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Coronavirus (COVID-19) Prevention

The Morton Arboretum continues to closely monitor national and local guidance related to the status of the coronavirus (COVID-19). In order to protect public health, the Arboretum will remain closed through May 31.  

We look forward to reopening at a future date. Stay connected with the Arboretum during this time through online learning opportunities, and by following Arboretum Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram social media channels.

We are grateful for continued support and generosity of Arboretum members during this unprecedented time. We are committed to providing members with the full suite of membership benefits despite the current circumstances. As such, we will be extending Morton Arboretum memberships for the full amount of time that members are not able to access all of their benefits. Additional details about how this will impact memberships will be shared when the Arboretum reopens. If you have questions about your membership, please reach out to membersmail@mortonarb.org

How You Can Support
Like many other organizations, The Morton Arboretum is not spared from the unfortunate financial effects that accompany this difficult period. As a nonprofit institution, the Arboretum relies on public support from admissions, tuition, and events, as well as financial donations. Increased support at this time through philanthropic gifts, annual memberships, and business and community partnerships will be essential to help offset this COVID-19 impact.

If you are able to help, any amount makes a difference and is greatly appreciated. You can support the Arboretum during this temporary closure by making an online gift today or by becoming a member.  

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

Events and Education Programs
All Arboretum private and public special events, education programs, field trips, and group tours through May 31 are canceled or postponed. Select programs have been moved to an online learning format. See full list of impacted programs below. Event and program registrants have been notified directly of these cancellations.

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 May 31, please email trees@mortonarb.org. With many Arboretum staff working remotely due to health protection measures, we appreciate your patience.

Canceled Special Events

  • Tails on the Trails
  • Wine Dinner
  • Mother's Day Brunch
  • Wine Tasting
  • Iris Society Show

Canceled Classes and Programs:
Adult Programs

  • Forest Therapy Walks (WELL034 and WELL016)
  • 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, H014B)
  • 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, N020C)
  • 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)
  • DIY Garden Flag (A228)
  • Spring Photography Walking Tour (P004A)
  • Full Moon Tram Tour (N044A, B)
  • Nature Photography-Intro to Composition (P110)
  • Habitat Hikes: Woodlands and Their Wildlife (N002A)
  • Drawing Nature (A002)
  • Trolls After Dark Hike (N067A)

Early Childhood and Family Programs

  • Youth Volunteer Welcome Event and Orientation
  • Little Acorns
  • Little Sprouts
  • Little Trees
  • Garden Story Time
  • Acorn Express Adventures
  • Woodland Family Hike (FAM036-A)
  • 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)
  • Identify Woodland Wildflowers (W212A, W21BA)
  • Design a Woodland Garden (H943)
  • Tree Care Basics for Homeowners (H100)
  • Basic Tree ID (N142, W010) 
  • Invasive Species (W033)
  • New Invaders Watch Training Program (W106)
  • Backpacking Basics (N117)
  • Basic Plant ID (W010)
  • Youth Volunteer Welcome Event and Orientation


Early Childhood and Family Programs 

  • Garden Explorers-3-5 years (Y023)
  • Garden Explorers-18-35 months (Y022)
  • Little Trees