FROM SEEDS TO SAPLINGS
The Arboretum resources include 2.5 miles of walking trails through native piney woods and oak-hickory forests, a wildflower garden containing more than 200 species, exotic trees, greenhouses, a sustainable garden, a children’s garden, a 50-seat outdoor amphitheater, and a 30-foot-tall tree platform. These resources support University research and academics, field trips for pre-K through 12th grade students, and outdoor recreation for the Tuscaloosa community. Sponsored by the Department of Biological Sciences in the College of Arts and Sciences, the Arboretum is an affiliate of The University of Alabama Museums and coordinates with museum staff on education and outreach programs.
PUTTING ON NEW GROWTH
The Arboretum aims to enhance its place on the local and national stage. In keeping with the University’s tradition of leadership and excellence, the Arboretum aspires to achieve national recognition as a leader in hands-on science education, teacher training, and plant conservation. Teaching, research and outreach programs will be expanded, while maintaining the Arboretum’s special character as a nature preserve. Our vision is for the University and the local community to be partners in Arboretum activities and programs. The Arboretum will model best practices in natural resource management, conservation, and sustainability. Enhanced opportunities for appreciation of nature through the arts and recreation will attract a broader audience. The Arboretum will conserve plants native to Alabama and participate in national and international plant conservation projects. These efforts will be rewarded with the distinction of earning the highest level of accreditation through ArbNet, an international organization of arboreta.