For the second time in The Morton Arboretum’s 94-year history, more than one million tree champions visited the living tree laboratory located in Lisle, Illinois. The Arboretum’s record-setting year is a testament to the value of trees, reflecting the community’s drive to engage with nature through exhibits, special events, education, and more. As a self-funded 501(c)(3) not-for-profit, the Arboretum’s work to study, save, and share trees relies on the support of each visitor, many of whom engage as members and donors to support these efforts.
Joy Morton founded The Morton Arboretum as a “great outdoor museum” of trees more than nine decades ago, with the goal of creating a greener, healthier, more beautiful world. Today, the Arboretum has grown to be much more, while still focusing on that vital mission.
At the Arboretum, they champion the world’s trees through scientific study, conservation, education, and outreach. We protect and plant trees in a 1,700-acre outdoor living museum, in Chicago-area communities, and around the world. We offer extensive educational programming for all ages. It is a living laboratory, leading research on tree health and tree improvement, and breeding and introducing hardy and disease-resistant trees and shrubs for distribution throughout the Midwest. They also present nature-related activities year-round for people of every age and interest.
Every visitor who engages is a link in their work as the champion of trees, advancing the founding vision.