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Established in 1983, the UCF Arboretum began as 12 acres of disturbed pond pine community. In 1988, the University expanded the Arboretum to include a 5-acre cypress dome, a 3-acre oak hammock, and about 15 acres of sand pine and Florida scrub, connected to the original Arboretum by a saw palmetto community and increasingly rare Florida longleaf pine flatwoods. Currently, the Arboretum encompasses approximately 82 acres. Since its founding, the UCF Arboretum has been a unique feature of the campus. With an abundance of animal and plant life, including many endemic and endangered or threatened species, the Aboretum is a long-standing symbol of UCF’s dedication to educating students and the public about nature and protecting the environment.
Jennifer Elliott, assistant director of the Arboretum, will give an overview of the Arboretum’s history and discuss some of the challenges it faces as a natural area surrounded almost entirely by development. She will then guide us on a leisurely hike through several of the Arboretum’s habitats, where we will look for fall wildflowers in bloom, including (if we’re lucky) the endemic and endangered Dicerandra thinicola.
Estimated trip time 2–3 hours.
This field trip is free for Foundation members and $10 for non-members.
This educational opportunity is made possible by the State Wildflower license plate. Get yours today!