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My Life with Cranes

My Life with Cranes by George Archibald

George Archibald Seminar: Wednesday, April 3
Cranes: Their Hope for Survival on a Planet in Flux

Cranes are ancient birds, the tallest of birds that fly. Fifteen species of cranes remain to charm and amaze us, though 11 of them tenuously. How will changes such as the melting of the permafrost or the encroachment of dams, mining, or agriculture affect the lives and reproductive success of these ancient birds? George Archibald has devoted his life to the study and conservation of cranes, a story he will share on April 3.


Stacy Levy Seminar Re-Scheduled: Wednesday, April 24

Ridge and Valley Sculpture by Stacy Levy

Ridge and Valley by Stacy Levy

On Wednesday, April 24, 2019, The Arboretum at Penn State is hosting a free seminar, “The Shape of Water: An Artist Works with Rain, Watershed, and Hydrology,” presented by Stacy Levy, an internationally known environmental sculptor. The presentation will be given from 6:00 p.m. until 7:15 p.m. in 112 Forest Resources Building on the University Park campus. One of Levy’s works, the Ridge and Valley sculpture, is a popular feature in the H.O. Smith Botanic Gardens.

Even if you cannot attend the seminar, you will be able to view it live online (link to come). A link to the recorded talk will also be made available on the Arboretum’s Facebook page and website after the event.

Winter Photo Contest

After Spring Break, the winners of the Winter Photo Contest will be announced here and on Facebook, Instagram, and Twitter.

Please submit your favorite photo of spring in the Arboretum (one per person, please) via email, Facebook, or Instagram by May 31!  Contest winners will be featured in our Seasonal Images album, social media, and in our newsletter.

Arboretum Photo Contest Rules

Pycnanthemum muticum (mountain-mint)

Pycnanthemum muticum (mountain-mint)

Seniors Choose Pollinators’ Garden Gate as 2019 Class Gift

The Class of 2019 selected an entry gate to The Arboretum at Penn State’s new Pollinators’ Garden. Construction on the garden is slated to begin in 2019.

“In choosing to enhance the Pollinators’ Garden with an entry gate, the Class of 2019 has expressed its deepest commitments to sustainability, to the environment and to making Penn State an even more beautiful place to work, live and study,” Tom Beeby, executive director of the 2019 Class Gift Campaign, said.

Arboretum T-Shirts For Sale

Men's Crewneck Ginseng Virtual Image (adult sizes only)

Men’s Crewneck Ginseng

The Arboretum is offering T-shirts for sale in several styles. The shirts cost $20 for adults (all designs) and $15 for children (bison, hellbender, and hummingbird only). Please see the descriptions and images of the designs at


Explore the Gardens with our New Plant Finder!

Malus 'Amaszam' American Masterpiecer

Malus ‘Amaszam’ American Masterpiece®

You can now explore the living plant collections in the H.O. Smith Botanic Gardens with our interactive Plant Finder map. Our collections represent more than 100 families, 330 genera, and 1,100 species of plants. There are over 4,200 unique accessions in the Arboretum that include over 28,000 individual plants, each carefully recorded in our plant records database and inventoried, labeled, and mapped.


Childhood’s Gate Children’s Garden Internships Available

Childhood’s Gate Children’s Garden Internships 2019

Avian Education Program

2018 Fall Bird Banding Summary Report

Group Visits

If you wish to bring a group to visit the Arboretum, please use our on-line form to inquire about tours and schedule your visit.

Group Visitor Inquiry Form

Arboretum Newsletters

2019 Spring Volunteer Update

2018 October Arboretum Newsletter

Upcoming Activities

Spring 2019 Volunteer Flyer

Spring 2019 Bird Banding and Bird Walk Schedule

Wednesday, April 3 – 5:00 p.m. to 6:00 p.m.
George Archibald Seminar
“Cranes: Their Hope for Survival on a Planet in Flux”
101 Agricultural Sciences and Industries Building
University Park PA 16802

Wednesday, April 24 – 6:00 p.m. to 7:15 p.m.
Stacy Levy Seminar
“The Shape of Water: An Artist Works with Rain, Watershed, and Hydrology”
112 Forest Resources Building
University Park PA 16802

Sunday, April 28 – 3:30 p.m. to 6:00 p.m.
Scenes from Shakespeare
Overlook Pavilion
H.O. Smith Botanic Gardens

Friday and Saturday, May 3 and 4
Bonsai Exhibit and Demonstrations
Glass House in Childhood’s Gate Children’s Garden
Friday – 10:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m.
Saturday – 9:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m.

May 13 to May 17 – 10:00 a.m. to 12:00 p.m.
National Public Gardens Week
Adopt a Seedling!
Childhood’s Gate Children’s Garden

Sunday, May 19 – 2:00 p.m. and 3:30 p.m.
Centred Outdoors Hikes in Hartley Wood
Meet at Overlook Pavilion
H.O. Smith Botanic Gardens

Events Calendar

Pictured at the top of the page is a view of the Overlook Pavilion in winter.