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Merit Badge Programs

Course List

  • Youth groups and scouts: Self-guided adventures

    Register your youth group or scout troop for a self-guided adventure at The Morton Arboretum.
  • Youth group and scouts: Guided adventures

    Share unique discoveries with your youth group or scout troop during a guided adventure at The Morton Arboretum.
  • Geology Merit Badge

    Explore the geology at The Morton Arboretum while earning your merit badge. Sunday, February 16, 2020, 10:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m.
  • Geocaching Merit Badge

    Earn your merit badge at The Morton Arboretum and learn all about geocaching. Two Sundays, March 15, and April 19, 2020, 10:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m.
  • Environmental Science Merit Badge

    Do experiments indoors and out at The Morton Arboretum to earn your Environmental Science Merit Badge. Two Sundays, April 5 and April 26, 2020, 10:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m.
  • Nature Merit Badge

    Explore The Morton Arboretum’s unique flora and fauna and discover why some species need to be protected. Three days: Tuesday, April 7 through Thursday, April 9, 2020, 6:00 to 8:30 p.m.
  • Plant Science Merit Badge

    Earn your Plant Science Merit Badge at The Morton Arboretum while discovering the wonderful world of botany. Three days: Tuesday, April 21 through Thursday April 23, 2020, 6:00 to 8:30 p.m.
  • Weather Merit Badge

    Earn your Weather Merit Badge as you explore meteorology and discuss how weather affects the economy and our daily lives at The Morton Arboretum. Saturday, April 25, 2020, 10:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m.
  • Hiking Merit Badge

    Let miles of walking trails at The Morton Arboretum roll beneath your feet as you experience and discover the wonders of nature and earn your Hiking Merit Badge. Two Sundays, May 3, 2020, 10:00 a.m. to 1:00 p.m., and August 23, 2020, 10:00 a.m. 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 16, 2020, 10:00 a.m. to 3:00 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 Tuesdays, May 19 and June 23, 2020, 6:00 p.m. to 8:30 p.m.
  • 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 Wednesdays, May 20 and June 24, 2020, 6:00 p.m. to 8:30 p.m.
  • 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 Thursdays, May 21 and June 25, 2020, 6:00 p.m. to 8:30 p.m.