Welcome to the Spencer J. Roemer Arboretum!
The Spencer J. Roemer Arboretum's mission is to encourage both the students of SUNY Geneseo and the Geneseo community to understand, enjoy, and preserve the natural world. The arboretum provides opportunities to bring together members of both the SUNY Geneseo and Village of Geneseo communities to interactively experience the benefits provided by this centrally located, natural heritage.
Most of the 20 acres of the arboretum consists of the forest that has been developing since the area was abandoned as pasture and a black walnut stand in the 1960s; a 0.5-mile trail loop meanders through the woods. Near the entrance there are native plant gardens, a 9/11 memorial, picnic tables, and a gazebo. Large oak trees over 200 years in age are scattered throughout the property.
Over 80 species of native perennials and shrubs are planted in native gardens like the one pictured above.
Visiting the Arboretum
Free parking for the public is permitted in LOT J north of the Arboretum during the summer from Commencement until (and not including) student move-in day (Campus map). During the academic year, parking is allowed in LOT J after 4 p.m. and on weekends. At other times during weekdays in the academic year, visitors may obtain a visitor's parking permit from the Parking Services Office in Schrader Hall Room 19 (open 8 a.m. to 4 p.m).
The arboretum is open to the public from dawn to dusk.