Welcome to the UT Arboretum Society

Please visit our East Tennessee public plant collections and forest to hike our trails.

Second Annual New Year's Day Morning Hike

For Everyone Who Wants to Get 2016 Off on the Right Foot!

Start out the New Year by joining our walk that begins at 9:00 a.m. on Friday, January 1st, at the new Auditorium where you will be greeted by fellow hikers and offered coffee, hot chocolate, and snacks. You will be able to see all of the features of our new facility! The UT Arboretum is located at 901 S. Illinois Avenue in Oak Ridge.

The groups will leave for a guided walk that will last about an hour. We will have several leaders taking groups on routes of varying difficulty and length. Most will visit the nationally recognized Elmore Holly Collection to view the hollies still covered with berries.

This is an easy walk on the trails and is suitable for all ages. The UT Arboretum Society encourages everyone to come out and enjoy an outdoor activity and work up an appetite before heading home in time to watch football or relax while working on your 2016 New Year resolutions. This year UT plays Northwestern at noon, so you’ll have plenty of time to get home to watch the Vols.

This is a free program offered by the University of Tennessee Arboretum Society in cooperation with the UT Forest Resources AgResearch and Education Center.

For more information on the event call the Arboretum at 865-482-4836.

A New Auditorium
Thanks to Those Who Helped Us Build It

The new auditorium that was built at the UT Arboretum is well on its way to being the unique asset that was envisioned. Having improved facilities for public access and enjoyment was identified as one of six goals for the Arboretum Endowment Fund more than three years ago. UT-Battelle, B&W Technical Services, Oak Ridge Associated Universities, Energy Solutions and the local credit unions including Y-12, Enrichment, and ORNL had pledged $556,000 toward the construction of the auditorium. These donations along with money from the University completed the project.

The new building allows us to provide educational opportunities during inclement weather and in the evening, and offers greatly enhanced options for classes and other instruction. A primary purpose is to provide outdoor and environmental education for children, youth, and adults of all ages from Oak Ridge and the East Tennessee area.