The W. Gordon Belser Arboretum is a nature preserve located within Columbia, South Carolina. Unlike much of the flat, pine-covered Midlands of South Carolina, the 10-acre W. Gordon Belser Arboretum is a collection of plant communities consisting of ten different biomes (habitats), a waterfall and a Botanical Garden and many unique Exhibits.
The mission of the Belser Arboretum is to:
- maintain a wildlife preserve within metropolitan Columbia;
- serve as an outdoor field laboratory and lecture site for students at the University of South Carolina;
- function as a conservation outreach center for visitors.
The W. Gordon Belser Arboretum is a sanctuary dedicated to education and to the preservation of the site's diverse, native habitats. Although the city has numerous recreational parks, no other preserve in the Columbia metropolitan region also serves as a teaching field station. The University of South Carolina campus is located within a 10-minute drive, making the Arboretum easily accessible to students who use the Arboretum for their classes or volunteer work.
When To VisitThe Arboretum is open for a Monthly Open House the 3rd Sunday of every month from 1-4pm, except for the December Open House, which is on the 2nd Sunday from 1-4pm. Greeters will be at each of the entrance gates to provide handouts and answer questions.
The Arboretum is also open every Wednesday from 8am-2pm for Walkers and Work Crew, weather permitting (not during lightning storms or heavy rain). Entrance on Wednesdays is through the Bloomwood Road Gate only. Note on Wednesdays our maintenance crews may be operating landscaping equipment.
Admission is free. Donations are welcomed.