Thanks to visionary leadership during the Great Depression, the UW-Arboretum encompasses the oldest and most varied collection of restored ecological communities in the world, including tallgrass prairies, savannas, several forest types and wetlands. It also houses flowering trees, shrubs and a world-famous lilac collection as well as an extensive series of native plant gardens surrounding the Visitor’s Center. More than 650,000 visitors avail themselves of more than 20 miles of trails, observing nature, bird watching, hiking, skiing, jogging, snow shoeing and engaging in nature drawing and photography.

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Educational tours for groups and the general public, science and nature-based classes for all ages and abilities, and a wide variety of volunteer opportunities exist for groups, families and individuals. Tending the Arboretum’s 1200 acres and more than 500 acres of outlying properties requires an experienced staff of land managers, along with scientists, students and volunteers who restore and protect biological diversity and ecosystem functions, while striking a judicial balance between research, educational and recreational uses of the properties.

Current Funding Priority

Land Stewardship Fund

This fund provides resources for the Arboretum to better manage and maintain the land and ecosystems in its care. Stewardship of these natural resources includes ongoing land restoration, native and horticultural garden care, suppression of invasive plant species, improvement of storm water monitoring and management, and property management and maintenance. Make a Gift »

Ongoing Support

Arboretum Endowment Fund

The purpose of this fund is to provide general support for the UW–Madison Arboretum and its programs. The Director of the Arboretum is privileged to make decisions about the uses of this discretionary fund consistent with the Arboretum’s mission. Make a Gift »

Arboretum Restoration Ecology Research Fund

Helps sustain and carry forward the research tradition established by Aldo Leopold and others. The fund supports student, staff, and faculty research in restoration ecology, conservation, invasive species, ecosystem services, the urban-nature interface, public health, climate change, and more. Make a Gift »