Photo of Facilities Management crew member using a chainsaw to clear a downed tree from the Cofrin Arboretum trail

Video: UW-Green Bay’s Cofrin Memorial Arboretum Trails and outdoor spaces reopen July 1

On July 1, 2020, the six miles of Cofrin Memorial Arboretum trails encircling the Green Bay campus will reopen to the public for hiking, biking and bird-watching. The trails and all public spaces (including Shorewood Golf Course, Communiversity Park and the disk golf course) were closed in March due to the pandemic and the furloughs related to it. Thank you to Facilities Management staff for clearing trees and debris allowing for a safe reopening.

About the Cofrin Memorial Arboretum:

The Cofrin Memorial Arboretum forms a natural boundary of 290 acres encircling the UW-Green Bay campus and providing valuable habitat and ecosystems as well as access for research, field trips, wildlife viewing and recreation. The purpose of the Arboretum is to restore and preserve some of Wisconsin’s native ecological communities and to provide a place where people can enjoy and appreciate nature. Emphasis is placed on the protection, enrichment, and development of native Wisconsin plant communities and areas of special ecological significance. Forests, prairies, ponds, and creeks represent some of the major communities thriving in the Arboretum.

The Arboretum also contributes significantly to the UW-Green Bay environment, making it one of the most beautiful college campuses in the United States.

Video by Sue Pischke, University Marketing & Communication

Photo of baby geese swimming in a pond at the Wildlife Sanctuary in Green Bay, WI.

Video: Spring in UW-Green Bay’s Cofrin Memorial Arboretum

Spring flowers, blossoms, baby geese, deer and turkeys bring beauty to the Green Bay Campus and Northeast Wisconsin. UW-Green Bay’s Cofrin Memorial Arboretum forms a natural boundary of 290 acres encircling the campus that provides valuable habitat and an ecosystem for research, field trips, wildlife viewing and recreation.

Video by Sue Pischke, University of Marketing and Communication

Amethystus the Dragon from yarn bomb project finds new home at Brown County Library

The Brown County Library will be the new home for Amethystus the Dragon, a crochet dragon made for the Cofrin Memorial Arboretum Yarn Bomb Project. She was created for the UW-Green Bay Arboretum Yarn Bomb Project. The artist, Dierdra Stary, modeled the dragon after the Dungeons and Dragons jewel dragons. She is 6 feet long and about 5 feet wide and is made of 30 skeins and 15 pounds of polyfil stuffing. It takes two staff members to move her around! See the Brown County Library’s facebook post.

Yarn bombing at UW-Green Bay arboretum has wacky signs of life popping up | Green Bay Press-Gazette

Take a walk on the trails of the and you’re likely to spot some of the 245-plus animals that call its 290-acres home, but that huge purple dragon up in the tree looking down at you isn’t one of them. He’s just visiting.

Amethystus the Dragon is among the whimsical flora and fauna that have popped up in the arboretum on the University of Wisconsin-Green Bay campus as part of a yarn bomb, curated by Prof. Alison Gates (Art and Design), on Sept. 24 and will run through Oct. 10. You’ll also bump into Coffee the Cofrin Ness Monster, jellyfish, mushrooms, spider webs, flowering vines and a red snake — all made of yarn and each the creation of a local knitter or crocheter.

Via Yarn bombing at UW Green Bay cof has wacky signs of life popping up | Green Bay Press-Gazette

Yarn Bomb

Reminder: It’s Prairie Week (and arboretum yarn bomb) and you can help

The Cofrin Center for Biodiversity is continuing its celebration of 20 years of service to the campus with several events on the Cofrin Arboretum Sept. 23-26, 2019. Much of the Arboretum and campus was originally a combination of prairie and oak savanna, a woodland habitat that included some trees and open prairie grasslands. The prairies were cleared for agriculture long before the university was built, but shortly after the university opened, restoration work began to recreate these are celebrating the prairie restoration work of UW-Green Bay faculty, staff and students that started in the early 1970s with the creation of the Keith White Prairie and in early 2000s with the restoration of two oak savanna plots. Work continues with a new oak savanna restoration in the Arboretum Gateway and continued conservation work in older prairie areas.

Thanks for celebrating with the Center for Biodiversity staff:

Monday, Sept. 23, 4 to 5 p.m., join land manager and ecologist Bobbie Webster for an afternoon walk that will take you to visit two of the current restoration areas on campus. Meet at the circle outside of Mary Ann Cofrin Hall and then walk to the Arboretum Gateway area where an old field is being restored to oak savanna. Then walk along the Arboretum trail to the Keith White Prairie to see the improvements being made through additional plantings.

Arboretum yarn bomb
“Amethystus” by alumna Dierdra Stary

Sept. 24 to Oct. 10: Take a stroll and see the Biodiversity Yarn Bomb in the Cofrin Arboretum. A yarn bomb is a form of street art where yarn creations are added to objects in the public environment. We asked local artists to consider biodiversity as the prompt for their work and Art Professor Alison Gates graciously volunteered to curate the exhibit.

Sept. 24, Restoration Workday: Noon to 3 p.m., volunteer with Biodiversity Center students and staff to help improve the Arboretum and Keith White Prairie. Activities will include invasive plant removal and planting native seedlings. Bring work gloves and water with you. Park at the South Circle Drive Arboretum kiosk near the South Nicolet Drive entrance.

Sept. 26: Bird Hike from 8 to 10 a.m. Fall Migration is in full swing and the Cofrin Arboretum is a common stopover location for migrating birds. Experts Erin Giese and Noah Nei from the Green Bay Audubon Student Conservation Chapter will lead the hike on the Arboretum trails. Bring binoculars. Meet inn the parking lot by the soccer fields just north of the S. Circle Drive/Leon Bond Drive intersection. We will hike north of the parking lot along Arboretum trails through marsh, field, pond and forested habitats in hopes of finding a variety of birds.

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Arboretum Yarn Bomb

Photos by Daniel Moore, Marketing and University Communication

Next week is ‘prairie week’ and continued celebration of Center for Biodiversity’s 20 years!

The Cofrin Center for Biodiversity is continuing its celebration of 20 years of service to the campus with several events on the Cofrin Arboretum Sept. 23-26, 2019. Much of the Arboretum and campus was originally a combination of prairie and oak savanna, a woodland habitat that included some trees and open prairie grasslands. The prairies were cleared for agriculture long before the university was built, but shortly after the university opened, restoration work began to recreate these are celebrating the prairie restoration work of UW-Green Bay faculty, staff and students that started in the early 1970s with the creation of the Keith White Prairie and in early 2000s with the restoration of two oak savanna plots. Work continues with a new oak savanna restoration in the Arboretum Gateway and continued conservation work in older prairie areas.

Thanks for celebrating with the Center for Biodiversity staff:

Monday, Sept. 23, 4 to 5 p.m., join land manager and ecologist Bobbie Webster for an afternoon walk that will take you to visit two of the current restoration areas on campus. Meet at the circle outside of Mary Ann Cofrin Hall and then walk to the Arboretum Gateway area where an old field is being restored to oak savanna. Then walk along the Arboretum trail to the Keith White Prairie to see the improvements being made through additional plantings.

Sept. 24 to Oct. 10: Take a stroll and see the Biodiversity Yarn Bomb in the Cofrin Arboretum. A yarn bomb is a form of street art where yarn creations are added to objects in the public environment. We asked local artists to consider biodiversity as the prompt for their work and Art Professor Alison Gates graciously volunteered to curate the exhibit.

Sept. 24, Restoration Workday: Noon to 3 p.m., volunteer with Biodiversity Center students and staff to help improve the Arboretum and Keith White Prairie. Activities will include invasive plant removal and planting native seedlings.  Bring work gloves and water with you. Park at the South Circle Drive Arboretum kiosk near the South Nicolet Drive entrance.

Sept. 26: Bird Hike from 8 to 10 a.m. Fall Migration is in full swing and the Cofrin Arboretum is a common stopover location for migrating birds. Experts Erin Giese and Noah Nei from the Green Bay Audubon Student Conservation Chapter will lead the hike on the Arboretum trails. Bring binoculars. Location TBA: Please check back on 9/19 for location details.

Rid the Cofrin Arboretum of garlic mustard, Wednesday, June 27 (Courtyard also needs help)

Join The Cofrin Center for Biodiversity to help remove garlic mustard from the Cofrin Memorial Arboretum Bay Shore Woods unit. Led by Restoration Assistant Sam Hoffman, volunteers will be continuing efforts to hand-pull garlic mustard that is invading the forest floor and displacing native vegetation. Extensive efforts have been completed the past three field seasons. Your help is important to maintaining the progress. The Bay Shore Woods unit of the Cofrin Arboretum is one of the largest tracts of northern hardwood swamp in the region and is highly valuable bird, amphibian and pollinator habitat. Please meet at Lambeau Cottage, 2479 Nicolet Dr. Green Bay WI 54311. Feel free to stay for as little or as long as you would like. All necessary equipment will be supplied, but feel free to bring your favorite pair of work gloves if you prefer. Long sleeves, pants, water, and sturdy shoes are recommended. Contact Bobbie Webster or Sam Hoffman if you plan on attending, or contact Bobbie Webster with any questions websterb@uwgb.edu 920-465-2030.

Monday June 25, 9 am – 12 pm & any other time you are available:
The Lenfestey Courtyard at Mary Ann Cofrin Hall needs your help! Join our Restoration Assistant Sam Hoffman to thin plants, remove invasives, and transplant plants. The Lenfestey Courtyard is a showcase of native plants. Please bring work gloves if you have them. Please meet in the Lenfestey Courtyard.

2019 Retirees Spring Arboretum Walk

2019 Retirees Arboretum Walk

Fourteen UW-Green Bay retirees enjoyed the 9th annual Retiree Association Cofrin Memorial Arboretum walk held Tuesday, May 21, 2019. Bobbie Webster, natural areas ecologist for the Cofrin Center for Biodiversity, led the group which began at Lambeau Cottage.  As they walked along the bay the group identified spring plants, plant communities, invasive plants and how the arboretum is managed.

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2019 Retirees Arboretum Walk - 5/21/19

– Photos submitted by the UW-Green Bay Retirees Association

About the UW-Green Bay Retiree Association

Established in 2008, the UW-Green Bay Retiree Association was founded to promote and nurture mutually beneficial relationships between the University and its retirees. The Association provides a voice for retirees, and strives to support and enrich the campus community while providing members with opportunities for continued intellectual, creative and social engagement. Membership is open to all retired employees, their spouses or partners, and to anyone with a special connection to the University. Learn more at www.uwgb.edu/retiree.