The Gottfried Arboretum, located at the University of Wisconsin, Fond du Lac Campus is composed of 37.5 acres of native prairie, including 55 different kinds of native wildflowers and 6 species of native grasses. A 3.5-acre formal Arboretum contains 250 native trees and 140 native shrubs. These trees have been planted in groupings representing native Wisconsin forest communities. The Arboretum also has an established interpretive trail with 12 signs introducing visitors to the prairie community, as well as benches, picnic tables and a picnic kiosk. The Arboretum is open year-round, free of charge to the general public.
The Arboretum has numerous functions including serving as an outdoor education facility and as an outdoor recreation facility. The Arboretum includes about 0.8 miles of walking trails that weave through the formal arboretum and the prairie areas.
These trails connect to city sidewalks and surrounding neighborhoods. Opportunities exist to make additional trail connections between the formal arboretum and a trail through the prairie portion of the Arboretum as well as trail connections to the Fond du Lac High School and community soccer fields located on the west side of the UW-Fond du Lac Campus and to Moraine Park Technical College.