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Coronavirus (COVID-19) Preparedness and Prevention

The Morton Arboretum is committed to providing a safe and healthy environment for members, visitors, volunteers, and employees. We continue to monitor the status of the coronavirus (COVID-19) and enact prevention measures in accordance with the latest guidance from the DuPage County Health Department, Illinois Department of Public Health, Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), and World Health Organization.

Under Illinois Governor J.B. Pritzker's executive order, The Morton Arboretum’s buildings will remain closed as described below, and its outdoor spaces will stay open to visitors as a place for essential outdoor exercise activities including walking, hiking, running, and biking.

The Morton Arboretum and other outdoor spaces have always played an important role in providing people with respite and peace. This is especially recognized during current challenging times. The Arboretum is committed to keeping its 1,700 acres available to visitors as long as it is safe and prudent to do so.

On-site at the Arboretum
The Arboretum’s outdoor areas are open at this time. All Arboretum buildings are closed through April 7, with possibility of extension if necessary, including the Visitor Center, The Arboretum Store, the Plant Clinic, the Sterling Morton Library, and the Thornhill Education Center. The Children’s Garden and Maze Garden are also closed.

Adjusted hours: 7:00 a.m. to 6:00 p.m. daily (last entry at 5:00 p.m.) 

Regular Arboretum admission rates apply. For staff safety, only credit cards and member cards will be accepted

All indoor restrooms are closed. Please plan your visit accordingly. Portable restrooms for urgent needs only:

  • Bus lot (Visitor Center parking area)
  • Big Rock Visitor Station (Parking lot 13 - East Side)
  • Prairie Visitor Station (Parking lot 25 - West Side)

Please leave dogs and other pets at home, except for on specially designated days. If you arrive with a dog, you will not be allowed to enter, and will be asked to leave if seen on the site (refunds will not be available). 

The Plant Clinic will continue to be available to answer tree and plant related questions via email at plantclinic@mortonarb.org.

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Ensure a Safe Visit
Please monitor your health for your own wellbeing and be respectful of its potential impacts to others. If you are not feeling well, please refrain from visiting the Arboretum until you are fully recovered.

In order for the Arboretum to remain open, visitors must practice social distancing recommendations for their own safety and the safety of others.

  • Remain six (6) feet from others
  • Pass in single file at the sides of trails and roads
  • Do not gather in groups around the Troll Hunt sculptures or other areas

The Morton Arboretum endeavors to stay open to benefit the community during these challenging times. We rely on you to help The Morton Arboretum remain a safe place to enjoy the many physical and psychological benefits of being among trees and outdoors in nature. If it appears social distancing requirements are not being followed or are being compromised due to crowds in attendance or groups of people congregating in one place, the Arboretum will close.

Special Events
All Arboretum public special events through April 30 are canceled, including Breakfast with the Bunny, Easter Brunch, The Champion of Trees 10k Run, and the Arbor Day Plant Sale. Event registrants will be notified directly of these cancellations.

Private Events
All private events planned to be held at the Arboretum through April 30 are being rescheduled or canceled.

Classes and Educational Programs
All Arboretum classes and educational programs through April 30 are canceled or postponed. Select programs have been moved to an online learning format. See full list of impacted programs below. Registrants will be notified directly of these cancellations.

Field Trips and Group Tours
All field trips, scout visits, and other group tours through April 30 are canceled or postponed. An Arboretum representative will contact registrants directly to reschedule or to process refunds.

Arboretum Online Store
Online orders placed during this time will not be processed until The Arboretum Store on-site reopens. 

Refund Process
A full or prorated refund will be issued to anyone registered for events or programs that have been impacted and are not continuing via an online learning format. An Arboretum representative will contact registrants directly to process refunds. Registrants can also choose to donate event or program fees to support the Arboretum in this time of reduced operations. If you have not been contacted by April 30, please email trees@mortonarb.org. With many Arboretum staff working remotely due to health protection measures, we appreciate your patience.

Please check this webpage for ongoing updates.

Canceled Special Events

  • Breakfast with the Bunny
  • Easter Brunch
  • The Champion of Trees 10k Run
  • The Arbor Day Plant Sale
  • The Arbor Day Plant Sale Donor Event

Canceled Classes and Programs:
Adult Programs

  • Forest Therapy Walks (WELL034 and WELL016-3)
  • Edible Gardening Workshop (H980)
  • Begin to Draw Nature (A000)
  • Navigating With a Map (N108)
  • Floral Design 101 (H101)
  • Bird Walks (O010)
  • Beginning Birdwatching (O001)
  • Applying Herbicides in Natural (W430)
  • MAPS Board Meeting
  • Landscaping Dos and Don'ts (H012)
  • Fireside Chats at the Arboretum (N192)
  • Basic Plant ID (W010)
  • Design a Spring Container (H159)
  • Nature Debates (N034)
  • Beginners Nature Art Workshops (A042)
  • Backyard Bootcamp (H014)
  • Grow Great Tomatoes (H017)
  • Tool Use for Natural Areas (W008)
  • Pruning Shrubs in Spring (H448)
  • First Aid and CPR Training (W007)
  • Edible Gardening Workshop: Transformation in the Garden: Growing Organic for Today and Tomorrow (H980)
  • N-ACT Orientation (W000)
  • Intro to Ecological Restoration (W100)
  • In the Footsteps of Ansel Adams and Group (P357)
  • Full Moon Troll Hunt Tram Tour (N071)
  • Field Study: Birds of Spring (O602)
  • Beginning Smartphone Photography (P284-A)
  • Spring Wildflower Walk (N020-A, N922-B, )
  • If These Trees Could Talk (N922-A)
  • Drawing Flowering Trees (A419  )
  • Spring Warbler Workshop (O212)
  • Visiting Photographer: Exploring Macro with Mike Moats (P553)
  • Spring Floral Arrangement (H031-A)

Early Childhood and Family Programs

  • Youth Volunteer Welcome Event and Orientation
  • Little Acorns
  • Little Sprouts
  • Arbor Reading Adventures
  • Maple Tapping Hikes
  • Children's Garden Volunteer Welcome
  • Little Trees
  • Garden Story Time
  • Acorn Express Adventures
  • Woodland Family Hike (FAM036-A)
  • Arbor Day Family Tree Planting (FAM034)
  • Children's Garden Parties
  • Bi-Lingual Story Time
  • Children's Garden New Volunteer Training

Group Tours and Programs

  • School Field Trip Programs
  • Youth Merit Badge Classes
  • Guided Scout Programs


  • Nature Artists' Guild (NAG) Spring Exhibit (rescheduled to July 25-26)
  • Morton Arboretum Photographic Society (MAPS) Spring Exhibit (rescheduled to June 20-21)

Please note, the following programs have moved to an online learning format:

Adult Programs

  • Nature Writing (N095)
  • Ecosystem Concepts (W040)
  • Basic Nature Photography (P000)
  • Beginning Home Composting (H702)
  • ACCA Plant Conservation
  • ACCA Intro to Ecological Restoration
  • Arboretum Yoga (WELL005)
  • Growing Unusual and Uncommon Herbs (H146)
  • Sustainable Gardening Series: Organic Lawn and Garden Care (H165)
  • Sustainable Gardening Series: Designing with Sustainable Materials (H164)
  • Coping with Climate Change with Dr. Lauren Oakes (N802)