The future needs trees. Trees need you.
In a changing world, we all depend on trees. They stand tall, green, and beautiful, helping us breathe, eat, relax, and keep our communities strong. Trees make the world better for people today and for generations to come.
Be a tree champion this Arbor Day and every day. Plant, protect, and care for trees today to create a greener world for future generations. LEARN MORE
Arbor Day celebration at The Morton Arboretum
The Arboretum has an exciting lineup of events to celebrate trees and their importance to our world. Bring the children for a tree planting and other activities in the Children’s Garden, enjoy the Arbor Day Block Party, and shop at the Arbor Day Plant Sale. There are many ways to celebrate Arbor Day at The Morton Arboretum! LEARN MORE
Science and conservation at The Morton Arboretum
The Morton Arboretum works in Chicago and around the world to study and protect trees for a greener, healthier, and more beautiful world. LEARN MORE
Arbor Day in the classroom and community
Make trees the focus of learning and fun with an Arbor Day celebration. The Arboretum offers free, downloadable resources to help teachers, students, scout troops, and community groups shape an Arbor Day observance. LEARN MORE
Arbor Day History
Arbor Day is an annual celebration of trees. The first Arbor Day took place in 1872 in Nebraska at the suggestion of businessman J. Sterling Morton. His son, Joy Morton, founded The Morton Arboretum 50 years later.
In many states, including Illinois, Arbor Day is the last Friday in April. Some states and nations have other dates. LEARN MORE