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  • Celebrate 10 Years Of The Children's Garden At The Morton Arboretum With A Birthday Bash

    Children dash up a wooden plank way and climb ropes to a lookout where they can survey the woods beneath them, they scoop a handful of pond water with hopes of capturing a tiny tadpole in their cupped palms, and learn about the role of bees and other pollinators in fragrant flower gardens throughout the four-acre space.
  • Enjoy A 'Paw'fect Day At The Morton Arboretum's Tails On The Trails

    The Morton Arboretum invites four-legged friends and their owners to roam 16 miles of woods, prairies and other natural landscapes during the Tails on the Trails event Saturday, September 12. Tails on the Trails will feature dog-friendly activities, including agility demonstrations and guided hikes through the grounds. Additionally, a pet expo will take place along Meadow Lake from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m., rain or shine.
  • Registration Now Open For The Morton Arboretum's 12th Annual Fall Color 5K Run & Walk

    August 10, 2015

    The Fall Color Festival at The Morton Arboretum is off to a running start as the 12th annual Fall Color 5K Run & Walk and Kid’s Dash takes place Sunday, October 4 with a brand-new post-race party. 

  • TreeKeepers Help Local Community In The Wake Of Emerald Ash Borer

    Hopeful young oaks and hackberries are taking root in the Lincoln Hill subdivision in unincorporated Milton Township south of Glen Ellyn. They’re a sign of progress, made with help from The Morton Arboretum, toward recovery from the scourge of the emerald ash borer.
  • The Morton Arboretum Completes Lighting Upgrade, Reduces Energy Consumption

    As part of its continued commitment to sustainability, The Morton Arboretum has completed an LED lighting upgrade throughout its buildings. This upgrade was made possible by a grant from the Illinois Clean Energy Community Foundation (ICECF).
  • Registration Open for 8th International Oak Society Conference

    June 10, 2015 The Morton Arboretum will welcome renowned researchers from around the world as the 8th International Oak Society Conference convenes Oct. 18-Oct. 21. Presenters will discuss the latest information on research, management, ethnobotany and conservation of oaks, many of which are keystone species in ecosystems, streetscapes, and gardens around the world.
  • Travel The Continent With The Morton Arboretum's Passport Europe Festival

    June 9, 2015

    Cross the pond to experience the fascinating cultures and long-held traditions of Europe at The Morton Arboretum’s Passport Europe Summer Festival, Saturday, June 20 and Sunday, June 21.

  • Brilliance In Bloom Dinner Party Raises More Than $300,000 For Programs Of The Arboretum

    On Saturday, May 16, The Morton Arboretum welcomed nearly 450 guests to the Brilliance in Bloom Dinner Party in support of the institution’s tree-focused work.
  • New Report Offers Strategies To Help Botanical Gardens Strengthen Conservation Value of Collections

    With more than 8,000 tree species threatened with extinction, an urgent need exists for botanical gardens to protect threatened trees in dedicated conservation collections. A new report published in the July issue of the international conservation journal Oryx offers strategies and guidelines to help botanical gardens strengthen the conservation value of their tree collections.
  • Threatened Trees Take The Spotlight As The Morton Arboretum Hosts Weekend Of Special Events

    The Morton Arboretum is recognizing Endangered Species Day, Friday, May 15, and Plant Conservation Day, Monday, May 18, with four days of specially-themed activities and programs.
  • The Morton Arboretum Introduces Guide To Selecting And Planting Trees, Northern Illinois Tree Species List

    It takes only a short time to plant a tree, but how a tree is planted can have a lasting influence on its future growth. To help retailers, landscape architects, municipalities and homeowners select trees that will thrive for the future, The Morton Arboretum has introduced its updated guide to Selecting and Planting Trees, along with the new Northern Illinois Tree Species List, a comprehensive list of trees available for planting in northern Illinois.
  • New Study From The Morton Arboretum Reveals Chicagoans' Take On Trees

    Chicago and its seven surrounding counties have more than 150 million trees – trees that make our communities healthier, more sustainable and more beautiful. Yet Chicago-area trees are under threat, with one of every five parkway trees likely to soon be destroyed by the emerald ash borer beetle.
  • The Morton Arboretum To Showcase Trees' Important Role In Our Cities' Future

    Just as they need water and sunlight, trees need each and every one of us to thrive. This Arbor Day, The Morton Arboretum is bringing attention to the actions Chicagoans can take in their daily lives to care for trees–so crucial to the future of our city and region–with two public events taking place in Chicago.
  • Nature Connects®: Art With LEGO® Bricks By Sean Kenney Opens July 17

    This summer will be built on fun as Nature Connects®: Art with LEGO® bricks by Sean Kenney debuts at The Morton Arboretum. LEGO fans of all ages will be dazzled by the exhibit that features larger-than-life sculptures of nature’s top attractions, carefully crafted from nearly half a million LEGO bricks by award-winning artist Sean Kenney.
  • Find Distinctive Plants For A Picture-Perfect Garden At The Morton Arboretum's Arbor Day Plant Sale

    The annual Arbor Day Plant Sale returns to The Morton Arboretum April 24-26, with a unique selection of more than 300 types of plants and trees. The popular event draws hundreds, from novice to expert, looking for plants chosen by experts from the Arboretum for their garden.
  • Save The Date For The Morton Arboretum's "Brilliance In Bloom" Dinner Party

    “Brilliance in Bloom” is the theme of the annual Dinner Party at The Morton Arboretum on Saturday, May 16, 2016, in support of the institution’s tree-focused work. The Arboretum’s 1,700-acre landscape of trees and plants is not only a place of beauty, but home to tree research and conservation efforts, as well as education and community outreach programs.
  • The Morton Arboretum Explores Connection Between Trees And Maple Syrup In Family Program

    Experience traditional maple tapping and the making of maple syrup in all its stages at our Syrup Tree and Silver Dollar Brunch. This family favorite takes place during several hour and a half sessions from 10 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. Saturday, March 21 and Sunday, March 22.
  • Register Now For The Morton Arboretum's 2015 Summer Science Camp

    Registration is now open for The Morton Arboretum’s 2015 Summer Science Camp, which promotes active learning and outdoor exploration all summer long. This season features more than 120 camps for kids in kindergarten through 8th grade, including six brand-new offerings.
  • New Report Offers Strategies To Help Botanical Gardens Strengthen Conservation Value of Collections

    With more than 8,000 tree species threatened with extinction, an urgent need exists for botanical gardens to protect threatened trees in dedicated conservation collections. A new report published in the international conservation journal Oryx offers strategies and guidelines to help botanical gardens strengthen the conservation value of their tree collections.
  • The Morton Arboretum Appoints New Curator And Head Of Collections

    The Morton Arboretum has appointed Matt Lobdell as the institution’s new curator and head of collections.