The Morton Arboretum Invites Visitors Behind The Scenes For South Farm Adventure Day

South Farm Adventure Day includes demonstrations from champion tree climbers.
August 11, 2016

The Morton Arboretum’s $63 million Growing Brilliantly campaign is underway, as evidenced by new construction taking place on the grounds to expand and improve its tree-focused operations and services. The public is invited to learn about some of the Growing Brilliantly projects with an afternoon of fun activities at the Arboretum, including a chance to see champion tree climbers in action, during South Farm Adventure Day.

South Farm refers to the base of operations where curatorial and facilities staff work to care for the plants and landscapes of the Arboretum. Construction of a new South Farm complex, scheduled for completion in late 2017, is supported by the campaign. The family-friendly event takes place on Saturday, August 20, and is free with admission.

The day’s interactive activities include:

  • Touch-a-Truck Display – Get up-close to the Arboretum’s fleet of specialty vehicles such as diggers and dump trucks.
  • Tree Climbing Demonstrations – Watch the Arboretum’s certified arborists and champion tree climbers scale a pin oak in mere seconds. Narrated demonstrations will take place at 2 p.m. 
  • Ask a Horticulturist – Have a gardening question? The Arboretum’s expert horticulturists will be on site to answer questions about trees and plants.

Additionally, visitors can take part in trivia and crafts and enjoy live music from classic rock band Frank and Dave. Kids will leave with temporary tattoos and their very own Arboretum hard hats while supplies last.

Visitors will also have the opportunity to learn about the new South Farm complex from staff who will answer questions and share their favorite stories about the Arboretum. 

About The Morton Arboretum Growing Brilliantly Campaign
The five-year $63 million Growing Brilliantly campaign will enable The Morton Arboretum, one of the world’s leading tree-focused research institutions, to deepen its scientific and conservation work, expand new tree development, and improve core facilities to meet its strategic vision, including the redevelopment of South Farm, which serves as the curatorial and operations hub for the 1,700-acre Arboretum. In addition to supporting the new South Farm complex and plant production facilities, the campaign will fund critical initiatives, including the Arboretum’s tree conservation and New Plant Development programs, enhancements to the award-winning Children’s Garden, and the launch of the Center for Tree Science. The Center for Tree Science will provide opportunities for tree scientists, professionals, and students to collaborate and participate in training.