COVID-19 and Visitor Updates

Arboretum Visitor Center

Arboretum Visitor Center

Recent updates.

Arboretum gardens, trails, and parking lots are open. The Visitor Center remains closed as we work through operational needs for providing safe and welcoming access for all staff, volunteers, and visitors. We anticipate it will remain closed for most of the summer.

See event listings for virtual and outdoor programs. We will continue to share updates and announcements through our website, e-newsletter, and social media. The health and safety of community members, staff, and volunteers are our highest priority.

Outdoor in-person events have resumed. Space may be limited and registration may be required (see event listings for details on specific programs). Masks and physical distancing are not required outdoors. Those who are not vaccinated are encouraged to wear a mask when physical distancing is not possible. Anyone may choose to wear a mask, and doing so should not be interpreted as an indicator of vaccination status. We continue to follow UW–Madison COVID-19 guidance and policy.

An accessible portable toilet is available in the Visitor Center parking lot. Water fountains are not available so please bring filled water bottles.

We see high road traffic in summer – on foot, bicycle, and by car. Safety and access are both important. We ask all road users to share the road responsibly and respectfully. The speed limit for all vehicles, including bicycles, on Arboretum/McCaffrey Drive is 20 mph. The grounds are open 4 a.m. to 10 p.m. More on road safety and visitor etiquette»

Please note that the following are not allowed: dogs and other pets, tree climbing, drones, picnics, foraging/collecting, sports, hammocks and other weight bearing tree attachments.

Photography permits are being issued and photo sessions are permitted.

COVID-19 precautions: Unvaccinated people are encouraged to wear masks when physical distance cannot be maintained. We are not currently accepting reservations to rent spaces for private events or weddings. Please see our Facility Use page for updates.

Visit the UW–Madison COVID-19 response website for campus updates.

(Updated June 4)