Courses for Children

Course List

  • Garden Explorers (18–35 months)

    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. (sold out). NEW SECTION ADDED: Four Tuesdays, May 1 through 22, 2018, 1:00 to 2:15 p.m.
  • Garden Explorers (3–5 years)

    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.
  • 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 6, 2018, 10:00 a.m. to 1:00 p.m., and August 26, 2018, 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 19, 2018, 10:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m.
  • Mudpies and Swamp Soup (3-5 years)

    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.
  • Mudpies and Swamp Soup (18-35 months)

    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.
  • 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, June 12 and July 17, 2018, 6:00 p.m. to 8:30 p.m.
  • Mudpies and Swamp Soup (3-5 years)

    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.
  • 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, June 13 and July 18, 2018, 6:00 p.m. to 8:30 p.m.
  • Mudpies and Swamp Soup (18-35 months)

    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.
  • 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, June 14 and July 19, 2018, 6:00 p.m. to 8:30 p.m.
  • More Youth and Family Programs

    Please check our Calendar of events for more youth and family programs.
  • Hopping through Habitats- Pre-Kindergarten-Camp

    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.
  • Growing up Green- Pre-Kindergarten-Camp

    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
  • Splashing around with Science- Pre-Kindergarten-Camp

    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.
  • Where the Wild Things Are-Kindergarten-Camp-Full Day

    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.
  • Fishing Fun-kindergarten-Camp

    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.
  • Eric Carles Friends-Kindergarten-Camp

    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.
  • Turtles & Tadpoles-kindergarten-Camp

    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
  • Dinos, Ginkgos, and Me-kindergarten-Camp

    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.
  • Squishy Squashy Art-kindergarten-Camp

    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
  • Leaf Zoo-Kindergarten-Camp

    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.
  • Awesome Art-1st-2nd grade-Camp

    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.
  • Stripes and Spots-1st-2nd grade-Camp

    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.
  • Camping Out-1st-2nd grade-Camp

    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.
  • Go Fish-1st-2nd grade-Camp

    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.
  • Gotta Grow-1st-2nd grade-Camp

    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.
  • Magic School Bus Adventures-1st-2nd grade-Camp

    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.
  • Young Impressionists-1st-2nd grade-Camp

    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.
  • Nature’s Lab-1st-2nd grade-Camp

    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.

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