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Ethan Reed at Bird Outlook in children's garden

Childhood's Gate Children's Garden Rules

Childhood's Gate FAQs

H.O. Smith Botanic Garden Rules

General Arboretum Rules

Geocaching Policy and Guidelines


Cardinalis cardinalis (northern cardinal)
Source: Tina Hay

Avian Education Program

(May 15, 2014) Tulipa 'Creme Upstar' peony-flowered tulip

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 “The Arboretum at Penn State . . . an outreach, teaching, and research facility dedicated to preserving the beauty and ecological functions of vegetated landscapes in an urbanizing society.”

Welcome


Mushroom Hollow under construction in Childhood's Gate Children's Garden

We are excited to announce that the Childhood's Gate Children's Garden has opened to the public. We know that many of you have been looking forward to visiting this new garden with your family.

The children's garden is located within the H.O. Smith Botanic Gardens. Read more about Childhood's Gate.

The H.O. Smith Botanic Gardens in the Arboretum are adjacent to the University Park campus near the intersection of Park Avenue and Bigler Road. The entrance to the parking lot is on Bigler Road, facing the parking lot for the Lewis Katz Building which houses the Dickinson School of Law. Phase I, which was constructed in 2009 on a tract of approximately 35 acres, contains over 17,000 individual plants representing over 700 species.

The gardens are open daily from dawn until dusk, and there currently is no fee for admission. Please observe our garden regulations, Arboretum rules, and photography policy as you enjoy the gardens.


Photo by Cody Goddard

Thanks to those who joined us for "Music in the Gardens" on Tuesday, June 10, 2014!

Our planning pages contain information about projects or endeavors elsewhere in the Arboretum:

  • Air Quality Learning and Demonstration Center - Outdoor teaching facility about monitoring air pollution in "Happy Valley"

  • Arboretum Ecological Restoration Group - Volunteers who are trained to recognize and remove invasive, nonnative plants to restore natural areas in the Arboretum

  • Bellefonte Central Rail Trail - Crushed limestone trail (approximately one mile) that officially opened in 2006 and is currently being extended another 3/10 of a mile

  • Hosler Oak - First official tree planted in the Arboretum to honor meteorologist Charles L. Hosler

  • Hybrid Chestnut Seed Orchard - A cooperative initiative between Penn State and The American Chestnut Foundation dedicated to developing a blight-resistant chestnut to re-introduce this species to American forests

I hope that you return regularly to find out the latest news, and encourage others to visit us, as well! You may share suggestions or comments about the site by e-mailing me or Kate Reeder.

Kim C. Steiner, Director
The Arboretum at Penn State

Frequently asked Questions

The plant illustrated in the banner at the top of this Web site's pages, Panex quiquefolius L. (ginseng) is an herb that bears greenish flowers in May and red fruit from September to October. Although it was once encountered frequently in Pennsylvania's woodlands, its abundance has declined greatly due to excessive collecting. Illustration: Rae Dickson Chambers.

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