Things to Do

The Arb is full of possibilities for recreation and reflection!

What can't you do at the Arboretum? Here are a few of our favorite suggestions! 
  • Visit the historic Borgeson Cabin, and if the time is ripe, pick some fruit in the surrounding Basset Orchard!
  • Find some thyme to pick your own herbs at the Thompson Herb Garden.
  • Venture through each of Minnesota’s three major ecosystems by visiting the Coneflower Prairie, deciduous woods, and coniferous forest.
  • Stop and smell the blooming roses in the colorful Formal Rose Garden.
  • Find a spot to hang out in your hammock - the Maple Grove is a popular place!
  • Head out to the Coneflower Prairie to visit the bison sculpture, watch a sunset, or try your hand at some plant identification.
  • Join us for our annual events, such as Fall Fest in the Arb, Discover the Outdoors, or monthly Soup & Sandwich seminars.
  • Discover a new favorite study spot (check out our different “classrooms” around the Arb!) or take a study break stroll.
  • Take a few deep breaths and be still for a moment in the Meditation Area.
  • Volunteer with us!
  • Get out in any season to walk, run, bike, snowshoe, or cross-country ski on the 2.5 miles of trails through the Arb. Find out more about our trail system here.
  • Stop by the Tulip Meadow in the spring! Initiated in 2016, the tulip bulbs are planted by first-year Gusties in the fall during Orientation.
  • Take our Self-Guided Walking Tour through the Arboretum. Pick up a brochure at a welcome kiosk or download one here.
  • Throw a frisbee, toss a football, or kick a ball around in the green space by the Pavilion. Various outdoor items can be found in our Toy Box near the front of the Interpretive Center. Please return items once finished.