We offer lectures on site or at your location about oaks, historic trees, native trees, and a variety of tree-related topics, tailored for any audience level. Browse a list of program topics previously presented by Arboretum founders and staff and contact us to discuss all the options.

See the calendar of upcoming programs: 


EVENT: Illinois Native Plant Society Central Chapter meeting and holiday banquet

HOST: Illinois Native Plant Society Central Chapter
DATE: 12 December
LOCATION: Maldaners Restaurant, Springfield, Illinois.
PROGRAM: A California Oak Expedition – Oaktober 2018
WEBSITE: . Reservations only — for details contact chapter president Trish Quintenz, trish.quintenz@gmail.com.

EVENT: Illinois Arborist Association Annual Meeting
HOST: Illinois Arborist Association
DATE: 5-6 November
LOCATION: Holiday Inn, Tinley Park, Illinois.
PROGRAM: Pruning Oaks to Achieve Grandeur and Tough Trees for our Evolving Climate, plus a book signing for Native Trees for North American Landscapes.
WEBSITE: http://illinoisarborist.org/conference/

EVENT: The Sixth Annual Special Tree Tour
HOST: Boone County Garden Clubs
DATE: Saturday 26 October, 1:00 – 4:00
LOCATION: Oak Ridge Cemetery, Springfield, Illinois (home of Lincoln’s tomb)
DETAILS: Tour features 17 trees in the northwest part of this famous cemetery, with 30 trained volunteer guides stationed throughout the area. Open with admittance free to all — donations appreciated to help fund expenses, and tree adoptions available for the first time.
WEBSITE: https://www.facebook.com/events/406779263274140/

HOST: Boone County Garden Clubs
DATE: 24 October
PRESENTATION: Where Trees Meet Human History, the story of age-coring trees at the Illinois Governor’s Mansion and the Lincoln Home National Historic Site
CONTACT INFORMATION: For details or to become a member and participate contact coordinator Barbara Wych at 815-544-6517

EVENT: Shade Tree Conference
HOST: Kansas Arborists Association
DATE: 16-17 January
PRESENTATIONS: Emerald Ash Borer, Oak Wilt, and Trees and Climate Destabilization
WEBSITE: https://www.kansasarborist.com/shadetree-conference.html

HOST: Lake Stephens Arboretum, Riechmann Pavilion
DATE: 18 January
PRESENTATIONS: Understanding Oak Hybridization

EVENT: IACCBE Winterfest Conference
HOST: Iowa County Conservation Boards Association
DATE: 6-7 February
PRESENTATIONS: The Lincoln Vault Oak and Nightmares on Oak Street
WEBSITE: https://www.mycountyparks.com/Info/WINTERFEST.aspx


EVENT: Shade Tree Short Course
HOST: Iowa State University
PRESENTATIONS: The Lincoln Vault Oak and Pathfinder – the Last Prairie Sentinel
LOCATION: Scheman Building, Ames, Iowa
DATE: 21-22 February
WEBSITE: (Program link not yet active)


EVENT: Midwest Tree and Shrub Conference: Landscapes for a Changing Future

HOST: Chicago Botanic Garden (in partnership with The Morton Arboretum)

DATE: 7 September

PRESENTATION: Tough Trees for our Evolving Climate

WEBSITE: https://www.chicagobotanic.org/education/professional_programs/midwest_tree_shrub_conference


EVENT: Master Naturalists course

HOST: University of Illinois Extension

LOCATION: Starhill Forest Arboretum

PRESENTATION: Forest Ecology, Tree Identification, and Forest Management

DATE: 3 October

WEBSITE: https://web.extension.illinois.edu/mn/


EVENT: Paul Mickey Science Series Lecture

HOST: Illinois State Museum

LOCATION: State Museum Auditorium, downtown Springfield

PRESENTATION: Pathfinder: the Last Sentinel

DATE: 4 October, 7:00 PM

WEBSITE: http://www.illinoisstatemuseum.org/content/ism-directions-parking


EVENT: Monthly Speaker and Meeting
HOST: Illinois Native Plant Society
DATE: 9 November, 6:30 PM
PRESENTATION: Climate and Trees
LOCATION: Illinois Audubon Society Adams Wildlife Sanctuary, Springfield, Illinois
WEBSITE: http://ill-inps.org/central-chapter-field-trips/


EVENT: History’s Mysteries: What Tree Rings Can Tell Us
HOST: Sangamon County Historical Society
DATE: 21 November, 5:30 PM
PRESENTATION: Tree Ring Analysis at the Lincoln Home and Executive Mansion – Guy Sternberg and Glen Freimuth
LOCATION: Lincoln Public Library, Carnegie Room North
WEBSITE: https://sangamonhistory.wildapricot.org/event-2518015


EVENT: Missouri Green Industry Conference

PRESENTATION: Landscaping with Native Trees

LOCATION: St. Charles Convention Center, St. Charles, Missouri

DATE: 28 November

WEBSITE: http://mogic.org/


EVENT: Trees, Climate and Beauty
PRESENTATION: Our Incredible Trees and a Changing Climate and The Tree Cultivars of Starhill Forest
LOCATION: University of Nebraska – Lincoln’s Keim Hall room 150
DATE: 7 December
WEBSITE: https://www.facebook.com/events/350227142049750/




In the news…

Taking root: Sapling from last Johnny Appleseed tree planted in Normal (October 14, 2017)

Blowing Out 25 Candles at Starhill (October 9, 2017)

Oaks of OAKTOBER (October 2016)

Touring Illinois with the IOS (December 1, 2015)

Historic Menard County tree comes down (November 2, 2015)

Illinois Issues: State’s Oaks Squeezed Out By Other Species (September 30, 2015)

Oak Wood Samples and Growth Rate (March 13, 2015)

Among Giants: Guy Sternberg, Oak Guru (November 2014)

Spare Historical Trees (May 8, 2014)

A Teaching Forest (June 20, 2013)

Land Invasion: Bradford Pear Tree (May 5, 2013)

Trees Start to Wilt as Drought Intensifies (July 13, 2012)



A number of Guy Sternberg’s talks are available online.

Managing Oak Wilt  (June 9, 2016)

Think Like a Tree (December 10, 2015)

Pathfinder: The Last Prairie Sentinel (October 31, 2015)

Emerald Ash Borer Update (September 10, 2015)

Native Oaks of Kentucky (October 17, 2014)

Nightmare on Oak Street (October 30, 2014)

Illinois Stories Oak Ridge Cemetery Tree Tour (May 15, 2014)