Current Initiatives

Barbara Cox Center for Sustainable Horticulture BCCSH rendering

In 2007, The James M. Cox, Jr. Arboretum Foundation received a generous donation for funding of the Barbara Cox Center for Sustainable Horticulture (BCCSH). A series of facilitated discussions with staff, volunteers, donors and future stakeholders (elementary school children) were held to define the purpose and programming for the Center.  The Center will change the culture at the Arb; making sustainability our guiding principle.  Physical elements of the Center will include the renovation of the greenhouses and upgrades to the Zorniger Education campus resulting in increased volunteer and visitor access.  The Center’s programming emphasis will highlight two prominent MetroParks' conservation initiatives, the Forest Foster tree program and the Arboretum based Woodland Wildflower rescue and propagation program.  Opportunities for experiential education will encourage park visitors to take the sustainability message home for practical application. Other features include: permeable paver pathway leading to the Kettering Learning Lab, ADA accessbile ramps on either side of the Kettering Learning Lab down to the greenhouses, greenhouse glass replaced with multi-layer acrylic and tempered glass, rain water harvesting system, additional cold frames, updates to the volunteer work areas, and double doors to the middle greenhouse.  Slated for completion in the Spring of 2016. 


TreeTowerButterflyHouse 7Loop Path

The Cox Arboretum Master Plan calls for a loop path.  The path will lead visitors on a half-mile loop past the major features of the Arboretum.  The specially colored permeable paver path will be a simple reminder to visitors they are on the right track and will be safely returned to the buildings. The 2015 construction from the main parking lot to the Butterfly House was the first phase of two.  Phase II, slated for the 2016 construction season will complete the loop from the Butterfly House to the Kettering Learning Lab.


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Monet Bridge Replacement

The Monet Bridge was constructed in 1987.  The wooden bridge is showing its age and is beginning to develop decay which will eventually compromise structural integrity.  While repairs could be made to the bridge, the steep incline of the current design presents safety concerns and does not meet mandated accessibility standards.  The recommended replacement bridge will capture the spirit of its predecessor, is low maintenance and will meet state and federal accessibility standards.