The Arboretum's Mission & Policies

Our Mission:

To promote the knowledge and appreciation of trees and other plants from around the world as well as plants and animals native to the State of Maine.  Our preserve land, interpretive materials, exhibits, programs & events, and our trail system are designed for people of all ages to provide opportunities for education, recreation, and inspiration.
The Arboretum is a private non profit corporation. Funding for the Arboretum is derived from membership fees, donations and gifts as well as foundation support.  We rely on memberships as a significant source of our operating budget. Members receive our full color newsletter complete with interesting articles, news, and upcoming events.  A 10% discount on gift shop items and event admissions is also extended and there are several members' only special events throughout the year.  Membership envelopes are available at the Visitors Center and at trail kiosks throughout the preserve.  You may also download a membership form from our publications and other documents web page.

Our Policy:

The grounds of the Arboretum are open dawn to dusk every day at no charge.  Donations to help defray the costs of upkeep are welcome. The trail system provides year-round collections access, hiking, jogging, bird and other wildlife watching, non-motorized biking, horseback riding, and cross-country skiing.
Picnicking is permitted, however, there are no trash receptacles; please carry out what you carry in. Pets are allowed. They must be leashed at all times. Owners must pick up and remove from the grounds all pet waste.
Smoking, weapons, motor vehicles, alcohol, fires, and camping are prohibited. No collecting is allowed except with written permission from the Arboretum.