A World of Beauty Close to Home
Unique Places To Save is honored to serve as steward of two of central North Carolina's greatest botanical and ecological treasures: the Keith Arboretum and Forest. These 210 acres of adjoining conservation land offers an unparalleled opportunity to experience:
One of the most diverse collections of temperate woody tree and shrub species in the United States.
A state-designated Natural Heritage Area with an unusually large, mature Chestnut Oak forest culminating in the second highest point in Orange County.
The mission of the Keith Arboretum is to create and preserve a large and diverse collection of temperate woody tree and shrub species for study and enjoyment by researchers, horticultural students, professional horticulturists, and the general public. UP2Save is thrilled to be developing the next stage of the Arboretum as a destination for botanical education and study to understand commonalities and differences between species from around the world, with our planned Digital Tree Experience (LINK to project description) and exploring and interpreting the collection as a veritable food forest with dozens of species producing edible fruits, nuts, and medicinal plants.
UP2Save is proudly assuming stewardship responsibility for this ecological treasure of statewide significance. We are developing programs and opportunities to inspire and engage visitors to the forest, and to generate a deep appreciation for this place and the ecological health that it represents, for generations to come.
There are many ways you can show your support and help the Keith Arboretum & Forest meet its mission of providing valuable recreation, education and research resources to the local and global community.