Kelly Austin
Arboretum Curator
610-437-4471 ext. 3565

Tours of the Arboretum

Tours of the arboretum may be arranged by contacting the curator, Kelly Austin, at 610-606-4666, extension 3565, or by email at Other educational programs are available for students grades K-12 and for adults; please contact the curator for additional information.

Tour Reservation Form

Students learn about types of tree leaves, flowers, fruit, twigs, and bark; the identifying characteristics of different species; and the role of trees in the environment and the history of the Lehigh Valley and Pennsylvania. The tour covers up to 30 trees; if teachers are interested in a particular species please let us know and we will try to fit it into the tour. An illustrated booklet describing the trees on the tour will be sent to the teacher upon making a reservation.

We can accommodate class sizes up to about 30 students. A guide will meet the groups in front of the main entrance to the Science Center and give a brief introduction to the arboretum, and then take the class to visit each tree along the tour route. Tours last 50-60 minutes. Groups are welcome to stay on the grounds after that and explore on their own. Please remember that visitors to the arboretum are welcome to collect leaves that have fallen on the ground, but picking leaves from the trees is strictly prohibited.

The arboretum tour addresses Pennsylvania state education standards for Science & Technology 3.3 Biological Sciences, and standards for Environment & Ecology 4.2 Renewable and Non-renewable Resources, 4.3 Environmental Health, 4.6 Ecosystems and their Interactions, 4.7 Threatened, Endangered & Extinct Species, and 4.8 Humans and the Environment.

Teacher's Name: Number of Students: Grade: School: Preferred Date(s)/Time(s): Contact Phone: Contact Email: Special Requests:

Directions and Parking:

From around the Lehigh Valley, take Route 22 to the Cedar Crest Boulevard exit. Turn left onto Cedar Crest Boulevard and travel straight through four traffic lights. Turn left onto the campus. The Science Center is the second building on the right. Students may be dropped off along the campus road at the walkway to the Science Center. Vehicles may park in the first parking lot on the left.