Nature that Nurtures

THE OVERLAND PARK ARBORETUM & BOTANICAL GARDENS

About the Arboretum

Founded to keep the city at the forefront of environmental and ecological issues, The Overland Park Arboretum & Botanical Gardens is a year-round destination with a wide variety of experiences, seasonal programs and events for all ages. It is an educational, recreational and cultural resource for the Kansas City region. Approximately 85 percent of the property is dedicated to the preservation and restoration of natural ecosystems. The remaining portion includes traditional botanical gardens and the Environmental Education Visitors Center (EEVC). 

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Arboretum Re-Opening Information

Due to the coronavirus outbreak, the Arboretum is currently closed and all organized classes and events have been canceled or postponed.

The Arboretum will open on June 10 for member of Friends of the Arboretum only.

  • Temporary operating hours: 9:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m.
  • Closed Tuesdays
  • Water fountains and concessions will not be available – please bring your own water.
  • The Visitor Center will not be open.
  • Restrooms will be open and cleaned regularly.
  • Please practice social distancing and wash your hands.

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Adventures are Endless

Be captivated by the great outdoors on a walk in the woods, an invigorating hike, the beauty of trees and flowers and sculpture, and just being outdoors. Learn something – the value of a tree, the history of Overland Park in the Train Garden, Native American culture at the Medicine Wheel, what to plant in a xeriscape garden – the list is endless, and it won’t be in a classroom. Escape your everyday routine and enjoy the natural world. Beautiful areas for quiet meditation abound. Stimulate your senses – the smell of the herb garden, the sight of the Monet Garden, the sounds of birds, the feel of so many different kinds of tree bark. And for taste, enjoy a snack in the Garden Café . . . or bring along your own picnic. Tours and field trip opportunities are available for groups.

Explore

Explore the Arboretum’s 300 acres and more than 800 plant species, including 45 acres of botanical gardens. Favorites include the award-winning Monet Garden and the Train Garden. Trails allow you to hike along Wolf Creek and into the restored prairie. Enjoy 38 sculptures, including the Chinese Cultural Exchange collection and temporary exhibits of varied art forms throughout the year.

Contact Us

8909 W. 179 St.,
Overland Park, KS 66013
The Arboretum is currently closed to the public due to the COVID-19 situation.
Beginning June 10, the Arboretum will be open to Friends of the Arboretum members, Wednesday through Monday. Closed on Tuesdays. Temporary operating hours will be 9:00 a.m - 5:00 p.m.

Under normal circumstances, the Arboretum is open seven days a week.
Oct. 1-April 9: 8:00 a.m.-5:00 p.m.
April 10-Sept. 30: 8:00 a.m.-7:30 p.m.
(Fourth Saturday of June: closes at Noon)
Dec. 25 - Closed

Admission:
Free for members of Friends of the Arboretum
$3.00 Adult
$1.00 Child 6-12
Free 5 years and younger
No admission charge on Tuesdays.

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