The Arboretum at Penn State

Rental Venues

In compliance with University directives to mitigate the spread of the novel coronavirus, activities and events, including rentals, are currently suspended.

Construction of New University Art Museum to Impact Venue Rentals

We regret that we are unable to rent venues from 2021 until approximately May 2023 because of the construction of the new art museum in the Arboretum.

Once the new art museum has been built, there will be both indoor and garden venues available for private events.

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The Arboretum makes several garden venues available to rent for private events such as wedding ceremonies, graduation celebrations, retirement dinners, family reunions, departmental or office functions, and academic or business conference receptions. Space may not be rented for wedding receptions, rehearsal dinners, or events that are open to the public. All rental clients are required to abide by University policies, garden rules and event protocols as outlined in the rental agreement. A logistics discussion is held within 30 days of the event with the event and marketing coordinator.

Our primary rental season begins May 16 and ends September 30. Because the Arboretum cannot provide furnishings, tents, or catering and bar-tending services, rental clients must hire professional rental companies and approved caterers. They may apply through the Arboretum for permission from the University to hire a bar-tending service.

Important: Two rental venues, the Joan Milius Smith Esplanade and the Bigler Road Lawn, may not be available during construction of our new Pollinator and Bird Garden and the new University art museum. Construction of the Pollinator and Bird Garden has begun and we expect the final plantings to be installed in spring 2021. The art museum will be under construction from 2020 until 2023.

To reserve a venue, a client must sign a rental agreement and submit a non-refundable deposit equivalent to one-half of the rental fee. The balance of the fee is due thirty days before the date of the rental event.


Kate Reeder
Event and Marketing Coordinator
336 Forest Resources Building
University Park PA 16802-3604