Dear Arboretum Friends,
In 2015 The Morton Arboretum adopted an identity as The Champion of Trees. We think it’s a fitting description of who we are and what we stand for, and we count you — supporters of the Arboretum — as tree champions, too. Championing is what we do to lead, influence, and take action on behalf of trees, and 2015 was a championship year of achievements, made possible by champions like you!
For the first time, more than a million visitors experienced the Arboretum in a single year, enjoying, learning about, or finding inspiration in trees. It was also a record year for membership, which reflects growing interest and support for our mission to save and plant trees.
Here at this outdoor living museum, we continued momentum in building science and conservation programs, developing new plants, and improving the natural environment. In new ways, we taught children about trees and helped people understand more about tree care.
Beyond the 1,700 acres of the Arboretum, we extended urban forestry outreach services in the Chicago region, conducted plant explorations nationally and internationally, and furthered global partnerships for tree preservation.
As a nonprofit organization, we rely on and value your support so that we can collect, study, and share expert knowledge about trees, engaging more people to appreciate and protect trees in a changing world.
The Arboretum that was so successful in 2015 is raising funds for major projects and pursuits through the Growing Brilliantly campaign that will position us to be even stronger and more impactful as The Champion of Trees.
Thank you for being a tree champion by supporting The Morton Arboretum. Indeed, you are contributing to a greener, healthier, and more beautiful world.
Gerard T. Donnelly, PhD
President and CEO