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Press releases from The Morton Arboretum.

MORTON ARBORETUM PRESIDENT AND CEO GERARD DONNELLY NAMED TO BOTANIC GARDENS CONSERVATION INTERNATIONAL BOARD OF DIRECTORS

Botanic Gardens Conservation International (BGCI), the world’s largest plant conservation network, announced the appointment of Gerard T. Donnelly, Ph.D., President and CEO of The Morton Arboretum, to its Board of Directors.

NEWS RELEASE: THE MORTON ARBORETUM LAUNCHES ACCESS PROGRAM FOR LOW-INCOME FAMILIES

The Morton Arboretum has joined Museums for All, a program of the Association of Children’s Museums (ACM) and the Institute of Museum and Library Services (IMLS), designed to encourage families of all backgrounds to visit museums regularly and build lifelong museum habits.

NEWS RELEASE: THE MORTON ARBORETUM WELCOMES 1 MILLION VISITORS IN 2015, A NEW RECORD

The Morton Arboretum has welcomed one million visitors in a single year for the first time in its 93-year history. This tops the Arboretum’s previous yearly attendance record of 934,000, set in 2014. Membership has also grown significantly in 2015, to 42,890 member households. The Morton Arboretum is one of only six public gardens in the United States to reach these milestones.

INTERACT WITH SIBERIAN SLED DOGS AT THE MORTON ARBORETUM’S HUSKY HEROES EVENT

Visitors of all ages will enjoy interacting with Siberian sled dogs when Husky Heroes returns to The Morton Arboretum, Jan. 30-31, 2016.

NEWS RELEASE: THE ENCHANTED RAILROAD RETURNS TO THE MORTON ARBORETUM

The Morton Arboretum welcomes back its popular Enchanted Railroad this January with a theme that celebrates the seasons and a new LEGO® train car created by the artist behind this summer’s smash exhibit Nature Connects. The exhibit opens Jan. 15 and continues through Feb. 21.

NEWS RELEASE: THE MORTON ARBORETUM INTRODUCES FIRST-EVER ARBORETUM BEER

This month, The Morton Arboretum will introduce Arbor Oak Amber Ale, its first-ever namesake beer. Brewed in partnership with Chicago’s Lake Effect Brewing Co. using oak from the Arboretum’s grounds and Wisconsin special-roast malts, the new beer is a perfect blend of seasonal flavors.

NEWS RELEASE: EXPERIENCE CHAMBER MUSIC IN A CLASSIC SETTING AT THE MORTON ARBORETUM

Be swept away by classical chamber music this winter, performed in The Morton Arboretum’s historic Thornhill Education Center. Enjoy intimate, Sunday afternoon concerts while overlooking a scenic vista, followed by a reception.

NEWS RELEASE: TICKETS ON SALE TODAY FOR ILLUMINATION: TREE LIGHTS AT THE MORTON ARBORETUM

Tickets are now on sale for Illumination: Tree Lights at The Morton Arboretum, returning this November with more lights, sights and sounds that will transform a Chicago-area wintertime walk in the woods into a colorful, inspiring experience like no other.

NEWS RELEASE: THE MORTON ARBORETUM WELCOMES BACK THE GLASS PUMPKIN PATCH

Swirls of brilliant colors and shapes will swim in gleaming glass orbs, capturing autumn’s boundless beauty as the fifth-annual Glass Pumpkin Patch event returns to The Morton Arboretum, October 14-18. Visitors are invited to explore a collection of more than 4,000 one-of-a-kind hand-blown glass pieces for sale during this popular event. Returning in 2015 is the “Farmer’s Market,” featuring blown-glass acorns and leaves as well as a bounty of hand-crafted glass fruits and vegetables.

NEWS RELEASE: CELEBRATE 10 YEARS OF THE CHILDREN’S GARDEN AT THE MORTON ARBORETUM WITH A BIRTHDAY BASH

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.

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