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Courses for Teens

Course List

  • Geocaching Merit Badge

    Earn your merit badge at The Morton Arboretum and learn all about geocaching. Two Sundays, March 17, and April 14, 2019, 10:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m.
  • Geology Merit Badge

    Explore the geology at The Morton Arboretum while earning your merit badge. Sunday, March 31, 2019, 10:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m.
  • Environmental Science Merit Badge

    Do experiments indoors and out at The Morton Arboretum to earn your Environmental Science Merit Badge. Two Sundays, April 7 and April 28, 2019, 10:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m.
  • Nature Merit Badge

    Explore The Morton Arboretum’s unique flora and fauna and discover why some species need to be protected. (CANCELED) Three days: Tuesday April 9 through Thursday, April 11, 2019, 6:00 to 8:30 p.m.
  • Plant Science Merit Badge

    Earn your Plant Science Merit Badge at The Morton Arboretum while discovering the wonderful world of botany. Three days: (CANCELED) Tuesday, April 23 through Thursday April 25, 2019, 6:00 to 8:30 p.m.
  • Weather Merit Badge

    Earn your Weather Merit Badge as you explore meteorology and discuss how weather affects the economy and our daily lives at The Morton Arboretum. Saturday, April 27, 2019, 10:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.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 5, 2019, 10:00 a.m. to 1:00 p.m., and September 8, 2019, 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 18, 2019, 10:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m.
  • 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 Tuesdays, May 21 and June 18, 6:00 p.m. to 8:30 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. (SOLD OUT) Two Wednesdays, May 22 and June 19, 6:00 p.m. to 8:30 p.m.
  • 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, February 3 and March 3, 2019, 1:00 to 3:30 p.m., or Two Thursdays, May 23 and June 20, 6:00 p.m. to 8:30 p.m.
  • Nature Photography II-5th-8th grade

    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. Participants must bring their own digital camera Monday through Friday, June 17 through 21, or August 5 through 9, 2019, 9:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m.
  • STEM Sticks and Bricks-5th-8th grade

    Engineer your way through challenges as you learn how nature stacks up around you. Spend time exploring our latest art exhibit, Nature Connects, and build your own art from natural materials at The Morton Arboreum. Monday through Friday, June 10 through 14, or July 8 through 12, 2019, 9:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m.
  • Vitamin N-5th-8th grade

    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 24 through 28, 2019, 9:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m.
  • Nature Photography I-5th-8th grade

    Use your nature observation skills and get creative with digital photography. Practice composition, subject placement, close-ups, moving targets, and more at The Morton Arboretum. Monday through Friday, June 3 through 7, 2019, or July 15 through 19, 2019, 9:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m.
  • Animal Engineers-5th-8th grade

    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, July 15 through 19, or August 12 through August 16, 2019, 9:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m.
  • Eco-Challenge-5th-8th grade

    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 24 through 28, or July 22 through 26, 2019, 9:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m.
  • Filming in the Forest-5th-8th grade

    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 17 through 21, or July 22 through 26, 2019, 9:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m.
  • Help Wanted-5th-8th grade

    What does it take to make an Arboretum run? Take a behind the scenes look at careers at the Arboretum and experience what it takes to become a Champion of Trees at The Morton Arboretum. Monday through Friday, July 8 through 12, or July 29 through August 2, 2019, 9:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m.