Two Great Locations, One Organization

Be a Victor for Nature!

Dear Members and Friends,

The Membership team is currently working at reduced capacity due to the pandemic, and the University’s holiday schedule. Our office will be closed Wednesday, December 23 – Friday, January 1. We look forward to returning your message when we reopen on Monday, January 4, 2021. Here are some of our most frequently asked questions with resources to help while we are away:

Wanting to renew your membership or make a gift? 
We encourage you to make your gift online at to ensure the fastest processing. You may also call the Gift Helpline at (888) 518-7888 (toll free) option 3 to make a 2020 credit card gift over the phone from December 18 – December 31.  

Having trouble with your digital membership number?
 We want to make sure you can continue to use your membership while our office is closed. If you are experiencing problems with your member ID, please use temporary code 210101 until we can resolve your issue.

Having trouble with your digital membership card, or want a paper card? 
Due to coronavirus workplace restrictions, we are currently unable to send paper membership cards and hope you will use this opportunity to take full advantage of our new digital membership card program. However, we understand not everyone has access to the required technology, so if you would like to discuss your options for a paper card we will respond to your message when we return to the office.

Wishing you the very best this holiday season, and in the new year!

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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