About the Arboretum

Welcome to the Stowell Arboretum website! It is designed to be used at the arboretum with a smartphone having cellular data capability. When visiting the arboretum, you can use a free QR-reader app, such as i-nigma, to scan the codes on tree and shrub labels in order to learn more about the plants.  Of course, you may also make a ‘virtual visit.’

The Stowell Arboretum is located at Albion College’s Whitehouse Nature Center, on the back (east) edge of the property. It is bounded by 29 1/2-Mile Road to the east, a private home to the north, and the old urban railway line to the south. Access is via a nice walk from the interpretative building.

The arboretum is named for Ewell A. “Doc” Stowell, Albion College biology professor from 1953-88. It was dedicated in April, 1983.

This web site is being constructed primarily by Michael I. Dussel, a rising senior environmental science major in the summer of 2016, between his junior and senior years. The project is supported by Albion’s Foundation for Undergraduate Research, Creative, and Scholarly Activity (FURSCA), and is under the direction of Dr. Dan Skean in the Biology Department. Special thanks go to Dr. Skean, Dr. Mick McRivette in the Geological Sciences Department, who is helping with GIS mapping of the trees, Ms. Sarah Noah in Instructional Technology, who is helping with the web site, and Mr. Kent Davis, local resident and quadcopter pilot, who has taken excellent aerial photos and a video of the site.