Who are we?


The newly opened entrance to the James H. McBride Arboretum, located off Boos Road north of Firelands Campus BGSU.


"I think that I shall never see

A poem lovely as a tree." Joyce Kilmer


We are an arboretum sitting on the campus of Bowling Green State University Firelands College just west of Huron Ohio. We are in partnership with the ErieMetroparks and Bowling Green State University to develop and demonstrate horticultural and natural landscape elements that provide opportunities for education, enrichment, and enjoyment for all who would come. Officially formed in 1983, we are named after Dr. James H. McBride, the first Dean of Firelands College. Dr. McBride and his wife Margaret saw the potential for a beautiful arboretum at this site as early as the late 1960's when the campus was first dreamed of as a community college and then officially founded.

The McBrides believed that, with over 250 acres of total land owned by the college and with only about a third of that ever likely to be developed for the college itself, the remaining land should be beautified for the edification, enjoyment, and education of all who would come.

As a board, we are a dedicated group of nature lovers who share the vision of the McBrides and are working to make their dream come true. Please come out and enjoy with us our progress to date.