Morning fog in Curtis Prairie

Morning fog in Curtis Prairie

Beginning even before the Arboretum’s dedication in 1934, Aldo Leopold and many other visionary scientists created a pioneering place for research, land care, and the restoration of ecological communities.

Today, the Arboretum’s 1,200 acres in Madison includes restored ecological communities, horticultural collections, native plant gardens, and more than 20 miles of trails. The Arboretum also manages more than 500 acres of remnant outlying properties. Caring for more than 1,700 acres calls for experienced and knowledgeable land managers, scientists, students, and volunteers.

Continual work, supported by community contribution, is needed to steward the land in our care, sustain our research initiatives, and provide a meaningful visitor experience. The majority of support for education and land care comes from individuals, organizations, and foundations. There are many ways to give. Please explore the options listed here or contact us.

Opportunities to Give

Endowment Funds

Current Funding Priorities

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.
  • Kenneth W. Wood Environmental Education Fund
    This fund sustains adult and youth public education programs, including Sunday public tours, family tours and nature programs, classes, and Earth Focus Day Camp.

Other Ways to Give

Commemorative Benches and Trees

Commemorative trees and benches offer on-site recognition in honor of special people or life events. Benches can be reserved with gifts of $15,000 or more, and trees can be designated for gifts starting at $3,000. For more information, contact Mark Wegener by email or call (608) 265-2540. (Please note these gifts can not be made online.)

Estate Gifts

An estate gift to the UW–Madison Arboretum creates lasting impact. We welcome gifts of assets, gifts by will, life-income gifts, charitable lead trusts, or gifts of retirement-plan benefits. For more information, contact Mark Wegener by email or call (608) 265-2540.

How to Give

Give Online

You can give online through the University of Wisconsin Foundation’s secure web server. The Foundation is the official gift-receiving organization for the UW–Madison and handles the financial transactions and stewardship of funds. All online donations to the Arboretum will go to Arboretum-designated accounts. The Opportunities section of this page, above, describes our current opportunities and provides specific links for giving to designated accounts.

Give by Mail

You can mail a check (payable to the UW–Madison Arboretum) directly to:

UW–Madison Arboretum
Attn: Mark Wegener
1207 Seminole Hwy
Madison, WI 537

Please include complete contact information and a description of your gift intent. If you prefer, download and mail a donation form (PDF). If a specific intent or fund is not indicated, your gift will benefit the Land Stewardship Fund (see current funding priorities, above). The Arboretum is a non-profit, tax-exempt unit of the Board of Regents of the University of Wisconsin System, part of the State of Wisconsin.