Tree Campus USA

Arbor Day Observance on April 24, in the Gifford Arboretum:

- "Fruit and Edible Tree Tour" at 5 pm by GA curator Tim Perez, starting at the Stone Semicircle.
- Concert at 6 pm: Band from Frost School of Music to be announced. 

Finger food and refreshments will be served. 
Our main campus has been designated TREE CAMPUS USA for the 5th year in a row!
- Visit this wonderful map project of the Arboretum by Dr Shouraseni's class.
- Dowload our 2018 Tree Care Plan



Arbor Day Observance in the Gifford Arboretum on April 19 at 5.00 pm. during Earth Week
Steve Pearson, Director of the Gifford Arboretum invites you to a tour of the Arboretum at 5 pm, and at 6 pm, to a beautiful Concert by the World Peace Ensemble from the Frost School of Music.
Finger food and refreshments will be served. Steve Pearson, Director of the Gifford Arboretum invites you to a beautiful Concert by jazz ensemble from the Frost School of Music, the Zack Zebley Trio
Finger food and refreshments will be served.

Volunteer on April 9 with TREEmendous to celebrate Earth Week!







This recognition should also go to our partner organization TREEmendous Miami. UM students have been volunteering with TREEmendous on a constant basis over the years, allowing our community to get a healthier urban canopy.

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.



The University of Miami -Coral Gables Campus is proud to have been designated “Tree Campus USA” by the Arbor Day Foundation.
Colleges and Universities all over America are working right now to make their campuses greener and cleaner, University of Miami is doing its part.
The Arbor Day Foundation began in 1972 and is one of the world’s largest nonprofit dedicated to planting trees. It has been working with the U.S. Forest Service and the National Association of State Foresters to plant trees in National and State forests.
Arbor Day Foundation has recognized more than 3,000 communities through the Tree City USA program, among them the City of Coral Gables and the City of South Miami.
The Tree campus USA recognition will benefit UM. It is the confirmation that our canopy significantly reduces the amount of energy our campus needs to generate, it sequesters Carbon dioxide, purify the air, and give students, faculty and staff a peaceful setting to study.

Our campus has a unique landscape architecture with elements designed specifically for its climate and natural setting. It conveys a positive and unified sense of place, coherency, and consistency. Its thoughtful landscape planning has become renown worldwide as a “campus-in-a-tropical garden”. The campus enjoys a number of important vegetated areas which include Lake Osceola, The Gifford Arboretum, the Ibis Natural Trail, the Palmetum and the Butterfly Garden. Our goal is to preserve and enhance the following important features. Our general purpose is to guarantee that the standards of beauty, sustainability and environmental stewardship are respected and applied on our campus landscape.
More specifically, we strive to promote the use of Native plants or low-maintenance plant species, increase species diversity and tree canopy, develop environmentally friendly landscape designs to conserve energy and water, reduce the urban heat island effect on campus, and promote improvements in air quality, and finally to protect existing campus canopy during construction and renovation projects.

Learn more about the Arbor Day Foundation and Tree Campus USA

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