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Coronavirus (COVID-19) Prevention

The Morton Arboretum continues to closely monitor national and local guidance related to the status of the coronavirus (COVID-19). In order to protect public health, we will have a phased reopening of Arboretum grounds beginning with members-only access June 1-14. Not a member? Join today.

Advance, online timed-entry member passes will be required to ensure paced arrivals and safe attendance levels. Visit the Know Before You Go visit information webpage for more information.

Stay connected with the Arboretum during this time through online learning opportunities, and by following Arboretum FacebookTwitter, and Instagram social media channels.

Ensure a Safe Visit
Social distancing will remain essential for all who visit. Special measures will be put in place to ensure this on-site. Please be considerate of other visitors by practicing social distancing around the Troll Hunt sculptures and in other areas of the Arboretum, such as parking lots. If you encounter others on the trails, pass from behind by announcing you are passing, wait for those in front to move to the right, then pass to the far left. The Meadow Lake and Lake Marmo trails will be one-way. Be considerate of others by moving to the right in single file when passing those walking the opposite direction. Bicyclists, please ride in single file on the far right of the roads.

We rely on you to help The Morton Arboretum remain a safe place to enjoy. Please monitor your health for your own wellbeing and be respectful of its potential impacts to others. If you are not feeling well, please refrain from visiting the Arboretum until you are fully recovered.

On-site at the Arboretum
The Arboretum will reopen in phases over time. All buildings are closed until further notice, including the Visitor Center, The Arboretum Store, the Plant Clinic, the Ginkgo Cafe and Restaurant, the Sterling Morton Library, and the Thornhill Education Center. The Children’s Garden and Maze Garden are also closed. Manual wheelchairs and strollers will not be available for loan.

All indoor restrooms are closed. Please plan your visit accordingly. Portable restrooms are available:
Bus lot (Visitor Center parking area)
Big Rock Visitor Station (Parking lot 13 - East Side)
Prairie Visitor Station (Parking lot 25 - West Side)

Please leave dogs and other pets at home. If you arrive with a dog, you will not be allowed to enter, and will be asked to leave if seen on the site (refunds will not be available). Special dog admission days will be scheduled, when possible, in the future.

Please leave sports equipment at home. Kite-flying, ball-playing, scooters, and other active sports are not allowed on Arboretum grounds.

How You Can Support
Like many other organizations, The Morton Arboretum is not spared from the unfortunate financial effects that accompany this difficult period. As a nonprofit institution, the Arboretum relies on public support from admissions, tuition, and events, as well as financial donations. Increased support at this time through philanthropic gifts, annual memberships, and business and community partnerships will be essential to help offset this COVID-19 impact.

If you are able to help, any amount makes a difference and is greatly appreciated. You can support the Arboretum during this temporary closure by making an online gift today or by becoming a member.  

Arboretum Online Store
Online orders placed during this time will not be processed until The Arboretum Store on-site reopens. 

Events and Education Programs
All Arboretum private and public special events, education programs, field trips, and group tours through June 30 are canceled or postponed, including the first month of Summer Science Camp. Select programs have been moved to an online learning format. See full list of impacted programs below. Event and program registrants have been notified directly of these cancellations.

A full or prorated refund will be issued to anyone registered for events or programs that have been impacted and are not continuing via an online learning format. An Arboretum representative will contact registrants directly to process refunds. Registrants can also choose to donate event or program fees to support the Arboretum in this time of reduced operations. If you have not been contacted by May 31, please email trees@mortonarb.org. With many Arboretum staff working remotely due to health protection measures, we appreciate your patience.

Canceled Special Events

  • Wine Tasting
  • Iris Society Show


Canceled Classes and Programs:
Adult Programs

  • Forest Therapy Walks (WELL034 and WELL016) through June
  • Bird Walks (O010)
  • MAPS Board Meeting
  • Basic Plant ID In-person (W010)
  • Full Moon Troll Hunt Tram Tour (N071)
  • Field Study: Birds of Spring (O602)
  • Spring Wildflower Walk (N020C)
  • If These Trees Could Talk (N922A and B)
  • Drawing Flowering Trees (A419 )
  • Spring Warbler Workshop (O212)
  • Visiting Photographer: Exploring Macro with Mike Moats (P553)
  • Spring Floral Arrangement (H031A and B)
  • DIY Garden Flag (A228)
  • Spring Photography Walking Tour (P004A and B)
  • Full Moon Tram Tour (N044, May and June)
  • Nature Photography-Intro to Composition (P110)
  • Habitat Hikes: Woodlands and Their Wildlife (N002A and B)
  • Drawing Nature II (A002)
  • Trolls After Dark Hike (N067A and B)
  • Invasive Species Online and In-Person (W033)
  • Drawing Bees (A263)
  • Arboretum Uncorked (A064)
  • Aerial Tree Yoga (WELL017, May and June)
  • Weekend Wellness Retreat (WELL200)
  • Sustainable Gardening Series:Pollinator Garden Seminar (H166)
  • Endless Possibilities: Home Garden Tour (H582)
  • Spring Ikebana (H152)
  • Basic Tree ID In-person (N142B)
  • Treasured Trees of the Aboretum Tram Tour (N254)
  • Human+Nature Solstice Tram Tour (N620A and B)
  • Field Study Birds of Summer (O603)
  • Turtle ID and Ecology (N384)
  • Dragonfly Stroll (N441)
  • Plants of Wetlands (W319)
  • Plants for Wilderness Survival (N114)
  • The Morton Arboretum Photographic Society Exhibit
  • The Nature Artists' Guild Exhibit


Early Childhood and Family Programs

  • Little Acorns
  • Little Sprouts
  • Garden Story Time
  • Acorn Express Adventures (May and June)
  • Woodland Family Hike (May and June)
  • Children's Garden Parties (May and June)
  • Bi-Lingual Story Time 
  • Family Twilight Adventures
  • Children's Garden Campouts
  • Sensory-Friendly Sundays


Moved to Online Format Early Childhood & Family Programs

  • Garden Explorers-3-5 years (Y023)
  • Garden Explorers-18-35 months (Y022)