For the third time in The Morton Arboretum's 95-year history, more than one million tree champions visited our living tree laboratory located in Lisle, Illinois. The Arboretum's third consecutive record-setting year is a testiment to the roll trees play in our communities, culture, and landscape. Each visitor has an opportunity to learn about the Arboretum's tree research and international collections, experience exhibitions and events that highlight trees, and participate in educational offerings that range from nature-inspired art to stewardship-skills for woodlands and other natural areas. As a self-funded 501(c)(3) not-for-profit, the Arboretum's work to study, save, and share trees relies on the support of each visitor, many of whom engage as members and donors to support these efforts.
Joy Morton founded The Morton Arboretum as a “great outdoor museum” of trees more than nine decades ago, with the goal of creating a greener, healthier, more beautiful world. Today, the Arboretum has grown to be much more, while still focusing on that vital mission.
At the Arboretum, we champion the world's trees through scientific study, conservation, education, and outreach. We protect and plant trees in a 1,700-acre outdoor living museum, in Chicago-area communities, and around the world. We offer extensive educational programming for all ages. We are a living laboratory, leading research on tree health and tree improvement, and breeding and introducing hardy and disease-resistant trees and shrubs for distribution throughout the Midwest. We also present nature-related activities year-round for people of every age and interest.
Every visitor who engages with us is a link in our work as the champion of trees, advancing our founding vision.
See for yourself what more than one million visitors have witnessed this year. We invite you to visit the Arboretum any day.