Tree House Tales Debuts June 15, 2012 at The Morton Arboretum
Exhibition Encourages Imaginative Exploration And Summertime Family Fun
LISLE, IL (April 23, 2012) - At The Morton Arboretum, your kids don’t have to climb a tree to play in a tree house; they can stay safely grounded as they investigate, explore, and enjoy the enchanting structures created for Tree House Tales. This imaginative and entertaining exhibition aimed at children age two through 10 comprises six kid-friendly, fun-filled and educational tree houses. Each house celebrates the story and significance of a species of tree.
“Tree houses are all about imagination and interaction with nature,” says Susan Wagner, Ed.M.
Vice President of Education and Information. “Kids will love playing in these magical tree houses, learning about the trees and their stories that inspired each structure, and understanding the critical role that trees play in our environment.”
Play-to-learn is the underlying design concept that runs through the exhibition, and it’s why every tree house is a house full of activity, adventure, and excitement.
Along with their botanical importance, each of the six species honored in this year’s exhibition boasts a surprising or playful feature. The bur oak, for example, is something of an underground real estate king; its extensive root system keeps other trees at bay. The hardy white oak’s thick fire-resistant bark helped it survive prairie fires, making it a favorite among early settlers. And the humble white pine, it turns out, played a part in American history. During the Revolutionary War, the British, having exhausted the tree stock they needed to rebuild their armada, confiscated White Pine trunks for ship masts. When American tree farmers refused, a rebellion broke out.
With so many stories to tell and activities to experience, the Arboretum has organized family and kid-friendly Tree House Tales-themed programs to complement the exhibition. These include Family Twilight Adventures, Summer Science Camps for kids in grades one to four, Tree Tram Tours, and other special events.
Throughout the summer, Tree House Tales docents will be on hand to provide expert insight, answer questions, and regale visitors with oral biographies about the trees.
Come join the fun at The Morton Arboretum, 4100 Illinois Rt. 53, Lisle, Illinois. Open 365 days a year, 7 am – Sunset, Admission to Tree House Tales is free with general admission. For more information go to our website mortonarb.org or call 630-968-0074.
The 2012 admission rates:
$12/adult, ($8 on Wednesday), ages 18-64
$11/senior, ($7 on Wednesday), ages 65 and over
$9/child ($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. Throughout natural landscapes are specialty gardens, 16 miles of trails, and nine miles of roads. Other offerings include tree-focused events, activities, and services for adults, children, professionals, and communities. The Arboretum welcomes 800,000 visitors annually and serves 34,000 member households. Located 25 miles west of Chicago in Lisle, Illinois, the Arboretum is open daily 7 a.m. until sunset. More information is available at mortonarb.org or 630-968-0074.
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