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  • Arbor Evenings: Music and More

    Visitors sitting on the grass and in lawn chairs
    Wednesday is the new Friday! Unwind with wine and a live concert outdoors on summer evenings. Wednesdays, June 6 through August 29, 2018 except July 4.

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  • Library Exhibit: Plant Hunters

    Library Exhibit: Plant Hunters
    The exhibit features artifacts from the library’s special collection relating to famous plant hunters, and it explores modern conservation efforts by scientists at the Arboretum. Tuesdays-Saturdays, during regular library hours.

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  • Troll Hunt

    A close-up of the troll's large toes. The troll is created from reclaimed wood.
    From May 7 through June 21, 2018, artist-in-residence Thomas Dambo uses discarded wood to create six giant trolls, guardians of the forest, who will inhabit the Arboretum. The full hunt begins June 22, 2018!

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  • Acorn Express Tram Tours

    The Acorn Express open-air Tram
    Beginning on April 23rd, 2018 (weather permitting), hop on the Acorn Express tram for a tour of our 1,700 acres of blooming beauty narrated by one of our expert guides. Call 630-968-0074 for times and pricing.

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  • Nature Play Spaces

    A child making mud pies in the Mud Kitchen
    Enjoy creative, unstructured outdoor play spaces, Mud Kitchen near Parking Lot 20 and Word Garden near Parking Lot 13. Daily, weather permitting, 7:00 a.m. to sunset

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  • Vanishing Acts: Trees Under Threat Exhibit

    A visitor learning about endangered tree species by using the interactive panels
    Come learn about the gifts that the world's endangered trees give us—and how you can join the Arboretum in saving them. Daily, 7:00 a.m. - sunset

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  • Science & S’mores Member Night

    A full moon shining through the tree tops
    Members only event. Try science experiments, meet Arboretum scientists, watch cool tree science demonstrations, and enjoy s’mores around the campfire July 19, 2018 from 6:00 to 8:30 p.m. at the Thornhill Education Center

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  • Vehicle-free biking

    A biker with a child
    Enjoy bicycling in an "auto-free zone" on summer Friday nights, as well as Saturday and Sunday mornings. May through August 2018. Please note these exceptions: You will be sharing the road with cars due to special events on: Saturday, May 5, Friday, August 3, Saturday, August 4, Saturday, August 18, and Sunday August 19

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  • Breakfast In The Ginkgo Restaurant

    Pancakes with blueberries and powdered sugar
    Enjoy a delicious breakfast at The Morton Arboretum in the scenic Ginkgo Restaurant! Saturdays & Sundays, 9:00-10:45 a.m. The Ginkgo Restaurant will be closed on May 13, 2018

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  • Summer Clearance Sale

    Summer display in the Arboretum Store
    Save on home decor, jewelry, books, desktop, apparel, and more. July 27 through August 24, 2018

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  • Destination Asia Festival

    A Toro Nagashi Japanese floating lantern display on water
    Explore the diverse cultures of Asia through music, dance, food and trees. Friday, August 3 through Sunday, August 5, 2018

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  • The Art of Bonsai

    Display of several Bonsai displays
    See bonsai displays and demonstrations, by Prairie State Bonsai Society members at The Morton Arboretum, August 4 & 5, 2018 10:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m.

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  • Bees and Bourbon

    Bees on a honeycomb
    Enjoy a summery bourbon cocktail and get buzzed about bees with entomologist and author May Berenbaum. August 7, 2018.

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  • Leafing Through the Pages - Members' Book Discussion Group

    The Sterling Morton Library
    On the second Thursday of every month, Morton Arboretum members enjoy a morning of community, connectivity, and spirited book discussion.

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  • Grown-Up Play Date

    Adults standing in front of a fort that says "No grown ups allowed!"
    Join us for Grown-Up Play Date, a night of fun for adults in the award-winning Children's Garden on August 10, 2018

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  • Wine and Art Walk

    Guests browsing near a tent where exhibitors are located
    Sip wine and shop for art as you stroll around Meadow Lake. Saturday, August 18 and Sunday, August 19, 2018.

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  • Farm-to-Table Dinner

    A 4,000-square-foot white tent, set on a spacious green lawn
    Join us for The Morton Arboretum's Farm to Table Dinner featuring locally-sourced ingredients in a beautiful outdoor setting on August 24, 2018

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  • Tails on the Trails

    A dog running the agility course
    Join us for Tails on the Trails on May 5, 2018, a "paw"fect day out with your pup as you meander down The Morton Arboretum's 16 miles of hiking trails. Dogs are only allowed on special days like these!

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  • Passport Europe Festival

    A German dance trio
    Immerse yourself in the diverse cultures of Europe with visits to our European tree collections, plus culinary delights, authentic musical performances, impressive dancing demonstrations, and much more. Saturday, September 22, and Sunday, September 23, 2018, at The Morton Arboretum.

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  • Growing Brilliantly Dinner Party

    A 4,000-square-foot white tent at dusk
    Join us for the 2018 Growing Brilliantly Dinner Party on Saturday, September 29!

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  • Fall Color 5K Run & Walk

    Runners participating in the Fall Color 5k Run & Walk
    Save the date for our 15th annual Fall Color 5K Run & Walk, Sunday, September 30, 2018.

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  • Scarecrow Trail

    Scarecrow depicting Horton Hears a Who
    Admire creations from local scout troops and vote for your favorite scarecrow. Daily in October, 2018. 7:00 a.m-sunset

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  • Glass Pumpkin Patch

    Glass-blown pumpkin with several gourds
    Explore a dazzling collection of hand-blown glass pumpkins and other autumnal designs in mesmerizing colors, shapes, and sizes. At The Morton Arboretum, October 10 through 14, 2018

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  • Dog Admission Day

    A dog at Dog Admission Day
    Hit the trails, at The Morton Arboretum, with your canine friend on the following Saturday, November 3, 2018, 7:00 a.m. to sunset.

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  • Veterans Day-Veterans Free

    Veteran's get in free on Veteran's Day
    All veterans free today, November 11!

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  • Illumination: Tree Lights at The Morton Arboretum

    Colors splashed across the hemlock trees - Treemagination
    See trees in a different light. Our interactive experience filled with dazzling projections, trees that respond to your touch and voice, and vivid, electric colors throughout. November 16, 2018 - January 1, 2019

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  • Happy Holidays - Free Admission

    Snowy larches around Meadow Lake
    Enjoy free admission on Christmas Day at The Morton Arboretum! Monday, December 25, 2017. Buildings, Children’s Garden, and Illumination are closed.

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  • Remember, “the best camera is the one that’s with you.” Whether you are new to photography or new to smartphones, discover techniques for getting great nature images with your phone at The Morton Arboretum.Saturday. Saturday, June 2, 2018, 1:00 to 4:00 p.m., or Saturday July 21, 2018, 9:00 a.m. to noon.
  • Learn the geologic history of the Midwest as we cycle the the roads of the Arboretum. Friday, July 13, or July 27, 2018, 6:00 to 8:00 p.m.
  • Learn the essentials of wetland ecology and the vital management techniques necessary to maintain threatened wetland ecosystems at The Morton Arboretum. Two days: Wednesday, August 1, 6:30 to 8:30 p.m., and Saturday, August 4, 2018 8:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m.
  • Learn to identify the trees you see every day in the woodlands and neighborhoods of the Chicago region at The Morton Arboretum. Online component begins: Friday, August 3, 2018. In-person component: Friday, August 10, or Saturday, August 11, 2018, 10:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m.
  • Join us for a FREE orientation program on the Woodland Stewardship Program at the Morton Arboretum. Thursday, August 2, 2018, 6:30 to 8:00 p.m., or Saturday, October 13, 2018, 1:30-3:00 p.m., or online only.
  • Learn to identify the common trees you see in local preserves or in your neighborhood at The Morton Arboretum. Friday, June 8, 2018, 9:00 to 11:30 a.m., or Thursday, June 21, 2018, 6:30 to 9:00 p.m.
  • Get the botany basics you need to identify plants at The Morton Arboretum. Online only begins: June 1, or August 3, 2018. In-person only: Saturday, September 8, 10:00 a.m. to 12:30 p.m.
  • Learn principles and practices for managing critical habitats at The Morton Arboretum. Online component begins Friday, August 10, 2018. In person sessions: Two days: Sunday, August 19 and Saturday, August 25, 2018, 9:00 a.m. to 1:00 p.m.
  • Learn how humans have used prairie plants on this summer hike at The Morton Arboretum. Saturday, July 28, 2018, 8:30 to 11:00 a.m.
  • This one-day conference for green industry professionals and avid home gardeners will focus on the latest information and practice related to the selection and care of Midwestern trees, shrubs, and woody plants, as shared by leading designers and plant experts at The Morton Arboretum. Thursday, September 6, 2018, 8:30 a.m. to 3:30 p.m.
  • Study the special ecological and evolutionary relationships between plants and animals at The Morton Arboretum. Wednesdays, September 12 through December 5, 2018, 6:30 to 9:30 p.m., and select Saturdays, September 29 through November 10, 2018, 9:00 a.m. to noon.
  • Learn to identify and manage the most common invasive plants in the Great Lakes region at The Morton Arboretum. Online component begins: Friday, May 11 or September 15, 2018. In-person component: Saturday, May 19, or September 22, 2018, 9:00 a.m. to 12:30 p.m.
  • Strengthen your skills leading volunteers in natural areas management with this interactive primer for volunteer stewardship activity planning, group dynamics, safety, and volunteer empowerment at The Morton Arboretum. Online component begins: Friday, September 21, or November 2, 2018. In person component: Saturday, September 29, or November 10, 2018, 10:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m.
  • Discover the principles and practice of ecosystem restoration at The Morton Arboretum. Online component begins: Friday, July 6, or Friday, October 26, 2018. In person component: Two Saturdays, July 14 and 21, or Two Saturdays, Nov 3 and 10, 2018, 9:00 a.m. to 12:30 p.m.
  • Explore the interactions that drive ecosystem function and learn to identify plants, animals, and fungi in relation to ecological habitats at The Morton Arboretum. Online component begins: Friday, October 19, 2018. In-person component: Sunday, October 28, 2018, 1:00 to 5:00 p.m.
  • Identify and apply short and long term restoration activities to enhance wildlife habitat at The Morton Arboretum. Saturday, November 18, 2017, 10:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m.

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