Nichols Arboretum—also referred to as “The Arb”— is a 123-acre site near Central Campus that provides a unique opportunity to explore the ongoing interaction of humans and the natural world. The Arb contains specialty gardens, historic and culturally significant collections, areas of native Michigan ecosystems, active areas of ecological restoration, and access to the Huron River. Students and faculty can use a small classroom located in the Reader Center in the Burnham house at the Washington Heights entrance. An amphitheater is also available for outdoor performances within the Arb. Admission is free and open to the public. The property is also available for events and performances: contact Matthaei for more information.
Free street parking spaces are sometimes available on Oswego St. near the Arb’s Geddes Street entrance (Click here for a map). The Arb is maintained by U-M’s Matthaei Botanical Gardens and Nichols Arboretum.