Welcome to Secrest Arboretum!
COVID-19 UPDATE: Spring is not closed! OUR GROUNDS ARE OPEN* during daylight hours. Additional porta johns and hand wash stations have been added for your convenience. We are working hard to keep the gardens beautiful for your enjoyment during an otherwise trying time. *Excluding the Buckeye Forest children's area.
Look at, learn about, and love the plant life around you. Over the past 100+ years, we have grown into an expansive 110 acre outdoor laboratory and landscape garden. Theme gardens feature over 2,500 varieties of woody and herbaceous plants, highlighting varied ecosystems and best landscape practices. At Secrest, our beautiful theme gardens illustrate the use of style, color and texture within plant habitats to establish a sustainable landscape.
Enjoy our gardens and discover plant selections for yours. Stroll our paved walkways through forests and meadows. While you are here, check out the
Fortress at the Hogs-back, embankment slide and pavilion complete with giant frogs, tortoises and more...for kids of ALL ages! Make the most of your environment by spending time in ours. The arboretum is open to visitors from Dawn to Dusk, 365 days a year.
The use of Unmanned Aircraft Systems (drones) is prohibited on all Ohio State University property, including OARDC, Secrest Arboretum, ATI and research farms, without prior authorization. Please contact us at least 3 weeks in advance of your visit or event to request approval. Please review the complete policy for additional information.
Well-behaved photographers, and pets on leashes are welcome at Secrest. Cleanup of pet waste is the responsibility of the owner. Pet waste stations are located near the Secrest Welcome Center and Buckeye Forest. Please do not allow children or animals to play in, or drink from, ponds and water features. The Wooster Campus is tobacco free; the use of all tobacco products is prohibited on our grounds. Thank you for your cooperation!