Become a mini Monet! Explore the Arboretum for artistic inspiration and use impressionist techniques to create a masterpiece. Monday through Friday, June 17 through 21, or August 5 through 9, 2019, 9:00 a.m. to noon, or July 15 through 19, 2019, 12:30 to 3:30 p.m.
  • Go Fish-1st-2nd grade

    Make your own fishing pole and let’s go fishing. Enjoy stories, games, and fishing trips to the Arboretum’s best spots at The Morton Arboretum. Monday through Friday, June 10 through 14, or July 29 through August 2, 2019, 9:00 a.m. to noon, or July 8 through 12, 2019, 12:30 to 3:30 p.m.
  • Camping Out-1st-2nd grade

    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 10 through 14, or July 8 through 12, or, August 5 through August 9, 2019, 9:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m.
  • Chirp, Click, Buzz -1st-2nd grade

    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, June 3 through 7, or June 24 through June 28, or July 22 through 26, 2019, 9:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m.
  • Forest Fairy Friends-1st-2nd grade

    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 3 through 7, or July 22 through 26, 2019, 12:30 to 3:30 p.m., or June 24 through 28, 2019, 9:00 a.m. to noon.
  • Gotta Grow-1st-2nd grade

    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 3 through 7, or July 22 through 26, 2019, 9:00 a.m. to noon, or June 24 through 28, 2019, 12:30 to 3:30 p.m.
  • Nature’s Lab-1st-2nd grade

    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, June 3 through June 7, or June 17 through June 21, or July 22 through July 26, 2019, 9:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m.
  • Nature’s Super Heroes-1st-2nd grade

    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, June 10 through June 14, or July 29 through Aug 2, 2019, 12:30 to 3:30 p.m., or July 8 through July 12, 2019, 9:00 a.m. to noon
  • STEM Sticks and Bricks-1st-2nd grade

    Engineer your way through challenges as you learn how nature stacks up around you. Spend time exploring our latest art exhibit, Nature Connects, and build your own art from natural materials at The Morton Arboretum. Monday through Friday, June 17 through June 21, or July 15 through July 19, or Aug 12 through Aug 16, 9:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m.
  • Wings and Things-1st-2nd grade

    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, June 17 through 21, or August 5 through 9, 2019, 12:30 to 3:30 p.m., or July 15 through July 19, 2019, 9:00 a.m. to noon
  • Awesome Art-1st-2nd grade

    Become a nature artist! Use nature as your inspiration to explore texture, color, and dimension at The Morton Arboretum. Monday through Friday, June 10 through 14, or July 8 through 12, or July 29 through August 2, 2019, 9:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m.
  • Adaptive Art-3rd-4th grade

    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, June 3 through 7; or July 8 through 12; or August 5 through 9, 2019, 9:00 a.m. to noon; or June 17 through 21, 2019, 12:30 to 3:30 p.m.
  • Critter Cases 3-4g

    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, June 10 through 14, or August 5 through August 9, 2019, 12:30 to 3:30 p.m., or June 24 through 28 or July 29 through August 2, 2019, 9:00 a.m. to noon

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