At St. Mary’s College of Maryland, more than 300 acres of developed and undeveloped land showcase the best in Southern Maryland wildlife. The Office of Sustainability commits itself to preserve this precious habitat by collaborating with local organizations in conservation and restoration efforts.
What is an arboretum?
An arboretum is a place where trees, plants, and shrubs are identified and maintained for their educational and aesthetic value. At St. Mary’s College of Maryland, we partner with Historic St. Mary’s City and the St. Mary’s Parish to maintain our own campus-wide arboretum.
The St. Mary’s College Arboretum Association strives to preserve the natural habitat of St. Mary’s College of Maryland through the identification and preservation of local plant life. It also hosts regular informational workshops and training sessions that are open to the public.
The St. Mary’s Arboretum Association pledges to:
- label trees and plants on campus
- identify, create and protect habitats for native animals and plants
- plant primarily native species to support birds and beneficial insect populations
Check out the St. Mary’s Walking Arboretum Biodiversity Tour Map
Check out this arboretum story map created by SMCM’s own Haley Brueckman ’20!