Botanical Gardens & Arboreta,
Mission: To collect and study trees, shrubs, and other plants from around the world, to display them across naturally beautiful landscapes for people to enjoy and study, and to learn how to grow them in ways that enhance our environment; to encourage the planting and conservation. . . Of trees for a greener, healthier, and more beautiful world.
Programs: Plant collections: curated collection of 220,000 trees and other woody plants encompassing taxonomic and geographic groups suitable for climate of northern illinois. Maintained 1,700 acres of landscapes, specialty gardens, and natural areas throughout woodlands, wetlands, and prairie. Managed grounds including 16 miles of trails and 9 miles of roads. Conducted operations involving living plant collections, plant production, new plant development, horticulture, landscape architecture, and natural areas. Maintained outdoor and indoor facilities and equipment to support arboretum overall; upgraded where necessary to improve visitor experience and sustainability.
education and information: fostered public appreciation for trees by motivating tree conservation practice, improving natural science literacy, and enabling access to relevant, expert information. Offered classes and workshops on horticulture and gardening, woodland stewardship, natural history, nature art, nature photography, and ornithology. Enrolled 36,000 participants in education programs, including 32,000 youth from 575 schools in field trips, summer science camps, and scouting programs. Provided outreach resources to schools and teachers. Children's garden, plant clinic, library collection of botanical literature and art, and interpretive displays enhanced audience knowledge and engagement. Held major exhibition titled illumination: tree lights at the morton arboretum. Coordinated. . . Tree-awareness activities on-site and in the chicago region in conjunction with the signature holiday of arbor day.
science and conservation: collaborated with regional, national, and international partners on initiatives to advance planting and care of trees, health of urban forests, and protection of endangered trees. Furthered scientific research studies in plant health care, plant conservation biology, urban soil science, and plant systematics. Developed strategies through chicago region trees initiative for tree and urban forest improvement in city and surrounding suburbs. Served as an advocate for trees in 275 communities in seven counties of metropolitan chicago. Facilitated arbnet interactive community of arboreta and related accreditation program, supporting goals of tree-focused public gardens. Authored papers for professional publications, hosted major conferences, and delivered presentations. . . To share knowledge with industry peers and others who benefit from information. Managed labs dedicated to tree science and herbarium (collection of preserved plant specimens) for botanical research.
visitor programs: welcomed 932,500 visitors, maintaining the institution as one of the most visited public gardens in north america. Served membership of 39,250 households. Hosted various special events and seasonal activities as opportunities for new and returning visitors and members to engage in mission. Provided patron services and accommodations through visitor orientation center, tours, store, restaurant, and banquet and conference facilities.