Landscaping and Grounds



Operations is committed to enriching the lives of University students, faculty, staff, alumni and visitors through the beautification and maintenance of our campuses’ grounds and green spaces.

The word “maintaining” is shorthand for a broad expanse of responsibilities, which include lawn and plant maintenance, snow removal, sustainable landscaping practices and the selection of types of plants, maintenance of outdoor furnishings, among many other services.

Two Manhattanville Grounds people are planting flowers at a tree pit outside of Jerome L. Greene Science Center.
A view of the Mathematics Lawn with a Henry Moore sculpture on it


Our overall goal for lawn access and lawn care is to maximize access to the lawns for the University community while maintaining the campus’s natural beauty. Lawns throughout campus are available for passive recreational use and are reservable for events.

For South Lawns, Hamilton Lawn and Furnald Lawn, we aim to always have at least one large lawn and one small lawn open during non-inclement weather days.



The dashboard to the left shows the open/closed status for our campus lawns. As always, if using the lawns, please pick up after yourselves to help us keep Columbia, clean, safe and beautiful.


Learn More About Columbia's Grounds

Image of shrubs and pathways on Columbia's upper campus.
Self-Guided Morningside Campus Garden Tour

Please feel free to conduct a self-guided garden tour by referencing our Morningside campus grounds map.

    The Thinker sculpture by Rodin on Columbia's upper campus.
    Attend a Campus Tour

    More information on scheduling a campus tour can be found on Columbia's Visitors website.

    A Columbia Grounds employee mows a small plot of lawn with an electric riding mower.
    Sustainable Grounds Practices

    Learn more about our sustainable efforts, including electric grounds equipment, mulching, LED tree lighting, and more.

    Landscaping and Grounds Services

    Operations provides the following services to help maintain and beautify Columbia's landscaping and grounds.

    Landscaping and Grounds News