The Arboretum at Penn State

What’s New?

Construction of New Pollinator and Bird Garden Has Begun!

Pond with Stone Terrace and Boardwalk

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!

Winter Photo Contest 

Winter 2017 – Photo by James Reis

Please submit your favorite photo of winter in the Arboretum (one per person, please) via email, Facebook, Instagram, or by February 29!  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



2020 Summer Internships

Paid internships in outdoor, place-based education are available in Childhood’s Gate Children’s Garden this summer. You can read the position descriptions at the links below and apply at

Summer 2020 Childhood’s Gate Children’s Garden Internships

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

2020 Spring Arboretum Volunteer Update

2019 Autumn Arboretum Newsletter

Upcoming Activities

2020 Spring Wildflower Trail Volunteer Flyer

2020 Spring Bird Banding Schedule

Tuesday, April 14 – 5:00 p.m.
Avian Education Seminar
Chris Parish, Director of Global Conservation at the Peregrine Fund

Events Calendar

Pictured at the top of the page is the limestone cave in Childhood’s Gate Children’s Garden during winter.