The Arboretum is open to the public free of charge everyday from 5:00 a.m. to 10:00 p.m.

Trails are open to pedestrian use throughout the Arboretum. While strollers and wheelchairs are allowed on all trails, the paved trail in the Upper Arboretum is your best option. Bikes are only allowed in the Upper Arboretum. Fires are not allowed. Dogs must be on a physical leash (no electronic leashes) at all times.

Flood update as of 6/27/2024: The river trail in the Lower Arboretum is closed due to flooding. The parking lot serving the Lower Arboretum along Hwy 19 near the West Gym is closed and the bridge over Spring Creek at that entrance is currently not usable.

About the Arb

The “Arb” consists of approximately 800 acres of land adjacent to the College and was created under the leadership of President Donald J. Cowling and Professor Harvey E. Stork in the 1920s. Professor Stork and Superintendent of Grounds D. Blake Stewart (“Stewsie”) were responsible for much of the early development of the Arb, and their influences can still be seen and felt in many places. Stork and Stewsie were remarkable land managers, and it can be argued that they were among the nation’s first restoration ecologists. In particular, their planting of upland forest trees and wildflowers in the Upper Arb (Stork Forest) decades ago is now coming to impressive maturity.