Indiana University of
Pennsylvania’s Allegheny Arboretum was named to the listing of “most beautiful
college arboretums” by Best College Reviews.
The Allegheny Arboretum was ranked number 10 out of 50 college arboretums. See the full list on the Best College Reviews website.
The ranking was determined in
part by the North American Plant Collections Consortium.
Established in 2000, the
Allegheny Arboretum encompasses the entire 374 acres of the IUP campus,
including a 150-acre woodland. In 2005, the Allegheny Arboretum officially
became part of the university and is overseen by the Allegheny Arboretum Board,
which provides guidance in meeting the arboretum’s goals and objectives.
The mission of the Allegheny
Arboretum is to provide a learning environment both on and off campus that
seeks to advance its global understanding of temperate forests worldwide,
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. It is the intention of the Allegheny
Arboretum Board to work with organizations to develop a public arboretum that is
integrated into the Indiana community as well as a regional arboretum for
western Pennsylvania. The goals of the
Allegheny Arboretum have been reinforced in the 2010 University Long-Range
Facilities Master Plan and the 2011 Arboretum Concept Overlay Plan.
In July 2014, the Allegheny
Arboretum received a Level I Accreditation from the ArbNet Arboretum
Accreditation Program and the Morton Arboretum.
The recognition means that the Allegheny Arboretum
meets standards of professional practices important for arboreta and botanic
gardens, and that the Allegheny Arboretum is recognized as an accredited
arboretum in the Morton Register of Arboreta.