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Morton Arboretum in Lisle keeps grounds open to public

Outdoor attractions are open at The Morton Arboretum, even as buildings close to the public.
Outdoor attractions are open at The Morton Arboretum, even as buildings close to the public.

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The Morton Arboretum further adjusts its operations through March 29 to allow for heightened safety precautions and sanitation of facilities. While its grounds will remain open to visitors for now, all Arboretum buildings, including the Visitor Center, will be closed, a news release stated.

The Children’s Garden and Maze Garden also will be closed.  

Limited restroom facilities will be available to visitors. All private events scheduled at the Arboretum through March 29 are being rescheduled or canceled. These closures and postponements are in addition to previously announced cancellations of educational programs (through April 12); special events (until April 10); and closures of The Sterling Morton Library and Plant Clinic, which is available for tree and plant care questions via email at plantclinic@mortonarb.org. Select programs have been moved to an online learning format.

“With 1,700 acres of trees and outdoor space, The Morton Arboretum is in a position to provide members and visitors with a place to get out of their homes while still following social distancing recommendations,” Arboretum President and CEO Gerard Donnelly stated in the release. “Being among trees and nature also offers people physical and psychological benefits that are especially valuable at this time."

More information and updates are available on the Arboretum’s website at mortonarb.org.

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