Two Great Locations, One Organization


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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.

Interns at Matthaei

Visit the trails and natural areas at Matthaei-Nichols

Trails open sunrise to sunset daily. Dogs on leash allowed at the Arb; no dogs at Matthaei.

Earth Words (our blog)

Native Plant of the Week: Flowering Dogwood

Flowering dogwood (Cornus florida) showing white bracts and greenish-yellow flowers in the center. Dogwood branches flowering in Nichols Arboretum on the University of Michigan campus May 4, 2021. Flowering dogwood (Cornus florida) showing its beautiful...

Native Plant of the Week: Trillium

Common trillium (Trillium grandiflorum). Common trillium (Trillium grandiflorum) flower bud. Common trillium (Trillium grandiflorum) flower bud. Each week we showcase a plant that’s native to the continental United States. This week’s plant is...

Science Saturday: When Seasons Collide and Shock People and Plants

Just when the early mild spring was in glorious bloom, winter’s other shoe dropped. To find out more about the impact of this week’s snow and cold on plants and trees, we turned to Mike Palmer, Matthaei-Nichols research coordinator.Story and photos by...

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