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Trees and Ecology

Natural history

Discover what happens at the Arboretum at night, when no one is around. Please note: The September 16 tram has been moved to September 19, 7:30 to 9:30 p.m. due to the threat of severe weather.
Family-friendly jack-o'-lantern-lit hike explores the night life of owls, bats, and spiders at The Morton Arboretum. (This event is Sold Out.) Saturdays, October 10 or 17, or Sundays, October 11 or 18, 2016, 6:00 p.m. to 8:30 p.m.
Search the woods, fields, and edges of the Arboretum for fall birds.Saturdays, October 8 or November 12, 2016, 8:00 to 10:30 a.m.
The 8th International Oak Society Conference will take place October 18-21, 2015 at The Morton Arboretum near Chicago. Conference highlights will include presentations from many of the world’s leading oak researchers; opportunities to discuss and contribute to ongoing work in oak conservation worldwide; workshops in oak collecting, collections management, oak-focused botanical art and other topics; tours of the Arboretum’s world-renowned oak collection; and a seed exchange. Register today!
Join us in the Sterling Morton Library for this popular and interactive story time at The Morton Arboretum. Wednesdays OR Fridays, November through January (except November 25 and January 18), 11:00 to 11:45 a.m.
Join us on the Acorn Express for a family friendly tram-ride adventure through The Morton Arboretum! Wednesdays and Fridays, April through October (except July 22 and 29), 2016, 11:00 to 11:45 a.m.
Rent a self-guided family backpack that will enhance your visit to The Morton Arboretum. Daily, April-October, 2016, 10:00 a.m.-4:00 p.m.