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LISLE, Ill. (March 28, 2014) – This April 25, The Morton Arboretum is celebrating Arbor Day with a slate full of fun events, including the first-ever chance to visit for free by dressing up like your favorite tree.  Children under 12 participating in the promotion will then have the chance to win a prize in our “Tree-Riffic Costume Contest,” held outside of our Children’s Garden.

The promotion is part of The Morton Arboretum’s month-long celebration leading up to Arbor Day, April 25 – with events encouraging everyone to “Go Ahead, Hug a Tree.”

“We have more than 1,700 acres of trees at the Arboretum, and each collection has its own look – from the familiar shape of an evergreen to the weeping willows, to the majestic tall oaks,” said Anna Cosner, Head of Visitor Services at The Morton Arboretum. “We’re encouraging visitors to be as creative as possible with their costumes, and to really think about what type of tree they want to be.”

We’ve compiled all kinds of creative ways you can dress like a tree, on the Arboretum’s Pinterest page, at www.pinterest.com/mortonarboretum.   Grab some leaves, felt, even a green hat and brown clothes will work!  One free general admission per costumed individual.  Good on April 25 only.

Additionally, Arboretum members participating in the promotion who visit on April 25 can show their membership card at the Visitor Services desk to receive one free visitor pass per costumed individual, up to the number of admissions allotted in their membership.  

The Arboretum will host a slate of activities in April leading up to Arbor Day, from tree-focused fun in the Children’s Garden to our Arbor Day 10K, all to celebrate everything trees do for us.  Visitors are encouraged to stop and Hug a Tree on our grounds, and tell us what they love about trees. For a full list of Arbor Day events at the Arboretum, visit www.mortonarb.org/hugatree.  

Through events on Arbor Day and every day, The Morton Arboretum’s mission is to create a greener, healthier, more beautiful world. The Arboretum offers extensive educational programming for all ages, conducts leading research on tree health and tree improvement, breeds and introduces hardy and disease-resistant trees and shrubs for distribution throughout the Midwest, and presents nature-related activities year-round for people of all ages and interests.

The Morton Arboretum and Arbor Day
In addition to supporting the planting and protecting of 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.


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 885,000 visitors annually and receives support from 38,600 member households.  Located 25 miles west of Chicago in Lisle, Illinois, the Arboretum is open daily 7 a.m. until sunset. Learn more at mortonarb.org.


Admission Rate
Nonmember admission rates to The Morton Arboretum are $12 for adults ages 18-64 ($8 on Wednesday), $11 for seniors ages 65 and over ($7 on Wednesday), $9 for children ages 2-17 ($6 on Wednesday) and free for children under age 2. Parking is free with admission. Members receive free general admission all year long. Dress Like a Tree, Get in Free promotion good on April 25, 2014 only. One free admission per costumed individual.