Two Great Locations, One Organization

Mission & Vision Statements

Our Mission:

Promoting environmental enjoyment, stewardship and sustainability through education, research and interaction with the natural world.

Our Vision:

We will be the center for rich and diverse nature-based experiences for the University of Michigan and its surrounding communities. We will provide exceptionally beautiful gardens and natural areas for enjoyment. We will train a new generation of environmental leaders in sustainability, conservation and ecological restoration and engage research that deepens our understanding of plants, ecology, and the role of nature in our lives.

Our Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion strategic plan:

Along with the entire University of Michigan community we are deeply committed to diversity, equity, and inclusion. Diversity is one of several guiding principles identified by our key stakeholders during our strategic planning in January of 2015, prior to the University’s DE&I initiative. We believe that diversity creates a richer, healthier, and more resilient community, whether that community is ecological or human.

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The Visitor Center, Conservatory and Display Gardens at Matthaei Botanical Gardens are scheduled to be closed on Monday, June 27 until 12:30 PM while maintenance is performed on the facility. We apologize for any inconvenience.