FOREst for the Trees

Appears in the June 2024 issue.

Morton Arboretum visitors can putt among giants this summer

Colorful putters standing on end in an area surrounded by trees

Despite the historically complicated relationship between golfers and trees, Morton Arboretum is hoping at least some of the former (or at least their more level-headed offspring) will be willing to make peace this summer across the newly opened nine tree-themed holes of Wonder Woods Mini Golf. In addition to practicing their putts, players on the pop-up course will find plenty of opportunities to learn about tree science with the help of everything from big bugs to massive mushrooms. “There is a scientific concept behind each hole,” says Amy Scott, head of exhibitions at the Arboretum. “The goal is to help people of all ages develop an appreciation for trees and learn about tree research in an accessible and playful way.”


Photo: The Morton Arboretum