Visiting the Arboretum


Visitors are always welcome. Because plants change with the seasons, we encourage you to return often to enjoy the many and varied highlights and vistas. The Leaning Pine Arboretum is a living laboratory of plants for all to enjoy. During your visit please respect the plants and stay on paths or the lawn. The arboretum is open year ’round. Hours are from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. Monday through Saturday, except academic holidays. There is no admission fee.


The Leaning Pine Arboretum is located at the Environmental Horticultural Science unit (building 48) on Via Carta at the north end of campus.


Visitors may obtain a parking permit at the vending machine by turning into the pullout on the right hand side of Highland Drive, shortly after entering campus, or at the Visitor Information Center near the Grand Avenue entrance to campus.


The Leaning Pine Arboretum is 420-457 feet (128-139 meters) above sea level.

Latitude and Longitude

The Leaning Pine Arboretum’s map coordinates are Latitude: N 35° 18′ 38″ and Longitude: W 120° 39′ 46″


From 101 North or South, exit Highway 1 / Santa Rosa Street.
Turn Right onto Highway 1 / Santa Rosa Street, heading north.
Turn right onto Highland Drive.

From Highway 1 (coming south from Morro Bay), turn left onto Highland Drive.

Once on Highland Drive, turn left onto Via Carta (at the third stop).
Drive up the hill and park at the last parking lot on the left.
Walk across Via Carta to the Environmental Horticultural Science facilities and follow the green signs to the Leaning Pine Arboretum.

Or enter campus on Grand Avenue (exit from 101 North) and take North Perimeter Road. Turn right on University Drive. Turn right on Highland Drive and follow directions above.

For more information...

Please contact the AEPS Horticulture and Crops Science Dept office at (805) 756-1237.

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