Forest Park Plant Collection Accredited as Class II Arboretum


The Forest Park Arboretum in Springfield has been awarded a Level II Accreditation by The ArbNet Arboretum Accreditation Program and The Morton Arboretum, for achieving particular standards of professional practices deemed important for arboreta and botanic gardens. The ArbNet Arboretum Accreditation Program is the only global initiative to officially recognize arboreta at various levels of development, capacity, and professionalism.

The Forest Park Arboretum is also now recognized as an accredited arboretum in the Morton Register of Arboreta, a database of the world’s arboreta and gardens dedicated to woody plants.

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Over the past two years, ReGreen Springfield, in partnership with the Springfield Parks Department and the USDA Forest Service, has spearheaded the effort to create the Forest Park Arboretum, building upon the rich botanic collection and horticultural features of the Park.  Working with volunteer community ‘Arboretum Assistants’ over 400 trees have been catalogued and mapped, and identification tags have been placed on nearly 225 trees.  It is hoped that all the trees will be tagged by end of October.  Volunteers are needed for this effort, if this is something that might be interest to you.

Also, the Arboretum will be announcing a series of community events, taking place in over the next few months. These will include educational talks, tours and tree identification sessions.  Please look for details coming soon. Please visit to learn more about the newly designated Forest Park Arboretum and to keep up with the latest news.

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Forest Park Arboretum Grill and Chill, June 24th, 2019

The Forest Park Arboretum was initially started in 2017, and since has grown into a catalog of 300 trees with 90 of those trees tagged. As efforts continue, we strive to get all 300 cataloged trees tagged by the end of this summer, but we need your help!

Come to our 2019 Arboretum Grill and Chill, at Forest Park rose garden, to discuss our Arboretum goals for 2019 and plan our work for the season. Your attendance will help ensure we continue achieving our goals for 2019.

Join us June 24th, at 6:00 PM at the rose garden in Forest Park for food, refreshments, and lively conversation with other Arboretum enthusiasts!



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Heritage Trees of the Museum District

pictureTake a tour of Springfield’s neighborhoods to see some of the largest and most beautiful trees in the city.

Regreen Springfield and the City of Springfield, in partnership with the USDA Forest Service, the Greening the Gateway Cities Program and the Massachusetts Dept of Conservation and Recreation invite you to take some time to look around Springfield and experience a whole new world… just by looking up and around you… as you travel through the city’s neighborhoods.

“A heritage tree is typically a large, individual tree with unique value, which is considered irreplaceable.” Peter Coates, 2006

You can enjoy our online story map tour here

Download the Heritage Trees of the Museum District PDF here

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