A nature walk, weather permitting, at the site of the future Arboretum at Penn State at University Park will be held at 1:30 p.m. May 14. The tour is open to the public.
Hikers will meet in the field at the corner of Bigler and Services roads, near the Penn State Horticulture Trial Gardens. The walk will cover less than one mile and last about two hours. Kim Steiner, arboretum director and professor of forest biology, will describe plans for the arboretum as the group hikes through woodlands and fields. Other faculty, staff and community members will identify and discuss plants, birds and the atmosphere.
The arboretum will be located on a 395-acre tract north of campus between Park Avenue and the Mount Nittany Expressway (Route 322), the last undeveloped piece of land adjacent to University Park. The Arboretum at Penn State will be the first institutional botanical garden and arboretum between Philadelphia and Pittsburgh and will be dedicated to teaching, research and outreach.
Features at the facility will range from curated collections of trees, shrubs and other plants to the development of natural plant communities and agricultural research and demonstration areas. A 20,000-square-foot education center will include classrooms, meeting rooms, an auditorium and an outdoor patio garden for gatherings, displays and art performances. Gardens will be dedicated to vegetables, herbs, perennials, shade-friendly plants, butterfly gardening and a re-creation of the formal manor garden that once graced the campus at the Old Botany Building near Old Main.
For more information on the arboretum or to make donations, call Kim Steiner at (814) 865-9351.
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