The Morton Arboretum Spring Events

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The Morton Arboretum — an internationally known tree-focused botanical garden and research center — has recently released their spring calendar of events! Here are a few things coming up! 

Spring Highlights

Climate Conversations: Looking Back to Find a Way Forward for Trees: On Wednesday, April 20 from 6:30 pm to 8 pm, this online program hosts scientists studying the connections between trees and the climate! They and will look at how historical data provides clues to how trees respond to climate change. Join Chistine Rollinson, PhD, a forest ecologist at the Arboretum, Elizabeth Wolkovich, PhD, associate professor in forest and conservation sciences at the University of British Columbia and Margaret Evans, PhD, from the Laboratory of Tree-Ring Research at the University of Arizona. Register today to see how looking into the past can help us understand how climate change may shape our future. This event is free or you may leave a donation as well. 

The Champion of Trees 10k: On Saturday, April 23 from 8 am to 11 am, find your “inner tree champion” at the 12th annual The Champion of Trees 10k! Enjoy a lovely spring morning while running or walking surrounded by trees from all around the world! The USATF-certified course follows the Arboretum’s East side Main Route through rolling terrain! Celebrate finishing the 10k with the post-race party with live music, recovery food, and complimentary beer for those of-age. Tickets are $60 per person! More information and tickets here!   

Mother’s Day Brunch: On Sunday May 8, from 9 am to 2 pm, celebrate mom with a delicious buffet-style brunch in the Ginkgo Restaurant this Mother’s Day! Enjoy the beauty of spring blooms with floor-to-ceiling windows overlooking Meadow Lake. There are three seatings available and each runs for 90 minutes. Tickets are $64 for adults, $34 for children (ages 4-12), and free for children ages 3 and younger. 

In-Person Educational and Wellness Programing

Forest Therapy Walks: On the Forest Therapy Walks, participants will experience the healing and wellness of shinrin-yoku — the practice of bathing the sensing in the atmosphere of the forest — while being guided through a woodland trail with a certified Forest Therapy guide! Choose from seven dates and either a two or three hour walk! For more information and tickets, visit the website here

Yoga: On Monday’s from April 4 through June 27, from 9:30 am to 10:30 am, join the Arboretum for in person yoga sessions! During each one-hour class you will be able to practice poses, breathing and meditation. Tickets are $17 per person! Get your tickets today! 

Woodland Family Hikes: On April 16, 20, 27, or 30, from 9 am to 10 am, gather up your family for an outdoor adventure! Together, explore seasonal themes through guided, family-paces hikes, bird watching, and assembling a birdhouse to take home! For more information and tickets, check out their website here

Online Educational and Wellness Programing

Grow Great Tomatoes: On Monday, April 11 from 6 to 8 pm, join this online class hosted by Arboretum horticulturist Kat Haberman! Haberman will cover everything you need to know to ensure a successful tomato crop this summer! Tickets are $27 per guest and tickets are limited, so get yours today! 

Identify Woodland Wildflowers: On Thursday’s, April 21 and May 5 at 10 am to 11:30 am, join this online class to learn the names and habits of the wildflowers that cover the woodland floor in spring! You will be able to gain a deeper understanding and appreciation of the beauty and diversity of woodland plants! This class includes a self-guided portion and two live web conferences with an instructor! Tickets are $46 each! 

Adding Native Edible Plants to Your Garden: On Thursday April 14, from 7 pm to 8:30 pm, join this online presentation where you can explore the beauty of native plants and uncover their history! Hosted by Gina Roxas, a citizen of the Prairie Band Potawatomi Nation invites plant lovers to consider antive plants differently through storytelling and recipes! Tickets are $17 per person! Get your tickets today! 

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