SIU Arboretum
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The Southern Illinois University Carbondale Arboretum is located in one of the most diverse regions for natural hardwood forests in the United States.  Visitors are urged to explore our 1,200-acre campus landscape, which contains 5,217 living trees in our inventory including 72 genera and 155 species. Six tree identification tours have been designed to promote the Arboretum, and to protect it for future generations by building a diverse and engaged community of students, donors, volunteers and advocates.

 

One hundred and fifty trees were initially included in the arboretum as selections of self-guided tours to coincide with the campus's 150th anniversary celebration.

 

The Southern Illinois University Carbondale Arboretum was formally established as a campus arboretum through ArbNet, a global network for tree-focused arboreta, and has been an Accredited Arboretum in the Morton Register of Arboreta since 2019.  Southern Illinois University Carbondale is the first university in Illinois to receive the Level II accreditation, and has been designated Tree Campus Higher Education by the Arbor Day Foundation since 2015, as one of 11 university campuses in the State of Illinois that meet the five core standards of tree care and community engagement.

 

The Grounds Department utilizes software to map the campus tree inventory.  The software can be accessed electronically and utilized by the public.

 

The Arboretum Advisory Committee expanded on a tree tagging effort initially established for a tree identification course, where QR codes were affixed to select trees at about four and a half feet high on the side of the tree most visible to the nearest walkway.

 

The QR codes, when scanned by a smartphone with a code scanning application, link to a dedicated website that tells the user about the tree. The website identifies the tree by both common and scientific names, and shows identification markers such as leaves, twigs and buds, bark, and fruit.

 

The Grounds Division and IT staff of Facilities and Energy Management provide technological assistance with this project, while Printing & Duplicating provide the design and the School of Art and Design provided the etching of the QR tags. The tree identification program is available to the public, as the QR codes can be scanned by anyone with a smartphone or tablet. The program is the only one like it in the state, and one of very few at colleges and universities nationwide. 

 

Funds donated to the SIU Arboretum will help maintain and expand the campus tree inventory software and tree tagging system, further enhancing the growth of the arboretum in the years to come.  For more information visit our webpage here:  https://arboretum.siu.edu/ Or to view our virtual tree tour click here.  

 

This Day of Giving on March 2nd, please consider supporting our efforts below by making a donation to the SIU Arboretum Fund!

 


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Departments with the Most Gifts!
Check out which department has brought in the most gifts for SIU Day!
Rank Department Gifts
1 Balancing Education, Experience, & Reality Schp. 698
2 School of Medicine 372
3 Saluki Athletics 184
4 College of Agricultural, Life & Physical Sciences 147
5 College of Arts and Media 128
6 College of Health and Human Sciences 108
7 College of Engineering, Computing, Tech, & Math 91
8 School of Law 89
9 Marching Salukis 87
10 College of Business and Analytics 73
11 School of Education 59
12 Scholarships 58
13 Strong Survivors 54
14 College of Liberal Arts 52
15 Touch of Nature 50
16 Student Affairs 49
17 Morris Library 45
18 Student Multi-Cultural Resource Center 40
19 WSIU Public Broadcasting 32
20 Paul Simon Public Policy Institute 29
21 SIU Alumni Association 24
22 University Museum 23
23 SIU Arboretum 18
24 Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion 16
25 Green Roof Project 14
26 SIU Press 12
27 Civil Service Council Education Assistance Program 12
28 University Honors Program 10
29 Center for Archaeological Investigations 9
30 Center for International Education 6
31 Graduate School 5
32 Research 4
33 SIU Wellness and Health Promotion Services 3
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Departments by Dollars Raised
Check out which Department has raised the most throughout SIU Day!
Rank Department Raised
1 College of Liberal Arts $723,265.96
2 School of Medicine $681,799.94
3 College of Business and Analytics $233,495.99
4 College of Agricultural, Life & Physical Sciences $188,666.93
5 College of Arts and Media $167,864.00
6 College of Engineering, Computing, Tech, & Math $136,400.00
7 Saluki Athletics $109,645.88
8 College of Health and Human Sciences $70,238.99
9 School of Education $62,395.00
10 Student Affairs $54,020.03
11 Balancing Education, Experience, & Reality Schp. $52,528.03
12 School of Law $34,630.21
13 SIU Alumni Association $28,575.00
14 Touch of Nature $25,860.00
15 Morris Library $11,280.00
16 Marching Salukis $9,434.95
17 Scholarships $7,907.64
18 Strong Survivors $6,080.00
19 Paul Simon Public Policy Institute $5,625.00
20 Student Multi-Cultural Resource Center $4,195.00
21 WSIU Public Broadcasting $3,480.00
22 University Museum $2,800.00
23 SIU Press $1,375.00
24 Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion $1,205.00
25 SIU Arboretum $1,185.00
26 University Honors Program $1,045.00
27 Green Roof Project $1,005.00
28 Research $750.00
29 Civil Service Council Education Assistance Program $610.00
30 Center for Archaeological Investigations $475.00
31 Graduate School $427.00
32 Center for International Education $346.00
33 SIU Wellness and Health Promotion Services $105.00
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