Doane's arboretum to host event
Doane was the first college in the state to become a member of the Nebraska Statewide Arboretum.
Although Doane was considered an arboretum for many years by the individuals that developed the campus landscape years ago, Doane became an official registered arboretum in 1978.
Doane’s Osterhout Arboretum will be the host site for the Nebraska Arborists Association (NAA) and Nebraska Nursery and Landscape Association’s (NNLA) Field Day on August 9. The arboretum was named after David Osterhout, a treasurer and vice president for the college who oversaw landscaping and the replanting of much of the central campus.
The arboretum covers much of Doane’s 300-acre campus, offering wonderful opportunities for teaching, research, recreation and beauty.
Osterhout Arboretum is home to more than 160 species of trees and shrubs, including 100-year-old groves of pine, ash, pin oak and catalpa trees. It also comprises several varieties of flowering bushes and plants, ponds, an outdoor amphitheatre, a natural spring, fountains, bridges, prairie areas, wetlands and fitness and nature trails.
“To maintain an arboretum is to really just be diverse with your plantings,” said Brian Flesner, facilities services assistant director. “Maintain information on your trees and landscape, try different types of plantings as a learning tool and to be a good steward of the land.”
The Field Day that Doane will host allows specialists to connect with other tree, nursery and landscape professionals across the state. It includes hands-on learning opportunities; breakout sessions on topics ranging from aerial rescue to windbreaks; and demonstrations on the latest products and services from industry representatives.
“The NAA/NLAA 2013 Great Plains Field Day will bring in all types of professionals from the green industry to Doane's campus for a day of learning, exhibits, demonstrations and networking,” Flesner said.
In addition to being an arboretum, Doane was also designated a Groundwater Guardian Green Site by the Groundwater Foundation in October 2008 for its ground-water friendly practices. In addition, the campus was certified as a Wildlife Habitat by the National Wildlife Federation in recognition of its creation of wildlife havens in March 2008. Doane is also included in the National Wildlife Federation's national registry of habitat sites.