Schedule and location
Trolls will be on view through January 31, 2021.
Troll Hunt Map
Spoilers ahead: See the Troll Hunt Map
Journey through our far-reaching forest to hunt for six colossal trolls crafted from reclaimed wood by Danish artist Thomas Dambo. Marvel at these 15- to 30-foot-tall (and one 60-foot long) sculptures that have been created to serve as protectors of our environment.
These mysterious creatures—resembling the trolls of European folklore—were first spotted at the Arboretum in the spring of 2018. As sightings increased, an official investigation was launched to learn about these fascinating new residents.
The trolls share the Arboretum's desire to care for trees; however, they seem suspicious of humans. We need you to join the investigation and help trolls and humans come to understand each other. What will you discover when you join the hunt?
For information about special measures currently in place to ensure public health and safety while visiting The Arboretum, please read our Know Before You Go Visit Information. As you go embark on your troll hunting journey, we ask that you be considerate of other visitors by practicing social distancing around the Troll Hunt sculptures and in other areas of the Arboretum, such as parking lots and on trails. Visitors are asked to wear masks when within six feet of other visitors who did not arrive with them. Before you visit, check out these Troll Hunt Adventure Tips!
Find a one-of-a-kind book related to the trolls you are hunting. While you're here, take time to sketch a troll, a model hideout, or discover more books about trolls and nature. LEARN MORE
All trolls are located between two feet and three-quarters of a mile from the nearest parking lot on a variety of path surfaces (pavement, wood-chipped, and mown grass).
Spoilers ahead! Visit Troll Hunt accessibility for specific information about troll locations and how to access them.
Fees and admission
Included in Arboretum admission.
Troll Hunt generously supported by International Paper, Marquette, and Plante Moran
Reclaimed wood generously provided by Sterling
This program is partially supported by a grant from the Illinois Arts Council Agency.