University of Nevada, Reno Arboretum

The campus is a living collection of plants, trees, shrubs, flowers, ornamentals and native flora-with many designated areas on campus open to the public for enjoyment and educational pursuits.

What is an arboretum?

John Claudius Loudon in 1806 defined an arboretum as a site where trees and other woody plants are deliberately cultivated for scientific, educational, and aesthetic purposes.

The University of Nevada, Reno was designated a state arboretum by the 1985 Nevada Legislature. The wide variety of trees on campus represents over 60 genera and about 200 species, many with several cultivars present. Thirty-six stately elms line the Main Quad, located just north of Morrill Hall, the oldest building on campus.

Explore the Arboretum

The University Arboretum is home to numerous areas of interest, from the Challenger Memorial to Benson Gardens.

Support the Arboretum

Consider supporting the Arboretum through a financial gift or our Commemorative Tree Program.


The University Arboretum offers a variety of ways to get involved from planting trees to public outreach.

Arboretum partnerships

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