Oaks are an essential part of whiskey making, and an essential part of Illinois nature, too. Arboretum experts will fill you in on all things oak during a 45-minute guided hike through the Oak Collection. Learn how to identify types of oaks, why they’re an important part of the local woodlands, and why they’re so good for the barrels used to produce whiskey.
After your small group hike, return to the pavilion and quench your thirst with a whiskey tasting hosted by local distillers Whiskey Acres from DeKalb, Illinois. Enjoy three one-ounce pours and an assortment of light snacks. As you sip, learn the history, lore, and distilling process of this popular American spirit. You’ll never think of whiskey the same way again.
This program meets on-site at the Arboretum.
Instructors: Kris Bachtell, vice president of collections and facilities, The Morton Arboretum; Nick Nagele, owner, Whiskey Acres
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.
Age: 21 and older