Donate to the Arboretum

The Arboretum has come a long way -- transforming run-down farm land to the world's first restored prairie and native woodlands. With Aldo Leopold as its first director, the Arboretum has made history in the field of restoration ecology since it was dedicated in 1934.

The active participation of thousands of individuals has enabled the Arboretum to carry out its mission to conserve and restore Arboretum lands, advance restoration ecology and foster the land ethic. Many contribute their time and talent. Others, having learned about our work through free, public tours and events, have chosen to support the Arboretum financially as well.

Giving to a Specific Fund

Current funding priorities:

Land Stewardship Fund
Director’s Discretionary Fund
Arboretum Restoration Ecology Research Fund

Other Options for Making a Gift

Commemorative Benches
Commemorative Trees
Named Funds for Special Purposes
Estate Gifts

How to Give

As part of the UW–Madison, the Arboretum is non-profit, tax-exempt unit of the Board of Regents of the University of Wisconsin System. Contributions support Arboretum teaching, outreach and research activities. You may give online through the UW Foundation Web site. See our funding priorities for direct links to specific funds.

Please phone Leslie Freehill at 608-890-2555 if you have questions or ideas about donations, or email her at

You may also go to the University of Wisconsin Foundation Web site and download a donation form. Indicate the fund desired for your gift, and if it is in memory or honor of a person or event. If a specific fund is not indicated, your gift will go into the Arboretum General Fund. Include your credit card information or include a check payable to the UW Foundation and mail with your form to:

University of Wisconsin Foundation
US Bank Lockbox
P.O. Box 78807
Milwaukee, WI 53278-0807

Contact Sara Anderson with the UW Foundation at 608-263-9537 or if you have questions about giving through the UW Foundation.