American Chestnuts on Campus

  • Posted on: 17 November 2022
  • By: msmolins

American chestnuts, Castanea dentata, are majestic deciduous trees that once filled forests across the eastern United States and have also come to the University of Maryland's campus. 

UMD Program Plants Seeds of Stormwater Relief

  • Posted on: 21 October 2022
  • By: msmolins

Of the many ways downpours disrupt the small town of North Brentwood, Maryland—from flooded basements to sodden front yards—one in particular is surprising: the walk to school. One of Prince George’s County’s oldest and lowest-lying towns along the Anacostia River is often overwhelmed by rain, with water pooling on roads and sidewalks, leaving children’s socks and shoes squishy as they head to class.

Land Acknowledgement

  • Posted on: 16 September 2022
  • By: msmolins

Every community owes its existence and strength to the generations before them, around the world, who contributed their hopes, dreams, and energy into making the history that led to this moment.

July 12 Surprise Storm

  • Posted on: 2 September 2022
  • By: msmolins

On July 12th 2022 the UMD College Park campus as well as the surrounding communities were struct by a powerful storm that caused widespread damage to trees, buildings, and infrastructure. 

Wooded Beauty on Campus

  • Posted on: 25 June 2022
  • By: msmolins

Did you know there are wooded trails to hike on the University of Maryland’s campus? In the northwest corner of campus, across from the Terrapin Trail Garage, lies the Wooded Hillock, a natural area with rustic trails. Volunteer trail stewards scout for litter, rake leaves off the paths, and mark the knowns trails with fallen logs each season. Covering approximately 13 acres, here you are immersed in trees and fallen leaves, and the traffic on nearby Highway 193 fades to a murmur.

‘Forest Bathing’ as Stress Reliever

  • Posted on: 17 May 2022
  • By: msmolins

It’s a typically stressful workday careening toward the semester’s end, and I am spending part of it sprawled on my belly in the woods, watching skittering ants and little white mushrooms growing on decaying sticks.

Creative Movement, ‘On Display’

  • Posted on: 12 April 2022
  • By: msmolins

At the center of McKeldin Mall, a sunny, bustling hub of crisscrossing Terps on their way to and from class, nine people dressed in all white stand completely still. One poses at the head of a bed of tulips, arms outstretched. Another slouches on the sundial, while still another lies motionless on a bench. They barely bat an eye as passersby pause, stare or even snap a picture.

Reddy the Redwood

  • Posted on: 26 February 2022
  • By: msmolins

What started as a family planting project for Michael Ross and his son, Andrew, turned into a significant contribution to the University of Maryland (UMD) Arboretum.