An Appeal for Our Better Nature

Throughout its existence, education has been an important mission of Mountain Top Arboretum and we now have a beautiful new timber frame Education Center to strengthen our programming. The building, constructed with timber harvested from the Arboretum’s forest, demonstrates the beauty and value of some 20 native tree species and the talent of local artisans, including the noted timber frame architect Jack Sobon. The new Education Center is already hosting year-round programming and school groups, and helping to boost responsible tourism in the region.

The next phase of the project has begun with the fall planting of trees and shrubs based on a design by landscape architect Jamie Purinton.  The planting design calls for plants native to the Catskill Mountains and uses a system of six separate Rain Gardens to catch and filter water runoff. We anticipate that these beautiful plantings will inspire and educate visitors about water and land stewardship, one of the important tenets of our mission. 

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The Capital Campaign to install the landscape design will enable us to complete this long-anticipated project. Please help bring better education and beauty to the Catskills community by making a gift today.

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