The Morton Arboretum’s reopening plan continue. Tickets will be available to the public and its Visitor Center opens with select operations, reduced hours and new state-mandated safety protocols in place. Masks will be required of all visitors while in indoor spaces.
The coronavirus pandemic has not stopped The Morton Arboretum from advancing tree science by encouraging young researchers, even at a distance. This summer, using digital technology, the Arboretum is continuing the Research Experience for Undergraduates (REU) program, a nationally competitive fellowship for students interested in plant science.
Over the next few months, some homeowners in the Chicago region may notice workers examining and measuring their neighbors’ trees or their own. They are gathering data for a census of trees in the seven-county Chicago region, not only counting the trees but recording their species, size, and overall health.