Colorful but destructive to a whole passel of desirable plants, spotted lanternflies are swarming and bumbling (because they don’t actually fly all that well) south from Pennsylvania.
The overall health of the Cheseapeake Bay has been improving over time. This is the direct result of the collaboration of thousands of organizations and institutions and millions of homeowners in the Chespeake Bay Watershed, including the University of Maryland. Our efforts to keep Campus Creek, Guildford Run, Paint Branch, and our other water areas on campus clean and healthy all add up to a cleaner Bay. Read on for the full report.
The Arboretum works to support the sustainable goals set by the University's Office of Sustainability. Read here about how one of our gardens came to be, thanks to the Sustainability Fund.
Did you know that the entire University of Maryland campus is an arboretum and botanical garden? We've expanded our popular Walk with an Arborist programs to include Walk with a Horticulturist for the fall semester. Enjoy an early morning walk around some of the highlights of our gardens and grounds with our arborists and horticulturists, learning more about the plants we have on campus, our sustainability efforts to help us move towards a carbon-neutral campus, and the challeneges we face as an urban university.
The COVID-19 pandemic has helped highlight the importance of walking as a critical aspect of human well-being, not only for transportation and access, but active recreation and exercise. This year, the UMD Department of Transportation Services, UMD Recreation & Wellness, UMD Arboretum & Botanical Gardens, UMD Residential Life , and UMD Office of Sustainability are partnering to promote Walk Maryland Day, October 7, 2020. Celebrate our official state exercise by exploring our new storymap and find a new corner of campus to emjoy! Use the toolkit here to find more tips and activities!
Did you know that not only is our entire campus a world-renowned arboretum, but that you can also perform your Day of Service with us? On September 11, 2020, Governor Hogan announced that all state employees would be granted administrative leave in order to volunteer. If you’ve been missing campus and your colleagues, we encourage you to consider volunteering with us here in our beautiful gardens and help cultivate our living campus.
The University of Maryland’s Community Learning Garden (CLG) was awarded funds from the U.S. Botanic Garden (USBG) and American Public Gardens Association who have partnered to offer support to established urban agriculture and other urban food-growing programs at public gardens affected by the COVID-19 pandemic. In total, $378,000 was awarded to 28 public gardens across the United States to help sustain urban agriculture and community food growing during this challenging time.