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  • Build-a-Tree Eco-Workshop

    A tree made out of paper towel rolls, bottle caps and Popsicle sticks
    Use natural and recycled materials to build your own nature keepsake to take home at The Morton Arboretum. Daily April and May, 2018, 11:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m.

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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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  • Special Tree Planting and Story Time!

    Curious George and the Man in the Yellow Hat planting a tree
    Celebrate Arbor Day with a walk from the Children's Garden to a tree planting. Friday, April 27, 2018 at 11:00 a.m.

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  • Arbor Weekend

    Families are walking through the Children's Garden in the spring
    Celebrate Arbor Day in the Children's Garden all weekend long! Friday, April 27 through Sunday, April 29, 2018, 11:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m.

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  • Dress Like a Tree, Get In Free

    Photo of children dressed like a tree
    On April 27, 2018 celebrate trees by dressing like one. On Arbor Day get free admission to The Morton Arboretum when you dress like a tree. One free general admission per costumed individual. Arbor Day only, April 27, 2018.

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  • We Love Trees

    A large tree cookie has smaller tree cookies on top that spell out we love trees.
    Discover some of the wonderful products that trees give us at The Morton Arboretum. Weekends in April, 2018, 11:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m.

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  • Home is Where Your Tree Is

    A squirrel is sitting in a tree and looking at you.
    Roots, bark, branches and leaves, trees are home to many creatures. Come discover who calls a tree home and make a tree charm to take home. Daily in May, 2018, 11:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m.

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  • Acorn Express Adventures

    A family is riding the Acorn Express Adventure Tram.
    Join us on the Acorn Express tram for a family friendly tram-ride adventure through the Arboretum! We’ll seek out fun destinations to hike, make a craft, and explore new topics each week. Wednesdays and Fridays, April-October, (except July) 2018, 11:00 a.m. to 11:45 a.m.

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  • Fun with the Fairies!

    A drawing of a fairy with pine needle wings and pine cone top.a
    Did you know that fairies live in the Children’s Garden at The Morton Arboretum? Come and celebrate garden fairies on Saturday, May 12 and Sunday May 13, 2018, 11:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m.

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  • A Splashy Celebration in the Children's Garden

    Artist rendering of new space with shade and benches near Wonder Pond
    Come see and celebrate recent enhancements to the Children's Garden, including Wonder Pond, the staff support building, and picnic pavilion on Saturday, May 19. Groove to live family-friendly entertainment, enjoy Frog and Toad story times, frog-inspired activities, crafts, and more!

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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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  • 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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  • 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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  • 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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  • 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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  • Join us for this four-week outdoor adventure in the garden. Each day we will play, hike, read stories, and make a nature-related craft at The Morton Arboretum. Four Tuesdays, May 1 through 22, 2018, 9:30 a.m. to 10:45 a.m.
  • Join us for this four-week outdoor adventure in the garden. Each day we will play, hike, read stories, and make a nature-related craft at The Morton Arboretum. Four Thursdays, May 3 through 24, 2018, 9:30 a.m. to 11:00 a.m.
  • 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 6, 2018, 10:00 a.m. to 1:00 p.m., and August 26, 2018, 10:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m.
  • Study the characteristics, behavior, and significance of birds as you earn your merit badge at The Morton Arboretum. Saturday, May 19, 2018, 10:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m.
  • Enjoy stories, crafts, muddy games and play in this squishy, squashy, sensory-based program at The Morton Arboretum. Tuesday, June 5, Wednesday, June 6 or Thursday, June 14, 2018, times vary.
  • Enjoy stories, crafts, muddy games and play in this squishy, squashy, sensory based program at The Morton Arboretum. Thursday, June 7, Tuesday, June 12 or Wednesday, June 13, 2018, Times vary.
  • 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, June 12 and July 17, 2018, 6:00 p.m. to 8:30 p.m.
  • 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, June 13 and July 18, 2018, 6:00 p.m. to 8:30 p.m.
  • 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, June 14 and July 19, 2018, 6:00 p.m. to 8:30 p.m.
  • Please check our Calendar of events for more youth and family programs.
  • NEW! Observe, guess, test, and splash your way through science experiments in this fun-filled outdoor lab adventure at The Morton Arboretum. Monday through Friday, June 11 through 15, or July 9 through 13, or July 30 through August 3, 2018, 9:00 a.m. to noon.
  • NEW! Some animals dig, some fly, and some swim! Join this adventure in animal movements as we explore how animals move around the Arboretum. Monday through Friday, June 18 through 22, or July 16 through 20, 2018, 9:00 a.m. to noon.
  • NEW! How do animals and plants grow up with roots, scales, or tails? Dive into the lifecycles of green creatures around the Arboretum and see them up close! Monday through Friday, June 25 through 29, or July 23 through July 27, 2018, 9:00 a.m. to noon
  • Put on your artist hat. Paint and sculpt squishy frogs, textured turtles, and slippery fish at The Morton Arboretum. Monday through Friday, June 4 through 8, or July 23 through 27, 2018, 12:30 to 3:30 p.m., or June 25 through 29, 2018, 9:00 a.m. to noon
  • How do tadpoles turn into frogs? How do turtles grow up? Together we’ll uncover fun facts, search for croaking frogs and basking turtles, play games, make crafts, and meet live turtles at The Morton Arboretum. Monday through Friday, June 11 through 15, or July 30 through August 3, 2018, 2018, 12:30 to 3:30 p.m., or July 9 through 13, 2018, 9:00 a.m. to noon
  • Explore the woodlands of the Arboretum and discover all the wild things at The Morton Arboretum. August 13 through 17, 2018, 9:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m.
  • Travel back to the dinosaur age! Discover different dinosaurs. Learn what they ate, where they lived, and the trees that grew when dinosaurs were alive while exploring The Morton Arboretum. Monday through Friday, Dates and times vary starting June 18, 2018. Multiple sections.
  • Leaves come in all shapes, sizes, and colors! Let your imagination run wild as you discover what you can create with leaves at The Morton Arboretum. Monday through Friday, June 18 through 22, August 6 through 10, 2018, 9:00 a.m. to noon, or July 16 through 20, 2018, 12:30 to 3:30 p.m.
  • Have you ever been as hungry as a caterpillar? Enter the whimsical world of Eric Carle as his characters come to life through stories, games, and crafts at The Morton Arboretum. Monday through Friday, June 4 through 8, or July 23 through 27, 2018, 9:00 a.m. to 12:00 p.m., or June 25 through 29, 2018, 12:30 to 3:30 p.m.
  • Get ready for some boot-sloshin’ fun! Go fishing at the Arboretum. Play games, make crafts, and read stories about fish at The Morton Arboretum. Monday through Friday, June 11 through 15, or July 30 through August 3, 2018, 9:00 a.m. to noon, or July 9 through 13, 2018, 12:30 to 3:30 p.m.
  • Rev up for a week of wet, hydrodynamic explorations! Slosh buckets and dip nets into Arboretum lakes to examine water-loving insects and plants. Monday through Friday, June 18 through 22, or July 16 through 20, or August 6 through 10, 2018, 9:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m.
  • Join “Ms. Frizzle” on her latest adventure. Learn about plants, water and bugs through hands-on experiments and hikes at The Morton Arboretum. Monday through Friday, June 4 through 8, or July 23 through 27, 2018, 9:00 a.m. to noon, or June 25 through 29, 2018, 12:30 to 3:30 p.m.
  • Make your own fishing pole and let’s go fishing. Enjoy stories, games, and fishing trips to the Arboretum’s best spots. Monday through Friday, June 11 through 15, or July 30 through August 3, 2018, 9:00 a.m. to noon, or July 9 through 13, 2018, 12:30 to 3:30 p.m.
  • Explore nature through the eyes of a scientist. Catapult seeds, make sun prints, and experiment with leaves as you use the outdoors as your laboratory at The Morton Arboretum.Monday through Friday, June 4 through 8, or June 25 through 29, or July 16 through 20, 2018, 9:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m.
  • Become a nature artist! Use nature as your inspiration to explore texture, color, and dimension. Learn about different artists’ techniques and create your own nature-related artwork to take home at The Morton Arboretum. Monday through Friday, June 11 through 15, or July 9 through 13, or July 30 through August 3, 2018, 9:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m.
  • Dive into the slippery, slimy, scaly world of reptiles and amphibians. From tadpoles to snakes, salamanders to toads, find out what these cold-blooded creatures are all about at The Morton Arboretum! Monday through Friday, June 12 through 16 or July 17 through 21, 9:00 a.m. to noon, or July 24 through 28 or August 7 through 11,12:30 to 3:30 p.m.
  • Put on your gardening gloves and get ready to dig in the dirt. Examine flowers up close with microscopes, watch seeds germinate and decorate flower pots at The Morton Arboretum. Monday through Friday, June 11 through 15, or July 30 through August 3, 2018, 12:30 to 3:30 p.m., or July 9 through 13, 2018, 9:00 a.m. to noon.
  • Gear up for a daytime camping excursion! Learn how to pitch a tent, fish, and make s’mores. Enjoy nature games, hikes, and songs at The Morton Arboretum. Monday through Friday, June 18 through 22, or July 9 through 13, or July 23 through 27, 2018, 9:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m.
  • Are fairies hidden in the forest? Discover woodland plants and animals. Create your own fairy and, as a group, build a fairy village at The Morton Arboretum. Monday through Friday June 4 through 8, or July 23 through 27, 2018, 12:30 to 3:30 p.m., or June 25 through 29, 2018, 9:00 a.m. to noon.
  • Become a mini Monet! Explore the Arboretum for artistic inspiration and use impressionist techniques to create a masterpiece.Monday through Friday, June 18 through 22, or August 6 through 10, 2018, 9:00 a.m. to noon, or July 16 through 20, 2018, 12:30 to 3:30 p.m.
  • Animals are experts at hide and seek. Use your skills to uncover patterns in nature and see how well you can camouflage in the woods at The Morton Arboretum. Monday through Friday, June 4 through 8, or June 25 through 29, or July 23 through 27, 2018, 9:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m.
  • Search for fairies hidden in the forest. Explore the trees and plants that fairies care for at The Morton Arboretum. Monday through Friday, June 11 through 15, 2018, 9:00 a.m. to noon, or July 23 through 27, 2018, 12:30 to 3:30 p.m.
  • Paint, draw, color, and sculpt your way through the Arboretum.Create masterpieces daily to showcase in an end-of-the-week art show. Monday through Friday, June 11 through 15, or July 9 through 13, or July 30 through August 3, 2018, 9:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m.
  • Spend the week getting wet! Wallow through wetlands to collect water samples, play games, and conduct experiments at The Morton Arboretum. Monday through Friday, June 4 through 8, or June 25 through 29, or July 23 through 27, 2018, 9:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m.
  • Do you think you can paint with a beak, sculpt with a paw, or draw with a claw? Find out how Arboretum animals are adapted to life in the woods, ponds, and prairies and embrace various artistic media to capture these unique animal features. Monday through Friday, June 4 through 8, or July 9 through 13, or August 6 through 10, 2018, 9:00 a.m. to noon, or June 18 through 22, 2018, 12:30 to 3:30 p.m
  • Get outside and explore! Set off on a different adventure each day as you explore geocaching, letterboxing, survival skills, and more at The Morton Arboretum. Monday through Friday, June 11 through 15; June 25 through 29; July 16 through 20, or July 30 through August 3, 2018, 9:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m.
  • Rock out with an in-depth study of glaciers, soils, fossils, and rocks at The Morton Arboretum. Monday through Friday, dates and times vary starting June 11, 2018. Multiple morning or afternoon sections.
  • Walk in the wild parts of the Arboretum and explore nature. Discover the differences between bees and wasps, go bird watching, and hunt for animal footprints. Monday through Friday, June 11 through 15, 2018, 12:30 to 3:30 p.m., or June 25 through 29, or July 30 through August 3, 2018, 9:00 a.m. to noon.
  • What has six legs and no uncles? An ant! Explore the zany world of insects as you dig, sweep, and dip your way through the insect world at The Morton Arboretum. Monday through Friday, June 18 through 22, or July 16 through 20, or August 6 through 10, 2018, 9:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m.
  • Have you ever wondered WHY? Find out as we conduct experiments using the scientific method. Delve into why leaves change color, where rainbows come from, how fireflies glow, and other scientific mysteries at The Morton Arboretum. Monday through Friday, Dates and times vary starting June 4, 2018. Multiple morning and afternoon sections.
  • Design and build forts inspired by trees. Study trees up close and uncover their unique characteristics at The Morton Arboretum. Monday through Friday, dates and times vary starting June 4, 2018. Multiple full day sections.
  • Can you survive in the great outdoors? Explore native woodlands and wetlands, and gain the skills needed to survive in these ecosystems at The Morton Arboretum. Monday through Friday, June 4 through 8, or June 25 through 29, or July 23 through 27, 2018, 9:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m.
  • NEW! Who is really in charge of defending the Earth? Explore the world of environmental science as you run experiments, explore environments, and investigate ways to save the world at The Morton Arboretum. Monday through Friday, June 18 through 22, or July 16 through 20, or August 6 through 10, 2018, 9:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m.
  • Enjoy hands-on investigations of all things aquatic. Experiment with water and its properties, trudge through the wetlands to gather water samples, and use scientific equipment to inspect plants and animals that call ponds, lakes, rivers, and marshes home at The Morton Arboretum. Monday through Friday, June 11 through 15 or July 9 through 13 or July 30 through August 3, 2018, 9:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m.
  • With the forest as the stage, act out the drama (or comedy) of the natural world. Explore the history of the Arboretum, the natural drama of animal survival, and create a tree-mendous performance. Monday through Friday, July 9 through 13, or July 30 through August 3, 2018, 9:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m.
  • If a picture is worth a thousand words, how many words is a video worth? Capture the movements of nature from falling leaves to crawling caterpillars and make a moving story out of the natural world at The Morton Arboretum. Monday through Friday June 11 through 15, or July 23 through 27, 2018, 9:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m.
  • Use your nature observation skills and get creative with digital photography at The Morton Arboretum. Monday through Friday, June 4 through 8, or July 16 through 20, 2018, 9:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m.
  • Capture nature from a new angle! Take the time to play with mirrors, water, shadows, and light in this photography class at The Morton Arboretum. Monday through Friday, June 18 through 22, or August 6 through 10, 2018, 9:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m.
  • Just a spoonful of nature makes a happier and healthier you! Try out some natural ways to work towards a healthy body and mind, including nature walks, yoga, journaling, coloring, and much more as we take time for wellness at The Morton Arboretum. Monday through Friday, June 25 through 29, 2018, 9:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m.
  • Uncover alien species that have invaded the woodlands, prairies, and wetlands of Illinois. Learn how to remove these invasive species and develop ways to prevent their return at The Morton Arboretum. Monday through Friday, June 18 through 22, or July 16 through 20, 2018, 9:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m.
  • From intricate birds nests to astounding beaver dams, animals are engineering all around us. Take a closer look at the construction techniques used in the animal kingdom and take on wild STEM building challenges at The Morton Arboretum. Monday through Friday, June 11 through 15, or July 9 through 13, or July 30 through August 3, 2018, 9:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m.
  • Uncover alien species that have invaded the woodlands, prairies, and wetlands of Illinois. Learn how to remove these invasive species and develop ways to prevent their return at The Morton Arboretum. Monday through Friday, June 18 through 22, or July 16 through 20, 2018, 9:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m.
  • What can you accomplish when you take on an eco-challenge? Build your leadership skills as you take on team building and STEM challenges in this camp, while exploring the natural world at The Morton Arboretum. Monday through Friday, June 25 through 29, or July 23 through 27, 2018, 9:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m.

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