Dunn School Receives Designation as a Level 1 Arboretum


Dunn School is known around the world for its beautiful campus, with a variety of native and endemic trees that are found on the sprawling campus. This biodiversity is now being recognized internationally with the campus' recent designation as an arboretum.

The ArbNet Arboretum Accreditation Program awarded Dunn School “Level 1 Accreditation” for its campus, which boasts over 25 species of trees on the 55-acre campus. The ArbNet program is the only global initiative to officially recognize arboreta at various levels of development, capacity, and professionalism.

With over 245 accredited arboreta in 15 countries, Dunn is one of only 6 school campuses worldwide with this arboretum accreditation.

"We are pleased to add Dunn School Arboretum to our ArbNet community of accredited arboreta,” says Sue Paist, coordinator of the accreditation program. “Student engagement with a campus arboretum such as Dunn School will expand the classroom beyond its walls carrying out our collective mission for a greener, healthier, and more beautiful world".

Chad Stacy, chief financial officer of the school, along with Environmental Sustainability Coordinators Beth McCoy and Meg West, led the application effort, along with a committee of other staff, faculty, students, and members of the broader community.

“This is a great recognition of the unique campus that Dunn has, compared with other schools,” says Jon Hooten, spokesperson for the school. “This designation affirms the wealth of natural resources and beauty our students have access to as part of their Dunn School education.”

In the fall, students will identify and label the various species of trees on campus with permanent plaques, and maps of the trees will be available to the public.

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