Group use of the Arboretum or McKnight Prairie is welcome but groups of ten or more must register to avoid conflicts with other users and to protect the natural resources. Class visits by K-12 or non-Carleton college age scholars, adult classes, athletic teams, recreational users or scout troops are examples of group users who must register their visit. Additionally, if you are not affiliated with Carleton and would like to use the Arboretum for a project or for commercial use, you must register regardless of your group size. Projects such as film making or wedding photography are in this category. Group or project leaders should complete the on-line Arboretum use registration form. Contact the Arboretum Director, Nancy Braker, 507-222-4543 if you have questions about your visit.
Organized athletic events such as the running portion of a triathlon, require additional paperwork. Carleton student organizers should contact Aaron Chaput, 507-222-4483, at the Recreation Center for help with planning your event. Non-Carleton organizers of these events should contact Noel Ponder, 507-222-7185, at the campus scheduling office.
Weddings, Picnics, and Other Gatherings
Several outdoor spaces in the Arboretum or adjacent to it such as the Council Ring, Hill of Three Oaks, or Monument Hill may be reserved for non-Carleton group use such as picnics, family reunions or weddings. These reservations may not be made during the academic term. Reservations and paperwork are handled through the campus scheduling office (see contact information above) or more information is available at the campus scheduling web site.