PSU news by
Penn State's student blog



Arboretum Set for $60 Million Expansion

The Penn State Arboretum comprises nearly 370 acres of northern campus, holding the reputation as one of the most remarkable and memorable sights at Penn State.

While we all know how beautiful the Arboretum is, director Kim Steiner and his team have decided to expand the venue in hopes of making it more interactive and kid-friendly.

Many designs have been laid out for the Arboretum before construction begins. In the works now are plans to expand and redefine the pollinators’ garden (which will triple the size of the current one), create an education center, a conservatory, and a digital video theater similar to a planetarium that will further the educational mission of the Arboretum. These will all be located in the Smith Botanic Gardens along Park Ave.

Below is a preview of the future education center, conservatory, and planetarium.

Central Valley
Central Valley

There are clearly tons of new additions that are in the works right now, but what has gotten underway is the Children’s Garden for the families of State College who all know and love Penn State like we do. Construction actually already started this past spring, and we can anticipate its completion early this coming summer.

Kate Reeder—the Event and Marketing Coordinator of the Arboretum—said that to understand the connection between the earth below and surface above, visitors will be able to walk through different mediums like a “valley prairie landscape,” a cave, crops and plants, and even tree roots.

Here are a few pictures of what the Children’s Garden should look like once it’s finished.

Entry Court
Entry Court
Preview of Mushroom Hollow
Mushroom Hollow
Fossil Ridge
Fossil Ridge

The vision for the Children’s Garden is “to create a delightful, interactive learning environment not only for children ages three to 12 and their families, but for children of all ages,” said Reeder. The theme of the garden is based on Pennsylvania’s floral culture.

Other than the anticipated date for the Children’s Garden to be opened, all of the other features are tentative due to the funds needed to proceed. The education center, conservatory, and planetarium are estimated to cost $60 million all together.

About the Author

Amber Kloper

Amber is a first-generation Penn Stater--class of 2016--studying broadcast journalism and business. She likes THON and traveling and reading and writing and music and words and rambling.


More by Amber

Mr. and Mrs. THON to Take Over Eisenhower Auditorium Tomorrow

Want to see some of your fellow THON volunteers be crowned for their talents? Then come out to the annual competition for Mr. and Mrs. THON, which will start tomorrow at 7:30 p.m. in Eisenhower Auditorium. The annual event will pit two THON Captains from each of the 14 committees in a talent show, but only one couple […]

DMAIG to Start THON Picture Mosaic Project

Singing Lions To Perform Love for Lexi Cabaret on Friday


Incoming Penn State Track & Field Athlete Kristian Marche Shot To Death In Philadelphia

The incident surrounding Marche’s death is “under investigation,” according to the Philadelphia police department.

Former Women’s Gymnastics Coach Files Lawsuit Against Penn State Over Handling Of Abuse Allegations

Men’s Soccer Trio, Reading United Win PDL Eastern Conference Title, Fall Short Of National Championship

Penn State Hockey’s Evan Barratt, Aarne Talvitie Participate In World Junior Summer Showcase

Ally McHugh Wins 400 Medley National Championship

Student Life

Penn State Parking Office Runs Into Student Permit Purchase Issues

Students were delayed hours on Tuesday afternoon while trying to purchase on-campus parking permits.

Girirajan Lab Seeks To Bridge The Gap Between Fly And Human Genomes

Join Onward State: Fall 2018 Application

Plans Submitted For New KFC In State College

Developers have submitted preliminary land development plans to build a new KFC restaurant at 1780 S. Atherton St. in State College.

Join Onward State: Fall 2018 Application

Onward State is hiring for the fall semester and we’d love to have you join us.

Incoming Penn State Track & Field Athlete Kristian Marche Shot To Death In Philadelphia

The incident surrounding Marche’s death is “under investigation,” according to the Philadelphia police department.

Be the first to know

  • Top posts and the best Penn State stories

Thank you for subscribing.

Something went wrong.

Madden NFL 19 Ratings For Nittany Lions

For the second consecutive year, Sean Lee is the highest-rated Nittany Lion in the Madden video game.

Send this to a friend