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  • Insect Study Merit Badge

    Spend the day observing live species of insects in their habitats while learning why they are different from other animals species at The Morton Arboretum. Two Sundays, September 22 and October 13, 2019, 10:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m. (Registration will open Tuesday, August 20, 2019.)
  • Forestry Merit Badge

    Earn your Forestry Merit badge as you create your own field book to identify local trees and shrubs by leaves, buds and bark at The Morton Arboretum. Two Saturdays, September 28 and October 26, 2019, 10:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m. (Registration will open Tuesday, August 20, 2019.)
  • 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 Weekdays starting August 22 through November, 12, 2019, 9:30 to 11:00 a.m.
  • Environmental Science Merit Badge

    Do experiments indoors and out at The Morton Arboretum to earn your Environmental Science Merit Badge. Two Sundays, September 15 and October 20, or Two Saturdays, October 12 and November 16, 2019, 10:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m. (Registration will open Tuesday, August 20, 2019.)
  • Family Jack-O’-Lantern Hikes

    Family Jack-O’-Lantern Hikes
    Join us on family-friendly jack o’ lantern lit hike to explore the night life of owls, bats and spiders at The Morton Arboretum. Saturday, October 5 or 12, or Sunday, October 6 or 13, 2019, times vary.
  • 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 at The Morton Arboretum. Select Weekdays starting August 20 through November 14, 2019, 9:30 to 10:45 a.m.
  • Soil and Water Conservation Merit Badge

    Learn how to study, protect and conserve soil and water resources in this merit badge class at The Morton Arboretum. Two Sundays, October 27 and November 24, 2019, 10:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m. (Registration will open Tuesday, August 20, 2019.)
  • 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 Weekdays starting August 22 through November, 12, 2019, 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 at The Morton Arboretum. Select Weekdays starting August 20 through November 14, 2019, 9:30 to 10:45 a.m.
  • Thanksgiving Centerpiece Family Workshop

    Put gratitude at the center of your table as you use natural materials to craft a centerpiece for the feast at The Morton Arboretum! Saturday, November 16, or Sunday November 17, 2019, 10:00 to 11:30 a.m. or 2:00 to 3:30 p.m.
  • Black Friday Family Hike

    Opt outside and explore what happens to the trees, animals, and insects in the fall at The Morton Arboretum. Friday, November 29, 2019, 1:00 to 2:30 p.m.
  • Citizenship in the World Merit Badge

    Learn what it takes to be a good citizen in the world. Compare the rights we have in the United States with the rights of two other countries. Two Sundays, December 8, 2019 and January 5, 2020, 1:00 to 3:30 p.m. (Registration will open Tuesday, August 20, 2019.)
  • 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 Sundays, December 8 and January 5, 10:00 a.m. to 12:30 p.m., or December 15 and January 12, 2019, 1:00 to 3:30 p.m. (Registration will open Tuesday, August 20, 2019.)
  • Citizenship in the Community Merit Badge

    How much do you know about government where you live? Just as ecosystems within The Morton Arboretum are a complex web, you live in a complex web of government units.Two Sundays, December 15 and January 12, 2019, 10:00 a.m. to 12:30 p.m.
  • Gingerbread House Workshop

    Gingerbread House Workshop
    Hike in nature and learn how stories about gingerbread people relate to woodland animals. Explore gingerbread spices then decorate a keepsake, light-up, chipboard gingerbread house with natural materials to take home. Saturday, December 14 or Sunday December 15, 2019, 10:00 to 11:30 a.m. or 2:00 to 3:30 p.m.
  • Winter Solstice Family Hike

    Celebrate the shortest day of the year and the return of the sun as you explore the wintery scene along the trails on this fun filled, guided family hike at The Morton Arboretum. Saturday, December 21, 2019, 1:00 to 2:30 p.m.
  • More Youth and Family Programs

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  • More Youth and Family Programs

    Please check our Calendar of events for more youth and family programs.