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  • Arboretum Partners With The Tollway To Enhance Urban Forest

    The Morton Arboretum is partnering with the Illinois Tollway to enhance aesthetics and expand tree canopy coverage along the Illinois Tollway system
  • Trees Throughout Chicago To Inspire Residents To "Be A Tree Champion" This Arbor Day

    To celebrate Arbor Day and inspire Chicagoans to “Be a Tree Champion,” staff from The Morton Arboretum and a team of volunteers will be taking to the streets on Friday, April 22 to place nearly 2,000 tags on city trees as part of the organization’s annual Tree Tagging Campaign.
  • Celebrate Arbor Day In Daley Plaza With Plant Advice and One-Of-A-Kind Art Installation Made From Thousands Of Live Plants

    This April 29, Daley Plaza will go green during The Morton Arboretum’s second-annual Arbor Day Celebration and Pop-Up Plant Clinic. From 7 a.m. to 6 p.m., Chicagoans can learn how to be tree champions with free tree and plant advice from Arboretum experts, vote for their favorite tree, and witness a one-of-a-kind “living billboard”—a 30 X 10-foot-long visual of trees designed using more than 9,000 live plants. Additionally, leading tree care company Bartlett Tree Experts will hand out a limited number of saplings to visitors.
  • Chicago Museums Join The Morton Arboretum To Raise Awareness Of Trees This Arbor Day

    Lining city streets and dotting parks and open spaces, trees are silent champions. They pluck pollutants out of the air, create a greater sense of safety and community in our neighborhoods and add natural beauty to our cities. But in an urban forest, defined as trees that live alongside people in larger cities and suburbs, trees are challenged to survive without human intervention and care.
  • Celebrate Arbor Day 2016 At The Morton Arboretum

    A national holiday to commemorate trees, Arbor Day has significant meaning at The Morton Arboretum. Founded by the Morton family as a holiday to celebrate trees, April 29 is an important time to reflect on all trees brings to our daily lives, including cleaner air and water, a stronger sense of community and natural beauty.
  • Create Your Dream Garden At The Morton Arboretum's Arbor Day Plant Sale

    The Morton Arboretum will celebrate its signature holiday with the return of its annual Arbor Day Plant Sale, open to the public April 30-May 1. Featuring more than 350 different types of trees and plants, the sale is one of the largest in the Chicago region and draws hundreds seeking plants specially chosen by the Arboretum’s expert staff for Chicago-area gardens.
  • May-June 2016 Events At The Morton Arboretum

    This May and June, The Morton Arboretum offers a spectacular line-up of special events, children and family programs and adult classes. On May 5, celebrate the holiday with our first-ever Cinco de Mayo Dinner. May also brings our popular Tails on the Trails, one of the few days dogs can enjoy the Arboretum. Visitors can bring their pups for a day of hiking, pet demonstrations, and a pet expo.
  • Calling All Champions Of Trees! Run For A Greener World During Arboretum 10K

    On Sunday, April 24, run for a greener, healthier, more beautiful world during The Morton Arboretum’s sixth-annual 10K race. With a new name, The Champion of Trees 10K is the Arboretum’s first nod to the start of spring, taking participants on a challenging and scenic run through the Arboretum’s beautiful grounds in support of the institution’s programs and research initiatives.
  • February-April 2016 Programs At The Morton Arboretum

    The Morton Arboretum celebrates winter and spring with family-friendly events, programs and classes. Visitors are looking forward to bringing their four-legged friends to the next Dog Admission Day March 5. Couples will romance at the Valentine’s Day Dinner Feb. 13-14. Little ones will enjoy Breakfast with the Bunny March 25-26 and everyone will savor Easter Brunch March 27. The Arboretum’s celebration of trees includes The Champion of Trees 10K Run on April 24, and a visit from Curious George, plant sale and activities in the Children’s Garden all day long on Arbor Day, April 29.
  • Registration Underway For The Morton Arboretum's 2016 Summer Science Camp

    Registration is underway for The Morton Arboretum’s 2016 Summer Science Camp, which promotes active learning and outdoor exploration all summer long. This season features more than 100 camps for kids in kindergarten through eighth grade. From June 6 through August 12, each week-long camp will immerse kids in the world of nature as they play the part of environmental avenger, build a forest fort or even wade through wetlands in search of critters that live underwater.
  • RIBBIT! THE EXHIBIT “HOPS” IN TO THE MORTON ARBORETUM ON APRIL 8

    The Morton Arboretum will be “hopping” this spring and summer with the presentation of Ribbit! The Exhibit, a whimsical collection of larger-than-life copper frog sculptures on display from April 8 through September 25, 2016.
  • NEWS RELEASE: THE MORTON ARBORETUM AND U.S. ARMY CORPS OF ENGINEERS TO RESTORE EAST BRANCH OF DUPAGE RIVER

    The Morton Arboretum and the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers are partnering on a project to restore a 1.5-mile section of the East Branch of the DuPage River that runs through the Arboretum. The goal is to improve the environmental health of the river and its surrounding ecosystem, creating better conditions for trees, wildlife, and their habitat.
  • NEWS RELEASE: THE MORTON ARBORETUM LAUNCHES ACCESS PROGRAM FOR LOW-INCOME FAMILIES

    The Morton Arboretum has joined Museums for All, a program of the Association of Children’s Museums (ACM) and the Institute of Museum and Library Services (IMLS), designed to encourage families of all backgrounds to visit museums regularly and build lifelong museum habits.
  • NEWS RELEASE: THE MORTON ARBORETUM WELCOMES 1 MILLION VISITORS IN 2015, A NEW RECORD

    The Morton Arboretum has welcomed one million visitors in a single year for the first time in its 93-year history. This tops the Arboretum’s previous yearly attendance record of 934,000, set in 2014. Membership has also grown significantly in 2015, to 42,890 member households. The Morton Arboretum is one of only six public gardens in the United States to reach these milestones.
  • INTERACT WITH SIBERIAN SLED DOGS AT THE MORTON ARBORETUM’S HUSKY HEROES EVENT

    Visitors of all ages will enjoy interacting with Siberian sled dogs when Husky Heroes returns to The Morton Arboretum, Jan. 30-31, 2016.
  • NEWS RELEASE: THE ENCHANTED RAILROAD RETURNS TO THE MORTON ARBORETUM

    The Morton Arboretum welcomes back its popular Enchanted Railroad this January with a theme that celebrates the seasons and a new LEGO® train car created by the artist behind this summer’s smash exhibit Nature Connects. The exhibit opens Jan. 15 and continues through Feb. 21.
  • NEWS RELEASE: THE MORTON ARBORETUM INTRODUCES FIRST-EVER ARBORETUM BEER

    This month, The Morton Arboretum will introduce Arbor Oak Amber Ale, its first-ever namesake beer. Brewed in partnership with Chicago’s Lake Effect Brewing Co. using oak from the Arboretum’s grounds and Wisconsin special-roast malts, the new beer is a perfect blend of seasonal flavors.
  • MORTON ARBORETUM PRESIDENT AND CEO GERARD DONNELLY NAMED TO BOTANIC GARDENS CONSERVATION INTERNATIONAL BOARD OF DIRECTORS

    Botanic Gardens Conservation International (BGCI), the world’s largest plant conservation network, announced the appointment of Gerard T. Donnelly, Ph.D., President and CEO of The Morton Arboretum, to its Board of Directors.
  • NEWS RELEASE: EXPERIENCE CHAMBER MUSIC IN A CLASSIC SETTING AT THE MORTON ARBORETUM

    Be swept away by classical chamber music this winter, performed in The Morton Arboretum’s historic Thornhill Education Center. Enjoy intimate, Sunday afternoon concerts while overlooking a scenic vista, followed by a reception.
  • NEWS RELEASE: THE MORTON ARBORETUM WELCOMES BACK THE GLASS PUMPKIN PATCH

    Swirls of brilliant colors and shapes will swim in gleaming glass orbs, capturing autumn’s boundless beauty as the fifth-annual Glass Pumpkin Patch event returns to The Morton Arboretum, October 14-18. Visitors are invited to explore a collection of more than 4,000 one-of-a-kind hand-blown glass pieces for sale during this popular event. Returning in 2015 is the “Farmer’s Market,” featuring blown-glass acorns and leaves as well as a bounty of hand-crafted glass fruits and vegetables.