The Oregon Forest Nursery was originally a 6-acre tree cultivation site before it was dedicated to Oregon State University in 1926 and became the Peavy Arboretum, named after former dean of forestry, George Peavy. The Civilian Conservation Corps established Camp Arboretum in 1933 for the purposes of fire prevention and reforestation. The CCC also built roads, trails, and even constructed the stunning Cronemiller Lake. It wasn't until 1964 that the Oregon State School of Forestry would gain full control of the arboretum, and it is still in charge of managing the Arboretum to this day. The Oregon State School of Forestry has done a splendid job running and maintaining the arboretum, and it now encompasses 40 acres of beautiful land that has become Corvallis's premier destination for exciting and educational outdoor activities.
The Peavy Arboretum is a great stop for outdoor enthusiasts of all ages as it provides a variety of different activities and a rich habitat to observe, including over 100 unique, native, and noteworthy trees and shrubs. Guests of the arboretum can enjoy several different trails that are filled with educational booths on forestry. Each trail provides it's own unique flair, characteristics, and rewarding views that make every new hike a worthy adventure. Day use facilities for picnics are also available, and the gazebo known as the firefighter memorial makes for a great spot to gather. Calloway Creek also runs through the area and adds to the bucolic setting.