The Arboretum serves a multitude of functions for Connecticut College and the greater New London community.
Generations of faculty and students have used the forests, meadows and wetlands for teaching and research.
For visitors to Southeastern Connecticut, give yourself a treat, bring a camera and enjoy a nature walk.
The Arboretum is open everyday, dawn to dusk, and serves as park for the surrounding communities.
Dog walkers, parents with young children, and office workers out for a quiet lunch break are all frequent users.
I have included pics my husband and i took recently to give you a glimpse of the gorgeous colors in Southeastern Connecticut during this wonderful time of the year.
Visitors to the park are asked to refrain from organized sports, mountain biking, camping, creating fires or driving vehicles within the Arboretum, as these activities are damaging to the ecology of the Arboretum.
Jogging is permitted in the eastern sector on the designated jogging trails between Rt. 32 and the Thames River. Please limit jogging in the Arboretum to this area. Alcoholic beverages may not be brought into the Arboretum.
Arts in the Arboretum
The Arboretum is the perfect setting for outdoor theater and other artistic endeavors such as the annual photography contest. For several summers, the Flock Theater has presented "Shakespeare in the Arboretum" during July and August. Derron Wood '86 is principal director of Flock Theater, who has directed Macbeth, Much Ado About Nothing, The Tempest, Oedipus Rex, Romeo & Juliet and Agamemnon, among others. People, picnics and blankets cover the amphitheater grassy slopes, with the Arboretum pond as a backdrop, to view these marvelous productions.
For more information visit http://www.conncoll.edu/ccrec/greennet/arbo.