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Adult Opportunities

Leafing Through History: Arboretum Primary Sources for Students (in person)

Uncover how your students can become historians.

Content Detail

(This course has been canceled).

Weave together science, history, and language arts, by leafing through local historical photos, herbarium specimens, and artifacts available at The Morton Arboretum. Navigate the Sterling Morton Library’s digital archives and use Arboretum primary sources while learning how to make use of free loaning resources. Participants will visit the Herbarium and explore how herbarium sheets give insight into the trees of the past. Participants will also create their own herbarium sheet with local flora, and explore writing and research activities centered around DuPage County and Arboretum history. This workshop is aligned to Common Core State Standards, Next Generation Science Standards, and Illinois Social Science Learning Standards. Content and activities are geared to educators of grades 4 through 8. Come prepared to spend some time outdoors and explore the Arboretum’s past and present treasures. 

This program meets on-site at the Arboretum.

Instructor: Education program guides

Health and Safety: Program participants must abide by the Arboretum’s health and safety guidelines. Guidelines are subject to change, so please check back frequently. 


Continuing Education: 5.5 hours (5.5 CPDHs)


Age: Educators age 18 and older

  • Recommended audience: Students in grades 4 through 8. 
  • Registration includes access to the Arboretum grounds and handouts.
  • Lunch not included; participants must bring their own brown bag lunch. There is no facility to purchase lunch where the workshop will take place. Participants should come prepared to spend some time outdoors and should dress appropriately.


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