Visitor and Volunteer Information
The Cowling Arboretum is open to public use year round. The Cannon River is a popular fishing spot, and the upland and lowland forests along with the 150 acre prairie restoration provide excellent bird and wildlife watching opportunities. Among the species of note is the endangered tall-grass prairie specialist Henslow Sparrow (Ammodramus henslowii). Cowling Arboretum boasts an extensive 15-mile trail system that has been ranked by Runner's Magazine as the top place to run in Minnesota, and one of the top 10 in the country. In the winter trails are groomed for both classic and skate skiing. The Arboretum is a delightful place to walk any time of the year.
- Information about wild parsnip and how to avoid it.
- Visitor rules in the Arboretum.
- Publications designed to help you make the most of your Arboretum visit.
- Announcements of work events for volunteers and the arb crew
- Information on public field trips in the Arboretum and McKnight Prairie.
- Information on the deer management archery hunt in the arboretum.
- Details of requesting group use of the arb.
- Information for researchers, class instructors and other users on how to apply for a research or use permit
- Guidelines on Geocaching and Letterboxing at Carleton College.