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Arboretum expands virtual offerings during coronavirus closure

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April 9, 2020
LISLE, Ill. (April 9) – From horticulture classes to virtual video walks and Forest Therapy guides, The Morton Arboretum is offering online resources for all ages while the site is closed due to the coronavirus, through April 30.  
 
Many of its canceled in-person educational offerings are now available digitally at www.mortonarb.org/learning-place. Courses include topics such as tree care, ecology, climate change and plant identification, as well as self-guided family play activities.
 
Website resources
More than 40,000 photographs, videos, publications, artworks, rare books, maps and other archival materials can be discovered on ACORN, the Sterling Morton Library’s online database.
 
While schools are closed, junior high and high school students can explore STEM fields through the podcast, "Planted: Finding Your Roots in STEM Careers.” Episodes introduce students to the Arboretum's professionals and their career paths. Each episode includes teaching resources, with bonus content aligned to Next Generation Science Standards.
 
Virtual Collections
Tour exhibits and learn about the origins of the Arboretum and the important work that goes on behind the scenes by visiting the Arboretum’s virtual museum via Google Arts and Culture.
 
Social Media
As spring unfolds, the Arboretum is posting virtual hikes and bloom photos from its 1,700 acres on social media. Its YouTube video libraries feature gardening tips from the Arboretum’s Plant Clinic experts, and “Tree-mendous Tree Stories” that help viewers understand the important roles trees play in people’s lives can be found at tree-stories.org.