September 23, 2011
Your Plan for the Arboretum!
Thank you for contributing to the Arboretum's Strategic Plan for 2011-2016. To read the plan summary Click Here.
The Arboretum has already begun work on three key areas:
The Arboretum Experience: We are committed to enriching your experience with more ways to enjoy the wonders of the Arboretum, from new adventure tours to smart phone apps that bring alive our 127 acres of plants, gardens and history. Serving the education needs of public schools is another top priority, and we plan to work with teachers to create new discovery experiences for the 15,000 students coming each year.
Environmental Stewardship: Water conservation, energy efficiency, and sustainable practices in our everyday lives are priorities for the Arboretum and all of Los Angeles. It will take several years but the Arboretum will update its mid-20th Century infrastructure and adopt the latest approaches to conserving resources. As part of that commitment, we will reduce our turf and take the opportunity to demonstrate water wise and attractive lawn alternatives.
Celebrating and Preserving our Heritage: The Arboretum is a place of exciting history told through landmark structures and venerable trees and landscapes. We will share California history in exciting new ways from hand-held technologies to expanded hours with expert docents. Exemplary preservation care for our 19th Century buildings, as well as the historic Engelmann Oak Grove and Baldwin Lake, is equally essential to this work.