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The Northland Arboretum (583 acres) is a non-profit arboretum and nature reserve located on NW 7th Street (behind the Westgate Mall) in Brainerd, Minnesota. An arboretum is a botanical garden primarily devoted to trees and other woody plants, forming a living collection of trees intended at least partly for scientific study. ... A nature reserve (natural reserve, nature preserve, natural preserve) is an area of importance for wildlife, flora, fauna or features of geological or other special interest, which is reserved and managed for conservation and to provide special opportunities for study or research. ... The historic Brainerd water tower, the first of its kind, was used from 1922 until 1959. ...

The Arboretum was founded in 1972 when the Brainerd Landfill closed; that original 40 acre landfill site now supports a grassland. The Arboretum now contains a Red Pine plantation and an area of Jack Pine savanna, with nearly 20 kilometers of trails for hiking and cross-country skiing, of which nearly 5 kilometers are lit for evening skiing. Other areas include a native tree trail, youth gardens, a wildflower trail, and a pond with arched bridge. The Nature Conservancy owns nearly 200 acres within the arboretum. Binomial name Pinus resinosa The Red Pine (Pinus resinosa), is a North American pine, occurring from Newfoundland west to southeast Manitoba, and south to northern Illinois and Pennsylvania, with a small outlying population in the Appalachian Mountains in West Virginia. ... Binomial name Pinus banksiana Lamb. ... Savanna is a grassland dotted with trees, and occurs in several types of biomes. ... Beautiful natural scenes are common hiking destinations Hiking is a form of walking, undertaken with the specific purpose of exploring and enjoying the scenery. ... Cross-country skiing (also known as XC skiing) is a winter sport popular in many countries with large snowfields, primarily Northern Europe and Canada. ... The Nature Conservancy is an environmental organization, founded in 1951. ...

Arboretum plants include woodland wildflowers such as shinleaf, rattlesnake-plantain, blue-bead lily, and pink lady's slipper; prairie vegetation such as silky prairie clover, birdfoot violet, blue-eyed grass, gayfeather, and pasque flower; and grasses such as big bluestem, kalm's brome, muly-grass, porcupine grass, and june grass. Five wildflower species A wildflower is a flower that grows wild, meaning it was not intentionally seeded or planted. ... Genera See Taxonomy of the orchid family. ...

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The fourth grade students at Riverside Elementary hoped to restore a section of the Northland Arboretum, which was once a landfill, into a native habitat.
The work for this project began when Kent Montgomery, director of the Arboretum, chose about ten species of trees that he thought would be welcome additions to the Arboretum.
The Arboretum has provided funding for the students to create brochures for the public, which will summarize their findings.
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