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Bicentennial Landscape Project

Revitalizing the campus
As a tribute to Colgate’s bicentennial, 200 trees will be planted on the upper campus.

About the Project

The Bicentennial Landscape Project is inspired by historic images of the majestic canopy that once enveloped the core of the campus.

New tree plantings on the iconic Academic Quad, Residential Quad, and surrounding areas will restore the lush verdure of yore. Planting will begin in spring 2018.

This project is the first phase in a broader landscape planning and renewal initiative to sustain and strengthen our natural and built environments. Sustainable landscape practices will be at the heart of this renewal. Members of the Colgate community are invited to support this initiative by purchasing and naming one of the planted trees.

Support the Project and Purchase a Tree

Members of the Colgate community have a unique opportunity to support this celebrational undertaking by purchasing and naming one of the 200 bicentennial trees that will be planted. A gift of $5,000 covers the planting of one tree on Colgate’s upper campus. Currently, plantings are taking place in planting zones 1 and 7, shown in the map below.

Supporters will be able to find their tree’s location on a digital map. In addition to location, this map will display donor names and tree species. 

Trees can also be purchased and named in honor or memory of a person, group, or event. In such cases, this information will be displayed on the digital map, as well. Certificates are available upon request. 

Make Your Gift

For other payment options, or for questions regarding the project, please contact:

Kristen Basher
Assistant Director, Annual Giving
Phone: 315-228-7412

Active Planting Zones

A map of the upper campus highlighting zones 1 and 7, located on the hillside between Lathrop Hall and James B. Colgate Hall


Over time, the upper campus has experienced significant change. With the arrival of Dutch elm disease in North America in the late 1920s, many of the stately American elms were decimated. Other trees were removed through campus expansion.

Today, many existing trees are reaching the ends of their lifespans. Some varieties, such as the American ash, are threatened by new pests and diseases.

Through the Bicentennial Landscape Project, Colgate will be able to address the current threats to existing trees and restore the character of the campus landscape and the natural elements that define our unique sense of place.