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Courses for Families

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  • In spring, the forest comes alive with the comings and goings of its many inhabitants. Take a leisurely walk on a path surrounded by trees and look for squirrels building new nests, birds singing on branches, chipmunks rustling in the leaves, turtles basking in the sun, and other animals emerging from winter’s slumber.
  • After the stillness of winter, spring brings an exuberance of color, sound, texture, and smell! Enjoy the following ideas throughout the spring season in your own backyard or at The Morton Arboretum.
  • Spring is nesting time for most species of birds. Take a morning walk in April or early May to listen to the beautiful songbird chorus and observe birds’ complex behavior as they seek mates, build nests, and defend their territories – all before trees fully leaf out!
  • Trees fill us with wonder and help us breathe, eat, relax, and stay healthy. They also make our yards and neighborhoods more beautiful and provide food and shelter to countless birds, mammals, and insects. Be a tree champion this Arbor Day (April 24) and every day. Use these activity suggestions from our early childhood and family programs team to plant, protect, and enjoy trees anywhere you are!
  • Seeds are energy powerhouses! They contain everything a plant needs to begin growing, except for sunlight and water. Some seeds, like avocado pits, are large; others, like marigold or poppy seeds, are small. Some seeds are green (lentils), others are brown (chestnuts), yellow (mustard), or red (pomegranates). Explore the incredible diversity of these mini superheroes that turn into the many plants we enjoy, with these activity suggestions from our early childhood team:
  • Composting transforms food scraps and decaying plant material into nutritious plant food. Explore the amazing changes that happen in a compost bin, and make your own “compost stew,” with these activity suggestions from our early childhood team.
  • Take a closer look at the trees in your neighborhood and explore their beauty as the seasons unfold all around us.
  • Explore the grains that give us muffins, pizza, bread, and cupcakes, and sample the delicious flavors of spring, with these family activity suggestions from our early childhood team!
  • Take a closer look at the trees in your neighborhood and explore their beauty as the seasons unfold all around us.

  • The springtime color of dogwood, magnolia, serviceberry, crabapple, cherry, and other trees is one of the most cherished gifts of the season. Take a closer look at flowering trees and skip from one tree to the next, like a pollinating insect, with these family activity ideas from our early childhood team!
  • As summer begins, there are many new sights and sounds in nature! June’s warmer weather helps insects raise their body temperature, walk, jump, or fly about, eat, and reproduce.
  • It’s time to celebrate! Roll up your sleeves, get a bucket of dirt and mix it with water! What did you make? Mud! National Mud Day is June 29th! Don’t be afraid to get a little messy and let’s dig a little deeper into this combination full of fun!
  • Explore seasonal themes on guided, family-paced hikes through the Arboretum’s diverse tree collections. New themes and dates added monthly Trolls and Forest Creatures on Saturday, July 18, and Saturday, July 25, 2020, 11:00 a.m. to noon, or 2:00 to 3:00 p.m.