Welcome to the Vassar Arboretum

Exploring the Arboretum

Vassar’s arboretum consists of over 230 species of trees and began with the work of Matthew Vassar in 1865. The arboretum was established by Beatrix Farrand, a well-known 20th-century landscape architect, to encompass the entire Vassar campus for instructional purposes. Each graduating class since 1868 has dedicated a tree to contribute to this vast arboretum, with the exceptions of the class of 1996, which dedicated a fountain located at Pratt House, the class of 1997, which created a time capsule, and the class of 2000, which created Hill Spring Pond at Sunset Lake. To learn more, please visit the Vassar Encyclopedia and Class Trees.

Why Are Trees Important?

Learn about the variety of ecosystem services that trees provide.

Maps & Walks

Interested in visiting? Take a look at our tree inventories.


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