We hope you enjoy the Arboretum’s beautiful places. While you are here, please respect the following regulations. They are designed to protect visitors, plants and wildlife—some of them endangered—as well ongoing research and landcare.
- Remain on trails, firelanes, lawn areas, or the paved road at all times. Off-trail use damages plants, animal homes, restorations, and research.
- Use bicycles and cars on the paved drives only. Runners and walkers should stay on the shoulder of the paved road and face oncoming traffic. Please slow down, make way for oncoming traffic, and be mindful of blind curves and wildlife.
- Ski and snowshoe only on designated trails.
- No tree climbing.
- Pets are prohibited in the Arboretum, including on the road.
- In-line skates, roller skates, roller skis, skateboards, and segways are prohibited throughout the Arboretum.
- Picnics are not allowed.
- Outdoor alcohol use is prohibited.
- No hunting, trapping, or disturbing animals.
- Recreational games, radios, and portable stereos are not permitted.
- No campfires or open flames.
- Collecting and removing plant and other natural materials is prohibited. Researchers may apply for a collection permit.
Contact the Visitor Center at (608) 263-7888 for more information about the Arboretum’s activities or to participate in restoration efforts.
The UW–Madison Arboretum road and parking lots are patrolled by the UW Police Department. Trails are monitored by Arboretum rangers and volunteer stewards.