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July-August 2019 Events at The Morton Arboretum

A Toro Nagashi Japanese floating lantern display on water
The Destination Asia Festival returns August 2 through August 4.
May 18, 2019

The Morton Arboretum is celebrating the sunny days and warm evenings of July and August with unforgettable exhibitions, events and programs for all ages.

Throughout the summer, visitors can enjoy the fan-favorite exhibition Nature Connects®: Art with LEGO® bricks by Sean Kenney. Visitors will discover 15 awe-inspiring nature-themed displays created from more than half a million LEGO bricks found along pathways through the Arboretum’s east side. Also continuing all summer long is Troll Hunt by Danish artist Thomas Dambo. One-of-a-kind and truly magnificent, Troll Hunt features six colossal wooden creatures made of reclaimed wood, all “living” on the Arboretum’s grounds, each there to make sure we  are good stewards of the environment. In July, visitors can relive their childhoods with a Grown-Up Play Date in the 4-acre Children’s Garden.

This August marks the fourth year for the Wine and Art Walk, which will feature intricate artwork for sale along the path circling picturesque Meadow Lake. Also in August, the Arboretum’s alfresco dining experience, Farm to Table Dinner, returns. 

Throughout July and August, visitors can enjoy weekly events such as Arbor Evenings and Thursday Family Nights.

A list of Arboretum events and details is below. For more information, visit mortonarb.org/events. All prices listed are for the general public. Information is accurate as of the date of this release, but we encourage media to check the website prior to publication as times and dates may change. July-August Highlights

Nature Connects®: Art with LEGO® bricks by Sean Kenney

Daily, May 24 through September 15, 7:00 a.m. to sunset Free with Arboretum admission Marvel at 15 larger-than-life, nature-themed displays created from nearly half a million LEGO bricks in this award-winning exhibition from New York artist and “professional kid” Sean Kenney. Walk the Arboretum’s tree-lined east side to discover an oak tree sprouting from an acorn, a monarch butterfly boasting an eight-foot wingspan, and a hummingbird perched above a colorful trumpet flower as it sips nectar.

Troll Hunt

Daily through December 2019, 7:00 a.m. to sunset Free with Arboretum admission There have been reports of troll sightings in the woods of The Morton Arboretum! Six colossal creatures and a hideout have all been spotted, but why have these giant trolls made their home at the Arboretum and what do they want to know about us?  The work of noted Danish artist Thomas Dambo, Troll Hunt marks the first exhibition of its kind in the United States. Visitors can seek out these giant trolls created from reclaimed wood in and around our Visitor Center and hidden away in the forests.

Arbor Evenings

Wednesdays through August 28, 5:30 to 8:00 p.m. $17 Unwind with family and friends on Wednesday evenings at The Morton Arboretum this summer during this new event. Mingle and dance to live music from top local bands. Enjoy lawn games, refreshing beverages, and delicious tapas in a green clearing surrounded by beautiful trees. NOTE: Arbor Evenings will not take place July 4.

Thursday Family Nights

Thursdays through August 15, 5:00 to 8:00 p.m. $5 Enjoy live music and kid-friendly entertainment after hours in the Children’s Garden

Chicagoland Daylily Society Show

Saturday, July 20, 10:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. Free with Arboretum admission Marvel at the wide range of colors and varieties of daylilies and participate in the judging as the Chicagoland Daylily Society presents this day-long show.

Destination Asia Opening Ceremony

Friday, August 2, 6:00 to 8:30 p.m. Free with Arboretum admission Kick off the sixth annual Destination Asia Festival with a formal ceremony, engaging performances, culinary delights and a breathtaking Japanese floating lantern display on Meadow Lake.

Destination Asia Festival

Saturday, August 5, and Sunday, August 6, 10:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. Free with Arboretum admission Take a trip to the east with the sixth annual Destination Asia Festival. Explore diverse cultures through music, Japanese drumming, dance, food and a bonsai show.

Wine and Art Walk

Saturday, August 17, and Sunday, August 18, 11:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. Free with Arboretum admission Enjoy live music, sip wine and shop for art as you stroll around Meadow Lake. Browse this juried art show featuring photography, woodturning, jewelry, digital and traditional painting, fused glass and more from Midwest artists.  

The Arboretum Store

Summer Clearance Sale

Daily, July 19 through August 17, 10:00 a.m. to 6:00 p.m. Shoppers can enjoy markdowns of 30 to 60 percent off home decor items, in addition to savings on desktop items, apparel and jewelry. Members receive an additional 10 percent off.

Dining Events

Farm to Table Dinner

Friday, August 23, 6:00 to 8:30 p.m. Experience elegant outdoor dining surrounded in natural beauty. This one-of-a-kind meal features fresh, local ingredients expertly prepared and served under our White Pine Pavilion. Join us for a night of delicious, farm-fresh food and enjoy live music on an enchanted summer evening. Visit mortonarb.org for pricing details.

Wellness and Green Living Programs

Arboretum Yoga

Weekly in July through September Mondays, 9:30 to 10:30 a.m. Wednesdays, 6:00 to 7:00 p.m. $18 per class, $80 for a series Improve your health and well-being with yoga. Practice poses, breathing and meditation in this class.

Aerial Tree Yoga

Weekly in July and August Mondays, 6:00 to 7:00 p.m. Fridays, 9:30 to 10:30 a.m. $29 per class Try out this sampler session of aerial yoga. Stretch, strengthen and release stress while having fun, cocooned in a hammock suspended from the trees. Aerial yoga offers wonderful benefits to the mind, body and soul, and is suitable for beginners as well as experienced yogis.

Meditation with Essential Oils

Thursdays, July 11, July 25, August 8 or August 22, 6:00 to 7:00 p.m. $20 per class Explore meditative and self-nurturing yoga poses with the use of plant-based essential oils to restore and rebalance the mind and body in the tranquil setting of The Morton Arboretum.   

Forest Therapy Walks (1 hour 45 minutes)

Mondays, July 22 and August 12, 9:30 to 11:15 a.m. Saturdays, July 13 and August 10, 9:30 to 11:15 a.m. $20 per class

Forest Therapy Walks (3 hour)

Saturdays, July 20 and August 17 (Ephemeral Woodland Art Focus), 9:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. Mondays, July 29 and August 5, 9:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. $34 per class Experience the healing and wellness-promoting effects of shinrin-yoku, the practice of bathing the senses in the atmosphere of the forest. Take a mindful walk with a certified Forest Therapy guide on a trail at The Morton Arboretum as you awaken your senses and reconnect with nature. The walks will visit different locations at the Arboretum and will include a variety of awareness-raising exercises. The walks will conclude with tea made from edible plants foraged along the trail.  

Ephemeral Woodland Art Focus

The August 17 session will include an opportunity to spend extra time in nature creating ephemeral woodland art. In this meditative activity, participants gather rocks, sticks, cones, and other bits of nature and create a temporary design on the woodland floor. Time will also be set aside for journaling or informal sketching

Backyard Chickens 101: Chicken-Keeping

Saturday, July 20, 9:00 to 11:00 a.m. $34 Learn the essential skills and knowledge for raising happy, healthy backyard chickens. Whether you’re exploring the possibility of chicken-keeping or already have your own birds, join local chicken expert Jen Murtoff to find out about best practices for raising chicks, caring for adult birds and keeping your neighbors happy

Backyard Chickens 102: Chicken Coop Basics

Saturday, July 20, noon to 2:00 p.m. $34 Learn how to build a safe and comfortable home for your hens. Get the scoop on the basic needs of your backyard birds from local chicken expert Jen Murtoff. See examples of coop styles and learn the nuts and bolts of building your own, including the essential components of a coop, things to avoid when choosing construction materials and important construction tips.

Preserving the Harvest

Saturday, August 3, 9:00 to 11:00 a.m. $34 Learn home preservation methods and continue to enjoy your seasonal bounty well into the fall and winter months. Learn how and what to freeze, dehydrate, ferment and can. Learn to make pickles and jam with a step-by-step canning demonstration and tasting, and go home armed with all the tips and tricks you need to do it yourself

Sensational Summer Side Dishes

Thursday, August 15, 7:00 to 9:00 p.m. $34 Learn to prepare three deliciously easy side dishes representing the flavors of summer in this hands-on class. In this session, learn to use farm-fresh greens and hand-picked fruit in a variety of tasty salads and side dishes that really shine. Taste samples and prepare a salad to take home with you!

Gardening and Horticulture

Red, White, and Blue Floral Arrangement Tuesday, July 2, 7:00 to 9:00 p.m. $46 Create a summer arrangement perfect for Independence Day, bursting with red, white and blue. Work under the guidance of the Arboretum’s botanical arrangers. Learn techniques you can apply to future arrangements

Beyond Arborvitae: Creative Screening Solutions

Saturday, July 13, 9:00 a.m. to noon$46 Create privacy in your outdoor spaces this summer. In this class, we will explore a variety of evergreen and deciduous plants that offer a buffer, cover options for all types of spaces and conditions, discuss the care and siting needs of each plant, and find out how using plants as screening can be beneficial for you as well as bird, bees, and butterflies

Caring for Perennials Walking Tour

Monday, July 15, 4:00 to 6:00 p.m. $34 Stroll the Arboretum's stunning perennial beds, where you’ll learn about plant placement, dividing, transplanting, watering, fertilizing, mulching and more. Knowing what to do and when to do it will help keep your perennial gardens looking good from spring through fall

Gardening for Pollinators

Saturday, July 20, 9:00 a.m. to noon $46 Bees, butterflies and other insects play a crucial role in both nature and in agriculture through the process of pollination. Their numbers are in decline, and you can help by growing the types of plants that attract and sustain these important insects

Ikebana: Japanese Flower Arranging

Saturday, July 20, 1:00 to 3:30 p.m. $46 Capture the graceful curve of leaves and boughs, the delightful color of flowers or berries and the lightness of a cloud through the art of Japanese flower arranging. The instructors will demonstrate several techniques and then help you create a seasonal arrangement

Plant-and-Sip Night

Thursday, August 8, 7:00 to 9:00 p.m. $57 Sip a drink and learn why houseplants are such great additions to your home. Find out which types of plants might be right for you and how to care for them for years to come. Then get your hands dirty as you create your own dish garden with small houseplants.

Hydrangeas 101

Tuesday, August 13, 9:00 a.m. to noon $46 Get tips for choosing, planting and caring for hydrangeas, a top choice among home gardeners. In this class, we will: explore heirloom favorites and the hottest new cultivars; discuss the siting, care, and pruning requirements of each of the five shrub species and two vines commonly planted in the Chicago area; and head out to the gardens to experience each of the types up close and in person

Natural Areas Conservation Training

Tool Use for Natural Areas Management—Online and In-Person

Tuesday, July 9, 12:00 p.m.: Online materials become available Tuesday, July 16, 6:30 to 8:30 p.m.: In-person session $20 Learn to effectively and efficiently use the tools of the trade to tackle different restoration jobs. Get to know your tools, pick the right tools for the right tasks and learn to use the different tools safely. We’ll discuss how to plan and run safe workdays, meet site safety guidelines, and care for equipment

Plants of Wetlands

Saturday, June 29, 9:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m.$65 Learn the names and ecology of the wildflowers, sedges, rushes, and other plants that inhabit wetlands. Explore the beauty and diversity of wetland plants and discover how to identify them, where to find them and what plants they are commonly associated with

Plants of the Prairie

Three Tuesdays, July 9 through July 23, 6:00 to 8:00 p.m. $65 Learn the identification skills to manage, restore, or simply enjoy prairie habitats. Learn to identify plants important for prairie restoration during the growing season, and practice your identification skills in the field with guidance from a local plant expert

Wetland Ecology

Wednesday, July 10, 6:30 to 8:30 p.m., and Saturday, July 13, 8:00 a.m. to noon $65 Learn the essentials of wetland ecology and the management techniques necessary to maintain threatened wetland ecosystems. Discuss the principles of restoration practice, visit sites that represent different stages of restoration, and explore the management of these systems.

Intro to Ecological Restoration–Online and In-Person

Thursday, July 11, 12:00 p.m.: Online materials become available Two Saturdays, July 20 and 27, 9:00 a.m. to 12:30 p.m.: In-person sessions$46 Discover the principles and practices of ecosystem restoration. Ecological restoration is a process for recovering forests, grasslands, and other ecosystems that have been degraded. Engage with experts in natural resource conservation and fellow participants and volunteers to challenge your assumptions. Explore what we mean when we say “ecological restoration.” Consider examples in concept and practice and discuss the implications of this work

Basic Plant ID–Online

Wednesday, July 31, 12:00 p.m.: Online materials become available $20 Get the botany basics you need to identify plants. Whether you are a natural resources volunteer or specialist, gardener, naturalist, or artist this class provides the fundamentals you need to get started

Woodland Trees–Online and In-Person

Friday, August 2, 12:00 p.m.: Online materials become available Friday, August 9, 10:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m.: In-person session meets $65 Learn to identify the trees you see every day in the woodlands and neighborhoods of the Chicago region. Explore the ecology of the various tree species and find out why they grow in each habitat

Natural Areas Conservation Training Orientation–Online or In-Person

Wednesday, August 7, 6:30 to 8:00 p.m.: In-person session meets Free Join us for a FREE orientation to the Natural Areas Conservation Training (N-ACT) Program in ecological restoration. Get information on how you can volunteer to help make a difference in the woodlands, prairies, and wetlands in your community and at the Arboretum, and how our classes that include learning online and in the field can help you get started

Ecosystem Concepts–Online and In-Person

Thursday, July 18, 12:00 p.m.: Online materials become available Sunday, July 28, 2019, 9:00 a.m. to 1:00 p.m.: In-person session meets$34 Explore the interactions that drive ecosystem function and learn to identify plants, animals, and fungi in relation to ecological habitats. An emphasis on the cyclical nature of the seasons and life history of native species will allow insights for short-term and long-term natural areas management

Trees and Nature

Nature Beyond the Binary

Saturday, June 29, 2:00 to 3:30 p.m. $20 Plants and animals offer many different ways of being, becoming, and living. From intersex worms to flowers that transition sex overnight, nature is nonbinary. Learn about and celebrate the queer side of nature in this fun and inclusive walking tour around the Arboretum's Nature Connects exhibit

What Is a Tree?  Live Podcast with In Defense of Plants

Thursday, July 11, 7:00 to 9:00 p.m. $20 We see trees every day–but what are trees, really? Experts from The Morton Arboretum and Matt Candeias, host of the In Defense of Plants podcast, will take you on an exploration of what it means to be a tree. This radio show–style discussion will touch on why we have forests, why trees are under threat and what The Morton Arboretum is doing to ensure we have more trees in the future. Answer the questions about trees you never knew you had and get inspired about what all of us can do to help trees

Basic Tree ID

Thursday, July 18, 9:00 to 11:30 a.m. $34 Learn to identify the common trees you see in local preserves or in your neighborhood. Use characteristics such as leaves, bark, branches, flowers, and fruit to identify a tree. Learn to use keys and field guides. Walk the grounds of the Arboretum with an expert, who will point out key identifiers of common trees. See and understand your natural surroundings in a new way.

Nature Debates: What Should Be the State Bird?

Thursday, July 18, 7:00 to 9:30 p.m. $20 Listen as two ornithologists debate which bird should become the new democratically elected state bird of Illinois. Learn about what the birds that call this state home need for habitat and protection. At the end, the audience will vote on what bird should represent the state

Hummingbird Happy Hour

Tuesday, July 23, 7:00 to 9:00 p.m. $46 Hummingbirds, the second largest bird family in the world, can fly upside down and backwards. They have adapted to freezing temperatures, alternate migration patterns, and plant evolution. Explore the hummingbird’s anatomical features that allow their unconventional flight, their role as pollinators, and their fascinating relationships with plants. Enjoy a hummingbird cocktail, a delightful summery drink

Prairie Ethnobotany

Friday, August 2, 2019, 8:00 to 11:30 a.m. $46 On this summer hike, learn how humans have used prairie plants. The prairie once served us as pharmacy, grocery store, fuel source, fortune teller, and purveyor of love charms. Discover a different dimension of the prairie as you enjoy vibrant summer blooms and grasses and learn about their many historical and traditional uses.

Master Naturalist Intensive Training

Four days, Saturday through Tuesday, August 10 through 13, 8:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m.$285 Gain the knowledge and skills to share the natural world with others in this intensive workshop format through a combination of online coursework, classroom instruction, and field time. Naturalists strive to connect people with nature by sharing their knowledge with others. This coursework is a first step to certification through The University of Illinois Extension Master Naturalist Program to help disseminate natural resource information to the public and to assist with conservation and restoration activities in the community

Rare Habitats Tour:  Northern Flatwoods

Sunday, August 11, 10:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. $76 This tour will visit several high-quality examples of flatwoods communities, located in dedicated Illinois nature preserves in the northwest suburbs of Chicago. Flatwoods are rare in Illinois; they are woodlands with a shallow layer of sand or loamy soil over a layer of clay. Only plants adapted to seasonally wet conditions thrive in this community, such as swamp white oak, black ash, winterberry, cardinal flower, marsh speedwell, and various grasses and sedges.  

Know Your Natives

Saturday, August 17, 8:00 to 11:00 a.m. $46 Enrich your understanding of our local natural areas by learning to identify the most common native plants you’re likely to encounter. Colorful flowers and swaying grasses change from day to day in the Arboretum’s prairies, woodlands, and wetlands. Take a stroll with an expert and learn to identify some of the native stars of our natural areas.

On the Prairie with Author Cindy Crosby

Thursday, August 29, 7:00 to 8:30 p.m. $20 Enjoy a summer evening on the prairie with author and steward Cindy Crosby. Take the tram toSchulenberg Prairie and gaze out over the tallgrass prairie as the sun sets and Cindy shares reflections and insights about Illinois’ most precious native habitat

Birds and Wildlife

Bird Walks

Saturday, July 20 or August 17, 8:00 to 10:30 a.m. $14 Search the woods, fields, and edges of the Arboretum for birds. Walk with an expert guide, who will help you locate and identify species spotted along the way. See how things change each month and season—no walk is the same! No prior experience is necessary

Save the Bats

Thursday, August 29, 7:00 to 10:00 p.m. $34 Spend an evening learning about Illinois’ native bats, and then go outside and use specialized microphones to hear the bats swooping around the Arboretum skies. This evening class will introduce learners to Chicagoland's seven bat species and to simple ways to bolster bat conservation efforts

Outdoor Skills and Adventure

Natural History Bike Tour

Friday, July 12, 6:00 to 8:00 p.m. (rain date July 19) $20 Discover the natural history of northeast Illinois as we cycle the roads of the Arboretum. The Arboretum contains wonderful examples of the region’s wetland, prairie, and woodland ecosystems. Learn about the characteristics of these natural areas that define northeast Illinois. Find out about the fascinating geology that characterizes the landscape, including the glacial moraines that are responsible for the hilly terrain at the Arboretum

What to Know Before You Go

Saturday, July 13, 9:00 a.m. to noon $34 Learn skills you need to survive in the wilderness in this practical, hands-on workshop, whether you’re planning to hike, backpack, mountain bike, paddle, or simply drive in remote areas. Learn what common mistakes people make and how to make smart decisions that save lives. Learn to evaluate your situation, weigh priorities, and make a plan that will keep you and your companions safe. Find out what you should always carry with you on every outdoor adventure—whether you’re headed to a local forest preserve, the Canadian backcountry, or the Utah desert

Navigation with a Map and Compass

Sunday, July 14, noon to 4:00 p.m. $46 Be prepared for your next wilderness outing; learn to find your way using a map and compass. In this class, you will learn how to read a topographical map, use the compass to orient your map, take bearings from a map to find your way to a destination, and use the landscape to find out where you are on the map. You will also learn the basics of GPS. After some time in the classroom learning the basics, head out onto the grounds to practice. 

Guided Paddle on the Kankakee River

Saturday, August 3, 9:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. (rain date August 10) $88 Paddle a section of the Kankakee River, a National Water Trail noted for its scenic beauty and water quality, and learn the natural history of this area. Suitable for persons of all ages, from teens to senior citizens, a canoe trip on the Kankakee is a relaxing change of pace with constantly shifting views and opportunities to observe many creatures in their natural habitats

Nature Art and Photography

Out of the Box: You and Your New Camera

Saturday, July 6, 1:00 to 4:00 p.m. $46 Learn to use your new DSLR camera. Get familiar with the basic features and functions of your camera and have the opportunity to practice under the guidance of an experienced photographer. Gain the confidence you need to begin your journey as a nature photographer! 

Drawing Nature II

Four Tuesdays, July 9 through 30, 6:30 to 9:30 p.m. $162 Develop your drawing skills under the guidance of a knowledgeable instructor. Building on the introduction of skills learned in Begin to Draw Nature, by the end of this class you will have a strong understanding of basic techniques and composition through demonstrations, practice, and one-on-one support from your instructor

Nature in Graphite

Four Wednesdays, July 10 through 31, 6:30 to 9:30 p.m. $162 Learn to capture early spring with graphite, the perfect tool for showing the textures of leaves, stems, and flowers. As you study and draw the details of living plants, you will learn the techniques of pencil drawing, develop your eye-hand coordination, and learn the structures of the plants you draw. Regular activities include daily drawing exercises, weekly home assignments, and constructive critiques.

Intro to Wildlife Photography

Three days: Two Wednesdays, July 10 and 17, 6:30 to 8:30 p.m., and Saturday, July 13, 8:00 a.m. to noon $112 Learn to capture dynamic photographs of raptors, small birds, and mammals. After an evening classroom session, enjoy a Saturday field session at Willowbrook Wildlife Center, home to fox, bobcat, eagle, sandhill crane, and many more species of local wildlife.

Basic Nature Photography

Four Thursdays, July 11 through August 1, 6:30 to 9:30 p.m. $162 Become a nature photographer. Move beyond shooting in automatic; learn how to adjust your camera’s manual settings to get the shot you want. Learn basic composition and editing techniques. Apply your new skills on the grounds of The Arboretum, where there’s no shortage of natural beauty to capture. The course includes classroom instruction, in-field shooting, and a critique session.

Beginning Smartphone Photography

Saturday, July 13, noon to 3:00 p.m. $46 Whether you are new to photography or new to smartphones, discover techniques for getting great nature images with your phone. This class will cover the basics of using your smartphone to capture attractive images, provide tips and tricks, and recommend a selection of good starter apps for some basic photo editing.  

Drawing Shells

Three Thursdays, July 25 through August 8, 9:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. $112 Capture the subtle colors and textures and the graceful lines of shells, pebbles, and other ephemera from the shore. Use graphite or colored pencil and work under the guidance of your instructor to accurately portray a summer beach still life

History Up Close:  Photographing Rare Butterflies

Saturday, August 10, 9:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m. $76 Enjoy special access to a remarkable hundred-year-old collection of butterflies and moths housed in the archives of the Sterling Morton Library. Learn about the history of this collection and get tips and techniques for shooting close images. Then enjoy time to experiment under the guidance of your instructor, capturing the exotic colors, patterns, and textures of these fine, historic specimens.

Children’s Garden Special Programs

LEGO® Brick Play

Daily, July and August, 11:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m.What will nature inspire you to build?  Play and create LEGO® masterpieces in this self-guided hands-on discovery activity.

Gardens Galore

Daily, July, 11:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m Have you ever gardened with rocks or watched a tomato plant grow upside down?  Check out all of the different ways that you can plant a garden at home.

LEGO® Extravaganza

Saturday, July 13, and Sunday, July 14, noon to 3:00 p.m. Build and create a LEGO® masterpiece with a LEGO® master builder

Garden Story Time

Fridays, July and August, 11:00 a.m. Gather in the Children’s Garden for story time and fun.  

Monarchs in Motion

Daily in August, 11:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m Fluttering about, these beautiful butterflies are constantly on the move. Discover some fascinating facts about butterflies and make a monarch mask to take home in this self-guided hands-on discovery activity.

Youth Programs

Little Acorns (18–35 months)

Select weekdays, 9:30 to 10:45 a.m.$22 Little Sprouts (3–5 years) Select weekdays, 9:30 to 11:00 a.m. $25 Young explorers will hike, play, listen to stories, and engage in science and art in these hands-on, sensory-based programs

Family Programs

Acorn Express Adventures

Wednesdays and Fridays,  April through October, 11:00 to 11:45 a.m.Tuesdays, April through October, 1:00 to 1:45 p.m. $5 per person Hop on the Acorn Express for a family-friendly tram ride adventure through the Arboretum. We’ll make a craft, seek out fun destinations to hike, and explore new topics each week.  

Drop-In Tree Pose Family Yoga

Mondays, July through September (except Labor Day), 10:00 to 11:00 a.m. $6 per person Experience nature from a new angle through fun animal and tree yoga poses. Participants will learn about the environment while stretching, moving, and breathing like the creatures around them

Family Explorers Backpack

Daily, July and August, 10:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. $5 Rent a self-guided family backpack and enhance your visit. Backpack rental includes science tools, guides and fun tools to explore nature as a family

Family Twilight Adventures

Tie Dye from the ForestFriday, July 12, 7:00 to 9:00 p.m. Saturday, August 10, 6:00 to 8:00 p.m.Building with Nature Saturday, July 27, 2019, 7:00 p.m. to 9:00 p.m.Friday, August 23, 2019, 6:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m.  $19 per person Enjoy a fun-filled adventure after hours at the Arboretum. Hike, join in activities, and roast marshmallows before going on a silent tram ride through the woods

Children’s Garden Campout

Friday, July 19, through Saturday, July 20, 6:30 p.m. to 9:00 a.m. Friday, August 16, through Saturday, August 17, 6:30 p.m. to 9:00 a.m.$37 per person Pitch your tent on the lawn inside the Children’s Garden and get ready for a night filled with fun.  Visit hands-on activity stations; enjoy snacks, night hikes, and bedtime stories. Wake up to a delicious breakfast and enjoy the Children’s Garden before the crowds arrive.

Sensory Friendly Sundays

Sundays, June 2, July 7, August 11, 8:45 to 9:30 a.m. Free with admission; advance registration required.Sensory Friendly Sundays offer the opportunity for families with sensory needs to experience a less- crowded Children’s Garden with minimal noise.