Observation Beehive Returns to the Visitor Center

Our popular observation beehive exhibit has returned to the Visitor Center!

Each year in the fall the frames in the observation beehive are returned to a hive box located in the field behind the Visitor Center. This is done so that the bees can respond properly to the cooler winter temperatures and not become confused by the warm temperatures found in the Visitor Center during the winter. Colder temperatures and shorter days will prompt the bees to make several behavioral changes including a process of evicting male bees, known as drones from the hive. The sole purpose of drones is to mate with the queen; during the winter the queen produces fewer eggs eliminating the need for drones. Where the drones are not contributing to hive upkeep they are removed to reduce the strain on food supply. 

Viles Arboretum Secures Funding to Launch Community Agriculture Program

Viles Arboretum is excited to announce we have been awarded a $10,000 grant to launch its new Community Agriculture Program (CAP). The funding from the Maine Community Foundation’s Community Building grant program will significantly improve community health and alleviate food insecurity among local families.

New Pond Observation Tank in the Visitor Center

We recently introduced a new pond-habitat observation tank in our Visitor Center. This tank is a demonstration of the rich and diverse warm water pond and stream habitats that can be found throughout the state of Maine. Every species of fish and other aquatic creatures in the tank were carefully collected from the water sources on the Arboretum property, making it a true reflection of the natural ecosystems that can be found in this region. This unique addition to our indoor Visitor Center space allows visitors to get an up-close view of the aquatic habitats found on the property. As you explore the tank you may encounter some of the following creatures:

Arboretum Plans to Replace Wetland Boardwalk for Enhanced Visitor Safety and Enjoyment

Viles Arboretum's Wetland Boardwalk is a breathtaking outdoor attraction that takes visitors on a quarter-mile immersive journey through Maine's natural surroundings. However, the current structure is deteriorating and requires replacement. The project is scheduled to commence in the upcoming spring of 2023, and we seek your support to help us achieve our goal of building a new, professionally designed and engineered boardwalk.

In the News - Chronicle 5 WCVB

We are grateful to be featured on Chronicle 5 WCVB out of Boston. During their recent visit to Augusta, Maine, Ted took the time to stop by the Arboretum and chat with Ryan and Lauren.

Viles Arboretum Awarded Grant for Innovative "Forest of the Future" Research and Education Project

Viles Arboretum is proud to announce that it has been awarded a grant from the 2023 Project Canopy Planning and Education Grant Program to support its groundbreaking “Forest of the Future” research and education project. This innovative project, developed in partnership with the Waldo County Soil and Water Conservation District, NRCS, and others, will showcase crucial land management concepts and technologies defining Maine's future woodlands, particularly as the State adapts to the impacts of climate change.

How To Preserve Nature While Visiting Viles Arboretum

How To Preserve Nature While Visiting Viles Arboretum


The Viles Arboretum is a community favorite place for hiking and all sorts of outdoor activities. This vital historical spot has a long history, including being a collection of working farms at one point many years ago. Now, it is 224 acres of woodlands, grasslands, and natural aquifers that provide safe habitats for many local animal species as well as regional plants and flowers.

Welcome to the Chop Shop - Invasive Species Removal Project!

This recurring volunteer opportunity aims to make a positive impact on the environment by removing invasive species and promoting healthy plant growth. Invasive plants and pests threaten the natural balance of ecosystems by outcompeting native plants and disrupting the food chain. By working together, we can make a difference in preserving our natural areas for future generations.

Viles Arboretum Enhances Event Spaces with Improved Video Conferencing Technology

Viles Arboretum, an independent 501(c)(3) non-profit organization, is proud to announce the installation of new conferencing equipment in their three rental spaces. The Arboretum's 224-acre botanical garden, located in Maine's Capital City, offers miles of trails, a rotating suite of programs and events, a full-service visitor center, and a variety of habitats home to flora and fauna of statewide importance. 

New "Tree Root Observation Tunnel" Project at Viles Arboretum

Viles Arboretum is excited to announce its newest project for our Forest of the Future initiative. Set to launch in the spring of 2024 we will be building a tree root observation tunnel that will serve as important research tools for scientists studying the biology of trees and their ecosystems. By examining the root structures up close, researchers can gain insights into how trees respond to changes in the environment, how they interact with other plants, and how they absorb and distribute nutrients. This knowledge can inform conservation efforts and help us better understand the importance of trees in maintaining the health of our planet.