Plan a Field Trip

Need-to-know tips to help you and your students prepare for an unforgettable Arboretum experience

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We are looking forward to your visit to The Morton Arboretum. The Arboretum offers a 1,700-acre classroom for students to explore. Included below are resources to help you plan a trip for your students. The Arboretum offers both guided and self-guided field trip programs in the fall, spring, and summer. Registration for fall opens the first week in August, and the fall season runs from September to mid-November. Registration for spring programs opens the first week in January and runs from April to early June. Limited guided programs are available in the summer (June through August).

Policies and procedures:

Review the Guided Field Trip Program letter, for details on how to prepare three weeks, two weeks, and one week prior to your scheduled field trip date. Based on the type of field trip you registered for, choose the correct corresponding letter:

Chaperone information to share:

Additionally, you are encouraged to utilize our chaperone information letter. This letter will help prepare your chaperones, parents, and additional teachers and aids for your upcoming field trip. For your convenience, this letter is also available in Spanish:

When you arrive:

Guided programs meet at Parking Area P-21 on the West Side. Share this information with your bus driver. Drivers are expected to stay on-site during your visit. View the West Side map for reference.

Organize your group with the Field Trip Planning Template:

Organizing your groups? Use our Guided Field Trip Organizer template to help you organize your student groups. 

Prepare your students for a field trip: 

For program vocabulary and additional activities, access the resources bundle sent along with your registration.

Get to know the Arboretum before your visit. View our online exhibits through Google Cultural Institute.

Online exhibits include:

Policies and procedures:

Review the Self-guided Field Trip Program letter, for details on how to prepare for your trip three weeks, two weeks, and one week prior to your scheduled field trip date.

Children’s Garden information for self-guided groups:

We look forward to welcoming your group to the Children’s Garden, where kids can explore, learn, and play among trees and the natural world.

The Children’s Garden was founded on the premise that children are naturally curious, eager to explore, and learn best through hands-on engagement with the world of nature in a safe and welcoming space.

Please be aware of the following logistical information for a visit to the Children’s Garden and refer to the Self-guided Trip Program letter for the full details:

  • Groups coming to the Children’s Garden should park in Parking Area P-1.
  • The Children’s Garden opens at 11:30 a.m. daily.
  • Each group of one to 20 students must have three chaperones.
  • There is no reserved space for lunch. All picnic tables and the picnic lawn are available on a first-come, first-served basis.
  • The Children’s Garden will close in the event of severe weather.

Field Trip Bundles

To access vocabulary, activities, teacher guides, and more, register here to enroll in our Field Trip Bundles.