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2017 10Best Readers’ Choice Award

The Morton Arboretum is one of the winners of the USA TODAY 10Best Readers' Choice travel award

2017 Certificate of Excellence 

The Morton Arboretum has been recognized with a 2017 Certificate of Excellence from TripAdvisor.

2017 Experts’ Choice Award 

The Morton Arboretum has received the 2017 Experts’ Choice Award from TripExpert.

Hansell Marketing Award recipient

2016 The Morton Arboretum was honored by the American Public Gardens for Building A Brand: The Champion of Trees

Silver Stevie award winner

2015 The Morton Arboretum APP won silver under the Integrated Mobile Experience category

Illinois Arborist Association Illinois Tree Climbing Championship

2015 first and third place to Arboretum arborists Beau Nagan and Brandon Dobnick.

Garden Writer's Association

2015 Gold Award for Best Newspaper Writing by the Arboretum's Senior Writer, Elizabeth Botts, for her Chicago Tribune article, "How Native are Your Native Plants." 

Public Relations Society of America
2014 Skyline Award for Integrated Communications - Illumination: Tree Lights at The Morton Arboretum

Publicity Club of Chicago
2014 Silver Trumpet Award for Public Relations - Illumination: Tree Lights at The Morton Arboretum

 AAM Accreditation

2013 The Morton Arboretum has received accreditation from the American Alliance of Museums (AAM), the highest national recognition for a museum.

ArbNet Accreditation Badge
ArbNet Accreditation Level IV

2011 The Morton Arboretum has been awarded a  Level IV Accreditation. The Arboretum is now recognized as an accredited arboretum in The Morton Register of Arboretum.

CMSA Spotlight Awards 
2009 Best CMS-Powered Non-Profit Sites

American Institute of Architects - Illinois
2007 The Morton Arboretum named as one of the 150 Great Places In Illinois
American Society of Landscape Architects (Colorado and Illinois Chapters)
2006 President's Award of Excellence for Landscape Design - Children's Garden
American Society of Civil Engineers - Illinois Section
2005 Outstanding Civil Engineering Achievement of the Year Under $5 Million
The Main Parking Lot
Illinois Engineering Council
2005 Outstanding Engineering Achievement Award
The Main Parking Lot
The Conservation Foundation
2005 Recognition Award
Environmentally-Sustainable Building Design (Visitor Center) and Main Parking Lot/Restoration of Meadow Lake
Midwest Construction Magazine
2005 Award of Merit: Site Landscaping
The Children's Garden
Concrete Construction Magazine
2005 One of Top 10 Projects for Decorative Concrete in Children's Garden
The Daily Herald

2005 Lisle Person of the Year - Gerry Donnelly, President and CEO
For vision and leadership in redeveloping the master site plan, which has made a significant difference in the community
2005 Conservation Leadership Award - Dr. George Ware, Dendrologist Emeritus
For research and community service improving diversity and health of urban forests
U.S. Forest Service
Outstanding Partner Organization Award
Presented in 2004 at Centennial Forum
National Arbor Day Foundation
2004 Arbor Day Celebration Award
American Society of Landscape Architects (Colorado Chapter)
2003 Honor Award in Planning and Urban Design
For Children's Garden Master Plan