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Members enjoy the very best of the Arboretum while helping to create a greener, healthier, and more beautiful world where people and trees thrive together.

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Morton 1

  • Unlimited visits for one individual
  • Visit any day without timed-entry passes
  • Best for singles, teachers, and students
  • Children under 2 get in free
  • Members may bring two additional guests for $5 each
$140 two-year option

$75 one-year option

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Morton 2

  • Unlimited visits for two individuals
  • Visit any day without timed-entry passes
  • Best for households of two
  • Children under 2 get in free
  • Members may bring two additional guests for $5 each
$240 two-year option

$125 one-year option

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Morton 4

  • Unlimited visits for four individuals
  • Visit any day without timed-entry passes
  • 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
$340 two-year option

$175 one-year option

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Morton 6

  • Unlimited visits for up to six individuals
  • Visit any day without timed-entry passes
  • 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
$390 two-year option

$200 one-year option

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Friend

  • Unlimited visits for up to eight individuals
  • Visit any day without timed-entry passes
  • 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
  • Visit any day without timed-entry passes
  • 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
  • Visit any day without timed-entry passes
  • Unlimited guests free of charge
  • Priority registration for Summer Science Camp, classes, and most events
$1,500 per year

One-year membership

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President’s Council

  • Unlimited visits for any amount of individuals
  • Visit any day without timed-entry passes
  • Unlimited guests free of charge
  • Priority registration for Summer Science Camp, classes, and most events
  • Concierge services
$10,000 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.

Free admission and parking

including at electric charging stations

Visit any day without timed-entry passes

by showing your physical or digital membership card at the gatehouse

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
    • Visit any day without timed-entry passes
    • Best for singles, teachers, and students
    • Children under 2 get in free
    • Members may bring two additional guests for $5 each
    $140 two-year option

    $75 one-year option

    More details
  • Morton 2

    • Unlimited visits for two individuals
    • Visit any day without timed-entry passes
    • Best for households of two
    • Children under 2 get in free
    • Members may bring two additional guests for $5 each
    $240 two-year option

    $125 one-year option

    More details
  • Morton 4

    • Unlimited visits for four individuals
    • Visit any day without timed-entry passes
    • 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
    $340 two-year option

    $175 one-year option

    More details
  • Morton 6

    • Unlimited visits for up to six individuals
    • Visit any day without timed-entry passes
    • 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
    $390 two-year option

    $200 one-year option

    More details
  • Friend

    • Unlimited visits for up to eight individuals
    • Visit any day without timed-entry passes
    • 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
    • Visit any day without timed-entry passes
    • 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
    • Visit any day without timed-entry passes
    • Unlimited guests free of charge
    • Priority registration for Summer Science Camp, classes, and most events
    $1,500 per year

    One-year membership

    More details
  • President’s Council

    • Unlimited visits for any amount of individuals
    • Visit any day without timed-entry passes
    • Unlimited guests free of charge
    • Priority registration for Summer Science Camp, classes, and most events
    • Concierge services
    $10,000 per year

    One-year membership

    More details

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  • No! Members may enter The Morton Arboretum at any time at any time during open hours on any day by showing their current physical or digital membership card at the gatehouse.

    Discounted $5 admission for additional guests beyond your membership-level benefits may be pre-purchased online or at the gatehouse upon arrival (credit cards only).

  • Members may enter with the number of individuals listed on their membership level’s admission benefit. For example, a Morton 4-level membership allows four individuals to visit each day. Member guests above the daily admission benefit may purchase up to two $5 discounted member guest admissions per day.

    Discounted $5 admission for member guests, and additional full-priced member guest admissions, may be pre-purchased online or at the gatehouse upon arriving.

  • Beginning April 17, 2023 all active members have been enrolled in the digital Frequent Visitor Reward program (FVR), regardless of their membership card type. Digital FVR points are automatically recorded when an active membership card or member timed ticket is scanned at the gatehouse, even without a digital membership card.

    Members wishing to use a physical, stamped FVR card may receive a card at the Member Services Desk and present it at the gatehouse to collect a stamp.

    FVR points can only be earned or redeemed as part of an active membership.  One point is available per member household, per day. Points are non transferable between households and the Arboretum’s membership staff are unable to redeem points from another member’s FVR points.

  • Simply show your digital or physical membership card or timed-entry ticket—on weekends or federal holidays—when you arrive at the gatehouse to have your digital FVR point added. Physical FVR cards may continue to be stamped at the gatehouse upon entry. One point is available per membership household, per day.

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

    Digital Membership Card Holders: To find your FVR point total on your digital membership card, turn your card over using the ellipse (…) symbol in the corner and your points will appear at the top of the card back. Point totals are updated on the back of digital membership cards each morning to reflect visits from the previous day. If your card is not set to automatically update, “pull down” the screen to refresh and see your balance.

    Physical FVR Stamp Cards: If you prefer, you may continue to collect FVR points on a paper card stamped at the gatehouse. In case you forget or misplace your paper card, an FVR point will be automatically recorded each time your membership card or timed-entry ticket  is scanned at the gatehouse.

    Both digital and stamped points may be redeemed immediately at the Member Services Desk on the same visit they are earned, even if the updated balance is not yet reflected on the digital membership card.

    Members may call the Membership Hotline at 630-719-2453, email membersmail@mortonarb.org, or stop by the Member Services Desk for an FVR point balance, convert a physical FVR stamp card to digital points, or request a digital membership card.

  • The maximum number of FVR points available is 120 points. Once points have been redeemed and your balance drops below 120 points, on your next visit you will automatically begin accruing points again.

  • For additional FVR information, call the Membership Hotline at 630-719-2453, email membersmail@mortonarb.org, or stop by the Member Services Desk.

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

  • 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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