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Children dash up a wooden plank way and climb ropes to a lookout where they can survey the woods beneath them, they scoop a handful of pond water with hopes of capturing a tiny tadpole in their cupped palms, and learn about the role of bees and other pollinators in fragrant flower gardens throughout the four-acre space.
The Morton Arboretum invites four-legged friends and their owners to roam 16 miles of woods, prairies and other natural landscapes during the Tails on the Trails event Saturday, September 12. Tails on the Trails will feature dog-friendly activities, including agility demonstrations and guided hikes through the grounds. Additionally, a pet expo will take place along Meadow Lake from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m., rain or shine.

August 10, 2015

The Fall Color Festival at The Morton Arboretum is off to a running start as the 12th annual Fall Color 5K Run & Walk and Kid’s Dash takes place Sunday, October 4 with a brand-new post-race party. 

As part of its continued commitment to sustainability, The Morton Arboretum has completed an LED lighting upgrade throughout its buildings. This upgrade was made possible by a grant from the Illinois Clean Energy Community Foundation (ICECF).
June 10, 2015 The Morton Arboretum will welcome renowned researchers from around the world as the 8th International Oak Society Conference convenes Oct. 18-Oct. 21. Presenters will discuss the latest information on research, management, ethnobotany and conservation of oaks, many of which are keystone species in ecosystems, streetscapes, and gardens around the world.

June 9, 2015

Cross the pond to experience the fascinating cultures and long-held traditions of Europe at The Morton Arboretum’s Passport Europe Summer Festival, Saturday, June 20 and Sunday, June 21.

On Saturday, May 16, The Morton Arboretum welcomed nearly 450 guests to the Brilliance in Bloom Dinner Party in support of the institution’s tree-focused work.
With more than 8,000 tree species threatened with extinction, an urgent need exists for botanical gardens to protect threatened trees in dedicated conservation collections. A new report published in the July issue of the international conservation journal Oryx offers strategies and guidelines to help botanical gardens strengthen the conservation value of their tree collections.
The Morton Arboretum is recognizing Endangered Species Day, Friday, May 15, and Plant Conservation Day, Monday, May 18, with four days of specially-themed activities and programs.
It takes only a short time to plant a tree, but how a tree is planted can have a lasting influence on its future growth. To help retailers, landscape architects, municipalities and homeowners select trees that will thrive for the future, The Morton Arboretum has introduced its updated guide to Selecting and Planting Trees, along with the new Northern Illinois Tree Species List, a comprehensive list of trees available for planting in northern Illinois.