Adult Programs

Fall Foliage Walking Tour (in person)

Enjoy a walk in the crisp autumn air with an Arboretum ecologist and take in the changing colors of the Arboretum’s trees.

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Enjoy a walk in the crisp autumn air with an Arboretum ecologist and take in the changing colors of the Arboretum’s trees. This seasonal stroll will give you the chance to view fall color with the engaging story of the seasonal changes that trees go through each year. You’ll get a chance to hear about 

  • why leaves change color and drop 
  • what discoveries scientists are making about these changes
  • why some seasons have great fall color and others don’t
  • what the timing of fall color can tell us about the bigger picture of our climate and local environment. 

COVID-19 Precautions:

Program participants must abide by the Arboretum’s safety guidelines

Held outdoors. Please dress for the weather and wear comfortable shoes. Plan to walk more than a mile over uneven terrain. Limit 30

Brendon Reidy, research coordinator, forest ecology lab

Brendon Reidy has been working in the Forest Ecology Lab at The Morton Arboretum since spring 2018. In his role as the Phenology Research Coordinator, he works to improve communication and coordination of volunteers for the Arboretum’s phenology monitoring program. Prior to joining the Arboretum staff, Brendon worked for the Downers Grove Park District as a naturalist and as the Volunteer Coordinator for the Lyman Woods & William F. Sherman Interpretive Center. He received his degree from Northeastern Illinois University and completed internships at the Field Museum and the Peggy Notebaert Nature Museum. As a naturalist and outreach specialist, Brendon has a broad and varied skillset that comes in handy for helping develop educational and volunteer engagement programming on the fly.

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