Adult Programs

Spring Flowering Trees Walking Tour (in person)

Enjoy a walk under the trees and take in the Arboretum’s emerging spring blooms and colors.

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Enjoy a walk under the trees and take in the Arboretum’s emerging spring blooms and colors. Guided by members of the Arboretum’s scientific research team, this seasonal stroll will give you the chance to view the spring blooms with an engaging story of the seasonal changes that trees go through each year. You’ll get a chance to hear about:

  • What factors affect when trees bloom;
  • What discoveries scientists are making about these changes; and ,
  • What the timing of spring buds, leaves, and blooms 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 38 

Brendon Reidy, Research Coordinator, Phenology, and Lucien Fitzpatrick, Research Assistant, Center for Tree Science

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 and 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 skill set that comes in handy for helping develop educational and volunteer engagement programming on the fly.

Lucien Fitzpatrick’s primary work involves using citizen science data to predictively model the timing of phenological events to see how climate change influences these critical timings. His current research goal is to increase the knowledge and predictive capabilities of people planting and managing urban forest ecosystems.


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