Tree-Mendous Tree Stories

A project of The Morton Arboretum and Openlands.

Sweeping branches, lush green canopies, stately trunks soaring to great heights—trees are inspiring with their magnificence and their influence on lives and communities. In celebration of the Chicago region’s trees, The Morton Arboretum and Openlands have partnered to launch Tree-mendous Tree Stories, an online collection of curated stories highlighting people’s connections to trees.

Trees are often one of the earliest memories people have with the natural world around them. They hold a special place in our imaginations and in our connections with nature, and we at Openlands are excited to hear stories of special trees from our friends and neighbors across the Chicago region.

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Learn more about Openlands’ TreeKeepers program and our community tree planting grants.