Courses for Children

Course List

  • 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. (SOLD OUT) Two Sundays, December 9, 2018, and January 13, 2019, 10:00 a.m. to 12:30 p.m.
  • Forest Explorers: Forest Friends (18–35 months)

    Each day we will hike, read stories, and play in this 4–week sensory based outdoor adventure. Adults will also receive tips to continue exploration at home at The Morton Arboretum! (SOLD OUT) Four Tuesdays, September 4 through 25, 2018, 9:30 to 10:45 a.m.
  • Forest Explorers: Forest Friends (3–5 years)

    Each day we will hike, read stories, and play in this 4–week sensory based outdoor adventure. Adults will also receive tips to continue exploration at home at The Morton Arboretum! Four Thursdays, September 6 through 27, 2018, 9:30 to 11:00 a.m.
  • Girl Scout Camp Out in the Children's Garden

    Join us for a camp-out designed especially for scouts at The Morton Arboretum. This camp out has MOVED TO SATURDAY, AUGUST 25 THROUGH SUNDAY, AUGUST 26, 2018, 6:30 p.m. to 9:00 a.m. due to the threat or heavy rains.
  • Tree Pose Family Yoga

    Experience nature from a new angle through fun animal and tree yoga poses at The Morton Arboretum! . Mondays, May through October, 2018, 10:00 to 11:00 a.m.
  • More Youth and Family Programs

    Please check our Calendar of events for more youth and family programs.
  • Forest Explorers: Forest Friends (3–5 years)

    Each day we will hike, read stories, and play in this 4–week sensory based outdoor adventure. Adults will also receive tips to continue exploration at home at The Morton Arboretum! Four Thursdays, September 6 through 27, 2018, 9:30 to 11:00 a.m.
  • Insect Study Merit Badge

    Spend the day at The Morton Arboretum observing live species of insects in their habitats while learning why they are different from other animals species. (CANCELED) Two Sundays, September 9 and October 14, 2018, 10:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m.
  • Cub Scout Campout in the Children's Garden (6-11 years)

    Join us for a camp–out designed especially for scouts at The Morton Arboretum. Friday, September 14 through Saturday September 15, 2018, 6:30 p.m. to 9:00 a.m.
  • Forestry Merit Badge

    Earn your Forestry Merit Badge at The Morton Arboretum as you create your own field book to identify local trees and shrubs by leaves, buds and bark. (CANCELED) Two Sundays, September 16 and October 21, 2018, 10:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m.
  • Soil and Water Conservation Merit Badge

    Learn how to study, protect and conserve soil and water resources in this merit badge class at The Morton Arboretum. Two Sundays, September 30 and November 4, 2018, 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, September 23 and October 28, or Two Sundays, October 7 and November 11, 2018, 10:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m.
  • Pumpkins and Gourds and Squash…oh my! (3-5 years)

    Investigate harvest time favorites in this hands-on sensory-based program at The Morton Arboretum. Wednesday, October 10, Tuesday, October 16, or Thursday, October 18, 2018, 9:30 to 11:00 a.m.
  • Pumpkins and Gourds and Squash…oh my! (18-35 months)

    Investigate harvest time favorites in this hands-on sensory-based program at The Morton Arboretum. Tuesday, October 9, Thursday, October 11, or Wednesday, October 17, 2018, 9:30 to 10:45 a.m.
  • Tree Pose Family Yoga

    Experience nature from a new angle through fun animal and tree yoga poses at The Morton Arboretum! . Mondays, May through October, 2018, 10:00 to 11:00 a.m.
  • Nature Art (18-35 months)

    Use nature as your canvas in this hands-on, sensory based program at The Morton Arboretum. Wednesday, November 7,Tuesday, November 13, or Thursday, November 15, 2018, 9:30 to 10:45 a.m.
  • Nature Art (3-5 years)

    Use nature as your canvas in this hands-on, sensory based program at The Morton Arboretum. Tuesday, November 6, or Thursday, November 8, or Wednesday, November 14, 2018, 9:30 to 11:00 a.m.
  • More Youth and Family Programs

    Please check our Calendar of events for more youth and family programs.
  • 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. (SOLD OUT) Two Sundays, December 2, 2018, and January 6, 2019, 1:00 to 3:30 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 Sundays, December 2, 2018 and January 6, 2019, 10:00 a.m. to 12:30 p.m., or December 9, 2018 and January 13, 2019, 1:00 to 3:30 p.m.