The Connecticut College Arboretum’s diverse 770 acres include the landscaped grounds of the campus as well as the surrounding plant collections, natural areas and managed landscapes. The Arboretum was established in 1931 with the development of the Native Plant Collection which today features over 300 kinds of woody plants, a four acre pond and several special places: the Laurel Walk, Outdoor Theater and the Woodland Wildflower Garden. The Arboretum is open to the public every day of the year, sunrise to sunset, no admission is charged. Free guided tours, classes and workshops are available. The Arboretum supports the College’s mission of preparing the next generation of citizen-leaders, whose diverse responsibilities will include crafting a sustainable relationship with the natural world. Our institution distinguishes itself by a long-standing commitment to conservation and environmental studies.
Coastal Certificate Program
Sound Gardening: Sustainable Landscaping for Clean Waters Advanced Master Gardening Program
The Coastal Certificate program is offered to those Master Gardeners who wish to familiarize themselves with current environmental issues unique to the coastal waters of Long Island Sound, while learning about ways to landscape more sustainably. This program is designed to generate ambassadors of alternative landscaping practices for Connecticut coastal and watershed residents, with an outreach component that is geared specifically to spreading the word through projects, educational materials and other creative ideas.