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Chester M Alter Arboretum

Arboretum Tours

campus tour

Bring your garden club, church group, civic organization or other group and explore the Chester M Alter Arboretum with a guided walking tour. Our group tours, offered May through September, are designed to provide you with a personalized, close-up look at the arboretum to learn about our gardens, history, and plant collections.  Each tour is lead by an experienced staff and lasts approximately an hour. We advise you wear comfy shoes, a hat, sunscreen, and bring water since tours will take you into uneven grassy areas and sunny spots.

Upcoming Tours

2018 Tours will begin around the end of April or early May check back in the spring for specific dates.  Guided tours are only offered Monday through Friday between the hours of 8 am and 3 pm.

Meeting Place

All tours will meet at the arboretum information kiosk located on the southwest corner of the Mary Reed building. Please allow time for parking and arrive 10 minutes early, the tour docent will begin promptly.


All guided tours are free! Donations are gladly accepted through our donation site.


If your group is not coming by bus, please carpool, as parking is limited. There is a metered parking lot south of the Mary Reed Building called the Cherrington Hall/Mary Reed lot.

Self-Guided Groups

Not interested in a guided tour? No problem. Your group is free to tour on their own at no charge. However, please make a reservation anyway so we can help maximize your group's enjoyment. Visitor maps are available at the kiosk on the southwest corner of the Mary Reed Building or online.