Mission, Goals, and Objectives

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Fall leaves
Tree in front of Neckers Building
Fall leaves on path

MISSION STATEMENT

The Southern Illinois University Carbondale campus engages the strengths of the academic mission of the university by providing a living laboratory for students, visitors and the local community to study in a natural and aesthetically pleasing environment.  The university Arboretum strives to provide a welcome connection with the natural world, offering opportunities for teaching, research, conservation, public education and recreation. 

Goals and Objectives

  • Preserve and care for the trees currently inhabiting the campus landscape.
  • Preserve and expand the species diversity represented in the campus landscape.
  • Maintain a succession plan for campus trees.
  • Continue and improve the use of the campus as an arboretum for research, teaching and public education.
  • Celebrate trees through educational events within the campus arboretum.
  • Provide service-learning opportunities for campus constituents and the public.
  • Maintain documented academic collections over time.
  • Maintain records of all trees in the campus collection.