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CELEBRATE ARBOR WEEK AT THE MORTON ARBORETUM

LISLE, IL (April 9, 2013) – Celebrate Earth Day and Arbor Day at The Morton Arboretum through a full week of activities, April 21-28, including planting a tree on the Arboretum grounds with Curious George, busting myths at EcoFest and the annual Arbor Day Plant Sale.
 
"Celebrating Arbor Day is a way to teach our children—and remind adults, too—why trees matter and encourage them to plant and care for trees throughout their lifetimes," says Lesley Kolaya, manager of youth and family programs. "And we have fun doing it!"
 
Begin your Arbor Week celebrations with We Heart Trees in the Children's Garden. Learn cool facts about trees, discover some of the wonderful products trees give us, make a recycled plant container out of newspaper and plant a tree seed to take home and watch grow!. Weekends in April from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. Open to all ages, weather permitting.
 
Runners, take part in the Arbor Day 10K on Sunday, April 21. Challenge yourself on our rolling, USATF-certified course, winding along the East Side main route. Along the way, see firsthand the signs of spring among the Arboretum's living collections of trees. Afterwards, enjoy a specially priced post-race breakfast in the Ginkgo Restaurant and explore our 1,700 acre outdoor oasis. Day-of registration opens at 6:30 a.m. and the race starts at 8 a.m. Cost is $30 for members, $35 for non-members, or $40 for day-of registrations. Sign up now!
 
Then join us for EcoFest, Sunday, April 21 from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. and meet the experts from EcoMyths Alliance as they bust some common ecological misconceptions. Plus, see demonstrations including how to plant a tree, get tips for eco-friendly gardening, learn how to become a Woodland Steward, and more! This event is free with Arboretum admission.
 
During the week, visit the Children's Garden from 1 to 4 p.m. for Treasures from Trash. Kids will play games and make a recycled craft to take home in this hands-on, self-guided activity fun for all ages (weather permitting). Weekdays in April.
 
Children can join the Arbor Weekend Celebration in the Children's Garden, Friday, April 26-Sunday, April 28 from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. Plant tree seeds, investigate tree cookies, and go on a hunt for five unique trees throughout the garden (weather permitting). This event is free with Arboretum admission.
 
Get the landscape of your dreams at our Arbor Day Plant Sale. Choose from more than 300 species of trees, shrubs, and flowers available for purchase, all recommended by Arboretum experts. Plant Geniuses will be on hand to help you find the perfect plant for your landscape. The sale opens to the public on Saturday, April 27, noon-5 p.m. and Sunday, April 28, 11 a.m.-5 p.m.
 
The whole family can take part in our Tree Planting and Story Time with Curious George on Friday, April 26 at 11 a.m. Help Curious George and the man in the yellow hat plant a real tree. Plus, hear a story from our special guests! This event is free with Arboretum admission.
 
Wander through the ever-changing array of blooms during our Spring Woodland Wildflowers class, Saturday, April 27 from 9:30 a.m. to noon. Learn to identify these wildflowers including the trilliums, mayapples, and dog-tooth violets; and hear about their folklore. Cost is $18 for members and $25 for nonmembers. Register in advance at mortonarb.org/education.
 
Arbor Week is sponsored by contributing sponsor BMO Harris. DuPage Medical Group is the presenting sponsor for the Arbor Day 10K.
 
About Arbor Day
Arbor Day is a nationally-celebrated observance that encourages tree planting and care – a special day set aside for planting trees. National Arbor Day is the last Friday in April, but many states observe Arbor Day on different dates according to their best tree-planting times.
 
In addition to supporting the planting and protecting trees as part of our mission, the Arboretum has a unique connection to Arbor Day. Arbor Day was founded by J. Sterling Morton, father of Joy Morton, the founder of the Arboretum. J. Sterling Morton moved to Nebraska in 1854 and found the newly formed territory relatively devoid of trees. To encourage tree planting, he proposed that the state declare April 10 as Arbor Day in 1872, and his proposal was accepted. On that first Arbor Day, it is said Nebraskans planted one million trees. In 1885, Nebraska declared J. Sterling Morton's birthday, April 22, as Arbor Day and made it a legal holiday. Today, all 50 states as well as many countries around the world recognize Arbor Day.
 
The 2013 admission rates are:
Adult: $12 ($8 on Wednesday), ages 18-64
Senior: $11 ($7 on Wednesday), ages 65 and over
Child: $9 ($6 on Wednesday), ages 2-17, under age 2 is free
Parking is free
 
About The Morton Arboretum
The Morton Arboretum is an internationally recognized outdoor tree museum on 1,700 acres. Plant collections, scientific research and education programs support the mission to plant and conserve trees and other plants for a greener, healthier and more beautiful world. Designed with natural landscapes, the grounds include the award-winning, four-acre interactive Children's Garden, the one-acre Maze Garden, plus specialty gardens, 16 miles of trails and nine miles of roads. Visitor experiences include the open-air tram ride, guided walks, Arbor Day celebrations, concerts, art shows, Fall Color Festival, and special exhibits. The Arboretum welcomes more than 800,000 visitors annually and serves more than 35,600 members. Located 25 miles west of Chicago in Lisle, Illinois, the Arboretum is open daily 7 a.m. until sunset. Learn more at www.mortonarb.org.