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Who We Are

We are one organization with two locations at the University of Michigan. Our mission is to promote environmental enjoyment, stewardship, and sustainability through education, research, and interaction with the natural world.

Diversity message from Matthaei-Nichols

A Message about Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion from Matthaei-Nichols.

Read more about our DEI Strategic Plan.

Earth Words (our blog)

Living Wall Spruces Up Matthaei Botanical Gardens Entrance

By Joseph MooneyThe long-awaited living wall at Matthaei is a reality, thanks to a 2019 grant from the University of Michigan Planet Blue and an idea hatched two summers ago by then student intern Shawn Farrell. Shawn completed the installation earlier in...

Invasive of the Week: Canada Thistle

Back by popular demand and with additional details! Canada thistle, Cirsium arvense, is a common prickly invasive that’s extremely difficult to eradicate--a prohibited, noxious weed in Michigan. Native to Eurasia, not Canada, it’s also known as creeping...

Invasive of the Week: Japanese Knotweed

Japanese knotweed, Fallopia japonica (also named Polygonum cuspidatum) and nicknamed Japanese bamboo and fleeceflower, is listed as a prohibited species in Michigan. Native to Japan and used in traditional medicine, it has contemporary herbal use as it...

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