Photo of a large room set with tables for special UW event.

Room Rentals

The Visitor Center auditorium and classroom may be rented for university, nonprofit, and business events. See the Room Rentals page for more information.


Do you dream of a gorgeous location for a wedding, commitment, or vow renewal ceremony? The Arboretum could be your special place. (Sorry, no receptions.) We invite inquiries from couples who would like a unique, ecologically sensitive ceremony. Please see our Ceremonies page for more information.

Athletic Events

Arboretum Drive may be used for running, cycling, and walking events—however, all events must be permitted and adhere to our guidelines. See the Athletic Events page for more information.

Photography Policy

The Arboretum is a popular, much-loved landscape for photographers. Photography for personal non-commercial use is allowed without a permit.

Amateur and professional photographers taking posed or formal pictures (for example engagement, wedding, senior year, family) must obtain a permit. Stock and commercial photography and videography requires advance arrangements with the university. All photographers and clients must follow Visitor Etiquette. Go to the Photography Policy page for information and to purchase a permit online.