Welcome to the Arb

Events & Map

Events & Map

The arboretum comprises 104 acres of mixed pine and hardwood forest and lies within the boundaries of Wesleyan's suburban Rivoli campus. More than two miles of trails interlace the forest and provide year-round opportunities for strolling, hiking, and cross-country running.

Check Lists

Check Lists

The Wesleyan Biology Department maintains records of arboretum biodiversity in the form of four accumulating checklists. These are extended and updated several times a year as new reliable observations and identifications occur.

Reservations

Reservations

Use of the arboretum facilities are available to both Wesleyan College groups and groups from the surrounding central Georgia community. Reservations for use of the Dice R. Anderson Cabin and/or the Ellen Ann Edenfield Pavilion must be made through Wesleyan College at (478) 757-5272.

AN ECOLOGICAL STUDY AREA, WILDLIFE REFUGE, AND RECREATION RESOURCE.

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104

Number of acres of mixed pines and hardwood forest in the arboretum.

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3

Number of miles of walking trails in the arboretum.

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150

Number of species of resident and migratory birds in the arboretum.

Wesleyan College Arboretum History

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The Wesleyan College Arboretum was established in 1996 as an ecological study area, wildlife refuge, and recreation resource for the college. The arboretum comprises 104 acres of mixed pine and hardwood forest and lies within the boundaries of Wesleyan's suburban Rivoli campus. More than 100 species of trees, shrubs and woody vines provide habitat for a diverse assortment of salamanders, snakes, lizards and mammals, as well as more than 150 species of resident and migratory birds. The five-acre Foster Lake, three streams, and seasonal rain pools are home to 9 species of turtles, 14 species of frogs, and both native and game fish. The Dice R. Anderson Cabin, built in 1990, and the Ellen Ann Edenfield Pavilion, built in 2011, serve as rustic focal points for classes, meetings, and special events. More than two miles of trails interlace the forest and provide year-round opportunities for strolling, hiking, and cross-country running.

The arboretum is managed and maintained by its director Dr. James Ferrari of the Wesleyan Biology Department, and supports student and faculty projects in Wesleyan's Biology, Chemistry, Education, Environmental Studies, and Studio Art programs. Recent ecology research projects include heavy metal concentrations in turtles, tree-boring preferences of yellow-bellied sapsuckers, foraging preferences and lipid content of berries consumed by migratory birds, and seasonal variations in vulture flight patterns.

Top Reasons To Visit Wesleyan's Arboretum

The Outdoors

Take a walk on the many trails we have to offer adding up to around 3 miles.

Animal Friendly

Bring fido and the kids to enjoy the great outdoors.

Education

Take the kids to the outdoor class room.

Host an event

Enjoy a gathering in Anderson cabin.

Barry K. Rhoades
Professor of Biology (478) 757-5238 Profile
James B. Ferrari
Professor of Biology (478) 757-5227 Profile
Patrick Pritchard
Alumnae Chair of Education (478) 757-5262 Profile
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