The mission of the Haverford College Arboretum is to steward the College's historic tree collection while fostering a connection between our 216-acre campus and those who work, visit, study, and reside here. Maintaining the health, diversity, and history of the tree collection honors William Carvill's original 1834 landscape design, while our educational programming ensures continued engagement with this unique and treasured asset.
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Haverford is pleased to welcome visitors back to the Nature Trail and its outdoor spaces!
We ask visitors to follow CDC guidance about masking and distancing, and to be aware that our campus is also the home and workplace of faculty, staff, and students who may be at elevated COVID risk. Visitors may not access buildings or athletic facilities at this time; there is no restroom access on campus. Parking is available in the visitor lot by the Haverford College Apartments, accessible via the main entrance to campus on Lancaster Avenue. We are glad to have you back! Visit Be Safe to learn more.
As we head into summer, now is the perfect time to begin thinking about what you can do to make your home more environmentally friendly. By implementing these green practices at your home this summer, you can reduce your carbon footprint while also creating a wonderful space for you and your family to enjoy.
A look into the history of Earth Day stemming back to 1970 and what Earth Day has looked like on Haverford’s campus over time.
Squirrels are so common throughout our region that we often do not take a second glance if one passes us along our walks. If you have walked around Haverford’s Arboretum, chances are you have spotted one of these furry creatures while it was searching for acorns or scampering up a tree. Although we often do not give them much thought or appreciation, squirrels have fascinating lives and play important roles in our ecosystems. Today, I am going to take you through the life of a squirrel at Haverford—from a squirrel’s perspective—and offer you a glimpse into their world.
The daunting truths about climate change became more apparent during the COVID-19 pandemic than ever before. Simultaneously people all around the world developed a new appreciation for nature and our planet, creating the hope for consistent environmental advocacy in our post-pandemic future.
Now more than ever, it is important that we take advantage of all of nature’s healing effects on the mind and body. Not only does being outdoors encourage us to exercise more, but the simple act of being present in nature also has numerous psychological and physiological benefits.
The multi-year plan to preserve, revitalize, and renew Haverford's award-winning Arboretum is entering Phase III. Work will commence this summer and will continue through October 2020. Highlights of this new phase include continued progress toward a goal of planting of 1,000 new trees by 2027 as well as removal of trees in decline.
The Arboretum Explorer offers virtual tours, a tree search and map, scientific names, and Arboretum highlights.
Grounds and Arboretum preserves, protects, and beautifies the College natural environment in balance with the health and well-being of residents and visitors to campus.