RRA is Celebrating It's 50th Anniversary

Established in 1974 as a self-supporting environmental education institution.

In 1974, thanks to the foresight of the Reed Family and fellow neighbors, the private property known as "The Clearing" became a non-profit public arboretum and environmental education institution called Reeves-Reed Arboretum. Here in Summit, people generally don't call us by our full name, "Reeves-Reed Arboretum." Usually, when you hear locals speak of this place, they just mention "the arboretum" -- and anyone who is a local knows exactly what that means. RRA is intertwined with the history of Summit and the surrounding towns, and it is one of the many amenities that make this town so wonderful. But unlike some of the other amenities, like great schools, a vibrant downtown, or access to the midtown direct train, this little arboretum sets our town apart. Not every town has a historic arboretum, much less one that is free, open to the public 365 days a year, community-supported, and dedicated to education and environmental stewardship. "The arboretum" has been that way for half a century.

Personally, one of the things we love best about the arboretum is that it's hard to disagree with just about anything happening here. Do you like trees? Beautiful gardens? Daffodils? Children? Volunteers? History? Walking woodland trails? Music? Art? Learning about horticulture? Who can disagree with any of that? Joking aside, it's just a fact that there is good stuff happening here. And amazingly, that good stuff has been happening for 50 years all because a group of concerned citizens worked with the City of Summit to make sure these 13.5 acres remained undeveloped and dedicated to environmental education. How great is that?

So, we are marking our 50th anniversary in all kinds of ways this year: remembering our founders, thanking our donors, supporters, and volunteers, hosting special events, selling 50/50 tickets and limited edition 50th anniversary merchandise, and continuing to nurture the community engagement and spirit that is a hallmark of RRA.

A list of upcoming events is listed below. For event details and additional programs and events soon to be added, please visit our website calendar or programs tab. We look forward to seeing you at "the arboretum" soon!

50/50 tickets and RRA merchandise will be for sale at all RRA events throughout the year and from our administrative office located in Wisner House. Please stop by! Questions? Don't hesitate to contact us at info@reeves-reedarboretum.org or call 908-273-8787, x1010.

To learn more about the legacy of Reeves-Reed Arboretum and the families who owned the original property, please click here.