Friends of the Arboretum (FOA) is a nonprofit membership organization that supports the UW–Madison Arboretum’s work and mission. Since 1962, FOA has provided volunteer and financial support for community outreach and education.
Membership in the Friends demonstrates a commitment to the principles and practice of ecological restoration. It also provides community opportunities to participate in workshops, field trips, and special events. Proceeds from the membership program and fundraising events go toward FOA activities and Arboretum teaching, outreach, and research. In recent years, FOA support has focused on Arboretum ecological restoration education programs such as naturalist-guided tours, classes, land care projects, service learning programs, and volunteer involvement.
The strength of the Friends lies in its members’ willingness to support the Arboretum with time, talent, and membership dues.
The Friends of the Arboretum enhances the University of Wisconsin–Madison Arboretum’s capability to accomplish its research, education, and outreach by providing volunteer and financial support, inspiring people to reconnect with nature.
The Friends of the Arboretum builds positive relationships between people and the land through support of the UW–Madison Arboretum.