Linnaeus Arboretum

at Gustavus Adolphus College

Located on the western edge of Gustavus Adolphus College, the Linnaeus Arboretum provides the College and community with a living sanctuary of plants and animals for education, recreation, reflection and stewardship.

The Arboretum features acres of prairies, woodlands and ponds for exploration and study; miles of trails for running, walking, biking or skiing; and beautiful gardens and open space for events and gatherings.

Named for 18th century Swedish botanist Carl Linnaeus, the arboretum was established in 1973 on what had previously been agricultural land, and designed to represent Minnesota's three major ecosystems: northern coniferous forest, tallgrass prairie and deciduous woodland.

The Arboretum is open to all visitors, year-round, during daylight hours. The Arboretum and/or Interpretive Center are available for rental for receptions and other events.

Regular educational programming is offered, and can be found here.


Contact Us

Name Title Phone
Scott Moeller Linnaeus Arboretum Director and Naturalist 507-933-6182
Shirley Mellema Administrative Assistant 507-933-6181