Volunteer with the Arboretum

THE JOHN C. GIFFORD ABORETUM NEEDS YOU!

The Gifford Arboretum is run by the Department of Biology and the Friends of the Gifford Arboretum Committee which consists of faculty, students, administrators, and community members. It is a collection of important trees and plants that have been assembled for the purposes of eduction and research. Visitors are permitted (and encouraged!) to freely visit the collection for self-guided tours, and for the guided tours and lectures that are conducted throughout the school year (please see ‘Calender’). In addition, annual events include a spring lecture by a distinguished plant scientist and a fall picnic.  To learn more about events, birds, butterflies and plants lists or to become a member, visit the Gifford John C. Arboretum

If you want to volunteer, contact greenu@miami.edu 

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University of Miami - Gifford Arboretum
April 1, 2017
NO JOKING!  Please join us this coming Saturday, April 1st at the University of Miami Coral Gables Campus.  We have 400 native trees and plants hanging out in their pots anxiously awaiting to set roots in a new home at the U.

RSVP at greenu@miami.edu

Dear friends of trees, beauty, native fauna, and a healthy environment,

Clear your calendar and make plans to help TREEmendous Miami plant trees this Saturday at 9:30 AM.  In preparation for this day we have been working to remove exotic vegetation that had invaded the University of Miami’s Taylor Alexander Biodome, an area directly across from the south end of the Gifford Arboretum.
We are now ready for a major planting of the perimeter areas of the Biodome to help restore this area to a pristine South Florida hammock and we need your help!  While some of us like maintenance work and invasive eradication, all of us love planting and we have 400 Florida native plants in need of your help so they can make it on their own.  You will be a part of a significant restoration effort.

Free parking will be available in the Purple Lot, which is also directly across from the Gifford Arboretum and on the west side of the Biodome. If you are not familiar with how to get to the Gifford Arboretum, the easiest way is to approach the University of Miami from the west side on Miller Road (SW 56 Street). You can take the Palmetto Expressway (SR 826) and get off on the Miller Road Exit, or take Red Road (SW 57 Avenue) from US 1 or Bird Road to Miller Road. Go east on Miller Road and you will go through 2 traffic circles as you approach the University. At the second circle, you will be at the University, but you should go left at the circle onto San Amaro Drive and do not enter the University at the entrance by the circle. Drive on San Amaro past the circle and you will then enter the University at the second entrance (helpful hint: Read the names on the monument signs and you will see “Gifford Arboretum”). Immediately upon entering the University, turn right into the Purple Lot and park in the closest available space. The planting area is adjacent to this area.

Please wear closed shoes and sun protection. We will supply drinking water, refreshments and snacks.
We have a good but limited supply of tools and gloves.  So please bring your own gloves, shovels, pick axes/maddocks, and/or wheel barrows if you are able to do so.

Thanks, You Are TREEmendous!

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April 9, 2016 - TREEmendous Miami Volunteers will Continue with their Very Important Work of Restoring the Native Maritime Hammock at the Historic Virginia Key Beach Park Please join us on Saturday, April 9 and Make a Difference as we continue our restoration work that day. We will meet at the Park’s Orange Pavilion at 9:00 AM to break into teams and then work until Noon.

During the last 10 years, TREEmendous Miami has planted over 11,000 trees to restore the ecological value of this wonderful site that is extremely important to migratory birds, water quality and spawning grounds, and providing habitat for endangered species like the American Crocodile, various sea turtles, and a variety of other more common native fauna. These trees were carefully selected to reflect what would have grown on this island hundreds of year’s ago and would have provided important habitat for migratory birds to stop, rest and refuel before continuing on their journeys. However, as the native trees we have planted grow up to create the canopy that would have existed on this site 200 years ago, we need in the meantime to battle invasive and rampantly growing plants until they are naturally shaded out as the canopy fills in more and more during the next few years. In the meantime, however, our maintenance activities are vitally important and, believe it or not, this “work” can be a fun and an very satisfying endeavor.

Be sure to wear long pants, closed shoes, and sun protection. You will enter the Historic Virginia Key Beach Park after you turn left at the traffic light on the Rickenbacker Causeway that is right across from UM’s Rosenthiel School of Marine and Atmospheric Science, and right before the Causeway crosses a bridge over Bear Cut to enter Key Biscayne. Please tell the parking attendant that you are a volunteer with TREEmendous Miami so that you will not be charged for parking or entrance. You will then proceed straight ahead PAST all of the paved parking areas to where the road Tees and turn left. Continue about 125 yards to where there is a big, open field. You will then see the Orange Pavilion to your right and you should park in the field and walk to the pavilion. Please bring gloves if you have them, but TREEmendous will also have a supply on hand. You shouldn’t have much trouble finding the Orange Pavilion. However, if you get lost, please contact Steve Pearson on his cell at 305-233-3619. or email him at sdpearson@bio.miami.edu.

Thanks, and we look forward to seeing you and having some fun together on April 9th!

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One on TREEmendous MIami’s most visible projects have been the trees along the Metrorail from I-95 to Bird Road. However, one of its most important projects environmentally has been its work at the Historic Virginia Key Beach Park. During the last 10 years, TREEmendous Miami has planted over 11,000 trees to restore the ecological value of this wonderful site that is extremely important to migratory birds, water quality and spawning grounds, and providing habitat for endangered species like the American Crocodile, various sea turtles, and a variety of other more common native fauna. These trees were carefully selected to reflect what would have grown on this island hundreds of year’s ago and would have provided important habitat for migratory birds to stop, rest and refuel before continuing their journeys. However, as the native trees we have planted grow up to create the canopy that would have existed on this site 200 years ago, we need to battle invasive and rampantly growing plants that will be naturally shaded out as the canopy fills in more and more during the next few years. In the meantime, however, our maintenance activities are vitally important and, believe it or not, this “work” can be a fun and an very satisfying endeavor. TREEmendous MIami is the only tree planting group that makes maintenance an integral part of its endeavors.