COVID-19 and Visitor Updates

Arboretum Visitor Center

Arboretum Visitor Center

Recent updates.

Arboretum gardens, trails, and parking lots are open. The Visitor Center is closed and in-person programs are suspended until further notice. We continue to follow UW–Madison guidance and recommendations about the Visitor Center, in-person programs, and facility use. See Events for virtual 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.

Earth Focus Day Camp is cancelled for summer 2021 based on UW–Madison guidance for summer activities.

If you are wondering when magnolias, crabapples, and lilacs will bloom in Longenecker Horticultural Gardens, see our What’s in Bloom? page.

We see the highest traffic volume in spring – on foot, bicycle, and by car. Safety and access are both important. We ask all road users to share the road responsibly and respectfully. More on road safety and visitor etiquette» The speed limit on Arboretum/McCaffrey Drive is 20 mph (this applies to bicycles, too). New lines have been painted on the road, updated traffic signage has been installed, and crosswalks have been added where trails intersect the road. The grounds are open 4 a.m. to 10 p.m.

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

Spring is prescribed fire season. For safety of visitors and crew, please observe trail closures and do not go off trail, and keep a safe distance from crew, fire, and smoke.

Photography permits are being issued and photo sessions are permitted. However, due to coronavirus there are restrictions on sessions.

COVID-19 precautions: We ask all visitors to follow physical distancing guidelines – avoid crowded areas and maintain at least six feet from people you don’t live with. Masks should be worn when people are less than six feet apart. All Arboretum employees who can do their work from home are telecommuting. Only land care and facilities staff are on site. A portable toilet is located in the main parking lot. Bring your own toilet paper and hand sanitizer as we cannot keep them regularly stocked. Water fountains are not available.

Visit the UW–Madison COVID-19 response website for campus updates and information about testing and building access. The Arboretum Visitor Center is not an essential campus building and remains closed.

(Updated March 30)