Front Page News

Welcome to the Front Page News, the home page of MAPS. This is where we publish current events, and have links to other organizational information. Make sure you check back frequently!

Upcoming Exhibit – 2023 MAPS Annual Photography Exhibit

The Annual Photography Exhibit is upon us! The Cudahy Room of the Arboretum’s Administration & Research building will be open on May 5, 6, and 7 for members to show their artwork. For exhibitors the critical dates are March 1 – 18, when submissions are being accepted. See Exhibits for all the details about how to participate. There is no cap on the number of participants.

Upcoming MAPS Programs

April 10, 2023 – Jack Carlson – Photographing Signs of Spring at the Chicago Botanic Garden

In April, signs of spring are everywhere at the Chicago Botanic Garden. Where, though, in those 385 acres should a photographer begin when trying to capture images of the seasonal change that is occurring? Get answers to this question and more on April 10 when Jack Carlson, a Certified Professional Photographer and nature photography educator at the Garden since 2009, presents the best places to find new spring growth and color at the Garden. Click here for more information about this do-not-miss program and our presenter.


We are taking a hybrid approach to our monthly programs. This means you can attend in-person or by using Zoom. The Zoom link is emailed to all MAPS members before every program. If you are new to Zoom, take a look at our Zoom web page. Most important: however you choose to participate, don’t pass up this great benefit of your MAPS membership.

If you are looking for past programs, go to Programs. This web page includes a write up and a few images from each monthly program. When possible, we also post a recording of the monthly program for a few months.

Upcoming MAPS Photo Outings

Stay tuned for information about our April Photo Outing!

Upcoming MAPS Photo Workshops

Using the iNaturalist App – Saturday, April 15, 9:00am to 11:am – Thornhill Education Center, Room D

Dulcey Lima, longtime MAPS member and Morton Arboretum volunteer since 2008, will lead participants in a hands-on workshop about the use of the nature photography app called iNaturalist.  iNaturalist is a joint initiative created by the California Academy of Science and National Geographic with the goal of connecting over a million scientists, naturalists, and nature loving people with the shared goal of identifying and learning more about the plants and animals around us. See Photo Workshops for details and to sign up. Space is limited so don’t delay!

Planning a trip? Visit Destinations to view beautiful images and information about many locations our members have visited.

MAPS Membership – If you are looking for information about MAPS membership, visit our About page. This page also includes other administrative information you might be looking for.

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