The History of Trees

Schedule and Location

Two Thursdays, February 15 and 22, 2018, 7:00 to 9:00 p.m.
Thornhill Education Center

Fees and Registration

$39.00 member
$46.00 nonmember

Nonmembers: Fees include admission to the Arboretum. 

Course Description

Early 1900s picture of a tall Ginkgo tree with no leaves next to a field and farmhouse

Discover and delight in the many ways trees have shaped the history of the United States, from industry and economics, to politics and war, to culture and literature. Trees are an indispensable part of America; they were critical components of ships, railroads, rifles, wagons, and planes. Trees were symbols of liberty and resistance. They did inspire and continue to inspire literature, art, and American poetry.  Learn about orange groves, the American chestnut tree, and the ginkgo--the Arboretum's symbolic tree!  Enjoy lively discussion as you see American history through its trees.

Become a Tree Knowledge Expert! Take this course along with The Life of Trees (spring), Basic Tree ID (summer), and the Future of Trees (fall) to gain a well-rounded understanding of trees.

Instructor: Cindy Crosby, naturalist
Notes: The book American Canopy, by Eric Rutkow, is required for this course.  You can find this book at most libraries, online, or at the Arboretum Store. Limit 20

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Course Details

CALL: 630-719-2468 (or to be waitlisted)
IN PERSON: Stop by the Visitor Center during open hours.