The St. Mary’s Arboretum Association pledges to recognize, protect, and celebrate the unique, natural home we share in beautiful Southern Maryland.
At St. Mary’s College, more than 300 acres of developed and undeveloped land showcase a variety of southern Maryland plant life. Land and water come together here; plants large and small help to maintain and filter soil and waters flowing into the St. Mary’s River, and the river’s currents and wildlife in turn influence what thrives along the shoreline and surrounding acreage.
Generations of students have come to this place to obtain a liberal arts education, which promotes a commitment to lifelong learning. What they study in the arts, sciences, and humanities we hope produces an appreciation for the unique landscape that is St. Mary’s. Here, one is struck daily by the interconnected elements of water, sky, and shoreline, an awareness that can foster a concern for the natural environment that will inform our graduates’ beliefs and actions in subsequent years wherever they choose to live.