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Morton 1

  • Unlimited visits for one individual
  • Best for singles, teachers, and students
  • Children under 2 get in free
  • Members may bring two additional guests for $5 each
$120 two-year option

$65 one-year option

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Morton 2

  • Unlimited visits for two individuals
  • Best for households of two
  • Children under 2 get in free
  • Members may bring two additional guests for $5 each
$210 two-year option

$110 one-year option

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Morton 4

  • Unlimited visits for four individuals
  • Best for four-person households
  • Admits any combination of adults and children age 2 and above
  • Children under 2 get in free
  • Members may bring two additional guests for $5 each
$310 two-year option

$160 one-year option

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Morton 6

  • Unlimited visits for up to six individuals
  • Best for large families, extended families, and for bringing friends as guests
  • Admits any combination of adults and children age 2 and above
  • Children under 2 get in free
  • Members may bring two additional guests for $5 each
$370 two-year option

$190 one-year option

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Friend

  • Unlimited visits for up to eight individuals
  • Best for large families, extended families, and bringing friends as guests
  • Admits any combination of adults and children age 2 and above
  • Children under age 2 get in free
  • Members may bring two additional guests for $5 each
$300 per year

One-year membership

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Partner

  • Unlimited visits for up to ten individuals
  • Best for large families, extended families, and bringing friends as guests
  • Admits any combination of adults and children age 2 and above
  • Children under age 2 get in free
  • Members may bring two additional guests for $5 each
$500 per year

One-year membership

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Thornhill Society

  • Unlimited visits for any amount of individuals
  • Access to the Arboretum without timed-entry member passes
  • Unlimited guests free of charge
  • Priority registration for Summer Science Camp, classes, and most events
  • Concierge services
$1,500 per year

One-year membership

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Member Benefits

All members enjoy the following exclusive benefits, in addition to the benefits unique to their membership level.

Access to a dedicated membership hotline

630-719-2453

Free subscription

to ArbConnect and More Than A Walk In The Woods e-newsletters

10% discount

at The Arboretum Store

15% discount

on education programs

Borrowing privileges

at the Sterling Morton Library

Reciprocal admission privileges

at more than 340 arboreta and botanical gardens across North America

Discounted rentals

on bicycle, snowshoe, and cross-country skis (subject to availability)

Members-only access

from 7:00 a.m. to 9:00 a.m. daily, members have exclusive access to the grounds

Frequent Visitor Reward Program

Earn points toward a free small drink or pastry with every visit

Membership Levels

Find the right membership level for you. Best value: Save $10 with a two-year membership. Two-year memberships are a convenient option and include special perks such as tram vouchers, exclusive content, and a branded thank you gift.

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  • Morton 1

    • Unlimited visits for one individual
    • Best for singles, teachers, and students
    • Children under 2 get in free
    • Members may bring two additional guests for $5 each
    $120 two-year option

    $65 one-year option

    More details
  • Morton 2

    • Unlimited visits for two individuals
    • Best for households of two
    • Children under 2 get in free
    • Members may bring two additional guests for $5 each
    $210 two-year option

    $110 one-year option

    More details
  • Morton 4

    • Unlimited visits for four individuals
    • Best for four-person households
    • Admits any combination of adults and children age 2 and above
    • Children under 2 get in free
    • Members may bring two additional guests for $5 each
    $310 two-year option

    $160 one-year option

    More details
  • Morton 6

    • Unlimited visits for up to six individuals
    • Best for large families, extended families, and for bringing friends as guests
    • Admits any combination of adults and children age 2 and above
    • Children under 2 get in free
    • Members may bring two additional guests for $5 each
    $370 two-year option

    $190 one-year option

    More details
  • Friend

    • Unlimited visits for up to eight individuals
    • Best for large families, extended families, and bringing friends as guests
    • Admits any combination of adults and children age 2 and above
    • Children under age 2 get in free
    • Members may bring two additional guests for $5 each
    $300 per year

    One-year membership

    More details
  • Partner

    • Unlimited visits for up to ten individuals
    • Best for large families, extended families, and bringing friends as guests
    • Admits any combination of adults and children age 2 and above
    • Children under age 2 get in free
    • Members may bring two additional guests for $5 each
    $500 per year

    One-year membership

    More details
  • Thornhill Society

    • Unlimited visits for any amount of individuals
    • Access to the Arboretum without timed-entry member passes
    • Unlimited guests free of charge
    • Priority registration for Summer Science Camp, classes, and most events
    • Concierge services
    $1,500 per year

    One-year membership

    More details

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You’re Always Here

As a member, you are an important partner in the Arboretum’s mission to plant and protect trees. You provide critical support to sustain the Arboretum’s work for trees. Thank you for being a tree champion.

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  • Enroll at the Member Services Desk in the Visitor Center and start earning rewards just for visiting.

    Once enrolled, show your Frequent Visitor Reward card at the gatehouse to receive a visitation stamp. One stamp per member household per day and one card per member household.

    Special events, programs, camps, field trips, or volunteer admissions are not eligible for a Frequent Visitor Reward stamp.

    Redeem completed cards at the Member Services Desk for the following items:

    ·        Six stamps = one free small coffee, tea, or soda in the Ginkgo Café

    ·        12 stamps = one free pastry in the Ginkgo Café

    The Frequent Visitor Reward program is a member-only benefit.

  • The Frequent Visitor Reward Program is a member-only benefit.

    Enroll at the Member Services Desk and receive your first stamp. Your card can be stamped at the gatehouse during future visits. Redeem six stamps at the Member Services Desk for a free small coffee, tea, or soda, and redeem 12 stamps for a free small pastry. Beverages and pastries are available at the Ginkgo Café, which is open from 9:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. daily.

    Stamps are limited to one stamp per member household per day.

    Special events, programs, camps, field trips, or volunteer admissions are not eligible for a Frequent Visitor Reward stamp.

  • Detailed information about the new digital membership card is available here.

  • Yes. Timed-entry reservations have greatly reduced wait times at the gatehouse and provide a streamlined and predictable entry experience. Timed-entry has also eliminated traffic backups onto the Route 53 roadway. Due to the significant benefits, the Arboretum is continuing with this process. If you have any challenges reserving passes, we are happy to assist you (membership hotline: 630-719-2453).

  • The Morton Arboretum is The Champion of Trees, blending science and splendor, providing beautiful landscapes where people can enjoy and learn about trees and nature. Every membership supports the Arboretum’s vital work to plant and protect trees for a greener, healthier, and more beautiful world.  Members receive special benefits, including free admission and parking, a 15% or greater discount on educational classes, 10% off most purchases at The Arboretum Store, reciprocal admission to more than 300 arboreta and botanical gardens, invitations to member-only events, and much more!

  • The two-year membership option when you join or renew is the best value. Two-year members receive $10 savings, invitations to exclusive member Enrichment Events, free Acorn Express tram tour vouchers, and a  gift voucher that may be redeemed in The Arboretum Store.

  • To renew your membership online, you will need both your membership number (found on your membership card) and the last name of the primary cardholder on your membership account. Sign in to the portal, click the “renew” button, and follow the prompts.

  • The cost of membership to The Morton Arboretum is tax deductible to the extent allowed by law. The value of benefits received is insubstantial and the cost of membership is fully deductible. Please consult your tax advisor.

  • Member contact information may be updated by emailing membersmail@mortonarb.org or by calling the Membership Hotline 630-719-2453 from 10:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m. daily (calls will be returned within 48 hours). To expedite your request, please include your membership identification number (located on your membership card) as well as the information you would like to update. Please note that at this time, member record updates are not able to be completed through the online member portal.

  • Members of reciprocal gardens with one name on their membership card are eligible for up to two free general admission tickets each time they visit (member+ one guest). Those with two or more names on their reciprocal garden membership card receive entries for all those named on the card (no guests). Reciprocal benefits do not extend to special event tickets. Reciprocal program members may receive the benefit offered by the issuing institution by purchasing a timed-entry guest ticket in advance online, then bringing your receipt and membership card or other membership identification to the Visitor Services desk in the Visitor Center between 9:00 a.m. and 4:00 p.m. for a refund. If you have questions, please email tickets@mortonarb.org or call 630-725-2066 between 10:00 a.m. and 3:00 p.m. You can check to see if your garden membership is part of the program here.

    The Morton Arboretum is a member of the American Horticultural Society (AHS) and members of the Arboretum enjoy special admission privileges, in addition to possible discounts on gift shop purchases and special events at more than 330 botanical gardens and horticultural organizations across North America through the Reciprocal Admission Program (RAP). Please note that The Morton Arboretum follows the 90-mile exclusion rule, with the exception of the Chicago Botanic Garden.

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