Category: News

Afternoon at the ArBOOretum

The University of Alabama ArBOOretumThe Afternoon at the ArBOOretum — the annual Halloween-themed celebration of Alabama biodiversity — will be held as a drive-through/online event this year. Scientists from the University of Alabama will be producing videos highlighting biodiversity and demonstrating activites families can complete at home.

Families will be able to pick up bags of supplies for these activities and candy from 1–3 pm on October 24 or 25 at the Harry Pritchett Running Park parking lot next to the UA Arboretum.

More information is available through the UA Arboretum Facebook page and the UA Department of Biological Sciences website.

Please use this link to register for the event.

Tuscaloosa Nature Challenge April 27, 2019

  • February 21st, 2019
  • in News

The Arboretum will partner with UA Museums to host the Tuscaloosa Nature Challenge on Saturday, April 27, 2019.  Expert scientists and naturalists will lead tours and teach the community to identify organisms.  There will be special tours geared to children and families!  Data collected will be uploaded using the iNaturalist app to compete with other groups in the Birmingham area and across the country.  More information to follow soon!

Update: We’re open! Inclement weather closing: January 29, 2019

  • January 28th, 2019
  • in News

Update! The Arboretum is open Tuesday, January 29, due to better than expected weather conditions. Nothing to do with your “snow” day? Come visit the Arboretum!

The Arboretum will be closed tomorrow, Tuesday January 29, due to expected inclement weather. Unless otherwise announced, we will follow the UA closing schedule. At this time, UA plans to resume operations at 11 pm on Tuesday, January 29, and the Arboretum will reopen at 8 am Wednesday, January 30. We will continue to monitor weather conditions and update as needed.

Holiday Closings

We will be closed Thanksgiving Day, Christmas Day, and New Year’s Day.

All other days we will be open on our normal schedule, 8 am – sunset.

Bird research at the Arboretum

UA Researchers Drs. Eben Broadbent and Angelica Almeyda Zambrano, along with undergraduate student Kathryn Shay, are piloting use of audio recording technology for bird monitoring at the Arboretum.

Volunteer Work Days November 14 & 15

Saturday and Sunday, November 14 & 15, Arboretum staff will coordinate volunteer workdays from 9 am to 5pm. Tasks may include weeding, planting flowers, mulching, picking up fallen limbs or hauling brush. You may come for as little or as long as you like. We will provide gloves and tools as needed but you are welcome to bring your own if you prefer. Please wear boots or closed-toe shoes, dress in layers, and expect to get dirty. Bring your water bottle and pack your lunch and snacks if you plan to stay the day. If you have any questions, please email us at

Arboretum gate access October 14 -16

The Crimson Classic cross country meet is scheduled for Friday, October 16. Pets will not be allowed through the front gate this week due to the issues with owners failing to clean up after them. On Friday, access through the front gate will be limited to the cross country meet. Arboretum visitors will need to enter through the back gate on Pelham Heights Road. Leashed pets are welcome at the Arboretum; please clean up after them.