THE ARBORETUM AT PENN STATE
The Arboretum at Penn State is located on approximately 395 acres consisting of gardens for beauty and research, combined with areas of untouched forests and future plans of realistic replicas of past and current ecosystems. Although still developing, this living museum already has become a big attraction at the University Park Campus. The Arboretum serves as an outreach, teaching, and research facility for the College of Agricultural Sciences and is dedicated to preserving the beauty and ecological functions of vegetated landscapes in an urbanizing society.
The Arboretum aims to encompass a variety of scholarly pursuits, such as a relocated turf grass research facility and an air quality education center, a breeding orchard for blight resistant American chestnut and a recreated central Pennsylvania prairie patch.
Apart from academic benefits, the Arboretum serves many environmental benefits. It is a historically important forest grove with a significant habitat and covers an important groundwater recharge and wellhead protection zone that is critical to local water supply.
The site is also a place of serenity and solitude in a community generally crowded with the sounds of people and vehicles. The H.O. Smith Botanic Gardens are open to the public from dawn till dusk every day where adults and children can indulge in the aesthetic beauty and aromatic pleasures of over 17,000 individual plants that represent over 700 species. The Children's Garden is an interactive, learning environment based on central Pennsylvania's geomorphology and its particular flora, fauna, and culture.
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