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).
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 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.