The University of Michigan Matthaei Botanical Gardens and Nichols Arboretum
Photograph of Red-Tailed Hawk taken at Nichols Arboretum by Andreas Kanon
Click here to learn more about birding at Matthaei Botanical Gardens and Nichols Arboretum.
Take a botanical tour of the world in our Conservatory.

research opportunities

MBGNA and MSU researchers searching and counting Emerald Ash Borer larvae.

MBGNA provides facilities, services, and support for research projects in both greenhouse and field settings. Besides greenhouse space there are approximately 780 acres of diverse habitat within the properties we manage.

Additional facilities at Matthaei Botanical Gardens include an auditorium that seats 100, meeting spaces to accommodate smaller groups, a poster display system, and public space to accommodate exhibits. A smaller classroom and display space are available at the James D. Reader Center at Nichols Arboretum. Public kiosks (bulletin boards) are located at both the Botanical Gardens and Arboretum sites. Depending on the season, daily visitors can range from 10 to 100. MBGNA has a monthly e-newsletter, an active website, and a print newsletter published three times a year.

Please complete and return the form below to apply for greenhouse or field research space:

Research Request Form (PDF)

Research Request Form (MS Word)

Students conducting research for a course
assignment please complete and return this form:
Field Research Form (PDF)

Please contact Catriona Mortell-Windecker ( to discuss how we can assist you further with your research or public outreach requirements.

Staff contact:
Catriona Mortell-Windecker

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