The Trinity-Pawling School Arboretum
Former Headmaster Arch Smith was interviewed by Pawling Public Radio regarding the dedication. To listen to the interview, click here.
Trinity-Pawling's Arboretum was officially dedicated on September 21, 2012. Jeff Horst, curator of the Vassar Arboretum was the keynote speaker. The Arboretum features an interpretive walk through the School’s 150 acres. Of the many native trees which grace the campus, the interpretive walk includes 241 specimens and over 30 varieties. The School’s Commemorative and Memorial Tree Program has, in large part, provided specimen trees and shrubs for the arboretum. The goal is to further enhance the collection of stately trees that already exist on campus. The arboretum was conceived as both a teaching resource for Trinity-Pawling students and faculty, and as a community resource.
The arboretum reflects the School’s commitment to creating an atmosphere of excitement, enthusiasm, and interest about the living environment while supporting the School’s goal of reducing energy consumption and promoting campus sustainability. Classroom lessons will be reinforced when students take an active part in the planting and caring for the trees and as they observe the natural seasonal rhythms. This hands-on experience will deepen students’ understanding of the living landscape, as well as the environmental and health benefits — both physical and emotional — of trees.
Here is a virtual guide book to the varieties of trees within the Trinity-Pawling Arboretum.