The Arboretum at Penn State

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View of Glass House with Winter Celebration tree near sunset, December 7, 2018

Glass House with holiday tree in the children’s garden

Winter Celebration Displays in Place through January 

Thank you to everyone who joined us in welcoming the holiday season at our annual Winter Celebration on Friday, December 7! A hearty thank you, as well, to the State High Chamber Singers and Penn State’s Pennharmonics for their memorable performances.

Holiday displays will remain in place through mid-January.




1st Place Autumn 2018 Photo Contest - Karina Ciocca

1st Place Autumn 2018 Photo Contest – Karina Ciocca

Autumn Photo Contest Winners

1st Place- Karina Ciocca
2nd Place- Jason Traverse
3rd Place- Kim Baran

You may see the other winners in the Seasonal Images album on our home page.

Winter Photo Contest

Please plan to submit a winter photo (one per person, please) via email, Facebook, or Instagram by February 28. Contest winners will be featured in our Seasonal Images album, on Facebook, and in our newsletter.

Arboretum Photo Contest Rules 2018


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.


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.

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

2018 October Arboretum Newsletter

2018 August Arboretum Volunteer Update

2018 April Arboretum Newsletter

Upcoming Activities

Spring 2019 Volunteer Flyer

Tuesday, February 12 – 6:00 p.m. to 7:15 p.m.
Stacy Levy Seminar
“The Shape of Water: An Artist Works with Rain, Watershed, and Hydrology”
101 Agricultural Sciences and Industries Building
University Park PA 16802

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

Events Calendar

Pictured at the top of the page is a section of the Strolling Garden in January.