Two Great Locations, One Organization

Be a Victor for Nature!

Covid-19 Membership Update

Thank you for your continued loyalty and commitment to Matthaei Botanical Gardens and Nichols Arboretum as we work together to keep our community safe. We appreciate your patience, as our membership program responds to the rapidly evolving COVID-19 situation.

We are taking the following steps to help our members continue to enjoy the benefits of nature.

  • CLOSED UNTIL FURTHER NOTICE: Matthaei buildings, conservatory, gardens, and gift shop.
  • OPEN TO THE PUBLIC: Nature trails at Matthaei Botanical Gardens and Nichols Arboretum, daily from sunrise to sunset. When visiting our trails, please use precautions to mitigate the potential transmission of COVID-19, including social distancing.
  • Parking at Matthaei will be free during this time.

Membership Expiring? RENEW YOUR MEMBERSHIP ONLINE by clicking on the “Donate” button on this page, or visit!/env/mbgna.

We hope to open up again as soon as possible and will keep you updated with any news. Stay tuned for virtual tours and digital engagement opportunities!

Thank you for your support! Membership questions? Contact: or 734-647-7847.

Your Gift Makes a Difference!

With over 800 acres of outdoor gardens, trail, nature preserves, children’s areas, and the largest University-owned conservatory in the United States, Matthaei Botanical Gardens and Nichols Arboretum (Matthaei-Nichols) relies on the generosity and involvement of donors for all that we do. From membership gifts that provide support for immediate priorities, to major gifts that dramatically further our mission, your gifts make a difference.

Giving Priorities

Matthaei Botanical Gardens and Nichols Arboretum are transformative places where students, faculty and members of the community can connect with and learn from nature. Our land and water ecosystems—home to approximately 20 percent of Michigan’s native flora and to several key endangered plant and wildlife species—are rich in unrealized research and teaching opportunities.  With the help of generous supporters who care about the natural world and share our vision, we’re pursuing a strategy of preservation and growth.

  • Internships
  • Field study and research
  • Campus Farm
  • Nature Education
  • Endowment
  • Collections:
    • Peony Garden
    • Great Lakes Gardens
    • Bonsai and Penjing Garden
    • Gaffield Children’s Garden


Join Matthaei Botanical Gardens and Nichols Arboretum and help support our work in environmental education, stewardship, and enjoyment. Membership is a wonderful way to show your support, stay connected, and receive many exclusive benefits.

Donation box in conservatory

Tribute and Memorial Gifts

Give a unique gift to celebrate or remember friends and family. Matthaei Botanical Gardens and Nichols Arboretum can help you commemorate a special occasion or remember a loved one with an enduring gift.

Planned Giving

Create a lasting legacy to a well-loved place through planned giving. Planned giving offers the opportunity to make a larger gift than is possible within one’s lifetime.

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