Adkins Arboretum Explores Link Between Nature and the Underground Railroad

Spanning the period between 1830 and the end of the Civil War, the Underground Railroad provided an outlet for enslaved Africans and African Americans to pursue freedom. The natural landscape of Maryland’s Eastern Shore served as the backdrop for thousands of escapes, including that of abolitionist Harriet Tubman.

During Black History Month and through the year, learn how the region’s wilderness trails and waterways aided freedom seekers by exploring Nature’s Role in the Story of the Underground Railroad at Adkins Arboretum. Designated as a “Place to Visit” on the Harriet Tubman Underground Railroad Byway, the Arboretum’s picturesque scenes reflect the conditions through which slaves traveled en route to freedom. Interpretive materials located in the Arboretum Visitor’s Center and online at, as well as self-guided walks along the Arboretum’s four miles of paths, tell the seldom-told story of this historical relationship. The program is supported in part by Eastern Shore Heritage, Inc. and Maryland Heritage Areas Authority.

On Sun., Feb. 28, noted author and historian Anthony Cohen will lead a Nature and the Underground Railroad Guided Walk at the Arboretum at 1 p.m. Admission is free for members and free with admission for the general public. Pre-registration is required. For more information, visit, call 410-634-2847, ext. 0 or e-mail

Adkins Arboretum is a 400-acre native garden and preserve at the headwaters of the Tuckahoe Creek in Caroline County. Open year round, the Arboretum offers educational programs for all ages about nature and gardening. Through its Campaign to Build a Green Legacy, the Arboretum will build a new LEED-certified Arboretum Center and entranceway to broaden educational offerings and research initiatives promoting best practices in conservation and land stewardship. For additional information about Arboretum programs, visit or call 410-634-2847, ext. 0.