Special Projects & Programs

Honor the Past, Inspire the Future!

Your donations help maintain the trails and facilities you enjoy and sustain the programs that are so valued by our community. You can also help us create new interactive exhibits that will engage people with nature in unexpected ways. The first, a beautiful, hand-woven wildlife viewing blind, is located in our Water Garden.

Mount Pisgah Arboretum has been engaging people with nature for 40 years. We create bridges that connect us with our environment and with each other, and we open young minds to the value of the natural world.

We are re-imagining environmental education with fresh ideas and new offerings. With growing community support, we’re increasing our capacity to serve the public, and to be the best possible place to learn about and appreciate our region’s ecology.


Interpretative Plan

Download the full brochure here.

Download the full brochure here.

Help Realize the Vision

With your help we will create a unique, interactive visitor experience that will make the Arboretum a memorable destination for generations to come. Please contribute to the Mount Pisgah Arboretum Interpretive Program today.

Major funding to develop Mount Pisgah Arboretum’s new Interpretive Plan was provided by the Hallador Legacy Fund.

Help Keep MPA Nature Tours on the Curriculum!

At over 200 acres with 7+ miles of hiking trails and examples of all major ecosystems of the Southern Willamette Valley, Mount Pisgah Arboretum provides an ideal “outdoor laboratory”. Elementary school classes get a hands-on opportunity to explore the natural world. Discovery Tours are led by our pool of 35-40 trained volunteer nature guides. We’re also a training ground for interns from the University of Oregon and Lane Community College.

For $10 you can sponsor a Discovery Tour fieldtrip for one lucky K-5 grader to explore the natural wonders of Mount Pisgah Arboretum with a trained nature guide. For $250 you can sponsor an entire classroom of students and inspire the next generation of nature enthusiasts.


Ann Johnson was a vibrant individual and life long nature lover. For more than a decade, she and her companion, David, enjoyed visiting the Water Garden at Mount Pisgah Arboretum on a regular basis. In particular, Ann loved to observe the many birds and other creatures that live in and around the Water Garden area.

Ann passed away on Father’s Day, June 19th, 2011, after a long battle with cancer and its aftermath. She was just 51 years old. Before she died, she and her friends developed a plan to honor her love of nature by restoring an educational platform in the Water Garden and creating a memorial bird blind and other interpretive features around the platform.

You can help realize this vision by making a tax-deductible donation to the Ann Johnson Memorial Fund at Mount Pisgah Arboretum. With your support, Ann’s friends and Arboretum staff will create a special place where future generations can come to enjoy and learn about the birds and wildlife that Ann so appreciated.

You are also invited to come by the Arboretum and see for yourself why this place meant so much to Ann. Contribute to the Memorial Fund.

You can donate online to the Ann Johnson Memorial Fund by clicking the yellow “Donate” button below.

Checks to the fund can be made out to “MPA” with “Ann Johnson Memorial Fund” written in the memo line.

Please mail checks to:

Mount Pisgah Arboretum
34901 Frank Parrish Road
Eugene OR 97405

MPA’s Bridges & Trails Campaign

An illustration of the new wooden entrance bridge that will lead people to the White Oak Pavillion.

Connecting people with nature!
The new entrance bridge, completed in Spring 2012 (pictured right). Have you noticed the recent improvements at Mount Pisgah Arboretum? Phase one of the Bridges and Trails campaign concluded in 2013 with notable achievements. The $46,000 raised to-date has helped to resurface more than six miles of trails, construct the new quarter-mile Oak Savanna Trail, and rebuild the footbridge at the main entrance near the bus turn around. In addition, the Arboretum has removed the condemned Adkison Bridge from the Water Garden and completed two 86 foot-long arches that will support its replacement. They are ready to be lowered into place when the water subsides this summer. However, we still have some important work in the second phase. This includes replacing the deteriorated Howard’s Bridge with a new pedestrian-only way that will lead visitors directly to the White Oak Pavilion. The design of this new bridge shown below, mirrors the mathematical elegance of the Wooden Bridge over the River Cam at Queen’s College in Cambridge, UK. This showpiece will provide a ceremonial entrance for brides marrying at the Pavilion and a picturesque spot for all. A separate vehicle crossing will be constructed upstream.

Priority projects include:

  • Begin construction on the new wooden entrance bridge
  • Trail improvements and building new trails
  • Completion of the Adkison Bridge

Make a contribution to our Bridges and Trails campaign today!

Feel free to contact the Arboretum office if you have any questions: 541-747-3817 or office@mountpisgaharboretum.org