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Courses for Families

Course List

  • After the stillness of winter, spring brings an exuberance of color, sound, texture, and smell! Enjoy the following ideas throughout the spring season in your own backyard or at The Morton Arboretum.
  • In spring, the forest comes alive with the comings and goings of its many inhabitants. Take a leisurely walk on a path surrounded by trees and look for squirrels building new nests, birds singing on branches, chipmunks rustling in the leaves, turtles basking in the sun, and other animals emerging from winter’s slumber.
  • Join us for a live Arboretum Family Yoga online session! Friday, April 10, 2020, 10:30 to 11:00 a.m.
  • Spring is nesting time for most species of birds. Take a morning walk in April or early May to listen to the beautiful songbird chorus and observe birds’ complex behavior as they seek mates, build nests, and defend their territories – all before trees fully leaf out!
  • Trees fill us with wonder and help us breathe, eat, relax, and stay healthy. They also make our yards and neighborhoods more beautiful and provide food and shelter to countless birds, mammals, and insects. Be a tree champion this Arbor Day (April 24) and every day. Use these activity suggestions from our early childhood and family programs team to plant, protect, and enjoy trees anywhere you are!
  • Seeds are energy powerhouses! They contain everything a plant needs to begin growing, except for sunlight and water. Some seeds, like avocado pits, are large; others, like marigold or poppy seeds, are small. Some seeds are green (lentils), others are brown (chestnuts), yellow (mustard), or red (pomegranates). Explore the incredible diversity of these mini superheroes that turn into the many plants we enjoy, with these activity suggestions from our early childhood team:
  • Composting transforms food scraps and decaying plant material into nutritious plant food. Explore the amazing changes that happen in a compost bin, and make your own “compost stew,” with these activity suggestions from our early childhood team.
  • Explore the Arboretum’s diverse tree collections and learn about the plants and animals that call them home in these guided, family-friendly hikes featuring a hands-on activity component. Saturday April 18, May 16, or June 20, 2020, 11:00 a.m. to noon.
  • Join us for a fun-filled adventure after hours at the Arboretum to explore the night's theme with a tram ride, activities, and a hike. Friday, June 5 or Saturday, June 27, 2020, 7:00 p.m. to 9:00 p.m.
  • Join us for a campout designed especially for families at The Morton Arboretum! Pitch your tent on the lawn inside the Children’s Garden and get ready for a night filled with fun. Friday, June 12 through Saturday June 13, 2020, 6:30 p.m. to 9:00 a.m.