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.
Haverford College engages in a wide range of sustainability projects to reduce its carbon footprint and benefit the environment.
How do you stay warm in the winter? Animals and plants have developed incredible techniques to survive cold weather. Read on to learn more about frozen frogs, shivering squirrels, and trees' natural antifreeze!
The Internet connects humans all over the world. But did you know that trees also have a social life? Trees share key resources and communicate with one another through a vast underground network. Although you would expect a tree to be a solitary, lonely fellow, they make complex connections with many other trees using this secret language.
Think fast: which is your favorite, moths or butterflies? The order Lepidopteria is full of fascinating adaptations and variation. Read on to learn more about identifying moths and butterflies, and how to attract them to your yard!
Have you ever wondered why the leaves of the Arboretum’s trees change into a dazzling array of red, orange, yellow, and purple each fall? If you have walked around the Arboretum recently, there is no doubt that you have seen this impressive display. Read on to learn how trees achieve this mesmerizing feat.
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.
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.