Looking for a unique experience in the Children’s Garden At The Morton Arboretum? Rent a self-guided family backpack and enhance your visit. Available daily, April through October, 2020, 10:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m.
Experience a less crowded Children’s Garden with minimal noise, suited to families with sensory needs. Select Sundays, May through October 2020, 8:45 to 9:30 a.m. Participants are welcome to stay once the Children’s Garden opens to public.
Walk along with theater performers surrounded by nature! All Walking Plays are approximately 90 minutes in length and up to 1.5 miles in hiking distance. Select weekends in July, August and October 2020.
Immerse yourself in the diverse cultures of Europe with visits to our European tree collections, plus culinary delights, authentic musical performances, impressive dancing demonstrations, and much more. Saturday, September 19, and Sunday, September 20, 2020.
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.
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.
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!
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:
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!
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.
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.