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Resources for educators at The Morton Arboretum

Can trees be used to teach science, math, reading, and writing principles? The answer: Yes!

Gain the knowledge and skills needed to include nature education in your classroom and meet other learning objectives at the same time. Enroll in courses that count toward CPDUs, or browse the teacher resources to receive practical tools to incorporate nature into your daily lesson plans.

Summer Learning Bundles

Enjoy our compilation of learning bundles, made just for teachers and tailored to different grade levels. Whether you want to help your students learn about trees and plants or engage with nature through our exciting escape rooms, we have resources to help you guide your classrooms through the long summer months. LEARN MORE

Upcoming workshops

Participate in one of our upcoming workshops to learn environmental concepts relevant to your classroom curriculum. Workshops are offered a few times a year and offer the opportunity to explore the Arboretum while adding resources to your classroom instruction. LEARN MORE


Arbor Day in the classroom

Celebrate Arbor Day in your classroom! It’s easy as 1, 2, tree! Arbor Day is a holiday that promotes planting and protecting trees. Illinois celebrates Arbor Day on the last Friday in April. Learn more  

Classroom items for loan

Sterling Morton Library has many resources available to teachers, and the Arboretum is a check-out site for the Illinois Department of Natural Resources. Learn more  

Learning for teachers

Teachers and educators, expand your knowledge and skills with courses that meet Illinois State Learning Standards and earn Continuing Professional Development Units (CPDU), or, pursue a graduate degree from Benedictine University that has roots at the Arboretum. LEARN MORE  

Online tree learning links

The experts at The Morton Arboretum have gathered a list of online resources for educators and teachers to find tools, materials, and curriculum ideas. learn more  

Vanishing Acts teacher’s guide

Vanishing Acts: Trees Under Threat is an exhibit at The Morton Arboretum that provides an interpretive lesson plan focused on the importance of endangered trees. A teacher's guide and other resources, are available for this unique exhibit. Learn more