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Inside the Collections: Oaks

Schedule and Location

Saturday, October 7, 2017, 9:00 to 11:00 a.m.
Parking Lot 8

Fees and Registration

$25.00 member
$34.00 nonmember

Nonmembers: Fees include admission to the Arboretum. 

Course Description


A mature white oak

Oaks are widely regarded for their longevity, strength, importance to wildlife, and economic value. This "OAKtober", learn the eventful history of the magnificent oak and why this special tree is the backbone of many forests.

Did you know that oaks date back 65 million years, around the time of the dinosaurs? What is the secret that has allowed them to persist and thrive for millions of years?

In this walking tour of the Morton Arboretum’s Oak Collection, curator Matt Lobdell will share with you the incredible story of oaks and the vast genetic diversity that has enabled these trees to form the backbone of many North American forests. You will see some of the surprising forms that oaks can take in order to fill distinct niches in vastly different ecosystems. At the end of the walk, you’ll see oaks in a new way, and on your next foray into the forest or the landscape, you’ll greet this cast of characters with a deeper understanding of their long and storied journey.

Instructor: Matt Lobdell, head of collections and curator at The Morton Arboretum
Notes: Held mostly outdoors. Dress for the weather and for walking outdoors. Limit 20


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CALL: 630-719-2468 (or to be waitlisted)
IN PERSON: Stop by the Visitor Center during open hours.