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How to Get Involved



The best way to enjoy the Arboretum experience is first hand. Visit us here on Auburn University’s main campus any day of the year. There is no admission fee, and the gates are always open. Arboretum staff is available whenever the University is open, and can be typically be found at the Pavilion on Garden Drive, M-F from 8 to 5. If you visit our office there, you can find restrooms, water fountains, and our printed brochures.

Be sure to bring your phone so you can scan or dial into our Mobile Tours. You can learn about the plants of the Arboretum and sustainable ways to manage stormwater in the landscape. You can also use your smartphone to enjoy the sights and sounds of Audubon in the Arboretum tour.

Guided tours are also available upon request for groups of 10 or more. Visit our education page for more on other available programs.

If you are too far away to experience it firsthand, visit us on Facebook, or check out our photos on Flickr.

Get With the Program

If you would like email updates on Arboretum programs, join our friends list. We will share with you details about our upcoming events including plant sales, photo contests, and free classes.

Don’t forget to consider the Arboretum for University activities. We regularly host research projects, facilitate short term student projects, student art installations, community outreach, and University classes, and labs. Just contact us to get your activity approved, and we will get you on our calendar to avoid any conflicts or disruption of research.


Whether you want to make campus beautiful, need some service hours, or both, we can always use helping hands. Each spring and fall semesters we have a student volunteer afternoon 1 day a week. This semester’s volunteer work day is Thursdays, from 3-5 pm. Contact us for additional opportunities.

Our other set of volunteers, are those seeking to acquire and share an understanding of our native plants. We have 8 weeks of Docent Training in April and May, and again in October and November. These free training sessions will inform you about the current collections and programs developing in the Arboretum, and will keep you informed on a wide variety of volunteer opportunities. Contact Patrick Thompson ( for information on this program.

View our volunteers gallery on Flickr.

Last Updated: 07/27/2016