Enjoy these Audio Snapshots of the sights and sounds of The Morton Arboretum. Our friendly interpretive guides give you the scoop on seasonal highlights and other fun facts.
Use these at the Arboretum by downloading them onto your iPod or by listening from your smartphone.
Or, just cuddle up in your favorite armchair and enjoy the stories and relaxing nature sounds.
We'll be adding new Audio Snapshots throughout the year, so please visit this page again!
Vanishing Acts Voices
These downloadable audio files feature stories and interviews about endangered trees. Hear experts explain threats, trees, and action taken.
Rediscovering the Dawn Redwood. Interview with Kunso Kim, Head of Collections and Curator at The Morton Arboretum.
Why Are Scientists Collecting Seeds? Interview with Kris Bachtell, Vice President of Collections and Facilities at The Morton Arboretum.
Dinosaur Trees. What did trees look like during the age of dinosaurs? Do any species from that era survive today?
The Great Magnolia Crisis. Learn about the crisis facing magnolias and what is being done to save them.
Discovering the Wollemi Pine. Hear how trekker David Noble discovered a living stand of Wollemi pines in Australia in 1994.
"Where Have All the Ashes Gone?". Andrea Dierich, Forest Pest Outreach and Survey Project Coordinator at The Morton Arboretum talks about Emerald Ash Borer. (8:24 minutes)
Asian Longhorned Beetle. Andrea Dierich, Forest Pest Outreach and Survey Project Coordinator at The Morton Arboretum talks about Asian Longhorned Beetle. (4:37 minutes)
Winter is in the Details (10 minutes)
Bundle up and join us for a short walk through the trees surrounding Arbor Court.
Winter is Serene (5 minutes)
The Spruce Plot is a quiet place to stop and reflect on the beauty of nature.
Autumn is in the Tallgrass (5 minutes)
Take a walk through the Schulenburg Prairie on an afternoon in late autumn.
Autumn is Misty (2 minutes)
Sunrise over Meadow Lake is a treat for the senses! Take a seat on a bench and soak up the morning.
Autumn is Golden (3 minutes)
Enjoy goldenrods, gold finches and glowing sugar maples in the East Woods. Suggested hike: take Main Trail Loop 4 from Parking Lot 8 to Big Rock Visitor Station.