University of Central Florida Arboretum

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United States of America - Florida - Orlando

Institution Code: ORLAA

International Agenda Registration: No

BGCI Member: No

A bumblebee visiting a native tarflower, Bejaria racemosa, in the Arboretum Natural Area
A bumblebee visiting a native tarflower, Bejaria racemosa, in the Arboretum Natural Area

About the University of Central Florida Arboretum

The Arboretum is a creative learning community that uses our comprehensive outdoor laboratory to support relevant, experience-based learning, urban ecology research, and human connection with ecosystems and landscapes. Our program contributes to student development and engagement through multi-faceted volunteer, service-learning, and educational opportunities. We serve the community through partnership and outreach initiatives that increase awareness and understanding of key issues in ecology, natural resource conservation, and urban horticulture. While focused on the Central Florida region our diverse, inclusive program supports global efforts to create sustainable urban environments.

Main Address:
University of Central Florida Arboretum
4000 Central Florida Blvd.
Florida 32816 United States of America

Telephone: (407) 823-3146
Fax: (407) 823-3965
Primary Email:

Staff Details

  • Director's Name: Dr. Patrick Bohlen, Director
    Curator's Name: Jennifer Elliott , Coordinator of the UCF Arboretum
    Plant Records Officer's Name:
  • Total Staff:
    Horticultural Staff Number: 1
    Educational Staff Number: 2
    Research Staff Number: 1
    Administration Staff Number: 2

About the Garden

  • Institution Type: Other
  • Status
  • Status: Private: No
    Status: State: Yes
    Status: Educational: Yes
    Status: Municipal: No
    Status: Satellite: No
    Status: Trust: No
  • Date founded: 1983
  • Physical Data
  • Natural Vegetation Area: Yes
    Natural vegetation area: Size: 243 Hectares
  • Landscaped Area: Yes
    Landscaped Area: Size: 121 Hectares
  • Total Area: 364 Hectares
    Latitude: 28.5972270
    Longitude: -81.2037950
    Annual Rainfall: 1550 mm
    Altitude: 18.00 Metres
    Total area of glasshouses: 92 Metres
  • Locality: Information
  • Locality: Garden Name:
  • Local Address: 4312 Scorpius Street
  • Locality: City: Orlando
  • Locality: State: FL

Features and Facilities

  • Herbarium: Yes
    Arboretum: Yes
    Arboretum Size: 33
  • Micropropagation/ Tissue Culture Facilities: No
    Seed Bank: No
    Published Plant Catalogue: No
    Computer Plant Record System: Yes
  • Open to public: Yes
    Friends society: No
    Retail Outlet: Shop: No
    Retail Outlet: Plant Sales: No
    Disabled access: No
  • Number of Volunteers: 350

Plant Collections

  • Special Collections:Concentrating on local biodiversity on trailways within the Arboretum. Plant collections part of Arboretum, natural lands and university landscape.
  • Invasive Species Monitoring: Yes
    Invasive Species Policy: Yes
    ABS Policy: No
    Plant Collection Policy: No

Conservation Programmes

  • Conservation Programme: Yes
    Medicinal Plant Programme: Yes
    Ex Situ Conservation Programme: No
    Reintroduction Programme: No

Research Programmes

  • Biotechnology: No
    Plant Breeding: No
    Conservation - Biology: Yes
    Conservation - Genetics: No
    Data Management Systems and Information Technology: Yes
    Ecology: Yes
    Ecosystem Conservation: Yes
    Education: Yes
    Ethnobotany: Yes
    Exploration: Yes
    Floristics: No
    Horticulture: Yes
    Invasive Species Biology and Control: Yes
    Molecular Genetics: No
    Pollination Biology: No
    Restoration Ecology: No
    Seed/Spore Biology: No
    Systematics and Taxonomy: Yes
    Sustainability: Yes
    Pharmacology: No
    Agriculture: Yes
    Land Restoration: No
    Urban Environments: Yes

Education Programmes

  • Visitor/Education Centre: Yes
    Education Signs in Garden: No
    Public Lectures/Talks: Yes
    Education Booklets/Leaflets: Yes
    Guided Tours: Yes
    Courses for University/College Students: Yes
    Education Programme: Yes