KC Logo Arboretum
"A man does not plant a tree for himself, he plants it for posterity." - Alexander Smith   


What is an Arboretum?
An arboretum is a living museum established for the growing and effective display of trees, shrubs and vines. The specimens are maintained, labeled, cataloged and mapped. The characteristics of the grounds, the collections, the type of research and educational programs sets each arboretum apart.

The Kaskaskia College Arboretum is a vital ongoing project sponsored by the Kaskaskia College Foundation. The arboretum offers individuals, groups, businesses and organizations an opportunity to provide a living memorial. Your gift will continue to provide beauty year after year.
  • The Kaskaskia College Arboretum will be a viable asset to our students, district residents, and college campus.
  • The Arboretum will lend itself to conservation practices, nature enjoyment, aesthetics, and campus beautification. Trees provide a positive influence on our lives and our environment. Rarely, do individuals have the unique opportunity to witness the beauty and diversity that will be afforded in our Arboretum.
  • Each tree species will reflect the ongoing commitment to the education process that each donor has made.
  • The Arboretum will consist of 250 indigenous and exotic tree species.
  • The Species variety will provide residents the opportunity to view the grandeur and diversity present of the woodland representatives present on the campus.
  • A walking tour map indicating the tree specimen placement will be available to each person.
  • A tree will have a name plate indicating common name, scientific name and donor of the tree and will be assigned a number. In addition, the plate might include "in honor of" or "in memory of" line according to the donor wish.
Kaskaskia College ground department is taking care of each tree in the Arboretum and each tree will be guaranteed by the Kaskaskia College Foundation should they need to be replaced.
Picture of trees
Pictures ditch and trees Arboretum and Friends - Kaskaskia College Foundation
The Kaskaskia College Arboretum allows you to pick the placement of your tree within the campus Arboretum. A permanent marker indicating the species of tree, common name and the name of the person being honored or remembered will be placed at the tree location. A walking map of the Arboretum outlining the current trees will be available upon request. Each participant will receive a certificate of appreciation for their participation in the Arboretum. Kaskaskia College staff will maintain each tree in the Arboretum and each tree will be guaranteed by the Kaskaskia College Foundation should they need replaced.
The Kaskaskia College Arboretum features many varieties for a donation of $100 each.
  • Autumn Purple Ash
  • Burr Oak
  • Chinkapin Oak
  • Horse Chestnut
  • Pecan
  • Saw Tooth Oak
  • Shumard Oak
  • Sugar Maple
  • Red Bud
  • White Dogwood
  • Bald Cypress
  • Cherry Bark Oak
  • Ginkgo
  • Ohio Buckeye
  • Prairie Fire Crabapple
  • Shellbark Hickory
  • Southern Magnolia
  • Swamp Chestnut Oak
  • Sycamore
*If you would like to participate in the KC Arboretum but would prefer a different species of tree we will make every effort to obtain the specific tree you choose. Donor levels may fluctuate when choosing specific trees.

To participate in the Kaskaskia College Arboretum please contact:
Office of Institutional Advancement 618-545-3069
Dr. Jim Underwood

Board of Trustees
Mr. Jim Beasley
Mr. Kelly Bennet
Dr. Dee Boswell
Mr. Bryan Holthaus
Mr. John W. Hawley
Mr. Jack Mays
Ms. Linda Stover
Ms. Courtney Gerstenecker - Student Trustee
picture of trees in front of school building Kaskaskia Foundation Board of Directors
Mr. Jack Johnston, President
Mrs. Janice Romack, First Vice President
Mr. Bruce Barkau, Second Vice President
Ms. LuAlice Kampwerth, Secretary
Mr. Ernie Chappel, Treasurer
Mr. Brad Barkau
Ms. Marietta Broughton
Mr. Sherm Doolen
Mrs. Karen Droste
Mr. Robert Gaffner
Mr. John W. Hawley
Mr. Dennis Hesker
Mr. Jay Jolliff
Mr. James R. Lampe
Dr. Maryann Langenfeld
Ms. Lori Meseke
Mr. Jerry Moyer
Mrs. Nancy Siegmund
Mr. Brad Small
Mr. Marvin Wiegman
Dr. James Underwood, President Ex-Officio
Mr. Elwyn Cheatum, Director Emeritus
Mr. Jerry Rakers, Director Emeritus
Mr. Joe Seeburger, Director Emeritus
Mrs. Bonnell Swagler, Director Emeritus
Mrs. Virginia Whitlock, Director Emeritus
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