Highlander Arboretum

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  • At Governor Livingston High School we believe in the importance of preserving and appreciating all that nature has to offer. Situated on our beautiful 39-acre campus, the Highlander Arboretum has more than 60 identified trees, including nearly 30 different species from 16 families. 



  • Read about our trees: 



    This project began as a brainstorm when Lara Mendenhall visited Arlington National Cemetery. It has continued on as citizen research carried out by many GL students in Environmental Science and Biology classes. In 2020, we became an accredited ArbNet arboretum. Read the article here

    The Highlander Arboretum is maintained by the Environmental Club and the Environmental Science students at Governor Livingston High School. It is advised by Lara Mendenhall, Science Teacher and Environmental Club advisor, James Finley, Supervisor of Science, Art, and Computers, and Richard Leister, Berkeley Heights Environmental Commission Chair. 

    Thank You to our Sponsors and Volunteers

    • GL PTO - Awarding grants in 2016 and 2022 to purchase tree plaques

    • Berkeley Heights Environmental Commission - Donating more than 25 trees  

    • Union County Board of County Commissioners - Donating trees on Arbor Day

    • Natalie Calegari (GL'16) - Initial tree identification

    • Joe McLaughlin (GL'16) and Jess Franolic (GL'18) - Tree planting

    • Meaghan Buckley (GL'20) - Logo design

    • Richard Leister (BH Environmental Commission) - Advisor and teacher

    Contact:  Lara Mendenhall