Nichols Arboretum

Open Today
Sunrise to Sunset

Free Admission

1610 Washington Hts, Ann Arbor, MI

Go outside and be inspired

Affectionately known as "The Arb," you'll find diverse natural attractions, including specialty gardens, thematic areas, dispersed collections, culturally significant landscapes, natural areas, and active zones dedicated to ecosystem restoration.

Photo of Main Valley

Photo by: John Metzler


Displays & Natural Areas

Here, you can explore various displays and natural areas that showcase the Arb's rich heritage and the remarkable beauty of our environment. Each area has a story to tell and a unique experience to offer. 



As you explore the Gardens & Collections of Nichols Arboretum, you'll discover the intricate interplay between humans and nature. This timeless connection invites reflection and an appreciation of the enduring beauty that emerges when people and the natural world coexist in harmony.

Two adults and a child touring the peony garden

Photo by: Katie Wind Photography

Woman running on a trail in the arb

Photo by: John Metzler


Trails at the Arb

Explore the natural beauty and diversity of Nichols Arboretum through nearly 3.5 miles of scenic trails that intricately weave through this stunning landscape. Our trail system connects all three entrances, making it easy for visitors to embark on a journey of discovery, with helpful maps available at Nichols Drive, Geddes Road, and Washington Heights entrances to guide your exploration.


Reader Center

The James D. Reader Jr. Urban Environmental Education Center is a welcoming space for visitors. It offers amenities such as restrooms, information resources, and the support of a friendly and knowledgeable staff.  The Reader Center is open 10:00 am - 5:00 pm Monday through Friday, Mid March through October.

Reader Center at the arb