Our Mission is to engage people with nature through interactive learning and stewardship. At Mount Pisgah Arboretum, we believe that the more people are inspired to learn about and engage with the natural world, the more they will value and preserve it for future generations. We’ve been teaching people about nature since 1973. Each year, people of all ages discover the wonders of Southern Willamette Valley ecology on our guided nature walks and at our workshops, on our school field trips and at our annual Wildflower & Music Festival and Mushroom Festival. The Arboretum is a nonprofit organization that relies on community support from hundreds of volunteers and members to maintain a 209-acre nature facility at the heart of the 2200-acre Howard Buford Recreation Area. We lease these 209 acres from Lane County. The largest portion of our funding comes from individual donations and memberships. Our beautiful site contains a wide range of native habitats where visitors can discover the ecology of the Southern Willamette Valley. The Arboretum’s seven miles of family-friendly trails feature dynamic, interactive learning stations that inspire further exploration, and we offer engaging nature education programs for all ages and interests. In addition to trails and exhibits, the Arboretum provides: free public restrooms and picnic tables, has a small education building, and features an events facility that can be rented for special events. More about our facilities here. At Mount Pisgah Arboretum, we envision a future where all Oregonians feel a deep connection with their local environment and play an active role in caring for it. We recognize that promoting diversity, equity, and inclusion (DEI) is key to achieving this vision. We see DEI as directly related to our core mission and we understand that this work will be ongoing. We see the Arboretum as a resource that belongs to the whole community. We recognize that for this to be true, we need to do more than just provide equitable and inclusive access to our programs and services. We need to instill a sense of ownership among diverse populations. That means not just diverse visitors, but also diverse volunteers, members, and donors, as well as a diverse board and staff. Mount Pisgah Arboretum is made possible through its partnership with Lane County Parks, and we collaborate with Lane County Parks, as well as with The Friends of Buford Park and Mt. Pisgah (The Friends) to serve the larger Howard Buford Recreation Area. Access Lane County’s Parks Master Plan and the Howard Buford Recreation Area Habitat Management Plan. The Friends is a separate nonprofit organization that works outside the Arboretum to steward public and private lands throughout the 4700-acre greater Mount Pisgah area. The Friends protect and enhance native ecosystems and compatible recreation, foster community stewardship of natural areas, improve and maintain recreational trails, grow native plants for habitat restoration, and work to bring more lands in the Mount Pisgah area into conservation status. Together, the two groups have enhanced and continue to maintain the ecological and recreational qualities for which the Mount Pisgah area is famous. The Arboretum’s education mission, and the Friends’ stewardship and recreation mission are complementary and together provide a wide range of opportunities to learn about, care for, and enjoy nature.