Landscape Tours for Everyone


Come and learn about the campus landscape through one of the self-guided tours created by our staff, or create your own tour in the “Take a Tour” section of the Purdue Arboretum Explorer.

Tree Trails

Explore the diversity of trees at Purdue by choosing from the Blue, Gold, or Green Trails. Each of these self-guided tours winds you through different areas of the campus. Trees on any of the Tree Trails can be identified by dark brown wooden post labels.

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The Blue Tree Trail leads you to trees around the northwest part of campus, which includes the Visitor’s Center, Armstrong Hall of Engineering, Elliot Hall of Music, and Beering Hall of Liberal Arts and Education.
Gold Tree Trail Logo
The Gold Tree Trail leads you to trees around the northeast part of campus, which includes the Electrical Engineering Building, Potter Engineering Center, Grissom Hall, Stewart Center, and the Purdue Memorial Union.
Green Tree Trail Logo
The Green Tree Trail leads you to trees around the south part of campus, which includes the Lilly Hall of Life Sciences, Pfendler Hall of Agriculture, Agricultural Administration Building, Horticulture Building, and Nelson Hall of Food Science.
Sustainable Initiatives Tour
Image of Earth from Space
Purdue encourages innovation in sustainability and has completed many green initiatives throughout campus, including rain gardens, bio-swales, permeable pavement, and LEED gold certification of buildings. Learn about the sustainable initiatives at Purdue by taking the self-guided Sustainable Initiatives Tour.
Seasonal Highlight Tours

Take in the beauty of the seasons with our spring, summer, fall, and winter seasonal highlight tours that showcase plants in their finest seasons.

 Spring

North Campus: Take in the beauty of spring and enjoy the profusion of flowering trees and shrubs at Purdue! This north campus tour takes visitors around the Engineering Fountain, Elliot Hall, Bell Tower, Stanley Coulter Hall, University Hall, Memorial Mall, Stewart Center, Purdue Memorial Union, Knoy Hall, and many others.
South Campus: Reinvigorate the soul after a long, hard winter and enjoy the abundance of spring blossoms at Purdue! This south campus tour takes visitors around the Agricultural Administration, Forestry, Whistler, Pfendler, Smith, Hansen, Nelson, Lynn, and Horticulture buildings.

 Autumn

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North Campus: Come see the broad palette of colors on display in the campus plant collection in the fall! This north campus tour takes visitors around the Engineering Fountain, Bell Tower, Stanley Coulter, Recitation, Beering, University, Memorial Mall, Wetherill, Academy Park, Heavilon, Grissom, Nuclear Engineering, Knoy, and Electrical Engineering.
South Campus: The Purdue campus is an explosion of color in the fall! This south campus tour takes you around the Agricultural Administration, Pfendler, Smith, Lilly, Hansen, Nelson, Horticulture, Pao, and Forestry buildings.

 Winter

North Campus: There is so much to observe and enjoy in the winter landscape, where bright, persistent berry colors and interesting bark textures are complemented by handsome evergreen foliage.
South Campus: Highlighted by berries, bark textures, and evergreen foliage, there is a subtle, but noteworthy, beauty to the winter landscape.

Summer Coming Soon

Horticulture Park Trail – Coming Soon
Purdue Horticulture Park Sign
Take a walk in the park! This tour features some of the finest specimens of trees and shrubs at Purdue’s Horticulture (Hort) Park.
Horticulture Gardens Tour – Coming Soon
Overhead view of Horticulture Garden from 2nd Floor of the Horticulture Building
Enjoy the beauty and diversity of woody plants displayed in the Horticulture Gardens.
Edible Landscape Tour
Asimina triloba (Common PawPaw) Green edible fruits (3-6") shaped like bananas
Come learn about edible plants for the landscape! All plants featured in this tour produce fruits or nuts that can either be eaten fresh, or used as part of a delicious recipe.
Sculpture Tours
Purdue Unfinished Block P Statue
Come admire the sculptures of the Purdue landscape! This two-part tour highlights 19 sculptures on campus. Each part begins with a short Boiler Bytes video segment discussing the artwork and its history. The Sculpture Tours is in two parts: Part 1 & Part 2
Geology Tour
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Purdue’s campus features a variety of geological features, including granite, gneiss, and limestone. Take the Geology Tour, created by the Purdue’s Department of Earth, Atmospheric, and Planetary Sciences, to learn about these rocks in their natural form, as well as how they are used in architecture and art.

Create Your Own Tour

Do you have specific plants, landscape features, or art pieces that you would like to come to Purdue and learn about? Instead of selecting one of our pre-created tours, on the “Take a Tour” section of the Purdue Arboretum Explorer select the “Create Your Own Tour” option. You can choose up to 36 items at one time to generate your own, customizable tour.