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Children and Family Programs

Curiosity Woods Forest Play Program (in person)

Play, wonder, and explore while immersed in the natural world at The Morton Arboretum in this drop-off program for children ages 3 to 6 years.

Content Detail

In these two-week, mixed-ages programs, children become active learners as they follow their curiosity about the natural world and draw on direct physical and social experiences outdoors. Through child-led nature play and exploration in the Arboretum’s East Woods, along with storytelling, sharing time, and other developmentally appropriate activities, the programs will offer participants the freedom to learn in an environment filled with wonder and new discoveries every day.

This program meets in person at The Morton Arboretum.

Instructors: Kathryn Neuffer, supervisor of early childhood programs, The Morton Arboretum; Megan Sneyd, Little Trees program assistant, The Morton Arboretum

Health and Safety: Program participants must abide by the Arboretum’s health and safety guidelines. Guidelines are subject to change, so please check back frequently.

Age: Children ages 3 to 6 years



Kathryn Neuffer, supervisor of early childhood programs, The Morton Arboretum

Kathryn Neuffer supervises the early childhood programming in the Children’s Garden and has a background in early childhood and special education. She enjoys introducing our youngest visitors to the wonders of the outdoors and helping to grow children’s curiosity toward the natural world through play and hands-on experiences.

Megan Sneyd, Little Trees program assistant

Megan Sneyd works with the early childhood program Little Trees, where she shares her love for nature with some of the Arboretum’s youngest stewards. She takes every opportunity to help people develop and strengthen their own connection with nature.

What to Know

  • This is a drop-off program held completely outdoors, weather permitting. Dress your young explorer for the weather.
  • Read the Curiosity Woods Program Handbook for information on suggested clothing, program supplies, drop-off and pick-up procedures, and more.


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