Bicentennial Landscape Project

As a tribute to Colgate’s bicentennial, we are in the process of planting 200 trees in locations across the upper campus.

Colgate means so much to us and to our families. We couldn’t think of a better way to honor our wedding, allow our friends and families to share in that, and create a special and living reminder of where we met.

Paul Cascio '83 and Karen Long

I thought the Bicentennial trees project was an opportunity to honor my mentor, Professor Joe Wagner. I view the tree’s growth as a symbol of the enduring commitment to our friendship as well as to our mutual passions for giving students opportunities to maximize their potential.

Denniston Reid '94


Archival image of the Academic Quadrangle, revealing that it was formerly home to many trees

Archival image of the Academic Quadrangle, revealing that it was formerly home to many trees

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 began in spring 2018. 

This is the first phase in a broader landscape planning and renewal initiative to sustain and strengthen our natural and built environments. Sustainable practices will be at the heart of this renewal. We invite Colgate community members to support this initiative by purchasing and naming a planted tree.

Additional Background

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.

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, 3, 4, 6, and the Benton Hall Zone, 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 of Annual Giving
Phone: 315-228-7412

Active Planting Zones

Active Planting Zones

View map of planted trees