- Vanishing Acts: Trees Under Threat Exhibit
The Conifer Collection
Come learn about the gifts that the world's endangered trees give us—and how you can join the Arboretum in saving them. See details
Vanishing Acts: Trees Under Threat Exhibit
An award-winning outdoor exhibit shows that trees that we know and love are endangered in the wild. By protecting them, we help ourselves and the entire planet.
Just a few examples of the trees you'll learn about at Vanishing Acts:
Wild Apple. Apple pie. An apple for the teacher. An apple a day keeps the doctor away. The apple's delicious sweetness anchors our American traditions. The world's last remaining wild apple trees are being cut down to make room for houses.
Fraser Fir. At Christmas time, many enjoy Fraser fir's soft, fragrant foliage and perfect shape. A non-native insect has killed up to 95 percent of wild Fraser firs growing in the Appalachians.
Pacific Yew. Many cancer survivors and their families can thank the Pacific yew tree for a cancer-fighting compound discovered in its bark. Wild Pacific yews are recovering from overharvesting after the discovery.
"To save trees, we can accomplish more together than we can individually," says Gerard Donnelly, President and CEO of The Morton Arboretum. "With 8,000 endangered tree species worldwide, it's a huge issue with a direct link to climate change and other factors affecting the health of plants, people, and the planet."
Vanishing Acts was developed by The Morton Arboretum and is exhibited on site and will also tour nationally.
The Vanishing Acts exhibit is located in the Conifer Collection, just a short stroll off the Conifer Walk.
Come make a day of it by walking the .25 mile exhibit loop and then experiencing the outstanding display of 4,100 kinds of trees from around the world.
This traveling exhibit is organized and circulated by The Morton Arboretum, in partnership with the Global Trees Campaign, and made possible by a grant from the Institute for Museum and Library Services.
- Biking at The Morton Arboretum
Coast under a canopy of trees. Bike nine miles of paved roads that wind through our magnificent tree collections. See details
Bicycling is good for your health and good for the environment, too! Take advantage of this opportunity to explore our expansive grounds in an up close way.
Look for bike racks at the Visitor Center, Big Rock and Prairie Visitor Stations, Administration & Research Center, Thornhill Education Center, and near the Gatehouses at the main entrance. Lock your bike at any of these racks, and see more of nature’s beauty by enjoying a walk on our trails, or into our gardens.
Enjoy bicycling in an "auto-free zone"
May 3 - September 8
Fridays: 5:30 p.m.– sunset
Saturdays & Sundays: 7:00 a.m.– 9:00 a.m.
Bike rentals are available for adults and children daily through September 2 and on weekends through October 31. (weather permitting)
10:00 a.m.-4:00 p.m.
Maximize your bicycling experience by reading our Bicycling Guidelines before you visit.
- Tree House Tales Exhibition
Daily, NOW-November 2013
Every tree has a story that's waiting to be told! See details
Enter a tree village that's filled with adventure and imagination. Play, make believe, and become part of the trees' ever-changing tale. This exhibition, aimed at children ages 2–10 years old, is comprised of six funfilled, educational tree houses. Normal gate fees apply to nonmembers.
- Chamber Concert: Prairie Winds
January 6, 2013-SOLD OUT
2:15pm – 4:15pm
Thornhill Education Center
The Prairie Winds have captivated audiences throughout North America with performances that entertain as well as enlighten. See details
These musicians blend powerful musical technique with humor and intriguing background information to create what one critic called "a unique approach to the shaping of the concert experience (that) is sure to keep them in demand."
After the concert, gather with other music enthusiasts to sample wines and "meet and greet" the artists in the historic Founder's Room. Performances are held in the stunning, Arbor Room in the Thornhill Education Center.
January 6, 2013 SOLD OUT
2:15pm – 4:15pm
Thornhill Education Center
Member $23 / Non-member$28
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Admission is included in the ticket price.
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The 2012-13 Chamber Concerts at The Morton Arboretum are partially supported by a grant from the Illinois Arts Council, a state agency
Chamber Concert In-Kind Sponsor