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G. Douglass Arboretum Gateway.
Cofrin Center for Biodiversity

Architectural Features

Over the years a number of architectural structures have been added to the Cofrin Memorial Arboretum so that visitors could better enjoy the natural area. Some features like the Chapel predate the construction of the arboretum. Soon after the arboretum was established the tower was built so that visitors could get a birds-eye-view of the campus and the bay. There are also several seating areas in the arboretum that invite visitors to rest and enjoy the wildlife and scenery.

Arboretum Chapel (Shrine of St. Anthony of Padua)

In 1925, Odile Le Mieux had a small chapel built near her home in some woods that later became part of the Cofrin Memorial Arboretum. Le Mieux’s descendents, the Jadin family, still maintains the chapel in the woods in cooperation with the maintenance crew at the university. It is favorite spot for family to visit during the summer months after Saturday evening Mass at Holy Cross.

Arboretum Tower

The 40 foot high Cofrin Memorial Arboretum Tower was dedicated in 1985 it was the only structure of its kind anywhere. The covered observation tower was built so that the stairs encircle the wooden supports, described by one of the architects as something of an engineering feat. The tower is open in the summer and fall and offers spectacular views of the campus and the bay of Green Bay.

Lenfestey Courtyard

The Lenfestey Family Courtyard in the center of Mary Ann Cofrin Hall was dedicated in June of 2002 and made possible by a generous gift from the Lenfestey Family Foundation. The courtyard includes a large water feature, vine covered arbors and tables and benches. Seven garden plots in the courtyard represent suites of ecologically related native plants and cultivars found in the Great Lakes Region. The Lenfestey Family Courtyard is popular with students and visitors looking for a quiet place to read, study, or to just view the gardens. It is also available for rental for weddings and other events.

G. Douglass Cofrin Gateway

The Cofrin Arboretum Gateway was dedicated in August, 2003 to commemorate the generosity of G. Douglass (Doug) Cofrin and his family. This green corridor links the center of campus with a 7+ mile trail system in the Cofrin Memorial Arboretum, a 300 acre natural area surrounding the campus.

Mahon Creek Water Monitoring Station

A permanent water monitoring station was installed in December of 2010 with the help of staff, students, and several generous donors. The data is used to help us manage water quality on the UW--Green Bay campus, in the bay of Green Bay and provides an important educational resource for students.

Peter Cofrin Overlook

The Cofrin Arboretum Overlook includes a deck and sitting area that provides views of the large open field in the Sager Tract. This resting and viewing spot along a bark trail just uphill from Upahki Pond and south of the soccer field and Bay Settlement entrance drive. In 2008 the overlook was dedicated to the memory of Peter Cofrin, who, in the 1970s, took a leadership role in establishing the Cofrin Memorial Arboretum.