The Future of Trees: Hope in a Changing Climate

A man is walking through an oak savanna.
With extreme weather events, flooding, drought, and habitat fragmentation on the rise, will our trees be able to weather the storm? What will our parks, preserves, and urban landscapes look like in 50 or 100 years? Grab a drink at the bar (one drink is included in price of ticket), and join us for a compelling discussion led by moderator Jerome McDonnell of WBEZ Radio’s Worldview. 
  • Regional experts in climate and tree science will make the case for a green future in the face of mounting challenges.
  • Get straight talk on climate science, how our local environment is changing, and what that means for our trees.
  • Learn about the Arboretum research and long-range planning that will keep trees around for generations to come.
  • Get concrete ways you can make a difference, and get your questions answered by our panel of experts.

Don Wuebbles, professor of atmospheric sciences at the University of Illinois
Leslie Brandt, climate change specialist with the US Forest Service
Christy Rollinson, forest ecologist with The Morton Arboretum
Matt Lobdell, curator for The Morton Arboretum
Lydia Scott, director of the Chicago Region Trees Initiative

Moderator Jerome McDonnell has been the host of WBEZ radio’s Worldview since 1994.

Presented in partnership with the Chicago Council on Science and Technology (C2ST). 

Note: Admission includes one drink ticket and light snacks. Age 21+. Limit 150

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Schedule and Location

Thursday, April 12, 2018, 7:00 to 9:00 p.m.
Ginkgo Room, Visitor Center

Fees and Admission

Nonmembers: Fees include admission to the Arboretum. 

$20.00 member
$25.00 nonmember

Registration Information

BY PHONE: 630-719-2468 (or to be waitlisted)
IN PERSON: Stop by the Visitor Center during open hours.