Tours and Events

Learn the history and the heritage of Arizona's oldest University. Follow our guides as they show you beautiful places and tell you fascinating facts about the growth and development of the University, and how it came out of the sands of the Sonoran Desert to become the jewel of Arizona!

For more than a century the campus landscape has served as testing grounds for arid-adapted trees, supplying the Campus Arboretum with a collection of unusual but delightful specimens. Trees around the World features some of these unique trees and describes their native uses and interesting folklore. A new and improved version of this tour is available in mobile and print format Spring 2019.

The brain-child of a hungry college students, created for the benefit of all locovores, this tour identifies trees with edible products growing in our campus landscape and features native plants to the Sonoran desert.

Plants have been used for centuries to treat and remedy all sorts of ailments; on this tour you will learn about some of the medicinal plants here on campus and their therapeutic properties for human health.

 

When the University of Arizona was established as a Land Grant Institute in 1891, Dr. James Toumey, a botanist for the Agricultural Experiment Station on campus, recognized the educational value of the native vegetation that evolved in the Sonoran Desert over tens of thousands of years. As such, he started a cactus display garden that, eventually became what we now know as the Joseph Wood Krutch (pronounced KROOCH) Garden. In the 120 years since the genesis of the University and its cactus garden, the University’s practices have advanced to reflect current and evolving understandings of and attitudes toward landscaping and the natural environment. Join the Campus Arboretum docents for this tour to learn more about the ecology and ethnobotany of many Sonoran native plants.

Since 1891, the trees on the UA campus grounds have served as a proving ground and living laboratory in the study of desert horticulture. From experience, we know that healthy, mature trees provide greatest benefits and we have gained insights into tree selection and landscape management practices that optimize tree health and longevity. For almost 125 years, our goal has been to test trees suitable for arid cities and to provide science-based recommendations guiding landscape management practices. To promote sustainable landscapes, we have created a tour to allow us to share our findings with the community. 

This tour showcases all donated trees on campus.
Donor contributions provide sole support for Campus Arboretum educational and outreach programs, student training and research projects that promote awareness of sustainable land management and development. Donations also provide needed resources that support professional development and training of grounds personnel, provide for special preservation of existing trees, and expand tree collections and programs.

This tour showcases all donated benches on campus.
Donor contributions provide sole support for Campus Arboretum educational and outreach programs, student training and research projects that promote awareness of sustainable land management and development. Donations also provide needed resources that support professional development and training of grounds personnel, provide for special preservation of existing trees, and expand tree collections and programs.

An impressive combination of botanical and architectural expertise, the ENR2 building is unique. Designed to mimic the form of a slot canyon, it creates a set of microclimates that suit plants that otherwise would not survive here. This tour will help you learn more about the many plants that call this building home and the features of the building that make their growth possible.

Interested in a guided tree tour with an expert?

With support from the Pima Co. Master Garderner Program, tours of the Campus Arboretum are offered throughout the year (Sept.-May). All tours (self-guided, mobile, and docent-guided tours) follow routes through campus that allow accessibility by participants of varied abilities. 

 

 

Check back to view or print the FALL 2019 or SPRING 2020 Tour Schedules or view the calendar of events at the top of this page and plan to attend.

 

 

TO RSVP: 

Register through the UA Visitor's Center at: 

https://visitorcenter.arizona.edu/content/campus-arboretum-tours

 

For specific information on the tours, other arboretum resources available to the public, or to coordinate a special group tour, please contact us to make a request.

E-mail: infoarboretum@ag.arizona.edu

Indicate a name and contact #, the tour(s) and dates you would like to participate and your group size. We'll reply to confirm your reservation. With a minimum of two-weeks notice, we can accommodate a group tour. Contact us to make a request. 

 

Need help finding us? See the map here.

 

 

Want to see the campus at your own pace?

We offer many other opportunities for you to participate in tree tours.

Group Tours - with two weeks advance notice and a minimum of 5 participants, you may request a special time for a group tour.

Self-Guided Tours -  Self-guided tour booklets can be printed from the links found in many tour descriptions found here or checked out from 101 Herring Hall on weekdays between 8am and 4pm. 

Mobile Tours You may also wish to take a self-guided tour using your mobile device. Learn more about mobile tree tours here.

Virtual ToursWe have provided virtual tree tours here. See photos and descriptions of plants from the comfort of your home! 

 

 

SELF-GUIDED OR VIRTUAL TOURS: