Mission : serve as a centre for learning eco restoration of dry deciduous forest and educate for all to understand native shrubs, creepers and trees through Reuben Arboretum and Butterfly Garden and buy shrubs , creepers and tree seedlings
Location : Entrance to Law’s Ghat Road at the foothills , in Madurai District ,
Altitude : 288 metres above sea level
Area : 8 ha (divided equally by the road leading up the hill )
History : land for creating a centre obtained during the year 1991 whence it was over grazed and severely eroded , after formation of contour bunds and retaining soil for the last 26 years , the vegetation of the adjacent hillocks and fauna are making a comeback.
Water source : Two borewells of 50 and 100 metre depth each with reasonable amount of water for the nurseries
Facilities: A dormitory for the visitors and a centre building with space for 20 persons . Appropriate for conducting workshops on natural resource management issues facing Palni Hills in particular and Western Ghats in general.
Spread over an area of two acres , grows larval host plants , nectar plants and alkaloid plants for three families of butterflies, Pappilionidae, Nympalidae and Danaidae so visitors are able to see the winged beauties all through the year.
Planted with over 100 species of native trees, has now about 70 species that are thriving for visitors to learn about performance of native trees in plantations , has some good specimens of Precious woods like Pterocarpus santalinus and Diospyros ebenum.
Nursery : Has a stock of over sixty varieties of tree seedlings, shrubs for butterfly larvae
and creepers and herbs with medicinal properties.