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.
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- 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.
- 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.
- 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.
- 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.
- 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.