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The Dumont Shade Tree Arboretum Story:


The Dumont Shade Tree Arboretum is approx. 800 feet long and 16 feet wide, and runs along West Shore Avenue in Dumont, New Jersey.  Planting a tree (or two) is just the beginning!



In 2009, the New Jersey Community Forestry Program provided funding to establish the Arboretum as a “Show and Tell” for trees in our suburban environment.

Our Arboretum was formally established by the Dumont Shade Tree Commission at the 2009 Dumont Arbor Day festivities, in a special celebration to plant 15 trees and a Flag Pole near the south end at Madison Avenue.



The original 15 trees were grouped in 2009 according to the mature height of the species, SMALL (under 25′), MEDIUM (25′ to 50′) and LARGE (over 50′).  The Flagpole is 25′ tall, so that residents can visualize the trees of the future years…  Many years will pass before the trees will reach their fully mature heights.  Read more on our TREE tab.



In 2011, the Arboretum was further developed through a NJ Department of Transportation Grant, which included the walkway, a Gazebo, and various site furnishings.  Please visit our GAZEBO page for fun and interesting event photos… Arbor Day, Earth Day and “Twilight at the Gazebo.”


Please look for our Natural Bench and the Bat House.

The 11 garden beds along the pathway, including the Butterfly Gardens, are donated and maintained by the Garden Committee.



In 2012 the Friends of the Shade Tree was established to further develop the Arboretum and related activities.  As a 501c3 organization and registered NJ Charity, all donations to the Friends are tax deductible.


Bricks and Bench Sponsorships are available on the SUPPORT tab above…


Members of the Garden Club and Friends, at the 2016 Wreath Making Event.  Please join in future events which support our Scholarship Fund!

Please visit our MEMBERSHIP and SUPPORT tabs… join in our fun activities (and help support this website)!



Girl Scout Troop 181 after Daffodil Planting Day in Fall 2014!Dumont Girl Scouts have been planting spring bulbs and participating in educational events since the founding of the Arboretum.  We are proud to have our CREPE MYRTLE, to commemorate the 100th Anniversary of Girl Scouts of the USA.


Dumont Boy Scouts have been conducting a Flag Raising Ceremony every year since 2009!

Patrick Harrison earned his Eagle Scout status through a uniquely important environmental project.  Bats consume over 20,000 mosquitoes each day, so planting a Bat House at the Arboretum (and 45 other locations) was an honor and boon for us… and our community.   Please visit our BAT HOUSE page for updates on this fascinating project.




In 2014 a Signage Project was conceived, and after several years of photography in the Arboretum, the TREES tab on this website was launched.  Each Tree in the Arboretum has been identified and photographed. We are in the process of planting signage posts for the trees, with a generous grant from Mariners Bank.  The signs include a QR Code connecting smart phones to the information on that particular tree, along with a diagram of the tree shape and size in relation to a typical Dumont house and the level of utility wires.



In 2017 the Arboretum was declared a Certified Wildlife Sanctuary by the Bergen County Audubon Society.  The Friends volunteer Garden Committee, spent many hours planting butterfly friendly perennials, cataloged the trees and provided the requirements for certification.  Please visit our BUTTERFLY GARDENS page for more information on the gardens, the birds and the bees.



“Before” Ground Breaking

Prior to formally being declared as an arboretum, the volunteer Shade Tree group in the 1990s has planted numerous trees extending up to the northern end with a collection of conifers.  Jackie D’Angelo was instrumental in the early years, and a memorial stone rests in the Butterfly Garden.


No story of the Arboretum would be complete without recognizing our railways!  Currently operated by CSX, the railroad originally arrived in Dumont in the late 1800s as the West Shore Railway.

Read more on our RAILROAD HISTORY tab.


Thank you to our FRIENDS and SUPPORTERS!