The Pine Tree State Arboretum, Augusta. 200 acres of rolling hills and meadows, mature pine and hardwoods and open woodlands provide a rich variety of colors and a diversity of habitats. A pond and open field provide fine opportunities to observe birds of many shapes and sizes.
According to its Guide,
From 1840 to 1972, the arboretum was part of the State Hospital’s (now the Augusta Mental Health Institute) working farm. For more than a century, the farm allowed the hospital to be self-sufficient, providing all of its fruits and vegetables, meat, dairy and eggs, water supply, wood for heating, even granite for building projects. Working on the farm provided hospital patients occupational therapy and exercise.
In 1981 the Maine Forest Service began development of the Arboretum with federal grants. During that year, 120 trees of various species were planted, and construction of fences, bridges, trails, and a boardwalk began.
In 1982 the Pine Tree State Arboretum non-profit corporation was formed, governed by a board of directors. By 2002, the Arboretum boasted the Viles Visitor Center, a 99 year lease with the State of Maine, and an executive director.