COVID-19 and Visitor Updates

Arboretum Visitor Center

Arboretum Visitor Center

Recent updates.

The Arboretum Visitor Center is open. Building hours are 9:30 a.m. to 4 p.m. weekdays and 12:30 to 4 p.m. weekends. The building will be closed November 25, December 24–26, and December 31–January 2. Visitors, volunteers, and staff are required to wear masks while inside the building (the current UW requirement is in place through January 15, 2022).

The Visitor Center bookstore will be open for pop-up hours in November and December:

  • November 26, 10 a.m.–2 p.m.
  • December 1–23 as follows: Wednesdays and Thursdays, 2–4 p.m., Fridays and Saturdays, 12:30–4 p.m.

Arboretum gardens, trails, and parking lots are open 4 a.m. to 10 p.m. An accessible portable toilet is available in the Visitor Center parking lot.

See event listings for nature walks, classes, and lectures. Capacity may be limited and registration is required for some events.

Road 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. 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. More on road safety and visitor etiquette»

Photography permits are being issued and photo sessions are permitted.

Arboretum visitors, staff, volunteers must follow health guidelines while on Arboretum and UW–Madison land and in buildings and vehicles as outlined on the UW–Madison COVID-19 response page. We ask that all Arboretum volunteers follow the current vaccination and testing guidelines that have been established for students and staff. We also ask volunteers to follow the University’s quarantine and isolation guidelines for employees and not to volunteer if feeling ill or experiencing COVID-related symptoms.

Vaccination is your best protection. Vaccinated people remain highly protected from the most severe outcomes of the disease and they are far less likely to become infected, however some vaccinated people with COVID-19 may be capable of passing the virus to others. Masks are a simple and effective tool to help limit that risk.

(Updated November 23)