The Arboretum serves a multitude of functions for the College and the greater New London community. For students, the Arboretum provides a welcome connection with the natural world, a place to get away for recreation and reflection. Some areas are available for running, and all trails are suitable for hiking or casual strolling.
For the College's academic program, especially botany, biological sciences, and environmental studies, the Arboretum is a living laboratory just a few steps from the classrooms and residence halls. Generations of faculty and students have used the forests, meadows and wetlands for teaching and research.
Take one of our guided tours. Or take a self-guided tour; visitors to the Native Plant Collection will find a notice board and a free self-guided tour brochure at the main entrance on Williams Street. Additional information is available at the Arboretum office in 103 Olin Science Center directly north of the main College entrance from Rt. 32. For visitors arriving after office hours, a variety of informational brochures are available on a rack outside the office door.
Use your smartphone (or other similar mobile device) to hear audio clips and see images of the history, plants and seasonal highlights of several destinations in the Native Plant Collection. Tour content is simply downloaded in advance of the expedition and then accessed by scanning QR codes on site. When you walk the grounds, look for QR codes to get information on your smart phone.
1. Download the tour from the QR code at right. This download works best with a high-speed internet connection. If you are on campus use the ConnColl Guest wireless.
2. If you do not have a QR code scanner, download a free application. Search Google Play or the App Store on your smart phone and install. Inigma is a good cross platform app.
3. Go to a destination in the Arboretum with a QR code and scan the code with your smartphone. You do not need wireless or a cellular data connection after downloading the tour. Audio will automatically play. Manually scroll through images.