W. J. Beal Botanical Garden: A 5 acre garden founded in 1873 by Professor William James Beal and located between the Library and the IM-Circle. On display are over 2,500 species and varieties of plants which functions as an outdoor laboratory for the study and appreciation of plants. The garden is always open. All plants have descriptive labels. For more information contact bealgarden@msu.edu or call (517) 884-8486 to arrange a group tour, a wedding, or to request a permit to collect plant material for teaching or research, please go to our website at http://www.cpa.msu.edu/beal/ or find us on Facebook.

Campus Arboretum: The entire developed campus of Michigan State University is an arboretum, with every woody plant inventoried. There are over 24,200 trees on campus representing 1,885 different taxa (species and varieties). Many of the trees have descriptive labels. The collection of trees and shrubs add beauty to the campus as well as serve to support teaching and research. The collection is curated by the staff of the W. J. Beal Botanical Garden and maintained by Landscape Services. For more information or to request a collecting permit in support of teaching or research, contact bealgarden@msu.edu or call (517) 884-0764.

MSU Horticulture Gardens: A family of gardens located next to the Plant and Soil Sciences Building (1066 Bogue Street) that includes the Outdoor 4-H Children’s Garden, the Judith A. DeLapa Perennial Garden, the Amien and Florence Carter Annual Trial Garden, the Rose Garden and the Clarence E. Lewis Landscape Arboretum. Numerous display and theme gardens, fountains, outdoor sculptures, vegetable gardens and All America Trial Selections are among the highlights you’ll find in this 14-acre collection. In addition, there are interactive children’s activities, seasonal programs and plant sales. In the C. E. Lewis Arboretum, you will also find the Kathleen and Milton Muelder Japanese Gardens, the Jane Smith Conifer Collection, the Mawby Fruit Collection, the Phillipa Webb English Garden and much more. Don’t miss the Indoor 4-H Children’s Garden, with even more theme gardens that bloom even in the middle of winter. The Gardens are open all year from sunrise to sunset. Parking fees are $3 for 90-minutes or $5 for three hours on weekdays, from 8:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m., and are paid on meters by swiping a credit card. Evening and weekend parking is free. You may reserve a private place in the gardens for a wedding, party, special event, or request a group tour. Contact gardens@msu.edu or (517) 355-5191 ext. 1352. For more information on directions, programs and ongoing activities, please visit our website at http://www.hrt.msu.edu/our-gardens/.

MSU Farms: Visitors must not have visited a foreign country in the seven days prior to visiting the farms. Visitors are asked to observe and comply with all posted notices at the farms.

Dairy Cattle Teaching and Research Center

Visitors are welcome daily between 8:00 a.m. and 4:30 pm. There are informational signs and trails marked for self-guided tours.

Horse Teaching and Research Center

Self-guided tours are available between 8:00 a.m. and 4:30 p.m.

Sheep Teaching and Research Center

Visitors are welcome daily between 8:00 a.m. and 4:30 pm.

Beef Cattle Teaching & Research Center

Visitors are welcome daily between 8:00 a.m. and 3:00 p.m. Guided tours may be arranged by contacting the farm manager (fostert8@msu.edu) in advance of your visit. Cow/Calf (5226 Bennett Rd) and Feedlot (5307 Bennett Rd), Lansing, MI 48910 are adjacent Centers.

Poultry Teaching and Research Center

At this time, there are no open visiting hours. Please call the farm manager at (517) 355-0360 to schedule a tour.

Swine Teaching and Research Center

At this time, there are no open visiting hours. Please call the farm manager at (517) 355-7485 to schedule a tour.

Student Organic Farm

Group tours available for $50 per group. Free tours available monthly during the summer. See website for details or email msufarm@msu.edu for more information. http://www.msuorganicfarm.org/farm-tours.html