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  • Illumination: Tree Lights at The Morton Arboretum

    Illumination: Tree Lights at The Morton Arboretum
    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 17, 2018 - January 1, 2019

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  • Troll Hunt

    Troll Hunt
    Journey through our far-reaching forest to hunt for six colossal trolls crafted from reclaimed wood by Danish artist Thomas Dambo. Through Summer 2019.

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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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  • Illumination Entertainment

    Illumination Entertainment
    During the week, enjoy various live entertainment in the Ginkgo Room and around the trail during Illumination: Tree Lights at The Morton Arboretum.

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  • Vanishing Acts: Trees Under Threat Exhibit

    Vanishing Acts: Trees Under Threat Exhibit
    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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  • Nature Play Spaces

    Nature Play Spaces
    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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  • Troll Archives

    Troll Archives
    Find a one-of-a-kind book related to the trolls you are hunting in the Sterling Morton Library. Open 9 a.m. - 5 p.m. - Tuesday-Friday and 10 a.m. - 4 p.m. - Saturday

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  • Breakfast In The Ginkgo Restaurant

    Breakfast In The Ginkgo Restaurant
    Enjoy a delicious breakfast at The Morton Arboretum in the scenic Ginkgo Restaurant! Saturdays & Sundays, 9:00-10:45 a.m.

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  • Happy Holidays - Free Admission

    Snowy larches around Meadow Lake
    Enjoy free admission on Christmas Day at The Morton Arboretum! Tuesday, December 25, 2018. Buildings, Children’s Garden, and Illumination are closed.

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  • The Arboretum Store Clearance Sale

    The Arboretum Store Clearance Sale
    Shop for discounts of 30 to 60 percent on select holiday merchandise. Plus, members still receive their 10 percent discount. December 29

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  • 2018-2019 Chamber Concert Series

    2018-2019 Chamber Concert Series
    The 2018-2019 Chamber Concert Series is now sold out and tickets are no longer available.

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  • Arboretum Store Closed

    Arboretum Store Closed
    The Arboretum Store will be closed on Monday, January 7, 2019 for our annual inventory process. The store will re-open on Tuesday, January 8 at our regular time.

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  • Leafing Through the Pages - Members' Book Discussion Group

    Leafing Through the Pages - Members' Book Discussion Group
    On the second Thursday of every month, Morton Arboretum members enjoy a morning of community, connectivity, and spirited book discussion.

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  • Whiskey Dinner

    Whiskey Dinner
    Warm up this winter with whiskey in our beautiful Ginkgo Restaurant at The Morton Arboretum. January 11 and 12, 2019

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  • Little Trees Open House

    Little Trees Open House
    “Little Trees” is an immersive outdoor nature-based learning experience for children ages 3 to 5 years old at The Morton Arboretum. Join us for our open house on Friday, January 11, 2019, 6:00 to 7:30 p.m.

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  • Enchanted Railroad

    Enchanted Railroad
    Watch an intricate railroad travel through a wonderland at a child-friendly level. January 18 through February 24, 2019

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  • Husky Heroes

    Husky Heroes
    Save the date, January 26 and 27, 2019 to see Siberian husky sled pulling, skijoring, and speed demonstrations at The Morton Arboretum. Please leave pets at home.

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  • Dog Admission Day

    Dog Admission Day
    Hit the trails, at The Morton Arboretum, with your canine friend on the following Saturday, November 3, 2018 and Saturday, February 2, 2019, 7:00 a.m. to sunset.

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  • Chocolate Weekend Member Night

    Chocolate Weekend Member Night
    For Arboretum members only. Shop Chocolate Weekend vendors before the crowds arrive. Friday, February 8, 2019

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  • Chocolate Weekend

    Chocolate Weekend
    Discover chocolate’s deeply rooted tree history as you taste and shop for treats! Shop, sample, and celebrate chocolate indoors. February, 9 and 10, 2019

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  • Valentine's Day Dinner

    Valentine's Day Dinner
    Share a romantic dinner with someone you love with the sweep of Meadow Lake before you. February 14 or 15, 2019 at The Morton Arboretum.

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  • Nature ConnectsⓇ: Art with LEGOⓇ bricks by Sean Kenney

    Nature ConnectsⓇ: Art with LEGOⓇ bricks by Sean Kenney
    Calling all LEGO® fans! Don't miss Nature Connects Friday, May 24 through Sunday, September 15, 2019

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  • Glass Pumpkin Patch

    Glass Pumpkin Patch
    Explore a dazzling collection of handblown glass pumpkins and other autumnal designs, October 10 through 14, 2018.

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  • Veterans Day-Veterans Free

    Veterans Day-Veterans Free
    All veterans free November 11 and 12!

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  • Add artistry to your nature photography with creative effects at The Morton Arboretum. Saturday, December 1, 2018, 9:00 a.m. to 1:00 p.m.
  • (SOLD OUT) Create an elegant evergreen swag, a versatile cluster of winter foliage that can be placed almost anywhere around the house at The Morton Arboretum. Thursday, November 29, 2018, 7:00 to 9:00 p.m.
  • Experience the healing and wellness promoting effects of Shinrin-Yoku, the practice of bathing the senses in the atmosphere of the forest at The Morton Arboretum. Select Saturdays or Mondays through November 26, 2018, 9:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m., and don't miss our New Year's day hike on Tuesday, January 1, 2019, 8:00 to 11:00 a.m.
  • 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, December 8, 2018, 9:00 a.m. to noon, or Saturday, January 26, 2019, noon to 3:00 p.m.
  • Search the woods, fields, and edges of the Arboretum for birds. The third Saturday of each month, November 17, 2018 through March 16, 2019, 8:00 to 10:30 a.m.
  • Learn the basics of how to use your new DSLR camera at The Morton Arboretum. Saturday, January 19, 2019, 9:00 a.m. to noon (registration opens November 22, 2018)
  • Learn the basics of drawing in a class designed for true beginners at The Morton Arboretum. Four Saturdays, January 26 through February 23 (no class February 2), 2019, 9:00 to noon (registration opens November 20, 2018.)
  • Learn the essentials of woodland ecology and the woodland management techniques necessary to maintain threatened woodland ecosystems at The Morton Arboretum. Online component begins: Wednesday, November 28, 2018 (open for registration). Online component begins: Tuesday, January 29, 2019 (registration opens November 20, 2019).
  • Join librarian Rita Hassert and artist Karen Johnson for an armchair tour of the Sterling Morton Library's extensive botanical art collection at The Morton Arboretum. Saturday, February 2, 2019, 10:00 a.m. to noon
  • Become a nature photographer. Move beyond shooting in automatic; learn how to adjust your camera’s manual settings to get the shot you want at The Morton Arboretum. Four Saturdays, February 2 through 23, 2019, 8:00 to 11:00 a.m.
  • Learn the basics of beekeeping at The Morton Arboretum. Four Thursdays, February 7 through 28, 2019, 6:30 to 8:30 p.m. (Registration opens November 20, 2019)
  • Spring bird migration begins earlier than most people realize. Many species are already on the move in February. Waterfowl are the first to make major migration moves. As soon as the ice begins to leave our lakes and ponds waterfowl start pushing north. Three Saturdays, February 16, March 2, and March 9, 2019, 8:00 a.m. to noon. (registration opens November 20, 2019)
  • Get the botany basics you need to identify plants at The Morton Arboretum. In-person only meets: Online only begins:Tuesday, November 27, 2018. 2019 dates vary starting February 12 through June 9 with online or in-person options available.
  • Grab a flashlight and hit the trail for a night of troll hunting at The Morton Arboretum! Wednesday November 28 or December 12, 2018, 7:00 to 8:30 p.m. (open for registration). Select Thursdays starting January 14 through May 2, 2019, varied times (registration opens, November 20, 2018)
  • Learn to creatively use light in your photography. Improve your results by considering the quantity, color, and quality of light found during the course of the day and throughout the seasons at The Morton Arboretum. Four days, three Thursdays, March 7, 14 and 21, 6:30 to 9:30 p.m., and Saturday, March 9, 2019, 8:00 to 11:00 a.m.
  • Gain a new perspective on familiar settings with the chance to see what happens in the Arboretum at night when no one is around. Thursdays, December 6, 2018, 7:00 to 8:30 p.m. (open for registration). Thursdays, February 14, 28 or March 14, 2019, 7:00 to 8:30 p.m. (registration opens November 20, 2019).
  • Make a difference in your own backyard with simple ideas that have a big impact on the planet. Learn how you can have an attractive, functional, outdoor space that your family--as well as the birds and the butterflies--can enjoy at The Morton Arboretum. Thursday, March 14, 2019, 7:00 to 9:30 p.m.
  • Join us for the annual Edible Gardening Workshop Series held each spring at The Morton Arboretum! Each week, gardening experts will share practical tips on growing your own food and inspire you with new ways to create beautiful, productive, edible gardens. Select Saturday, March 16, 23, 30 or April 6, 2019, 9:30 a.m. to noon
  • In this single morning workshop for beginners, learn how to find birds, discuss equipment, what to wear, keeping track of your observations, and more at The Morton Arboretum. Saturday, April 6, 9:00 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. (registration opens November 20, 2019)
  • Explore the world underground at The Morton Arboretum. Mondays, 6:00 to 8:00 p.m. and every other Saturday, 9:00 a.m. to 1:00 p.m., January 28 through April 29, 2019.
  • Discover the principles and practice of ecosystem restoration at The Morton Arboretum. (SOLD OUT) Online component begins: October 26, 2018. In person component: Two Saturdays, Nov 3 and 10, 2018, 9:00 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. This class will be offered again in April 2019. Registration will open Tuesday, February 19, 2019
  • Learn the names and ecology of the wildflowers that cover the woodland floor in spring at The Morton Arboretum. This class will be offered again in April 2019. Registration will open February 2019.
  • Learn the theory and practice of habitat restoration at The Morton Arboretum. Wednesdays, April 3 through May 8, 2019, 5:30 to 8:30 p.m., and Mondays, May 6, 13, 20, and Wednesdays, May 15 and 22, 2019, 3:00 to 8:30 p.m.
  • Learn principles and practices for managing critical habitats at The Morton Arboretum. This class will be offered again in April-May 2019. Registration will open Tuesday, February 19, 2019.
  • Learn the essentials of wetland ecology and the vital management techniques necessary to maintain threatened wetland ecosystems at The Morton Arboretum. This class will be offered again in June-August 2019. Registration will open Tuesday, February 19, 2019.
  • Learn to identify the trees you see every day in the woodlands and neighborhoods of the Chicago region at The Morton Arboretum. This class will be offered again in Summer 2019. Registration will open Tuesday, May 21, 2019.
  • Learn the identification skills to manage, restore, or simply enjoy prairie habitats at The Morton Arboretum. This class will be offered again in July 2019. Registration will open May 2019.
  • 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 class will be offered again in August 2019.

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