March 2013 Events
LISLE, IL (February 1, 2013) – Transition from winter into spring with our Spring Equinox and Easter events. Plus, go maple tapping with the family or unwind after work with Wednesday, Woods & Wine.
Try your hand at the art of rock gardening. This is a hands-on, self-guided activity available in the Children’s Garden daily in March, weekdays from 1 to 4 p.m. and weekends from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. (weather permitting). Free with admission.
Maple Tapping & Pancake Picnic
Bundle up the family and come celebrate the bounty of trees with maple tree tapping and maple syrup sampling. Families with children of all ages will learn about the history of maple tapping and see how it's done. Complete your experience with maple syrup tasting and an outdoor pancake picnic complete with a cozy fire! Join us Saturdays, March 2, 9 or 16 from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. Register at mortonarb.org/calendar, in the Visitor Center, or by calling 630-719-2468. Cost: $18 member or $25 nonmember.
Rockin’ into Spring
Join us as we rock into spring at the Morton Arboretum with a showcase of unique rocks, gems and other "earthly" specimens. Touch beautiful crystals, examine the Illinois state rocks and minerals and even take home a rock creation of your own! From 11 a.m. - 3 p.m. on March 23 and 24 in the Children's Garden. Free with admission.
Arbor Reading Adventures
Hear stories, create a craft, and take an adventure walk on our grounds. Join us in the Sterling Morton Library for this popular interactive story time. This event is designed for children ages 3 to 5 with an adult. Join us 11–11:45 a.m. Wednesdays and Fridays through March 2013 in the Sterling Morton Library. Register at mortonarb.org/calendar, in the Visitor Center, or by calling 630-719-2468. Cost: $4 member or $5 nonmember per session, per child.
Tree House Tales Exhibition
Every tree has a story that's waiting to be told! Enter our tree house village filled with adventure and imagination. Play, make believe, and become part of the trees' ever-changing tale. This exhibition, aimed at children ages 2 to 10 years old, is comprised of six fun-filled, educational tree houses. This exhibit is in our South China collection along Loop 1, approximately a four-block walk from the Visitor Center. Free with admission.
Spring Equinox Experience
Board the Acorn Express, our open-air tram, for a ride to our Willow Collection where spring arrives early. We'll disembark to look at our early bloomers and hear stories of spring from around the world. Dress for the weather! Join us Wednesday, March 20 from noon to 1:30 p.m. Cost: $4 child member, $5 adult member or child nonmember, $6 adult nonmember, plus admission.
Breakfast with Bunny
Hop on over for a tasty springtime buffet featuring a visit from the Easter Bunny in our scenic Ginkgo Restaurant overlooking Meadow Lake. Plus, the Easter Bunny will make a special appearance. Join us Friday, March 29 and Saturday, March 30, 9-11 a.m. Purchase your tickets today at mortonarb.org, in the Visitor Center, or by calling 630-725-2066. Cost: $26 adult member, $22 child member, $33 adult nonmember, $27 child nonmember. Children under 2 are free. All pricing subject to 18% Service Charge and 7.25% Sales Tax. $5 processing fee on phone & internet orders. Tickets on sale to members February 25. Tickets on sale to nonmembers March 4.
Enjoy a brunch and the early spring blooms that are popping up all around the Arboretum. The Easter Bunny will even visit your table. Join us Easter Sunday, March 31, with seatings at 9:30 a.m., noon and 3 p.m. Purchase your tickets today at mortonarb.org, in the Visitor Center, or by calling 630-725-2066. Cost: $39 adult member, $27 child member, $46 adult nonmember, $32 child nonmember. Children under 2 are free. All pricing subject to 18% Service Charge and 7.25% Sales Tax. $5 processing fee on phone & internet orders. Tickets on sale to members February 25. Tickets on sale to nonmembers March 4.
Snowshoe and Cross-country Ski at The Morton Arboretum
Explore the grounds of The Morton Arboretum via snowshoes or cross-country skis on days with 4 or more inches of snow on the ground. Equipment is available for rent in the Arbor Court or bring your own. Cross-country ski rental fees for two hours: $13 member, $15 nonmember. Cross-country ski rental fees for all day: $18 member, $20 nonmember for all day. Snowshoe rental fees for two hours: $10 member (11 years and older), $8 member child (10 years and younger), $12 non-member (11 years and older), $10 non-member child (10 years and younger). Snowshoe rental fees for all day: $14 member (11 years and older), $12 member child (10 years and younger), $16 nonmember (11 years and older), $14 nonmember child (10 years and younger).
Chamber Concert: Rook
Rook, an ensemble of mixed instruments dedicated to bringing the music of the 16th and 17th centuries to the modern concert experience, will perform Sunday, March 3 from 2:15 to 4:!5 p.m. After the concert, gather with other music enthusiasts to sample wines and "meet and greet" the artists in the historic Founder's Room. Register at mortonarb.org/calendar, in the Visitor Center, or by calling 630-725-2066. Cost: $23 member, $28 nonmember including admission. An additional $5 processing fee is applied to phone, mail and internet orders.
Wednesdays, Woods & Wine
Every Wednesday in March from 5:30 to 8 p.m., unwind after work at The Morton Arboretum’s Wednesdays, Woods & Wine. Enjoy wine, cheese, and live music and a menu offering an assortment of small plates to purchase while overlooking scenic Meadow Lake. Cost: $10 member, $15 nonmember. Arboretum admission fee is waived after 5 p.m. For adults 21 and over only, no children allowed.
Women of the Arboretum: Lunch and Learn
Celebrate Women's History month by learning about the women that shaped the Arboretum and our collections! From Jean Morton Cudahy, Joy Morton's daughter who became chairman of the Board after his death, to May T. Watts, founder of the Arboretum's Education programs, learn how these women shaped the Arboretum's legacy and impact. Plus, explore pioneering women whose work is represented in the Sterling Morton Library's collections. Join us Thursday, March 7 from 11:30 a.m. to 1 p.m. Purchase your tickets today at mortonarb.org/calendar, in the Visitor Center or by calling 630-725-2468. Cost: $22 member, $29 nonmember including admission. Includes buffet lunch.
The Language of Fire
Join Tom Simpson, McHenry County Conservation District, and Cindy Crosby, National Parks Ranger, steward and poet, to explore the relationship between humans, fire and the Illinois landscape Thursday, March 14 from 7-8:30 p.m. Explore the history of fire, the ecological need for fire in our natural areas and delve into human relationships to fire through selections from nature literature. This event is part of The Morton Arboretum’s Zone 5 Science Café series. Register today at mortonarb.org/calendar. Cost: $5 member, $6 nonmember plus admission.
Identify birds that overwinter in Illinois. Discuss bird behavior and natural history during this guided walk. Join us 9 to 11:30 a.m. on March 16. Purchase your tickets today at mortonarb.org/calendar, in the Visitor Center or by calling 630-725-2468. Cost: $8 members, $10 nonmembers plus admission.
Morton Arboretum Photographic Society Annual Exhibit
"Ooo" and "ahh" at remarkable nature photographs taken by Morton Arboretum Photographic Society members. Enjoy more than 100 works of original nature photography, much of which is inspired by the grounds of The Morton Arboretum. Prints in a wide variety of photographic styles will be displayed. Artists will be discussing their work and sharing their techniques throughout the show. Join us Saturday, March 16 & Sunday, March 17 from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Free with admission.
Tales and Treasures
The Sterling Morton Library is turning 50! To celebrate, the Tales and Treasures exhibit will showcase 50 rare and unique objects from the library's collections, each with a special story to tell. Engage with rarely seen objects, interactive games and a library-wide scavenger hunt. Then, imagine what the next 50 years might hold. Join us March 15-December 31. Free with Arboretum admission, open during regular library hours.
New Trees from the Arboretum: Lunch and Learn
Since 1972, the Arboretum has been actively involved in breeding, selecting, and introducing new trees for landscape use. Faced with new challenges from threatening pests, diseases, climate changes and monocultural planting practice, the tree introduction program at the Arboretum works to develop and introduce superior woody plants that are uniquely suited to urban conditions throughout the upper Midwest and across the country. Learn more Thursday, March 21 from 11:30 a.m. to 1 p.m. Purchase your tickets today at mortonarb.org/calendar, in the Visitor Center or by calling 630-725-2468. Cost: $22 member, $29 nonmember including admission. Includes buffet lunch.
Vanishing Acts: Trees Under Threat Exhibit
Come learn about the gifts that the world's endangered trees give us—and how you can join the Arboretum in saving them. This award-winning outdoor exhibit shows how the trees that we know and love are endangered in the wild. By protecting them, we help ourselves and the entire planet. Vanishing Acts was developed by The Morton Arboretum. The exhibit is located in the Conifer Collection, just a short stroll off the Conifer Walk. Free with admission.
Navistar, Children’s Garden Drop-In & Family Adventure Sponsor; Sara Lee Foundation, Tree House Tales Contributing Sponsor; and the Illinois Arts Council, Supporter of Arts Programs.
Unless otherwise specified, all Arboretum events and destinations including the Children’s Garden are free with Arboretum admission. Parking is free with admission. The 2013 rates for nonmembers are $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; and under age 2 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 www.mortonarb.org or 630-968-0074.
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