MAPS Forest Homes Exhibit
The Morton Arboretum’s Children’s Garden
Spring 2022 – January 2023

You are invited to submit entries to the Children’s Garden 2022 “Forest Homes” exhibit. Photographs will be printed by the Arboretum and displayed for one year on 5 ft x 5 ft outdoor displays scattered throughout the Adventure Woods area of the Children’s Garden. Any MAPS member may enter this exhibit. There are no entry or printing fees.


The exhibit’s theme is “Forest Homes.” Entries should depict a natural setting that serves as a home to an animal inhabitant. The forest home may provide shelter, food/water, security, privacy, space for sleeping, playing, eating, raising one’s young, etc. The inhabitants could be mammals, birds, insects, reptiles, amphibians, or other animals, and should be visible in the photo. Keep in mind that the typical Children’s Garden visitors are families with young children.

The images do not have to be taken at The Morton Arboretum.

Important Dates

December 15, 2021Submissions Begin
January 15, 2022Submissions End
January 20, 2022Email notifications sent of accepted images
Spring 2022Exhibit Opens!
Winter 2023Exhibit Closes!

All members are encouraged to enter up to ten images. Below is a link to a Google Form for you to submit information and images. Upon completion of the form, you will be sent a confirmation of your submission from Google.

All images must have a minimum resolution of 300, be sized to about 3000 pixels on the longest side and must be in a .jpg format. 

Please follow this procedure for naming your images. If your name is Jane Smith, you would name your first image with your first name and your last name and the number “1”:

  • 1st image: JaneSmith1.jpg
  • 2nd image: JaneSmith2.jpg
  • 3rd image: JaneSmith3.jpg, and so on.

Please also include a title (five words or less) for each photograph.

Additional Information

There are only five outdoor displays installed in the Children’s Garden, so only a small number of submissions will be selected.

Due to the nature of the outdoor displays in the Children’s Garden, the Arboretum will crop your photograph before it is printed. Please center the main subject of your photograph, as the image will be cropped to fit the contour of the existing tree-shaped displays, as in this example:

Any artwork submitted for the exhibit may be used for promoting the exhibit; this includes but is not limited to the MAPS and Arboretum website and social media channels.

Submit your images here.

Make sure you scroll down to the bottom of the form to click on the SUBMIT button when you are finished.

If you have any questions, do not hesitate to contact Mary Mehl: marymehl@comcast.net.

We can’t wait to see your photographs!

2022 MAPS Capturing Nature Photography Exhibit

The MAPS Exhibit Team is thrilled to inform MAPS Members of the upcoming In-Person Exhibit which will be held in the beautiful Gallery of the Tall Grass Arts Association.

  • The submission period begins on October 15, 2021.
  • All Members are encouraged to submit up to three (3) images.
  • Submissions are due by November 19, 2021, at 12:00, midnight.
  • Exhibit dates are January 22 through February 26, 2022.

All artwork will be sold through Tall Grass Arts Association who will retain a 30% commission. Please price your artwork accordingly.

Please download and read the 2022 MAPS Capturing Nature Photography Exhibit Prospectus.

Once you’ve reviewed the prospectus, you can submit your images.

If you have questions (make sure you check the prospectus), you can contact Darcy Berg at darcy@darcyberg.com.

We can’t wait to see your photographs!

Exhibit Dates

October 15, 2021Submissions Begin
November 19, 2021Submissions End
November 22, 2021Email notifications sent of accepted images
January 9 to 11, 2022Delivery of Artwork to Tall Grass Arts Association
January 22, 2022Exhibit Opens!
February 26, 2022Exhibit Closes!
February 27 thru March 1, 2022Artwork Pickup at Tall Grass Association

Past Exhibits