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.
This year the Arboretum will be welcoming the holiday season with its first-ever Winter Celebration event, to be held on Friday, December 12, 2014, from 5:00 p.m. until 6:00 p.m. Penn State a cappella group the Hi-Lo's will perform a mix of seasonal and popular tunes at the Overlook Pavilion. The event is free of charge and all are welcome to attend.
In addition to hearing the vocal performances, attendees will be invited to view lighted tree displays within the H.O. Smith Botanic Gardens, including Childhood's Gate Children's Garden.
Hot cocoa will be served.
The gardens are open daily
from dawn until dusk, and there currently is no fee for admission. Please observe our garden
rules, and photography
policy as you enjoy the gardens.
WeatherSTEM Unit Installed in Arboretum
On October 21, 2014, WeatherSTEM, a company that provides educational opportunities involving meteorology for grades K-12, installed a unit that collects atmospheric data in the Arboretum. You can now access that data, including radar views, current temperature, wind speed, precipitation, and pictures of the sky at one-minute intervals, as well as the forecast, by visiting http://centre.weatherstem.com/psu
A "Time Spiral" has been installed in the Fossil Gap section of the Childhood's Gate Children's Garden.
Embedded in the stone surface of the Time Spiral are medallions bearing the images of creatures and plants of central Pennsylvania at intervals throughout our history.
The children's garden, which opened in July, is located within the H.O. Smith Botanic Gardens. Read more about Childhood's Gate Children's Garden. Thank you to all of our Friends of the Arboretum whose generous gifts made this garden possible.
Childhood's Gate Children's Garden Map
Smith Botanic Gardens in the Arboretum are adjacent to the
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
was constructed in 2009 on a tract of approximately 35 acres,
contains over 17,000 individual plants representing over 700
pages contain information about projects or endeavors elsewhere
in the Arboretum:
Quality Learning and Demonstration Center - Outdoor teaching
facility about monitoring air pollution in "Happy Valley"
Ecological Restoration Group - Volunteers who are trained
to recognize and remove invasive, nonnative plants to restore
natural areas in the Arboretum
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
Oak - First official tree planted in the Arboretum to
honor meteorologist Charles L. Hosler
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
Kim C. Steiner,
The Arboretum at Penn State
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.