tree in spring

UA Arboretum

Alabama has a rich heritage of abundant biodiversity and natural resources. Conservation and education are key to passing that heritage to future generations of Alabamians. The 60-acre University of Alabama Arboretum has shared in this vision since its establishment over 50 years ago. The Arboretum provides unique opportunities for teaching, research, and outreach, all central goals of the University’s mission. A ten-minute drive east of campus, the Arboretum has grown to become a cherished part of the University and the Tuscaloosa communities.

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Nature Ramble

The University of Alabama Arboretum invites you to the 2024 Nature Ramble on Saturday, April 20, 2024, from 10 AM to 3:00 PM. UA Biology professors John Friel, Michael McKain, Wayne Ford, and Jayne Lampley will be your guides on the Arboretum hiking trails. Different hour-long hikes will start each half hour and will showcase spring wildflowers, native trees and shrubs of the forest, insects, amphibians, and other animals. This event is free and open to the public.
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pink dogwood blossoms and forest path

See You At the Open House

Come and join us on October 8th from 2 p.m. to 5 p.m. at The University of Alabama Arboretum for a plant sale, garden tours, beekeeping demonstration, live music by Zac Riverside, and more!
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Arboretum Open House, Sunday, October 8th, 2-5pm

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The Arboretum maintains plant collections for botanical education and appreciation and features walking trails through native woodlands; wildflower, experimental and children’s gardens; and a collection of ornamental plants.
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Alabama black cherry tree