The mission of the Troy University Arboretum is to acquire representative species of the flora of Southeast Alabama and to display them in situations that mimic the natural conditions under which the species would occur. In particular, the Arboretum is interested in research on rare and uncommon species and communities. The Arboretum works to preserve representative members, communities and habitats of the Wiregrass region of Southeast Alabama on its 75-acre's adjacent to Troy University's main campus and on its 18 acre Pocosin Nature Preserve located approximately 6 miles due east of the main campus.
The Arboretum seeks to further the educational opportunities available to the University and the surrounding area. As such, the Arboretum serves as a living laboratory for ecology, field botany, field vertebrate zoology, environmental science, entomology, and other classes, introducing students to the variety and diversity of the Wiregrass region of Alabama.
The Arboretum also serves as a readily accessible area to the University and the city of Troy for such activities as picnics, bird watching and the simple enjoyment of nature. The Arboretum is open to the public from sunrise until sunset seven days a week.
Additional Educational Resources at Troy
- Herbarium: houses over 6,000 specimens of vascular plants, bryophytes, and lichens
- Center for Environmental Research and Service (CERS),provides environmental services to the state of Alabama
- Nonpoint Source (NPS) assists with environmental education for the residents of Alabama
- Science in Motion provides teacher education assistance in the physical and life sciences
Troy University Arboretum
Dr. Alvin R. Diamond, Jr., Director
210K McCall Hall (MSCX)
Department of Biological and Environmental Sciences
Troy, AL 36082