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  • Weather Merit Badge

    Earn your Weather Merit Badge as you explore meteorology and discuss how weather affects the economy and our daily lives. Saturday, April 24, 2021, 10:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m.
  • Trail Tales

    Join us on a family hike on the Conifer Trail, tailored to young children. Wednesdays, or Thursdays, March 2021,11:00 a.m. to noon. Please note: Early online registration is open Nov 24-30 exclusively for Ginkgo Circle, Oak Circle, Hawthorn Circle, Elm Circle, and Thornhill Circle members.
  • Garden Explorers (18–35 months)

    Join us for this four-week outdoor adventure in the Children’s Garden. Each day we will play, hike, read stories, and participate in nature-related activities. Adults will receive tips to continue exploration at home! Four Tuesdays, May 4 through 25, 2021, 9:30 a.m. to 11:00 a.m.
  • Family Field Trips

    Family Field Trips. Select Tuesdays or Thursdays, April 20 through May 6, 2021, 3:30 to 5:30 p.m.
  • Garden Explorers (3–5 years)

    Join us for this four-week outdoor adventure in the Children’s Garden. Each day we will play, hike, read stories, and participate in nature-related activities. Adults will receive tips to continue exploration at home! Four Thursdays, May 6 through 27, 2021, 9:30 a.m. to 11:00 a.m.
  • Baking Through the Seasons (3-5 years)

    Explore how garden plants provide us with fresh and seasonal ingredients for our tables, through storytimes, short hikes, and delicious bakes to take home! Wednesday, May 19, 12021, 10:30 a.m. to noon, or 1:30 to 3:00 p.m
  • Bird Study Merit Badge

    Study the characteristics, behavior, and significance of birds as you earn your merit badge at The Morton Arboretum. Saturday, May 22, 2021, 10:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m.
  • Junior Expedition (3-5 years)

    Search for signs of animals and learn how life adapts to the changing seasons in these two-week nature discovery programs. Two Mondays: June 14 and 21, 2021, 9:30 to 11:00 a.m.
  • Rooted in Science-half day 3rd or 4th grade Camp

    Exercise your green thumb as you sprout, transplant, and experiment with plants in this gardening adventure at The Morton Arboretum. Monday through Friday. Dates vary starting June 21, 2021.
  • Little Sprouts (3-5 years)

    Young explorers will hike, play, listen to stories, and engage in science and art in these hands-on sensory-based programs. Select Tuesdays, Wednesdays, or Thursdays, February through June, 2021, 9:30 to 11:00 a.m.
  • Little Acorns (18-35 months)

    Young explorers will hike, play, listen to stories, and engage in science and art in these hands-on sensory-based programs. Select Tuesdays, Wednesdays, or Thursdays, February through June, 2021, 9:30 to 11:00 a.m.
  • Children’s Garden Campout

    Children’s Garden Campout
    JJoin us for a campout designed especially for families! Pitch your tent on the lawn inside the Children’s Garden and get ready to spend a night under the stars.Friday, June 25 through Saturday June 26, 2021, 6:30 p.m. to 9:00 a.m.
  • Growing up Green- Pre-Kindergarten Camp

    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. Dates and times vary starting June 7, 2021.
  • Splashing around with Science-half day Pre-k Camp

    Observe, guess, test, and splash your way through science experiments in this fun-filled outdoor lab adventure at The Morton Arboretum. Monday through Friday. Dates vary starting June 25, 2021.
  • Painting with Plants-half day Pre-k Camp

    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. Dates and times vary starting June 18, 2021.
  • Hopping through Habitats-half day Pre-k Camp

    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. Dates and times vary starting June 28, 2021
  • Dinos, Ginkgos, and Me-half day Kindergarten Camp

    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. Dates and times vary starting June 14, 2021
  • Leaf Zoo-half day Kindergarten Camp

    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. Dates and time vary starting June 21, 2021.
  • Mud Buddies-half day kindergarten Camp

    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. Dates and times vary starting June 14, 2021
  • Where the Wild Things Are- full day Kindergarten Camp

    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. Dates vary starting June 28, 2021.
  • Squishy Squashy Art-half day Kindergarten Camp

    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. Dates and times vary starting June 28, 2021
  • Eric Carle’s Friends-kindergarten Camp

    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. Dates and times vary starting June 7, 2021.
  • Pond Pals-full day Kindergarten Camp

    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! Monday through Friday. Dates vary starting June 14, 2021.
  • STEM: Animal Engineers-full day 1st or 2nd grade Camp

    From intricate birds nests to astounding beaver dams, animals are engineering all around us. Take a closer look at the construction techniques used in the animal kingdom, and take on wild STEM building challenges at The Morton Arboretum. Monday through Friday. Dates vary starting June 21, 2021.
  • Awesome Art-full day 1st-2nd grade Camp

    Become a nature artist! Use nature as your inspiration to explore texture, color, and dimension at The Morton Arboretum. Monday through Friday. Dates vary starting June 7, 2021.
  • Camping Out-full day 1st-2nd grade Camp

    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. Dates vary starting June 14, 2021.
  • Chirp, Click, Buzz-full day 1st-2nd grade Camp

    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. Dates vary starting June 18, 2021
  • Young Impressionists-half day 1st or 2nd grade Camp

    Become a mini Monet! Explore the Arboretum for artistic inspiration and use impressionist techniques to create a masterpiece. Monday through Friday. Dates and times vary starting June 21, 2021.
  • Forest Fairy Friends-half day 1st or 2nd grade Camp

    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. Dates and times vary starting June 1, 2021.
  • Nature’s Lab-full day 1st or 2nd grade Camp

    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! Monday through Friday. Dates vary starting June 7, 2021.

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