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.

Giving to a Specific Fund

Current top priorities for funding include:

Land Stewardship Fund
This fund provides resources for the Arboretum to better manage and maintain the land and ecosystems in its care. Stewardship of these natural resources includes ongoing land restoration, native and horticultural garden care, suppression of invasive plant species, improvement of storm water monitoring and management, and property management and maintenance.

Ed Hasselkus’ Curator Endowment Fund
Home to the premier collection of trees, shrubs and vines in Wisconsin, the Longenecker Horticultural Gardens provide an unparalleled resource for University of Wisconsin-Madison teaching, public enjoyment and woody plant evaluation. $1.2 million is urgently needed to ensure a permanent curator to nurture and continue to shape the tree, shrub and vine collections. Gifts to this fund will be matched by a $150,000 Challenge Grant from the Friends of the Arboretum.  More Information

Arboretum Research Fund
Your contribution to this fund takes a strong research tradition established by Aldo Leopold and others into the future. The fund supports student, staff and faculty research into important ecological and land management questions. Research areas include restoration ecology, conservation, invasive species, ecosystem services, the urban interface and climate change.