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About the Arboretum

What Is an Arboretum?

An arboretum is a living museum established for the growing and effective display of trees, shrubs, and vines. The specimens are maintained, labeled, cataloged, and mapped. The characteristics of the grounds, the collections, the type of research, and educational programs sets each arboretum apart.

Our Mission 

To provide a learning environment that will advance our global understanding of temperate forests, cultivate an aesthetic appreciation for regional flora of the Allegheny Plateau, and demonstrate practical applications of woody plant materials to modify and mitigate local environmental conditions.

Arboretum History

In January 2000, IUP President Lawrence K. Pettit appointed an Arboretum Board, under the direction of Dr. Jerry Pickering, to develop an arboretum on the campus. In the first year, key decisions by the board included deciding that the entire IUP campus would constitute the arboretum, naming the arboretum the Allegheny Arboretum at Indiana University of Pennsylvania, and establishing the mission, goals and objectives of the arboretum. In 2005, the Allegheny Arboretum officially became part of the university and is administered by the vice president of Administration and Finance.  The intent of the Arboretum Board is to work with the university and organizations to develop a public arboretum that is integrated into the Indiana community and to develop a regional arboretum for western Pennsylvania. 

Facts about the Allegheny Arboretum

  • The Allegheny Arboretum is the entire 341 acres of the IUP campus.
  • The Allegheny Arboretum was established in January 2000 by IUP President Larry Pettit.
  • The Allegheny Arboretum name is based on the presence of the Allegheny Broadleaf Forest in the region; the location of Allegheny Mountains, which begin with Chestnut Ridge to the southeast of Indiana; and that the region is part of the Allegheny Plateau section of southwestern Pennsylvania.
  • There are approximately 1,200 trees, representing 76 tree species, on the north campus.
  • The most common campus trees are Hemlock, Pin Oak, White Pine and White Oak.  
  • One tree of each of the seventy-six different species has been identified by placing an informational tree plaque on or near the tree. The plaques list the following information for each tree: scientific name (in Latin), common name, distribution, if it is native to region, and if it is a cultivated species.
  • The first arboretum project was the Restoration and Revitalization of the Oak Grove.
  • The Allegheny Arboretum is administered by the vice president of Administration and Finance at IUP.
  • A seventeen-member Allegheny Arboretum Board governs the arboretum.
  • Arboretum activities have included the planting of fifty-five trees, installing ten dedication benches, constructing the Campbell Farm Rock Garden, and obtaining two grants for tree maintenance on the campus.
    The Campbell Farm Rock Garden (east side of Oak Grove) is planted with several native plants of the region. It is a tribute to the agricultural history of Indiana County.
  • The arboretum is working with the university and the Evergreen Garden Club to create a new Heritage Garden near Breezedale to replace the demolished Touch and Smell Garden.
  • Student projects have been coordinated with the following departments: Biology, Communications Media, and Geography and Regional Planning. 
  • The Allegheny Arboretum is entirely privately funded. The funds are solicited and maintained by the Foundation at IUP.
  • The Allegheny Arboretum was selected as a component of the university’s Gateway to Opportunity Capital Campaign. 
  • The intent of the Allegheny Arboretum Board and IUP is to work with organizations to develop a public arboretum that is integrated into the Indiana community and to develop a regional arboretum for western Pennsylvania.
  • The Allegheny Arboretum
  • Indiana University of Pennsylvania
    Robertshaw Building
    650 S 13th Street
    Indiana, PA 15705-1087
  • Phone: 724-357-3322