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Tree Campus Higher Education

Illinois State University is honored to be recognized as a Tree Campus Higher Education Institution since 2008. This Arbor Day Foundation program celebrates colleges and universities and their leaders for promoting healthy trees and engaging students and staff in the spirit of conservation. Here's how we accomplished it:

  • Our students and community members use trees in service learning.
  • We have a campus tree care plan.
  • We invest in the trees in our arboretum.
  • We celebrate trees every Arbor Day and in many events throughout the year.
  • We have a tree advisory committee.

The Arbor Day Foundation, in partnership with Toyota, has several programs that promote sustained, healthy community forests. Examples of other programs include Tree City USA, Tree Campus Healthcare, Tree Line USA and Community Tree Recovery.

As part of maintaining the Tree Campus Higher Education status, annual Arbor Day and Earth Day events are hosted in the Fell Arboretum. The Arboretum tree walks, planting demonstrations and community outreach programs are all related to this initiative.

Illinois State University is proud of this recognition by The Arbor Day Foundation as it affirms the mission of the Fell Arboretum.

Tree Advisory Committee

This committee is comprised of individuals including students, staff, and faculty across departments at Illinois State University; it also includes members of the community. The committee discusses ongoing projects and goals in the Fell Arboretum.

Professional capacity Personnel
ISU Biological Sciences Instructional Assistant Professor Dr. Ben Wodika
ISU Botanical Outreach & Instruction Sydney Metternich
ISU Director of Sustainability Elisabeth Reed
ISU Facilities Information Administrator Gig Supanichrattana
ISU Facilities Management Director Kristie Toohill
ISU Graduate Student & Geographic Information System Intern Ryan Krakowiak
ISU Greenhouse Gardener Sophia Reavley
ISU Grounds Horticulturist  Heather Vozzella
ISU Grounds Superintendent Bill Koos
ISU Horticulture Center Director Jessica Chambers
ISU Horticulture Lecturer Annie Barrow
ISU Horticulture Professor Dr. David Kopsell
ISU Maintenance Professional Joseph Roberts
Town of Normal Horticulturist Tyler Bain


ArbNet Accreditation

The Fell Arboretum is proud to be recognized with a Level II accreditation from the ArbNet Arboretum Accreditation Program in partnership with the Morton Arboretum, Botanic Gardens Conservation International (BGCI), and the American Public Gardens Association (APGA).

ArbNet recognizes arboreta for their developing collections, scientific accomplishments, and commitment to the study and conservation of trees.  At the Fell Arboretum we are always looking for ways to collaborate and support those who want to do research with the Arboretum.  To propose a project or find ways to get involved contact us.

The Fell Arboretum is a collection of more than 3000 trees that belong to 81 genera in 35 families.  Our plant collection inventory lists the common and taxonomic name of the trees of the Arboretum.