The bridge that spans wetlands and connects the arboretum with the Suter Science Center and the greenhouse was built in honor of Emma Shetler Brubaker, a great supporter of the arboretum.
EMU’s Eden Arboretum and Park Woods
Located behind the Science Center (see campus map), the Eden Arboretum is a one-acre greenland where ecology, biology education, and international agriculture students put textbook learning into action.
The second part of the arboretum is Park Woods, a 13-acre partially restored oak-hickory climax forest with mature stands of native trees and understory.
A smaller section of the arboretum contains the Peace Park, plantings of natives, perennials, ground covers, and ornamental grasses that offer alternatives to homeowners and landscapers to the use of turf and lawn chemicals.
Acker Experimental Hazelnut Grove
The Acker Experimental Hazelnut Grove is also part of the arboretum. The grove is an endowed experimental garden by Ernest Acker for research on native and commercially viable hazelnut varieties in the east.
Bridge honors Emma Shetler Brubaker
The bridge that spans wetlands and connects the arboretum with the Suter Science Center and the greenhouse, another place for hands-on student work and research, was built in honor of Emma Shetler Brubaker, a great supporter of the arboretum.
The bridge was installed as a gift to the university in her memory and dedicated on Nov. 10, 1996, five years after her passing.