The Arboretum at Penn State

What’s New?

Construction of New Pollinator and Bird Garden Has Begun!

Pollinator Plaza with Research and Demonstration Gardens

Pollinator Plaza with Research and Demonstration Gardens

Construction has begun on the Arboretum’s new Pollinator and Bird Garden, which will add over three acres to the H.O. Smith Botanic Gardens. This space has been designed to attract all of our region’s insect pollinator species as well as the broadest possible range of resident and migratory birds. Working with a large team of Penn State-based and outside experts, including Penn State’s Center for Pollinator Research, we have designed a garden that encourages ecological diversity by incorporating habitats such as a pond, wetlands, woodland, and dry meadow. The new gardens will showcase over 390 unique species and varieties—most of which are native to Pennsylvania or the greater Appalachian region.

Check back in the months ahead for updates!

Fall Photo Contest 

Milkweed in Autumn- Ruth Merritt

Please submit your favorite photo of autumn in the Arboretum (one per person, please) via email, Facebook, or Instagram by November 30!  Contest winners will be featured in our Seasonal Images album, social media, and in our newsletter.

Arboretum Photo Contest Rules


A New Way to Donate

We are pleased to announce that a new, very user-friendly option is available to donate to the Arboretum. Simply text PSUArboretum to 41444.

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


Winter Celebration – December 13 

Fireplace Scene at Winter Celebration

Fireplace scene at Winter Celebration

Welcome the holiday season by joining us on Friday, December 13, 2019, from 5:00 p.m. until 7:00 p.m. for a festive gathering in the gardens. View seasonal garden displays, as well as holiday decorations and lights, in the children’s garden, at the overlook pavilion, and along the main walkway. Photo opportunities with Santa and Mrs. Claus will be available at the overlook pavilion. A mix of seasonal and popular tunes will be performed by the PennHarmonics and the State High Chamber Singers.

2020 Summer Internships

An exciting opportunity to learn horticultural and grounds management practices, tree care practices, and greenhouse and nursery operations in a public garden setting is available through our internship program. To apply for a paid Arboretum internship in summer 2020, visit You can read the job description here.

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

Avian Education Fall Banding Report

2019 Fall Summary Report

Arboretum Newsletters

2019 Autumn Arboretum Newsletter

2019 Fall Volunteer Update

Upcoming Activities

Fall 2019 Wildflower Trail Volunteer Flyer

Friday, December 13 – 5:00 p.m. to 7:00 p.m.
Winter Celebration

Events Calendar

Pictured at the top of the page is the Poplar Court in autumn.