There’s nothing like a breath of fresh air to ignite the senses. While the world is slowly becoming more environmentally conscientious with the phasing out of plastics and attempts to live more sustainable lifestyles, it’s still easy to take for granted the everyday nature around us. Visiting your local botanical garden or arboretum is a step in the right direction towards an appreciation for the environment that gives us life. They are also great spots to take your kids toand teach the next generation about the science behind nature and how to preserve it.
The Morton Arboretum
One of our favorite arboretums to visit is the Morton Arboretum in Illinois for its extensive educational and science programs along with a variety of interactive adventures you can take part in during your visit. Adults can take to the air with Aerial Tree Yoga, drink bourbon and learn about bees during a Bees and Bourbon class, or try out creative canning recipes during a Canning Tomatoes tutorial. Kids can dig for worms in a Wigg!y Worms class, take a bonsai workshop or earn hiking merit badges.
Discover Giant Trolls in a Forest Troll Hunt
Currently, the main attraction in the arboretum is the Troll Hunt, a collection of 15 to 30-foot tall troll sculptures that are hidden within the arboretum’s forest. Sculpted from reclaimed wood by Danish artist, Thomas Dambo, the trolls are the symbolic protectors of the environment and are even more impressive incorporated into the surrounding foliage.
Take a Walk With Wine and Art
In August you can enjoy live music, peruse eccentric nature-inspired arts and crafts, and taste the best local wines during the arboretum’s Wine & Art Walk. The walk takes place around Meadow Lake so you can take in the scenery while browsing ceramics, fused glass, woodturning, paintings, and photography. With over 40 local and visiting artists displaying their work, you’re sure to find a unique souvenir to take home.
Plan Your Visit
With 1,700 acres of gardens, 16 miles of hiking trails, and 9 miles of scenic roads, the Morton Arboretum is a wonderful way to spend part of your trip to Illinois. To get the most out of your getaway, check into Eaglewood Resort & Spa, located only 20 minutes from the arboretum and 30 minutes from Chicago. With exciting city life and relaxing landscapes at arm’s length, it’s the ideal location to make your home base.