NEW IN 2018

Welcome to the Paul Stover Arboretum located in Centralia Foundation Park.  

Here visitors can view and learn about trees; mainly species native to our area.  Specimen trees have been tagged with a sign that lists it’s common name, botanical name and its tree family. In addition, each tree sign has its own QR code where upon scanning, will take the user to a web page that has more detailed information about that particular tree.

The trees in the Arboretum can also be viewed via the internet by visiting:  


( is a website community that hosts botanical collections.)

The Arboretum is named in memory and honor of Paul Stover, the civil engineer who was instrumental in the design and physical development of the park. He supervised the construction of park roads and drafted plans for the stone entrance piers and shelters. 

In keeping with the original vision of an all-natural park, Mr. Stover deliberately selected a diverse collection of trees and supervised their planting to further enhance the park’s beauty. After the initial completion of the park, Mr. Stover continued as Park Superintendent for forty years until his retirement in 1986.

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