The Morton Arboretum has gathered interpretation resources to help your visitors better utilize the Vanishing Acts travelling exhibit. They'll learn more about globally endangered trees, the efforts underway to protect them, and simple actions we can all take to promote tree conservation.
Guide to Threatened Trees
Read in-depth explorations of all trees featured in the exhibit within the Vanishing Acts Resource Guide, or, choose separate sections below.
Vanishing Acts Resource Guide
The Vanishing Acts Introduction Guide includes the following sections
- Why save endangered trees?
- Evaluating the threats
- What are the threats to trees?
Individual Tree Guides:
- Magnolia (Magnolia officinalis) Vanishing Acts Magnolia
Vanishing Acts Resource Guide Magnolia officinalis
- Pygeum (Prunus africana) Vanishing Acts Prunus Africana
Vanishing Acts Resource Guide Prunus africana
- Pacific Yew (Taxus brevifolia)
Vanishing Acts Resource Guide Taxus brevifolia
- Intermountain Bristlecone Pine (Pinus longaeva)
Vanishing Acts Resource Guide Pinus longaeva
- Chinese Magnolia (Magnolia sinica)
Vanishing Acts Resource Guide Magnolia sinica
- Wollemi Pine (Wollemia nobilis)
Vanishing Acts Resource Guide Wollemia nobilis
- Wild Apple (Malus sieversii)
Vanishing Acts Resource Guide Malus sieversii
- Fraser Fir (Abies fraseri)
Vanishing Acts Resource Guide Abies fraseri
- Anhui Elm (Ulmus gaussenii)
Vanishing Acts Resource Guide Ulmus gaussenii
- Monkey Puzzle Tree (Araucaria araucana)
Vanishing Acts Resource Guide Araucaria araucana
- Serbian Spruce (Picea omorika)
Vanishing Acts Resource Guide Picea omorika
- Pau Brasil (Caesalpinia echinata)
Vanishing Acts Resource Guide Caesalpinia echinata
- Big-Leaf Mahogany (Swietenia macrophylla)
Vanishing Acts Resource Guide Swietenia macrophylla
- Dawn Redwood (Metasequoia glyptostroboides)
Vanishing Acts Resource Guide Metasequoia glyptostroboides
- Franklin Tree (Franklinia alatamaha)
Vanishing Acts Resource Guide Franklina alatamaha
Walking Tour Guide
Walking Tour Step-by-Step Guide: Guidelines for creating a custom tour of endangered plants at your site. Vanishing Acts Walking Tour Guide
Podcasts—Vanishing Acts Voices
These downloadable audio files feature stories and interviews about endangered trees. Hear experts explain threats, trees, and action taken.
- Listen. Rediscovering the Dawn Redwood.
Interview with Kunso Kim
- Listen. Why Are Scientists Collecting Seeds?
Interview with Kris Bachtell, Vice President of Collections and Facilities at The Morton Arboretum.
- Listen. Dinosaur Trees.
What did trees look like during the age of dinosaurs? Do any species from that era survive today?
- Listen. The Great Magnolia Crisis.
Learn about the crisis facing magnolias and what is being done to save them.
- Listen. Discovering the Wollemi Pine.
Hear how trekker David Noble discovered a living stand of Wollemi pines in Australia in 1994.
Outro: Action for the Future
The Vanishing Acts concludes with action plans for the future, the document includes the following sections:
- Conserving Trees for our Future
- How Can You Help?
- Acknowledgements and Additional Resources