The Arboretum welcomes research that advances knowledge of our natural resources and helps us manage Arboretum lands. For permission to conduct multi-investigator, individual, and/or class research projects on Arboretum lands, please fill out and submit the form below. Upon signing the research permit, the researcher agrees to provide data and resultant documents to the Arboretum database. In addition, permit holders are asked to track their time spent at the Arboretum (in number of 8 hr. days) and report on their findings in a timely manner.

Requirements and Requests

In applying for a research permit, you agree to the following:

  • For multi-year projects, acquire a metal permit tag from the Ecologist and display it on your research plot or permanent structure(s). For single-year projects with temporary structures, write your name and permit number on pink flagging and attach to your research plot or structure.
  • Forward all data collected from the project to the Database Administrator. All submitted data must follow the guidelines outlined in the Data Submission Requirements. In addition, send a copy and/or link to papers (peer reviewed or otherwise) and presentations that  result from the work. This material may be included in annual research reports. Data will not be available for public use until the researcher(s) have had time to publish results.
  • Provide a brief (half page or less) progress report, including an estimate of the number of days spent at the Arboretum conducting research, be submitted annually to the Ecologist.
  • Submit an abstract with title and names of investigators as well as photos documenting research activities to the Ecologist for inclusion in the annual research report.
  • Participate in the annual Science Day, where Arboretum staff and other land stewards can learn about your project.
  • Help us steward the land by notifying us of any concerns that develop during the project.

Note: Rangers, guides, and visitors will likely inquire about your work and visible markers in the field. Please carry your permit in the field to inform rangers and guides that the work is approved.


Brad Herrick, Ecologist: Questions about permits.

Joy Zedler, Research Director: Questions about research program.

Mark Wegener, Database Administrator: Quesions about data format, collection, and archiving.