The zoo’s gardens host an ‘unbe-leaf-able’ number of plant species—more than 1,200! Lincoln Park Zoo recently received arboretum accreditation from ArbNet, the only initiative to officially recognize arboreta based on a set of professional standards.
Spanning 49 acres, the zoo’s gardens are spread throughout the park. Guests can download the Lincoln Park Zoo tree map, which highlights trees of interest and how to identify them. From American elm to prairiefire flowering crabapple, enjoy a ‘tree-rific’ journey. The tree map contains 20 trees of interest throughout the zoo, including information, illustrations, and where to locate them.