Welcome to the Arboretum at Penn State Behrend, which contains many of the area’s most notable and unusual trees. More than 200 species are identified, including some trees located inside the John M. Lilley Library, the Reed Union Building, and the Hammermill Building within the Science Complex.
The Arboretum at Penn State Behrend was dedicated on Wednesday, April 23, 2003, in a community ceremony held at the Historic Circle of the college. The dedication was part of the 2003 Harborcreek Bicentennial Celebration and culminated efforts by the Penn State Behrend faculty and staff to earn such a distinction for the beautiful acreage left to the college by Mary Behrend. Today, the college's 854 acres include more than 200 species of trees.
In 2003, Penn State Behrend gained membership in the American Public Gardens Association. This formalized the college's status as an arboretum and opened the way to the development of public education, outreach, and research programs focusing on the college's extraordinary collection of native and exotic trees, as well as continued conservation of the area.
In 2017, Penn State Behrend earned the Tree Campus USA designation from the Arbor Day Foundation. The college is one of only 20 in Pennsylvania to earn the distinction. It was the fourth time the college had been listed as a Tree Campus.
You can start your self-guided walking tour from any location, but before you do, please stop by Parking Services at 24 Reed Union Building for directions to visitor parking and a free parking pass.