Earl L. Core Arboretum

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Core Arboretum
West Virginia University Arboretum
Trail in Core Arboretum
Country United States
State West Virginia
County Monongalia
Elevation 997 ft (303.9 m) [1]
Coordinates 39°38′44″N 79°58′39″W / 39.64556°N 79.97750°W / 39.64556; -79.97750Coordinates: 39°38′44″N 79°58′39″W / 39.64556°N 79.97750°W / 39.64556; -79.97750 [1]
Area 91 acres (36.8 ha) [2]
Acquired 1948 [3]
 - Established 1998 [3]
Owner West Virginia University [3]
Topo map USGS Morgantown North
Nearest city Morgantown, West Virginia
Location of Core Arboretum in West Virginia
Website: Core Arboretum

The Earl L. Core Arboretum is a 91-acre (37 ha) arboretum owned by West Virginia University and located on Monongahela Boulevard in Morgantown, West Virginia.[2] It is open to the public daily without charge.[3]

The arboretum's history began in 1948 when the University acquired its site. Professor Earl Lemley Core (1902-1984), chairman of the Biology Department, then convinced President Irvin Stewart to set the property aside for the study of biology and botany.[3] In 1975 the arboretum was named in Core's honor.

The arboretum is now managed by the biology department, and consists of mostly old-growth forest on steep hillside and Monongahela River flood plain. It includes densely wooded areas with 3.5 miles (5.6 km) of walking trails, as well as 3 acres (12,000 m2) of lawn planted with specimen trees.[2]


  1. ^ a b "Core Arboretum". Geographic Names Information System. United States Geological Survey. 1997-03-11. Retrieved 2009-03-29. 
  2. ^ a b c "The Core Arboretum". West Virginia University Department of Biology. Retrieved 2009-03-29. 
  3. ^ a b c d e "Arboretum History". West Virginia University Department of Biology. Retrieved 2009-03-29. [dead link]

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