Nature-based Early Learning Program (3–5 years old)
Take advantage of the Arboretum’s extensive outdoor collections and programming resources to immerse children in a variety of outdoor exploratory experiences in a stimulating, rewarding environment. This program allows children the opportunity to explore nature throughout the changing seasons, all while developing cross-curricular skills that fall under the academic domains noted in the Illinois Early Learning and Development Standards: Language Arts, Mathematics, Science, Social Studies, Physical Development and Health, The Arts, and Social/Emotional Development. Children will grow strong alongside the trees here at The Morton Arboretum!
The mission of Little Trees is to help young children develop a deep and meaningful relationship with nature through outdoor play and child-directed discovery, creating a foundation for a lifetime of stewardship working towards a greener, healthier, and more beautiful world.
Now enrolling for the 2021-2022 season!
- Roots Class (3-yr-olds): Tuesdays and Thursdays, 9:00 to 11:30 a.m.
- Saplings Class (4-yr-olds): Mondays, Wednesdays, and Fridays, 9:00 to 11:30 a.m.
- Trees Class (mixed ages 4- and 5-yr-olds): Mondays through Thursdays, 12:30 to 3:00 p.m.