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Youth groups and scouts

Youth groups and scouts at The Morton Arboretum

*All Scout Programs are currently suspended, please check back in 2021

Help your youth or scout group share unique discoveries in the great outdoors at The Morton Arboretum. Search for hidden geocaches, spy on nighttime critters, or uncover easy ways to recycle and save trees during guided or self-guided group outings.

Programs are offered for groups of 5-12 year olds during weekday afternoons, nights, or weekends at a reasonable cost. Activity patches are available for purchase with all youth group programs. Self-guided expeditions for groups are available year-round. Guided adventures available Spring (April-early June), and Fall (September-mid November). 

Group outings are perfect for:

  • Girl & Boy Scout troops
  • School and church youth groups
  • Homeschool and parent groups
  • 4-H and ecology clubs
  • Summer day camp field trips
  • Day care field trips


Guided adventures

The Morton Arboretum provides guided adventures that inspire the explorer in children. Programs are 1.5 hours in length and there are morning, afternoon, and evening options.  learn more  

Self-guided adventures

Register your youth group, scout troop, day camp or day care for a self-guided adventure at The Morton Arboretum. Adventures can expand throughout the Arboretum's 1,700 acres of trees, woodlands, and prairies. Backpack programs include tools to inspire hands-on learning. Learn more  

Merit badge programs

The Morton Arboretum also offers merit badge programs led by certified merit badge counselors. Gain skills and knowledge about forestry, wildlife, history, and more among the trees of the Arboretum. learn more