The University of Michigan Matthaei Botanical Gardens and Nichols Arboretum
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 Jacqueline S.
 Friends Member

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 UM Staff &
 Friends Member

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Gifts to Matthaei-Nichols help provide for places of hope that encourage environmental action while offering restorative landscapes.

major gift priorities

  • Internships
    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.
  • 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) 467-7847.
  • 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!
  • 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.
  • 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) 467-7847.
  • Hiking-Biking Trail
    Matthaei Botanical Gardens
    This trail will connect to the Washtenaw Border-to-border trail through Parker Mill County Park at the corner of Geddes and Dixboro roads with Matthaei Botanical Gardens. Learn more here. When the trail is complete, hikers and cyclists will be able to ride safely from the UM campus and even as far away as Hudson Mills Metropark near Dexter to Matthaei Botanical Gardens. Help cyclists and pedestrians enjoy a safe ride to Matthaei with tremendous nature views along the way!
  • 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.

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