For the UCF Environmental Initiative, keeping the campus “green” means more than planting trees. It means managing 800 acres of UCF land, improving storm-water drainage and preserving the habitats of more than 45 animal species, all while increasing sustainability.

The Initiative members maintain several sections of the UCF campus, including the Arboretum and landscaped bio-geographical displays across campus that showcase native plants from regions such as Southeast Asia.

The Arboretum is an 80-acre area of native trees, lakes, hiking trails, and a conservatory greenhouse. So far, more than 600 species of plants have been identified within the arboretum.

Since its founding 25 years ago, the Arboretum is a symbol of UCF’s dedication to educating students and the community about nature, while protecting our environment.

The Arboretum, located between the College of Engineering and Computer Science and the College of Optics and Photonics, is open to the public.