Trees Need a Voice
Partner with The Morton Arboretum to become that voice.
Because you believe in planting and protecting trees, The Morton Arboretum has become a world-renowned leader in tree science and education. In 2010 your support helped make the following possible:
• Field crews measured the urban forest's value to communities through a seven-county, Chicago metropolitan-region Tree Census, which assessed 1,400 plots across 4,000 square miles.
• The Morton Arboretum played a critical role in awarding $1 million in grants to Illinois communities to help manage losses and replant trees in response to emerald ash borer infestations.
• Our Arbor Day outreach partnership with the City of Chicago and the Chicago Trees Initiative shared the importance and joy of planting trees with more than 4,600 community residents and thousands of Chicago public School students.
• Participation doubled among low-income students attending the Arboretum school progams - a total of 5,355 students from 35 schools across the metropolitan area.
• Arborists from around the world gathered in Chicago to share tree care best practices at the 86th International Society of Arboriculture Conference, chaired by the Arboretum's Head of Research Dr. Gary Watson.
• 4,964 trees and other plants, representing 902 accessions, were added to our plant collections in 2010.
• Dr. Robert Fahey, Forest Ecologist, joined the Arboretum's research team and is working to equip local land management professionals with techniques that effectively restore the structure, composition, and function of forest ecosystems.
• Children's Garden youth volunteerism expanded 50%.
• More than 100 high schoolers worked alongside adult woodland stewards to restore Arboretum natural areas through a new Woodland Conservation School Program.
• The Steelroots: Tobin at The Morton Arboretum exhibition schowcased 14 dramatic sculptures of abstract root forms set amid our outdoor galleries - enhancing visitor views of trees and nature.
Thank you for being a voice for trees! These are only a few of the many ways trees, people, and the community benefited through your support of The Morton Arboretum.