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.
Arboretum Endowment Fund: Provides general support for Arboretum programs and activities in areas of greatest mission-related need. Make a Gift »
Arboretum Research Fund: Sustains and carries forward the research tradition established by Aldo Leopold and others. Make a Gift »
Friends of the Arboretum Fund: Supports community education, land care, and visitor opportunities, as prioritized by the FOA Board. Make a Gift »
Kenneth W. Wood Environmental Education Fund: Sustains adult and youth public education programs. Make a Gift »
Arboretum Land Stewardship Fund: Provides broad support for the management and maintenance of Arboretum land and ecosystems. Make a Gift »
Longenecker Gardens Fund: Supports management of Longenecker Horticultural Gardens grounds and woody plant collection. Make a Gift »
Native Wisconsin Plant Garden Fund: Supports management of and learning opportunities in the Native Plant Garden. Make a Gift »
Citizen Science Fund: Provides support for citizen science programming. Make a Gift »