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The Northwestern University Ecotourism Park and Botanic Garden is a place where you can experience nature’s beauty and splendor and enjoy the touch of Ilocano Hospitality and Ingenuity. A place never been expected to become paradise of Philippine indigenous flora and fauna… the first colossal park ever established in the Northern Luzon.

The Establishment of Ecotourism Park and Botanic Garden was based on a policy of achieving harmony between resource protection and public use. It is consumptive because of the integration of Agricultural produce, exotic restaurant, processed goods and research products. At the same time non-consumptive for it offers recreational activities that are closely linked to natural history and wildlife, such as bird watching, butterfly watching, nature photography, botanical study, mountain biking, hiking and other recreations like camping and training.

The Ecotourism Park is unique in possessing wide range of eye-catching natural features, an advantage over other conventional tourism parks. The Park emphasizes on nature’s flora and wildlife which distinguishes it from other tourist destinations in the Ilocos Province.

The 7.8 hectares NWU Botanic Garden is the first in the province and probably one of the biggest in the region. Compared with other Botanical Gardens in the Philippines, the garden has a broader spectrum of collections. The Collections ranges from tropical forest trees, flowering ornamental, dessert-succulent plants, ferns and allies, grasses and its allies, wild flowers, vines, parasitic, carnivorous, epiphytes, cycads and palms, crops and variegated cultivars.

As a component of the Northwestern University Ecotourism Park, the Botanic Garden primarily aims to:

  • Promote scientific research on the collection, identification, propagation, conservation, reintroduction & proper utilization (ethno-botany), of all known species of the kingdom plantae.
  • Create a broad collection of living plants as gene bank/stocks for horticultural trade, herbarium specimen exchange and botanical scientific cooperation around the world.
  • Supports global alliance with other Botanic Institutions participating in plant conservation.
  • Implements an ex situ and in situ conservation program especially to our Philippine flora that are now in the verge of extinction.
  • Highlights the role of Botanic Gardens in support to environmental awareness and sustainable development, through community extension as a big factor in mitigating climate change.
  • Establish microenvironments to display the world’s Flora according to their latest system of classification as live specimen for educational as well as recreational purposes.

Touring the garden may take you an hour of strolling along its caterpillar pathways rolling down the slopes. Cultivars of different families are at their vast vigor. With their spectacular and showy inflorescence against colorful foliage, one cant help but wonder about their nomenclature, their cultivation and their propagation.

The Living Collections

To date, the collection includes 147 families and 92 subfamilies of plants and almost 1500 species.


Taxonomic Living Plant Collections

  • Ben A. Nicolas Collection of Philippines Trees
  • Breeding Lines
  • Sunken Garden
  • Forest Water Falls
  • Mini Japanese Garden
  • Butterfly Garden and Insect Collection
  • Terraced Garden
  • Zoological Garden
  • Experimental Fields
  • Sloppy Agricultural Land Technology
  • Plant Propagation Center
  • Experimental Green House
  • Experimental Screen House
  • Herbaria and Preserved Specimen Chamber
  • Native Plant Conservation Center
  • In-situ conservation sites


  • Camping Sites
  • Open Air Theater
  • Guest House
  • Conference room & Training center
  • Sports Complex
  • Shooting range
  • Hiking Trail
  • Biking Trail


  • Cultured Mushroom
  • BioComposting
  • Vermiculture
  • Red Clay Processing
  • Ceramics


  • Biofarming
  • Vegetables and Fruit Tree Production
  • Animal Husbandry projects