University of Tennessee
Forest Resources AgResearch and Education Center

UT Arboretum Endowment Campaign

To ensure the future of the Arboretum, the Institute of Agriculture has launched a multi-year, $3 million fundraising campaign. One million dollars of capital improvements have been identified, including a new Auditorium. The Institute and the UT Arboretum Society, one of the oldest volunteer support organizations affiliated with the University of Tennessee, has announced that $885,750 has been raised in the campaign so far. This represents a major milestone in the overall campaign.

The endowment will fund the following critical features of the grand vision for the UT Arboretum:

  • Improved facilities for public access and enjoyment
  • Expanded collections of plants
  • Creation of an arboretum coordinator position
  • Enhancement of the grounds, displays and trails
  • Perpetuation and care of existing plant collections
  • Creation of vibrant education and outreach programs

A contribution of $426,00 to the campaign has been made by UT-Battelle, B&W Technical Services LLC, and Oak Ridge Associated Universities to fund the first of these critical features - a new auditorium. This facility will provide much needed indoor space during inclement weather to enjoy and learn about the great outdoors any time of the year. It will also provide an ideal space for youth and environmental programs in the Oak Ridge area. View architectural renderings for the new Auditorium and learn how you can help make this goal a reality!

Prior successes of the campaign have included a lead gift of $500,000 from the Rogers Group in Oak Ridge.

Additionally, a new parking lot, improvements to and construction of new walking trails, new trail benches and signs, bridges, and new plant collections were made possible by a $114,000 grant from the Tennessee Department of Environment and Conservation through its Recreational Trail Program.

The following are ways that you can make the endowment campaign a success:

  • Become an ambassador for the Arboretum - spread the word about the Arboretum Endowment
  • Include the Arboretum Endowment in your estate planning
  • Honor loved ones with memorials to the Arboretum Endowment
  • Help the campaign partners identify potential donors

If you have questions, need more information, or wish to share your ideas for funding the Arboretum Endowment, please contact:

  • UT Institute of Agriculture Office of Institutional Development
  • Tom Looney at 865-974-5779
  • UT Arboretum - Kevin Hoyt at 865-483-3571
  • UT Arboretum Society - Charles Samuels at 865-482-3502

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University of Tennessee - Forest Resources AgResearch and Education Center
901 South Illinois Avenue, Oak Ridge, Tennessee 37830 · Telephone: 865-483-3571 · Email: