Teachers from preschool through college can visit The Morton Arboretum with free admission every Tuesday from June through September 2018. It’s an opportunity for teachers and teachers in training to enjoy all the natural beauty and summer events the Arboretum offers while discovering options for student field trips.
Educators can sample self-guided tours along the routes that students of various ages might take, or they can wander anywhere in the Arboretum’s 1,700 acres, including 16 miles of trails, natural habitats, and tree collections from several continents.
The Children’s Garden offers a range of learning opportunities for children of different ages and families to interact with nature. Teachers might also explore the Maze Garden, the Thornhill Education Center, the Sterling Morton Library, and the Plant Clinic, as well as all the trails and gardens.
Backpack Tours, with maps, activities, and educational materials, make it possible for teachers to lead their own students on educational adventures. Teachers who want to try out a backpack on a free visit should arrange it in advance with Megan Koomen by email.
On arrival, the teacher must show a school ID or valid ISTA, NEA, or NSTA card and will receive a packet of information about the Arboretum’s education programs and opportunities. Free admission is valid only for the teacher, not for additional guests or children.
Home School Teachers: To take advantage of this opportunity, please contact Megan Koomen by email (firstname.lastname@example.org) or by calling 630-725-2118, 3-4 days prior to your visit.