Become a Member


Unlimited visits for up to eight individuals age 2 and older at a time, free of charge. Friend members show their support for The Morton Arboretum’s science, conservation, and other programs with a greater gift.

Friend Membership

$300 per year

One-year membership

Level Benefits

In addition to the member benefits
listed below.

10% discount

at the Ginkgo Restaurant and Café

8 Acorn Express tram tour

vouchers per year

Two double-discount days

at The Arboretum Store

Priority registration

for select private and public events

Priority registration

for Summer Science Camp


to special donor events


to Greenmatters, the donor newsletter

Option to maximize support

by giving monthly!

Membership Benefits

All memberships also enjoy the following benefits:

Access to a dedicated membership hotline


Free subscription

to Seasons quarterly publication

Free subscription

to ArbConnect e-newsletter

10% discount

at The Arboretum Store

15% discount

on education programs

Borrowing privileges

at the Sterling Morton Library

Reciprocal admission privileges

at more than 300 arboreta and botanical gardens across North America

Discounted rentals

to bicycle, snowshoe, and cross-country ski (subject to availability)

Make a Bigger Impact

Join as a Thornhill Society or President’s Council member and enjoy exclusive benefits, such as access to the Arboretum without timed-entry member passes.

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Frequently Asked

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  • The Morton Arboretum is The Champion of Trees, blending science and splendor, providing beautiful landscapes where people can enjoy and learn about trees and nature. Every membership supports the Arboretum’s vital work to plant and protect trees for a greener, healthier, and more beautiful world.  Members receive special benefits, including free admission and parking, a 15% or greater discount on educational classes, 10% off most purchases at The Arboretum Store, reciprocal admission to more than 300 arboreta and botanical gardens, invitations to member-only events, and much more!

  • The two-year membership option when you join or renew is the best value. Two-year members receive $10 savings, invitations to exclusive member Enrichment Events, free Acorn Express tram tour vouchers, and a  gift voucher that may be redeemed in The Arboretum Store.

  • To purchase a gift membership online, select a membership level for your gift recipient. Then follow the prompts and complete your transaction. You may also purchase a gift membership on-site by visiting the Member Services Desk in the Arboretum’s Visitor Center, or by calling the Membership Hotline at 630-719-2453, which is available daily from 10:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m.

  • To renew your membership online, you will need both your membership number (found on your membership card) and the last name of the primary cardholder on your membership account. Sign in to the portal, click the “renew” button, and follow the prompts.

  • The Morton Arboretum is a member of the American Horticultural Society (AHS) and members of the Arboretum enjoy special admission privileges, in addition to possible discounts on gift shop purchases and special events at more than 330 botanical gardens and horticultural organizations across North America through the Reciprocal Admission Program (RAP). Check the state-by-state directory of participating gardens for participating organizations, or call the gardens prior to your visit. Please note that The Morton Arboretum follows the 90-mile exclusion rule, with the exception of the Chicago Botanic Garden.

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Your support has an impact for trees—locally and globally.

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