Two separate non-profits serve the public at Howard Buford Recreation Area. Mount Pisgah Arboretum (the Arboretum) is a 209-acre nature education center. The Friends of Buford Park & Mt. Pisgah (the Friends) work outside the Arboretum to steward public and private lands throughout the 4700-acre greater Mt. Pisgah area.
The visitor hub for a larger natural area, the Arboretum enriches lives and community by growing understanding and appreciation of trees and showcasing regional ecology on its intensely managed site. Thousands of children and adults explore nature through educational programs on the Arboretum’s seven miles of family-friendly trails.
The Friends protect and enhance native ecosystems and compatible recreation, foster community stewardship of natural areas, improve and maintain recreational trails, grow native plants for habitat restoration, and work to bring more lands in the Mt Pisgah area into conservation status.
Together, the two groups have enhanced and continue to maintain the ecological and recreational qualities for which the Mt. Pisgah area is famous. The Arboretum’s education mission, and the Friends’ stewardship and recreation mission are complementary and together provide a wide range of opportunities to learn about, care for, and enjoy nature.