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Threatened Trees Take The Spotlight As The Morton Arboretum Hosts Weekend Of Special Events

May 6, 2015

May 6, 2015

The Morton Arboretum is recognizing Endangered Species Day, Friday, May 15, and Plant Conservation Day, Monday, May 18, with four days of specially-themed activities and programs. Visitors can learn about the efforts being made to protect the Arboretum’s more than 100 species of rare and endangered trees, and simple ways to help endangered species through a variety of activities, including both docent-led and self-guided walking tours highlighting threatened trees. Children and families can also find out more about the importance of the trees around them with a visit to our Discovery Cart as well as hands-on activities in our Children’s Garden.

“There are more than 10,000 species of threatened trees around the world,” said Murphy Westwood, Ph.D., tree conservation specialist at The Morton Arboretum. “The Arboretum works to save endangered trees, like the beautiful paperbark maple, by not only planting and protecting these trees on our grounds, but by conducting scientific research and working with organizations around the world to bring attention to this critical environmental issue.”

The days will also include educational exhibits that showcase the Arboretum’s research and conservation projects, which aim to catalog and understand threatened trees in the wild.
Programs are free with Arboretum admission unless otherwise specified.

Programs include:

Acorn Express tram tours
Friday, May 15, 12:30 p.m.
Saturday, May 16 and Sunday, May 17, 11 a.m., 12:30, 2 and 3:30 p.m.
Monday, May 18, 11 a.m. and 12:30 p.m.
$5 for adult members, $6 for adult nonmembers
$4 for child members, $5 for child nonmembers
Not included in Arboretum admission
Hop aboard the Acorn Express tram and learn about trees along the route from one of our knowledgeable guides. This one-hour ride winds through the Arboretum’s woodlands, wetlands and prairie and along the way, visitors will learn interesting facts about several endangered trees and the importance of plant conservation.  Tours take place weather permitting.

Discovery Cart
Friday, May 15 Noon to 2 pm.
Saturday, May 16 and Sunday May 17, 1 to 4 p.m.
Monday, May 18 Noon to 2 p.m.
Head over to the Discovery Cart by the Arboretum's Visitor Center to hear the stories behind some of the world’s endangered tree species from Arboretum docents.  The Discovery Cart will also act as the meeting point for a guided tour about endangered trees. Tours will depart between noon and 2 p.m.

Self-Guided Tour
Daily, 7 a.m.-sunset
Coming soon! Download The Morton Arboretum’s iPhone® app and follow our Threatened Trees app tour, highlighting a dozen endangered trees and where to find them on our grounds. Learn about a tree that was thought to be extinct for millions of years, but was rediscovered by chance by a wandering botanist less than an hour from one of the biggest cities in the world, and learn which iconic holiday tree is actually endangered with extinction.  Visitors will also have the opportunity to watch a featured video about three of these threatened trees during the tour.

Vanishing Acts: Trees Under Threat
Daily, 7 a.m.-sunset
Visit our permanent exhibit highlighting endangered trees from around the world. Vanishing Acts is located in our conifer collection, just a short stroll off the Conifer Walk. 

Children’s activities

We Love Trees
Monday, May 15-Friday, May 18, 11 a.m.-4 p.m.
Visit the Children's Garden to discover some of the wonderful products that come from trees. Then, make a recycled plant container out of newspaper and plant a tree seed to take home and grow. This is a self guided hands-on discovery activity. This activity is offered weather permitting. 

Acorn Express Adventures
Friday, May 15, 11 a.m.
$4 for members, $5 for nonmembers
Not included in Arboretum admission
Hop aboard the Acorn Express Tram for a family-friendly program to discover the trees and wildflowers of the east side. The program, which takes place weather permitting, will include a tram ride, short hike and a craft to take home.