College and University Programs

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The Morton Arboretum is a private, nonprofit organization dedicated to the planting and conservation of trees, with 1,700 acres of managed tree and shrub collections, gardens, and natural areas to explore. We welcome college and university students and professionals interested in learning with the Arboretum.

Associated Colleges of the Chicago Area Courses

Since 1983, The Morton Arboretum has partnered with the Associated Colleges of the Chicago Area (ACCA) to offer cooperative college classes in botany and environmental science. Currently, we offer three classes a year, one in the fall semester and two in the spring semester.

Questions about our college courses? Email us at

College and University Field Trips

Interested in field study or career exploration on the grounds of the Arboretum? We have several options for college and university learners interested in visiting the Arboretum as a class. Field trips for college and university groups will resume in Fall 2021.

Field trips can include either or both guided and self-guided trips. See fees and admission for more details or click here to request a trip.

Guided College Field Trips

  • Include a visit with or tour by an Arboretum staff member
  • Scheduled Monday – Friday during open hours
  • One guided adventure (1.5 hours): $10 per student, $15 registration fee
  • One guided adventure (3.0 hours or more) $15 per student, $30 registration fee (Full-day programs not available in spring 2021)

Self-guided College Groups

  • Available year-round for college groups
  • Led by the instructor (no Arboretum staff present)
  • Scheduled Monday – Friday during open hours
  • Self-guided adventure: $8 per student, $15 registration fee

Registration Details:

  • Registration must be completed three weeks prior to field trip date.
  • Dates are reserved on a first-come, first-served basis, so early registration is STRONGLY encouraged.
  • Two instructors/teaching assistants admitted free with every 10 students.
  • There is a minimum of 10 students for guided and self-guided field trips.
  • Payment is due three weeks before the date of the field trip.
  • Call the registrar at 630-719-2468, Monday through Friday, 9:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m.

Fees Include Admission to the Arboretum for:

  • All registered and attending students
  • All registered and attending instructors/teaching assistants (two adults for every 10 students)
  • Aides supporting learners with disabilities or state required aides

Ready to schedule? Click here to request a field trip.

For more information contact the Education Registrar’s Office at or call 630-719-2468 (Monday through Friday, 9:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. Central time).

Participant and group leader headcount adjustments or program cancellations must be made by calling the Registrar at 630-719-2468 at least three weeks prior to a field trip. There are no refunds for adjustments or cancellations made less than three weeks prior to a field trip. The registration fee is non-refundable.

We are unable to provide refunds for absent participants. We reserve the right to cancel any program if payment is not received prior to a school’s or group’s visit. Programs are not canceled due to rain or inclement weather. If the weather seems severe, please call the Registrar’s office (630-719-2468) for program status.

Your visit to The Morton Arboretum is implied consent for the use of your likeness by the Arboretum without limit in any and all media, for any purpose.


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