The Gateway to Tree Science

A living exhibit of The Morton Arboretum’s research 

Rendering of a path through the Arboretum’s tree-focused research
Rendering of the Gateway to Tree Science exhibit, opening in spring 2019

The Gateway to Tree Science is an interactive outdoor exhibit designed to bring The Morton Arboretum’s tree science and research to life. The exhibit  provides insightful information and ongoing, real-time demonstrations based on nearly a century of tree expertise.

Living trees and informative panels along a half-mile, wood-chipped trail show the biology and function of trees, the challenges that trees face in cities and suburbs, the plight of endangered trees, and the research taking place at the Arboretum for a greener, healthier, and more beautiful world.

The exhibit aims to improve tree health by helping professionals and homeowners understand the scope of the Arboretum’s science, the science behind the best tree care practices, and the need to support tree care and preservation in every community.

The site, near the Arboretum’s internationally recognized Oak Collection, was developed around existing large trees. New trees that will grow and develop over time were planted among them in 2018 and 2019. The Gateway to Tree Science trail begins at the south end of Parking Lot 8 on the East Side of the Arboretum. It is open to all with Arboretum admission.

Opening Weekend

The exhibit will officially open with tours for the public on Saturday, June 8, 2019.

The Gateway to Tree Science is supported by the Growing Brilliantly Campaign.