Join or Renew Easily Online Today:
Visit the link below to the U-M Leaders & Best online giving portal where you’ll be given options on how to join or renew.
Thank you for your interest in our membership program. By joining our membership program you become part of nearly 3,000 members dedicated to caring for nature and enriching their own life. Annual membership gifts are crucial for funding projects and initiatives that are not supported by grants or the University of Michigan. 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!
Online giving to join or renew your membership is highly recommended for efficient turn-around time and is easy and secure for you as well. Please see the link above for online options to join, renew, or give today.
Update: We are making every effort possible to expedite membership processing, but please understand some delays are currently out of our control. Want to learn more about the process and time frame for receiving membership cards and the like, after you apply or renew? Check out this helpful membership timeline infographic (PDF). Also, at this time we are sending both digital and paper cards to all members.
- Questions about the membership program? Please contact our Membership Manager at firstname.lastname@example.org or 734-615-9475
- Curious about the status of your membership/gift payment? Please direct questions regarding the status or stage of your payment to U-M Online Giving, 1-888-518-7888, or email@example.com
Digital Membership Program Launched 2020: We made the exciting transition to offer members a digital program and card option! Using the online platform Cuseum, members will have digital access to their membership cards. Click here to learn more and view frequently asked questions.
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. If issued a temporary card upon on-site renewal, this code is good for one month until you receive your permanent card.
Exclusive Member Events and Pre-Sales
Be invited to member only events and pre-sales like the Mother’s Day Plant Sale, Kitchen Favorites Sale, Peony Sale, Native Plant Sale, and more!
Be the first to access tickets for Shakespeare in the Arb.
Special Friends discounts
10% discount at the Garden Store
10% discount at annual plant sales (or online early access)
20% discount at annual plant sales (excluding Peony Sale) during member hours (or online early access)
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 and admission requirements.
E-News Subscription and Member Guides
Learn about news, events, and classes happening for members only and other exciting announcements!
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 a month 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 free passes to our Saturday Youth and Family classes. Programs run throughout the year and vary by season. Pre-registration is required. Details will be posted when classes are announced.
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.
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 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. Past events have included lectures, dinners, brunches, and outdoor receptions.
Your membership is good for one year. Only adult names are listed on the membership card(s). For couple level and above, up to two adults can be listed on the membership cards that reside within the same household. 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 student ID for discount)
- $45 Individual
- $55 Couple
- $75 Family Tree
- $100 Sustaining
- $250 Sponsor
- $500 Benefactor
- $1,000 Director’s Circle
Volunteer Discounts: 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. Discounts will be honored for active volunteers only and will be checked by staff upon joining or renewal. 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 to renew in person or contact the Membership Manager at firstname.lastname@example.org for additional options.
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.
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.
Membership Processing Timeline
Membership brochure / Mail-in join or renewal form
- University of Michigan Online Giving
Toll Free: 1-888-518-7888
Monday – Friday 9am – 4pm (Eastern Time)
- American Horticulture Society Reciprocal Admissions Program (RAP)
AHS Reciprocal Admissions Program Overview
RAP Participating Organizations – Full List
Visit the AHS website for an interactive map of participating organizations
- Reciprocal Organization of Associated Museums (ROAM)
Visit the ROAM website for a full list of participating organizations