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
Current Funding Priorities
- Land Stewardship Fund
This fund provides resources for the Arboretum to better manage and maintain the land and ecosystems in its care. Stewardship of these natural resources includes ongoing land restoration, native and horticultural garden care, suppression of invasive plant species, improvement of storm water monitoring and management, and property management and maintenance.
- Ed Hasselkus Curator Endowment Fund
This fund supports the curator position for Longenecker Horticultural Gardens.
- 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.
- Arboretum Restoration Ecology Research Fund
Helps sustain and carry forward the research tradition established by Aldo Leopold and others. The fund supports student, staff, and faculty research in restoration ecology, conservation, invasive species, ecosystem services, the urban-nature interface, public health, climate change, and more.
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 Denise Westphal by email or call (608) 262-2746. (Please note these gifts can not be made online.)
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 Denise Westphal by email or call (608) 262-2746.
How to Give
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:
Attn: Denise Westphal
1207 Seminole Hwy
Madison, WI 53711
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.