Adult Opportunities

Summer Solstice Hike

Celebrate the first day of summer with a guided hike along the Arboretum’s trails.

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Walk The Morton Arboretum’s trails on the longest day of the year. Visit natural areas, take in spectacular trees, and fill your lungs with fresh air as you explore the many ways we are connected to nature and its cycles.

During this guided hike, you will

  • hear solstice stories,
  • learn how daylight and darkness are important to nature’s cycles,
  • identify plants, birds, and other wildlife along the trails, and
  • consider our human role as being a part of nature rather than apart from it.

This program meets in person at the Arboretum.

Instructors: Lyn Myers, education program guide, The Morton Arboretum; Retta Hennessy, certified forest therapy guide, The Morton Arboretum

Age: 16 and older

Course number: N061


Lyn Myers, education program guide, The Morton Arboretum

Building on a lifelong connection to the outdoors, Lyn Myers has spent 17 years as an educator at The Morton Arboretum working primarily with school-age children. She also works with adult programming, scouting groups, and summer campers as an Arboretum Summer Science Camp coordinator. She became a Certified Interpretive Guide in 2017, further refining her efforts to create enriching and engaging nature experiences for all audiences. When she’s not mentoring new staff, wrangling summer campers, hiking, canoeing, or reading, you can find her digging in her garden or tending her backyard beehive.

Retta Hennessy, certified forest therapy guide, The Morton Arboretum

Retta Hennessy is a certified forest therapy guide, completing her training at The Morton Arboretum in 2017. She has been on staff at The Children’s Garden as program assistant at The Morton Arboretum since 2008. She is an early childhood educator with a master’s in education; she is also a master naturalist. The Arboretum has enabled her to share a love of teaching and nature with people of all ages. She believes the Arboretum provides a path for everyone to experience the beauty and healing opportunities that nature offers.

What to Know

This program is held outdoors. Dress for the weather and wear sturdy, comfortable shoes.

Be prepared to walk up to two miles on uneven terrain.

Program Schedule

Thursday, June 20, 2024, 7:30 p.m. to 9:00 p.m.

Prairie Visitor Station (Parking Lot 25)


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