Teen Courses

Course List

  • 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.
  • Natural History Bike Tour

    Learn the geologic history of the Midwest as we cycle the the roads of the Arboretum. Friday, July 13, or July 27, 2018, 6:00 to 8:00 p.m.
  • Nature Photography II-5th-8th grade-Camp

    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.
  • Filming in the Forest-5th-8th grade-Camp

    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.
  • Nature Photography I-5th-8th grade-Camp

    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.
  • Acting at the Arb-5th-8th grade-Camp

    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.
  • Vitamin N-5th-8th grade-Camp

    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.
  • Eco-Challenge-7th-8th grade-Camp

    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.
  • Animal Engineers-7th-8th grade-Camp

    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.
  • Arboretum Invaders-7th-8th grade-Camp

    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.
  • Arboretum Invaders-7th-8th grade-Camp

    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.
  • 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. Two Sundays, September 9 and October 14, 2018, 10:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.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. 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.