Friends of the Arboretum

Overland Park Arboretum & Botanical Gardens

8909 W. 179th St. Overland Park, KS 66013




About Us

Friends of the Arboretum – known as FOTA – exists to foster, promote and develop the aesthetic, educational, recreational, cultural, environmental, and scientific aspects of the Overland Park Arboretum & Botanical Gardens.

FOTA is part of The Arts & Recreation Foundation of Overland Park (ARFOP), a 501(c)(3) charitable organization.

Friends of the Arboretum is a vibrant organization comprised of people who enjoy being outdoors, appreciate the beauty of the Arboretum, love visiting the gardens and hiking the trails, and want to support this outstanding community amenity.


Become a Member of FOTA

Your membership in FOTA supports programs and capital improvements and produces many special events that draw visitors to the Arboretum. Benefits include: Free admission to the arboretum during normal operating hours (does not include special events), Spring Plant Sale preview night, FOTA Annual Social Event, Monthly e-Newsletter, other FOTA events as announced, and participation in the Reciprocal Admissions Program sponsored by the American Horticulture Society involving more than 200 gardens and arboretums.

Membership Levels:

  • Single ($50, 1 membership card),
  • Dual ($75, 2 membership cards),
  • Dual +1 ($100, 2 membership cards, free admission for one additional guest per visit),
  • Family – Click for definition ($100, 2 membership cards, free admission for dependents),
  • Patron ($250, 2 membership cards, free admission for two additional guests per visit, donor recognition),
  • Sponsor ($500, 2 membership cards, free admission for three additional guests per visit, free Arboretum tour for four guests, donor recognition),
  • Fellow – ($1,000, 2 membership cards, free admission for four additional guests per visit, free Arboretum tour for eight guests, donor recognition)





FOTA Advisory Board

Chairs: Mike Hopson and Nancy Jernberg  

Vice Chair: Todd Denmark

Secretary: Sonya Wright

Treasurer: Janet Forrest

Members at large: Matt Burleigh, Carlos Corredor, Georgia Erickson, Brandon Geistdoerfer-Munger, Pat Griggs, Linda Higgins, Teresa Halbersma, Libby Irving, Mary Jones, Dan Morgan, Deborah Nelson, John Peterson, Maggie Rudzik, Paul Tamisiea





Funded by FOTA

Generous donors, membership dues and FOTA fundraising events have funded the following capital improvements:

Ailie’s Glade

Betsy and Gordon Ross Herb Garden

Byrd’s Grove

Cohen Iris Garden

Environmental Education Visitors Center

Erickson Water Garden

Greenhouses I and II

Haake Celebration Terrace and Pergola

Joshua’s Story

LongHouse Visitor Center

Marder Woodland Garden

Margie’s Serenity Point

Monet Garden

The Retreat

Rotary Children’s Garden

Sculpture Acquisitions

Stous Promenade

The Train Garden

Welcome Garden and Entrance Gate