Morgan Arboretum - Arboretum Morgan

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Research

As a university facility, the Arboretum has always had a strong element of research in its day to day activities:

  • To continue research related to maintaining the health of the Arboretum plantations and woodlands.
  • To develop new programs related to selecting species adapted to developing environmental conditions.
  • To develop silvicultural practices that preserve and enhance biological diversity in both natural stands and plantations.

 

Education

The Arboretum as a facility of McGill University features heavily in many undergraduate and postgraduate courses in wildlife biology, botany, ecology, forestry, geography etc. Details of these courses can be found in the appropriate faculty pages of the McGill website.

 

Seasonal Interpretation Program:

Over the past couple of years, the Arboretum has been offering many different seasonal programs dedicated to various aspects of ecology. All workshops, presentations and guided walks are offered by naturalists or experts in that particular field. The activities are focused on topics such as birds, wildflowers, insects, gardening, mammals, nocturnal animals, pond ecology, and more. All members are informed of these activites by email, but anyone can visit the "Upcoming Events" page or our  "Calendar" to see what activities are coming up soon. All activites offered require pre-registration, please consult the Upcoming Events page for further information.

 

In addition, educational opportunities are offered to schools, colleges and members of the public.

School Groups:

Guided Tours

The Morgan Arboretum offers 2 educational programs to local school groups during the year. Reservations are required - please contact the office at 514 398-7811.

MARCH & APRIL - Maple Syrup Production

Come and visit the Arboretum's fully operational sugar shack and learn how maple syrup is made - from tree to can, and how the Arboretum manages it's sugar bush in a sustainable way. The program also includes taffy on snow!

  • 1.5 - 2 hour tours are offered in French and English, and are adapted for children of all ages.
  • Detailed program descriptions and teacher packages are available.
  • Limited lunch facilities are available - if desired, please mention this requirement when booking as space is limited.
  • Cost: $7/child; $7/adult (1 adult free/ 10 children) which includes entrance to the Arboretum, the tour, tractor rides, and taffy on snow

MAY & JUNE - Biodiversity and Conservation at the Arboretum

Come and explore the different ecosystems at the Arboretum in the spring. Children will experience wetland, forest and open field ecosystems while learning the basic concepts of nature appreciation, biodiversity, population dynamics, dichotomous keys, and more. Material is presented using hands-on, age appropriate activities.

  • 2 hour tours are offered in French and English, and are adapted for children of all ages.
  • Detailed program descriptions and teacher packages are available.
  • Limited lunch facilities are available - if desired, please mention this requirement when booking as space is limited.
  • Cost: $6/child; $6/adult (1 adult free/ 10 children) which includes entrance to the Arboretum and the tour


Self-Guided Tours

Educators are encouraged to conduct self-guided tours of the Arboretum at any time of the year. Please contact the Office in advance for reservations and assistance in planning your tour.

  • Limited lunch facilities are available - if desired, please mention this requirement when booking as space is limited.
  • Cost for groups: $2.00/child; $4.00/adult; $2.00/senior (65 yrs+) which includes entrance to the Arboretum

 

Scouts Canada

Scouts/Guides Canada leaders (Beavers to Rovers and Brownies to Rangers) are encouraged to contact the office in advance for reservations and assistance in planning your visit.

  • Cost: free for children; $5/adult

 

Adult Groups

Upon request, the Arboretum offers fully guided tours to adult groups by a qualified Arboretum staff member.
Tours are offered in French and English.
Reservations are required.
Limited lunch facilities are available - if desired, please mention this requirement when booking as space is limited.
Cost - 1 hour tour: $120 (up to 20, each additional person- $6); 2 hour tour: $150 (up to 20, each additional person- $7.50); 3 hour tour: $210 (up to 20, each additional person- $10)

 

Seasonally Dependent Tours

Led by Chris Cloutier, Naturalist.

  • Fall - focus on leaf colour change
  • Winter/Spring - focus on maple syrup production and identifying trees by bark characteristics
  • Spring - focus on spring flowers
  • Summer - focus on tree identification (be prepared for mosquitoes!).
  • Adapted to group's mandate upon request.

 

Collections Tour

The tour is led by John Watson, Arborist and Operation's Manager of the Arboretum. Come and learn about the different tree and shrub varieties planted at the Arboretum which have been collected from around the world - including Canada's own backyard.

  • Tour focuses on botanical issues but may be adapted to the group's mandate upon request.
Last Updated: Monday, 14 March 2016 15:35