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Digital Membership Program

Digital membership logo

We are excited to announce the launch of our new digital membership card! Using the online platform Cuseum, you will now have digital access to this user-friendly membership card online and on your smartphone. Member information, updates, events, and more will soon be in one place and at the tips of your fingers. Click on the button below to learn more and view frequently asked questions.

Be a Victor for Nature!

Join nearly 3,000 members in caring for nature and enriching life by becoming a member yourself! Annual membership gifts are crucial for funding projects and initiatives that are not supported by grants or the University. These gifts are considered to be unrestricted dollars that help us each year with the following:

  • New plantings for our various garden spaces
  • Exhibits and events
  • Natural areas rehabilitation
  • Summer interns
  • And so much more!

Join or Renew

Visit the link below to the Leaders & Best online giving portal where you’ll be given options on how to join or renew.


Base Membership Benefits

For All Membership Levels

Free Parking at Matthaei

Use the unique number on your membership card at the Matthaei Botanical Gardens parking kiosks and receive free unlimited parking when visiting or attending events. Your permanent membership card will be sent within 2-3 weeks of giving your gift.

Exclusive Member Events and Pre-Sales

Be invited to member only events and pre-sales like the Mother’s Day Plant Sale Member Hour, Kitchen Favorites Sale Member Hour, Peony Sale Member Hour, Native Plant Sale Member Hour, and more!

Be the first to reserve tickets for Shakespeare in the Arb via our online Member Box Office.

Special Friends discounts

10% discount at the Garden Store
10% discount at annual plant sales
20% discount at annual plant sales during member hours (excluding Peony Sale)
10% discount on gift memberships
$5 discount on Shakespeare in the Arb tickets for adult members
Discounts on other event registrations throughout the year
10% discount at Old House Gardens Heirloom Bulbs of Ann Arbor

Member Benefits at Gardens Nationwide

Matthaei-Nichols participates in the American Horticultural Society’s Reciprocal Admissions Program (RAP). RAP offers free admission and/or additional benefits at 300 gardens throughout North America and the Cayman Islands. Download the current full list of participating organizations in the Reciprocal Admissions Program or visit the American Horticulture Society website for more information. Please email the Matthaei-Nichols membership coordinator with any questions. *Benefits vary. Please contact the organization you plan to visit to become aware of the available benefits.

Newsletter and E-News Subscription

Learn about news, events, and classes in our print newsletter mailed to you three times annually and in monthly emails. See previous issues of the Friends newsletter here.


Your membership gift is a tax-deductible donation to the University of Michigan. A confirmation letter from the University of Michigan Office of Development will be sent to you within 2 weeks of your gift.

Additional Membership Benefits

For Family Tree level members and above

Youth and Family Activity Passes

Family Tree level members and above receive six free passes to our Saturday Youth and Family classes. Check out our current classes and pre-register here. Programs run throughout the year and vary by season. Pre-registration is required.

Discount on Birthday Parties

Celebrate a child’s birthday at Matthaei with a special room rental and guided activity. Family Tree members and above receive $65 off rental packages. Learn more about our birthday rentals here.

For Sustaining level members and above

Exclusive Curator’s Tour Invitation

Join us for a reception, tour, and presentation on special projects and research at Matthaei-Nichols. Typically held twice a year, one in spring and one in fall.

Member Benefits at Cultural Museums and Museums Nationwide

ROAM where you want to! Matthaei-Nichols participates in the Reciprocal Organization of Associated Museums (ROAM).  Use your Matthaei-Nichols membership to receive benefits at cultural centers and museums throughout the country. Visit the ROAM website for a full list of participating organizations. *Benefits vary. Please contact the organization you plan to visit to become aware of the available benefits.

For Director’s Circle level members only

Director’s Circle Annual Event

Get a behind-the-scenes look at our current and future projects at Matthaei-Nichols during an annual reception and presentation with our Director. Be part of the discussion and help lead our future. Past events have included lectures, dinners, brunches, and outdoor receptions.

Membership levels chart

Your membership is good for one year after your donation date. Only adult names are listed on the membership card(s). For couple level and above, up to two adults that live in the same household can be listed on the membership cards. Reciprocal benefits via the RAP and ROAM programs are only valid for the names listed on the card.

  • $10      Student
    (for college and university students, must
    present valid ID with membership card)
  • $45      Individual
  • $55      Couple
  • $75      Family Tree
  • $100    Sustaining
  • $250    Sponsor
  • $500    Benefactor
  • $1,000  Director’s Circle

Our volunteers allow us to continue to fulfill our mission through the many hours of work they perform throughout the year. In thanks for their commitment, we offer a volunteer membership rate. Learn about how to become a volunteer.

  • $25      Volunteer Individual
  • $50      Volunteer Couple

Are you a volunteer and need to renew? Please visit the front desk or contact our visitor services desk at 734.647.7600 or email

Make your membership renewal process easier by breaking your membership donation into easy monthly installments through an electronic fund transfer (EFT) or UM Staff Payroll Deduction.

The monthly giving plan helps Matthaei-Nichols save valuable resources that would otherwise go into printing and mailing renewal letters. We’re about saving tress after all!

Set up a recurring gift by downloading the authorization form at UM Leaders and Best Giving Website, filling it out, and mailing it to the Gifts and Records address on the form. With questions, call our development team at 734.615.9475.

University of Michigan Staff and Faculty may set up an easy payroll deduction on Wolverine Access. Find payroll deduction instructions here or use the mail-in form.

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