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The Life of Trees

Schedule and Location


Wednesdays, May 15 and 22, 2019, 6:30 to 9:00 p.m.
Thornhill Education Center

Fees and Registration

$55.00 member
$65.00 nonmember
(Fees include admission to the Arboretum)

BY PHONE: 630-719-2468 ( Monday through Friday, 9:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m.)

Course Description

Take a journey through a tree, from roots to leaves. From the moment it sprouts, a tree does amazing things in order to grow and thrive.

Find out how a tree works, how it changes each season and throughout its life stages, and what its role is in its habitat. Inspect tree parts under a microscope, and venture out onto the grounds to observe trees in their habitat. You'll explore topics such as:

  • Growth (Why do trees grow so tall? Does a tree grow from the trunk, or from its branches?)
  • Phenology (How do trees know when to leave out in the spring? Why do leaves change color and fall off in autumn?)
  • Respiration (Do trees breathe?)
  • Communication (Do trees "talk," and how?)

This interactive class is great for naturalists, nature-lovers, teachers, gardeners, and stewards alike.

Course number



Ross Alexander, dendrologist

Course Details

Notes: Held indoors and outdoors. Expect to walk less than a mile on uneven terrain. Portable stools available to borrow from the Arboretum. Limit 16

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