Two Great Locations, One Organization

Major Gift Priorities

Campus Farm

Matthaei Botanical Gardens
The Campus Farm is an educational center that allows students to gain hands-on experience in food production, and allows them to be at the center of activity and innovation. We anticipate the farm will serve as a model for other universities. Help the future of sustainable farming!

Second Century Fund

In 2007, Nichols Arboretum celebrated its 100th birthday. In 2012, Matthaei Botanical Gardens marked 50 years since its dedication. Our beautiful properties are aging. The Second Century Fund will ensure that we can replenish collections, replace old and dying trees in the Arb, and support ongoing maintenance essential to the University’s living treasures. Please contact Meredith Olson with interest. / (734) 647-7847.


Undergraduates and graduate students gain critical career experience in fields relating to environmental stewardship, design, and interpretation of gardens and natural areas. You can help the finances and the futures of University of Michigan students.

Nature Education

Strengthen the academic and professional rigor of our current internship program, reinforce opportunities for and generally inform the University community with field-based environmental learning as a core part of instruction at the University, extend our outreach programs to diverse, underserved audiences in tandem with collaborators both within and outside the University, and encourage collaboration with other like-minded units managing University of Michigan properties, e.g., the BioStation, and organizations throughout the State and elsewhere, e.g. land conservancies. Please contact Meredith Olson with interest. / (734) 647-7847.

The Matthaei Botanical Gardens Trail

This two-mile trail connects the botanical gardens to the Washtenaw Border-to-Border trail system via Parker Mill County Park at the corner of Geddes and Dixboro roads. Thanks to the trail, hikers, walkers, and cyclists can ride safely from U-M central campus and even as far away as Hudson Mills Metropark near Dexter to Matthaei Botanical Gardens. Please contact Meredith Olson with interest. / (734) 647-7847 to learn how you can help support long-term upkeep of this trail that connects the gardens with local places and routes.

Field Study & Research

Our properties offer the unique opportunity of studying natural phenomena, and providing research space for faculty is an extraordinarily important part of our mission. At any given time, as many as 15 faculty research projects are underway. You can help us with our commitment to the academic community. Please contact Meredith Olson with interest: / (734) 647-7847.

Gardens & Collections

Help protect the living collections and unique settings of the Peony Garden, Gaffield Children’s Garden, Great Lakes Gardens, Bonsai & Penjing Garden, and the Medicinal Garden. Learn more.

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