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Sips with a Scientist: The Low-down on Spring Leaf Out (21+)

Schedule and location


Tuesday, May 14, 2019, 7:00 p.m. to 9:00 p.m.
Visitor Center, Sycamore Room

Looking for an alternative class? Check out Sip and Stroll in the Fragrance Garden.

Fees and Registration

$39.00 member
$46.00 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

Christy Rollinson, forest ecologist at The Morton Arboretum will give us an insider’s look at what trees are up to in spring. As the days get warmer and longer, and as leaves begin to emerge, what can we learn about trees and about the changes occuring in our climate and our woodlands? Dr. Rollinson will share her exciting research and answers to these questions:

  • What triggers trees to start producing leaves?
  • Why do some trees leaf out or flower before others?
  • What can we learn from tracking leaf out and flowering times?
  • What is the connection between leaf out and climate change?
  • How can you become a citizen scientist that helps researchers track leaf out?

Course number



Christy Rollinson, forest ecologist, The Morton Arboretum

Dr. Christine Rollinson is a forest ecologist who studies how climate and human management cause change in trees and forests through time.  Much of Christy’s research uses citizen science observations of seasonal patterns (phenology) and tree ring data to look at past, present, and future patterns of change.

Course details

Notes: Held indoors. One drink ticket included with registration. Limit 65

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Sips with a Scientist: The Low-down on Spring Leaf Out (21+)