Explore 1,700 acres of plants and trees. Walk, run or bike 9 miles of paved roads or hike 16 miles of trails with birds, frogs and other wildlife, amid trees, meadows, ponds and lakes. Wander a one-acre Maze Garden or enjoy a Children's Garden with year-round activities for ages 2 and up. Family and youth outings, classes, story times and other nature- and science-based activities for all ages vary year-round. Visitor stations at Big Rock and Schulenberg Prairie tell the story of the area and its ecosystems.
Experience Exceptional Autumn Events at The Morton Arboretum.
At The Morton Arboretum's Fall Color Festival, you'll discover delightful nature-themed events in a stunning 1,700 acre setting. Here are five of the many exceptional autumn activities:
Trick or Trees in the Children's Garden. Costumes encouraged! Play tricky games, make fun fall crafts and plant a tree seed to take home. FREE with admission. Small pumpkins to paint available for purchase. Every weekend in October.
Scarecrow Trail. Marvel at 50 whimsical, humorous and creative scarecrows lining Meadow Lake. Plus, vote for your favorite one! FREE with admission. September 30-November 4.
The Glass Pumpkin Patch. Enter a dazzling world of 3,000 glass pumpkins and other autumnal creations. For specific days and times of the exhibit, market and glass-blowing demonstrations, visit mortonarb.org. Free with admission. October 17-21.
Theatre-Hikes ®. Walk from scene-to-scene with actors performing Werewolf's Curse; Or Hair Today, Gone Tomorrow. Ticket purchase required (admission included within ticket price for non-members). Every weekend in October.
Tree House Tales Exhibition. Play in a village of six tree-themed houses including an Empress Tree Castle, White Pine Ship, Dogwood Doghouse. This is a perfect photo opportunity for costumed princesses, pioneers, puppies and everyone else! FREE with admission. Now through November 2013.
Plus, you'll find many more events and activities throughout October at The Morton Arboretum, located in Lisle, Illinois, right off of I-88 at Route 53. Parking is free with admission. Take advantage of the affordable Family Membership to enjoy the Arboretum year-round. www.mortonarb.org.