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  • Self-Guided Family Play and Exploration: Composting

    Self-Guided Family Play and Exploration: Composting
    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.
  • Self-Guided Family Play and Exploration: Composting

    Self-Guided Family Play and Exploration: Composting
    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.
  • Self-Guided Family Play and Exploration: Composting

    Self-Guided Family Play and Exploration: Composting
    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.
  • Self-Guided Family Play and Exploration: Composting

    Self-Guided Family Play and Exploration: Composting
    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.
  • 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 22 through 26, or July 27 through July 31, 2020, 9:00 a.m. to noon, or July 27 through July 31, 2020, 12:30 to 3:30 p.m.
  • Splashing around with Science- Pre-Kindergarten

    Observe, guess, test, and splash your way through science experiments in this fun-filled outdoor lab adventure at The Morton Arboretum. Monday through Friday, June 8 through 12, or July 13 through 17, or August 10 through 14, 2020, 9:00 a.m. to noon, or June 8 through 12, 2020, 12:30 to 3:30 p.m.
  • 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, August 3 through 7, 2020, 9:00 a.m. to noon.
  • Self-Guided Family Play and Exploration: Composting

    Self-Guided Family Play and Exploration: Composting
    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.
  • 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 15 through 19, or July 20 through 24, 2020, 9:00 a.m. to noon.
  • 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 8 through 12, or July 20 through 24, 2020, 12:30 to 3:30 p.m. or July 6 through 10, or Aug 10 through 14, 2020, 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 8 through 12, or July 20 through 24, 2020, 9:00 a.m. to noon, or June 22 through 26, or August 3 through 7, 2020, 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, August 3 through 7, 2020, 9:00 a.m. to noon, or July 13 through 17, 2020, 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 22 through 26, or July 27 through 31, 2020, 9:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m.
  • Pond Pals-Kindergarten

    How do tadpoles turn into frogs? How do turtles and fish grow up? Together we’ll search for croaking frogs, basking turtles, and swimming fish while we take a closer look at our friends that live in ponds at The Morton Arboretum! June 8 through 12, or July 13 through 17, 2020, 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 1 through 5, or July 13 through 17, 2020, 9:00 a.m. to noon, or June 15 through 19, July 27 through 31, 2020, 12:30 to 3:30 p.m.
  • Self-Guided Family Play and Exploration: Composting

    Self-Guided Family Play and Exploration: Composting
    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.
  • Self-Guided Family Play and Exploration: Composting

    Self-Guided Family Play and Exploration: Composting
    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.
  • Self-Guided Family Play and Exploration: Fireflies

    Flashing, blinking, twinkling! On warm summer evenings, fireflies put on a magical light show in our neighborhoods and backyards. Step outside as the sun goes down, and explore the unique habits of these brilliant insects!
  • 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 8 through 12, or June 22 through 26, or August 3 through 7, 2020, 9:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m.
  • Camo Creatures -1st-2nd grade

    Stripes, spots, streaks, and stealth make animals experts at hide and seek. Uncover patterns in nature, create your own camouflage, and explore how both predators and prey use camouflage to their advantage at The Morton Arboretum. June 8 through 12, July 6 through 10, or July 27 through 31, 2020, 9:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m.
  • Fantastic Fish-1st-2nd grade

    From fins to scales fish are fascinating creatures! Discover more about fish and the habitat they live in while you enjoy fish stories, games, and cast a net to find out what fish live at the Arboretum. Monday through Friday, June 1 through 5, or July 13 through 17, 2020, 12:30 to 3:30 p.m., or July 6 through 10, 2020, 9:00 a.m. to noon
  • 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 8 through 12, or July 20 through 24, 2020, 9:00 a.m. to noon, or June 15 through 19, or July 27 through 31, 2020, 12:30 to 3:30 p.m.
  • STEAM: Faces of Nature-1st-2nd grade

    Engineering and art collide as you take on building challenges and put your creativity to the test! Spend time exploring our latest art exhibit and build your own art from natural materials at The Morton Arboretum. July 6 through 10, July 13 through 17, or Aug 10 through Aug 14, 2020, 9:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m.
  • Slippery, Slimy, Scaly-1st-2nd grade

    Dive into the slippery, slimy, scaly world of reptiles and amphibians at The Morton Arboretum. Monday through Friday, June 15 through 19, or July 27 through 31, 2020, 9:00 a.m. to noon, or June 22 through 26, or Aug 3 through 7, 2020, 12:30 to 3:30 p.m.
  • 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 1 through 5, or July 13 through 17, 2020, 9:00 a.m. to noon, or June 8 through 12, or July 20 through 24, 2020,12:30 to 3:30 p.m.
  • Magic Forest Adventures-1st-2nd grade

    Have you ever imagined you were part of a factory inside a tree, underground digging with worms, or part of an insect chorus? Let your imagination run wild as you take a closer look at the Arboretum though interactive play, hands-on experiments, and exploration hikes. Monday through Friday, June 22 through 26, or Aug 3 through 7, 2020, 9:00 a.m. to noon, or July 6 through July 10, 2020, 12:30 to 3:30 p.m.
  • Hydro-Explorers-1st-2nd grade

    Rev up for a week of wet, hydrodynamic explorations! Slosh buckets and dip nets into Arboretum lakes to examine water-loving insects and plants. Monday through Friday, June 1 through 5, or, June 15 through 19, or July 20 through 24, 2020, 9:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m.
  • Self-Guided Family Play and Exploration: Composting

    Self-Guided Family Play and Exploration: Composting
    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.
  • STEAM: Faces of Nature-3rd-4th grade

    Engineering and art collide as you take on building challenges and put your creativity to the test! Spend time exploring our latest art exhibit and build your own art from natural materials at The Morton Arboretum. June 22 through 26, July 20 through 24, or August 3 through 7, 2020, 9:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m.
  • Wetland Wonders-3rd-4th grade

    Spend the week getting wet! Wallow through wetlands to collect water samples, play games, and conduct experiments. Examine critters that call ponds, lakes, rivers, and marshes home The Morton Arboretum. Monday through Friday, July 27 through 31, 2020, 9:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m.

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