The John C. Gifford Arboretum 
The Ibis Trail 
Hug the Lake 
Native Landscaping 
The Palmetum 
The Butterfly Garden


University of Miami - Coral Gables Campus has been designated as a TREE CAMPUS USA 2014.

Arbor Day at the Gifford Arboretum on April 15
Steve Pearson and our Tree Campus Committee will be there to receive the award from Mr. Mark Torok, Senior Manager for the Florida Forest Services.
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The Gifford Arboretum is run by the Department of Biology and the Friends of the Gifford Arboretum Committee which consists of faculty, students, administrators, and community members. It is a collection of important trees and plants that have been assembled for the purposes of eduction and research. Visitors are permitted (and encouraged!) to freely visit the collection for self-guided tours, and for the guided tours and lectures that are conducted throughout the school year (please see ‘Calender’). In addition, annual events include a spring lecture by a distinguished plant scientist and a fall picnic.  To learn more about events, birds, butterflies and plants lists or to become a member, visit the Gifford John C. Arboretum




The official starting point for the Ibis Walking Trail is at the Herbert Wellness Center. However, since it is a circular route, you may start your tour at any point on the map.
Learn more about the trail at the Ibis Walking Trail


Download the Brochure: Ibis Trail


What happens at “Hug the Lake?”
Hug the Lake is a campus-wide event that will bring the University of Miami community together to celebrate Earth Day every year in April. On that day, more than 700 students, faculty, and staff will join hands singing the alma mater, encircling Lake Osceola in the center of our Coral Gables campus in a symbolic “hug,” to show their appreciation for and increase awareness about the environment. Learn More


Why go Native? visit TREEmendous Miami to get more information.


Established in cooperation with Fairchild Tropical Garden and the Montgomery Botanical Center, the University’s palmetum includes nearly 800 palms and cycads that are native to South Florida or represent distinct, rare, or endangered species from 38 nations. An invaluable resource for helping to ensure future generations of these spectacular plants, the palmetum is the only collection of its kind on a U.S. college campus.


Located along the Ibis Walking Trail behind Eaton Residential College, the Butterfly Garden is a living laboratory. The garden is home to some 23 different varieties of plants and attracts butterflies such as the monarch, sulfur, and brush foot, as well as the zebra longwing, Florida’s state butterfly.