Celebrate Arbor Day at The Morton Arboretum

Curious George will be making an appearance at The Morton Arboretum Arbor Day celebration, in addition to other kid-friendly activities. Keep reading for details!

Established by the Morton family, Arbor Day dates back to 1872 and is celebrated the last Friday of April—this year it falls on April 28. The day is an opportunity to learn about the critical role trees play in our day-to-day lives, from improving the quality of our air and water to imparting a greater sense of physical and emotional well-being for people in the company of trees.

The Morton Arboretum will celebrate Arbor Day on Friday and through the weekend with a series of events highlighting trees, including the opportunity to dress like a tree for free admission, fun tree-focused activities all weekend, and the popular annual Plant Sale.

Arbor Day Events:  Friday, April 28

Dress Like a Tree, Get In Free!
Those who visit The Morton Arboretum on Arbor Day dressed as a tree will gain free admission all day! Outfits can range from a green or brown T-shirt and hat or participants can “branch” out and come dressed in a costume masterpiece. Costumed visitors are invited to pose for pictures in our photo booth.

Arbor Day Tree Planting with Curious George
Celebrate Arbor Day with a visit from Curious George and The Man in the Yellow Hat at the Arboretum.
Enjoy a group reading of “Curious George Plants a Tree,” and join in a tree planting in the Children’s Garden. This celebration will also feature an interactive music show from the kid-friendly Wendy & DB with the Funn Band. The event starts at 11 a.m.

Arbor Day Weekend Events:  Friday, April 28-Sunday, April 30

Arbor Day Weekend Celebration in the Children’s Garden
Plant tree seeds and hunt for five unique trees throughout the Children’s Garden all weekend long.

NEW! Draw Attention to Trees Coloring Display
Children and adults are invited to color a 20-foot-long tree-themed display, which will take up residence at the Arboretum beginning on Arbor Day. Participants can use supplied markers to add bright color to several images, graphics and words that highlight the importance of trees in our world.  The display will feature trees as they grow in urban, suburban, and rural areas as well as in the wild and will showcase various tree species as well as wildlife and other parts of a woodland ecosystem.  The display will remain up through Arbor Day weekend and beyond.

Arbor Day Plant Sale – April 30
Shoppers will find more than 100,000 trees and plants specially chosen by Arboretum experts during the Arbor Day Plant Sale. The sale will include more than 200 species of trees, shrubs, and flowers available for purchase. Shoppers with questions about plants best suited for their landscape can consult with roaming Plant Geniuses. The sale opens to the public Sunday, April 30, 11 a.m.-4 p.m.

The Morton Arboretum
4100 IL Route 53
Lisle, IL 60532
(630) 968-0074

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