The IOS has its 25th anniversary in 2017, and a superb way to celebrate it will be to get yourself to the Czech Republic in July where, during Oak Open Days based at his arboretum near Podebrady, enthusiastic and dynamic IOS member Dusan Placek is sponsoring a "Birthday Banquet" for participants.
REGISTRATION CLOSES SEPTEMBER 22ND
Registration for the Pre-Conference Tour will remain open on the website of The Morton Arboretum till September 22nd, 2015 (so long as spaces are still available). To register, click here.
Visit the Events Forum to communicate with other members who are registering for the Tour (e.g., if you are looking for a roommate!)
The five-day Pre-Conference Tour will explore Southern and Central Illinois, including oak habitats ranging from classic southern Taxodium swamps to sandstone ridges and canyons, flatwoods communities, mesic and riparian forests, barrens, sand prairie, and savannas. We will stay at rustic but comfortable lodges along the way (two nights at Giant City State Park and two nights at Riverbank Lodge) and travel for five days from St. Louis, Missouri down through the Illinois Ozarks and then gradually move northeast more than 400 miles to The Morton Arboretum. We expect to see about 20 native species and nothospecies of oaks (plus hundreds of others in cultivation at Starhill Forest), including some state and national champion specimens as well as their companion species. One evening will be spent with local wines at the famous Longshadow Gardens and another with a private candlelight tour of the historic village where Abraham Lincoln lived. We also will visit Lincoln's Tomb, during the 150th anniversary year of his death. Autumn color, while variable in timing, should be in full display, and it will be seed season for oaks! The trip must be restricted to the first 50 applicants due to limited available lodging and transportation.
Tour leaders: Guy Sternberg and Alana McKean, with Henry "Weeds" Eilers.
Prior to tour (for early arrivals in St. Louis)
Those arriving by car will board the bus at Riverbank Lodge in Petersburg at 7:00 AM on 13 October.
A block of rooms will be reserved for you for Monday night if you register by 31 May.
DAY 1 Tuesday 13 October
Sunrise: 7:00am, Sunset: 6:14pm
- Leave Pear Tree Inn hotel in St. Louis at 9:30 AM
- Lunch at 17th Street Bar & Grill in southern Illinois (32 N. 17th Street, Murphysboro, IL 62966)
- Cliff View Park in Alto Pass to see sandstone escarpment forest (Ozark peneplain)
- National Champion Quercus shumardii on Ellis Farm
- Pine Hills (Shawnee National Forest) Mississippi River Ozark bluff forest
- Overnight and dinner at Giant City Lodge
- Evening social in Lodge
DAY 2 Wednesday 14 October
Sunrise: 7:01am, Sunset: 6:13pm
- Breakfast, optional observation tower overview of Shawnee Hills western mesophytic forest
- Rocky Hollow at Ferne Clyffe (sandstone canyon forest)
- Heron Pond (swamp boardwalk, old growth hydric forest, state champion Quercus pagoda)
- Lunch at Blue Sky winery in southern Illinois (3150 South Rocky Comfort Rd, Makanda, IL 62958)
- Cache River, ancient Taxodium swamp
- Longshadow Gardens for tour and sunset reception
- Overnight and dinner at Giant City Lodge
DAY 3 Thursday 15 October
Sunrise: 7:02am, Sunset: 6:11pm
- North to Quercus stellata flatwoods highway rest area near Salem
- North to Shoal Creek for noon tour and picnic lunch with Weeds Eilers
- Ortet tree of Quercus ×deamii ‘Champion Seedless’, mature Q. muehlenbergii
- Power Farm Lincoln courthouse and Catalpa speciosa planted in 1821
- Evening private candlelight tour of New Salem Historic Village
- Late catered dinner at Riverbank Lodge
- Overnight at Riverbank Lodge
DAY 4 Friday 16 October
Sunrise: 7:03am, Sunset: 6:09pm
- Ortet tree of Riverbank Oak (Quercus ×warei ‘Riverbank’)
- Carya illinoinensis pioneer plantation from 1858 at Stone Farm
- Oak Ridge Cemetery, Lincoln’s Tomb, ortet tree of Quercus alba ‘Lincoln’, others, box lunch at Oak Ridge
- Explore Starhill Forest, dinner wiener roast sponsored by Illinois College
- Overnight at Riverbank Lodge, seed sorting & social in lower hall
DAY 5 Saturday 17 October
Sunrise: 7:04am, Sunset: 6:08pm
- Sand Prairie-Scrub Oak Nature Preserve (sand forest)
- Bloomington Giant Quercus macrocarpa and box lunch
- Walk or drive on remnant of the US Mother Road (Route 66) in Livingston County
- Arrive at Morton Arboretum
Large or old oak specimens:
Other oaks: More than 250 oak taxa at Starhill Forest, ranging from seedlings to 150+ years of age
Other significant trees, habitats, sites, features:
Below are photos of some of the highlights we'll be seeing on the Tour:
|One of the many trees that will be visited in the Pre-Conference Tour: An impressive Quercus shumardii, here showing off its roots next to tour leader Guy Sternberg's 200-centimeter human scale bar.|
|Taxodium distichum in Heron Pond, Cache River State Natural Area.|
Quercus pagoda along our hiking route
Ozark sandstone bluff forest at Cliff View Park, Alto Pass.
35-meter trees in Rocky Hollow at Ferne Clyffe
New Salem, the historic village where Abraham Lincoln lived and matured, will be seen via a private candlelight tour.
The Longshadow Gardens (http://www.longshadow.com/) will host us for wine, cheese, and a close look at their famous dry-cast limestone garden planters. (Photo: Daniel and Charlotte Ward)
We will see the Framing Oak and many other special trees at Lincoln's Tomb
The Power Farm Catalpa, planted in 1821
Spend an afternoon with Guy, Edie, and Alana exploring 2000 different woody taxa (750 Quercus) at Starhill Forest Arboretum, followed by an evening cookout.
|Quercus marilandica as an outlier from the sand forest in Mason County|
Quercus stellata flatwoods south of Salem
Rocky Hollow in Ferne Clyffe State Park
Photos: Guy Sternberg, unless specified.