The diversity of international tree species found throughout the University of Maine campus is highlighted in a new two-part self-guided walking tour. The “World of Trees” self-guided walking tour joins four others introduced last year, focusing on gardens, outdoor sculptures, the historic district and other distinctive sights in the UMaine landscape.

The self-guided walking tours are illustrated on a website that is designed to be compatible with mobile devices that can take advantage of interactive map and direction links.

The self-guided tours, an initiative of the UMaine Division of Marketing and Communications, were created to be of interest to community members and campus visitors. Two of the principal researchers for the project are Marisue and John Pickering, who have multiple connections to the University of Maine. Marisue is a professor emerita and John an alumnus. Their decades-long experience as educators, and their shared interest in exploring Maine’s historical and cultural heritage, led to their interest in collaborating on the UMaine self-guided walking tours.

The tours offer a sampling of the breadth and depth of the beauty and legacy of Maine’s flagship university, and suggestions for other sights to include are welcome. For more information, contact the Division of Marketing and Communications, 207-581-3743.

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