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Volume 64 Issue 3

New Paths

Welcome back! 

Whether you journeyed far or stayed near at hand this summer, the start of the academic year is a wonderful opportunity to set off on new paths of exploration and discovery. One simple way to do so is right here. In our busy lives we all fall prey to our routines and can too easily lose sight of the splendors that surround us. We often talk about how the Penn campus is a fine jewel in an urban setting, but this past spring its unique qualities were formally recognized when The ArbNet Arboretum Accreditation Program certified Penn’s West Philadelphia campus as an accredited Level I arboretum. On these nearly 300 acres there are 10 specialty gardens, five parks, and a thriving urban forest of more than 6,500 trees with over 240 species of trees and shrubs—all superbly maintained to the highest professional standards. 

Our beautiful setting is truly one of the joys of being at Penn—a place where straying from routine pathways can lead you to the majesty of the Penn Treaty elm, the quiet of woodland oasis of the Biopond or the ancient splendors of ferns, redwoods and maidenhair trees that frame rock specimens spanning 500 million years in the Geology Garden. At the beginning of this new academic year, I salute the hard-working members of Penn’s Facilities and Real Estate Services who spearheaded the arboretum certification effort, and the astonishingly rich and inviting landscape they maintain throughout the year to the benefit of us all.