Accredited by the Morton Registry of Arboreta in 2013, the arboretum comprises 100 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 nine species of turtles, fourteen species of frogs, and both native and game fish. The Dice Anderson Cabin, built in 1938, restored in 1990, and renovated in 2011, and the Ellen Ann Edenfield Pavilion, built in 2011, serve as rustic focal points for classes, meetings, and special events. More than three miles of trails interlace the forest and provide year-round opportunities for strolling, hiking, and cross-country running. Download the Arboretum map.
The area is a remarkable resource not only for recreation and reflection, but also for use as an outdoor learning laboratory that will promote a nature-smart curriculum for Wesleyan faculty and students as well as local teachers and school children, youth organizations, researchers, and residents.
Wesleyan is cooperating with 100+ schools across the United States forming the American College & University Presidents’ Climate Commitment (ACUPCC). Maintaining a healthy, diverse, and well-managed forest is integral to the President’s Climate Commitment, a project directed at energy conservation, as well as reducing Wesleyan’s environmental impact and “carbon footprint.”
A few years ago, Wesleyan professor emeritus of education and alumnae chair of education Pat Pritchard (1950 – 2021) spent about a year and a half constructing a forest folly in the natural playground area of the Wesleyan College arboretum. Unfortunately, the structure was totally destroyed in December of 2019 when a large oak tree fell directly across it. To honor Pat, we plan to rebuild his folly in all its glory for all to enjoy.
If you would like to support these efforts, please make your donation by clicking below. Thank you in advance for supporting a project that would make Pat happy.
Facilities within the Wesleyan Arboretum, such as the Anderson Cabin and the Edenfield Pavilion, exist for the use and enjoyment of the Wesleyan community and for promoting awareness and appreciation of the natural world within both Wesleyan College and the surrounding community. Wesleyan College has always cherished our beautiful campus. We invite all to enjoy the blessing that our Arboretum can share whether a short hike, skipping stones in the creek or having a picnic in the Edenfield Pavilion. That said, there are a few rules we need you to follow.
Policies for use of the Wesleyan Arboretum are intended to preserve this area as a natural space for the continuing enjoyment of Wesleyan and the surrounding community. We welcome visitors who respect and observe the following conditions:
Casual use of the pavilion, cabin porch, and lawn areas (for resting, picnicking, etc.) by individual visitors to the Arboretum is encouraged and appropriate whenever the space has not been reserved by a group. Exclusive use use of the cabin or pavilion requires a reservation, made through the campus reservation desk at (478) 757-5233.
Any group reserving the Anderson Cabin and/or Edenfield pavilion must fill out and submit the Registration for Events in the Anderson Cabin and Edenfield Pavilion form, documenting the time, nature, and requirements of the event, the contact and sponsoring persons, and an agreement to read and abide by the rules for use of these facilities.
Any group wishing to use these spaces must arrange for a regular, full-time employee of Wesleyan College to attend the entire event and take full responsibility for the event, its participants, and the College facilities. Groups may be charged a nominal usage/custodial fee. The College reserves the right to to deny use for any event which is not compatible with the mission of the College and/or maintenance of these areas as rustic spaces. Access to the cabin and pavilion is primarily by foot and events which require motor vehicle traffic to the cabin/pavilion area will generally not be permitted.
In order to maintain the quality of the trails for recreational walking and running, motor vehicle use on any of the Arboretum trails, including the service road to the cabin and pavilion, is not allowed without express permission. Please do not make any lasting alterations to the trails, forest, or streams including, but not limited to, clearing trails, affixing signs to trees, rock stacks/sculptures, and any use of paint.
Reserved use of the Arboretum trail system for formal events may limit trail access by casual visitors and preclude reserved access to and use of the cabin and pavilion by groups.
Rules for Use of the Cabin and Pavilion:
All reservations for use of the Dice R. Anderson Cabin and/or the Ellen Ann Edenfield Pavilion in the Wesleyan Arboretum must be made through the Wesleyan campus (478) 757-5233.
Use of these facilities is available to both Wesleyan College groups and groups from the surrounding central Georgia community. However, the following restrictions do apply:
The Wesleyan Biology Department maintains records of arboretum biodiversity in the form of four accumulating checklists. These are extended and updated as new reliable observations and identifications occur. Download a checklist and begin marking your sightings.
The Wesleyan College Arboretum was established in 1996 as an ecological study area, wildlife refuge, and recreation resource for the college. The arboretum comprises 100 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.
Take a walk on the many trails we have to offer adding up to around 3 miles.
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Take the kids to the outdoor class room.
Enjoy a gathering in Anderson cabin.
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