Join FOTA and Support the Arboretum

Become a Friend of the Arboretum

Your membership in FOTA supports programs, capital improvements and maintenance of the Arboretum. Benefits include: Discounts to FOTA-sponsored events, free admission to the Arboretum during normal operating hours (does not include special events), Plant Sale preview night, special member-only social events, monthly e-Newsletter, and participation in the Reciprocal Admissions Program sponsored by the American Horticulture Society involving more than 300 public gardens.

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The Arboretum has grown as a result of donor assistance. The Environmental Education Visitors Center and the botanical gardens were built as a result of donor contributions. An average of 140,000 visitors annually enjoy the gardens and trails.

Friends of the Arboretum is part of The Arts & Recreation Foundation of Overland Park, a 501(c)(3) public charity. Gifts are tax-deductible to the full extent of the law. All gifts to Friends of the Arboretum are used for the betterment of the Arboretum.

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To make a gift by check, make payable and mail to:

Friends of the Arboretum
P. O. Box 26147
Shawnee Mission, KS 66225

Learn more about Donor Opportunities


Volunteers assist FOTA and the Arboretum in many ways. Four times a year, volunteer training sessions are held to share information about volunteering and key information about the Arboretum. A comprehensive notebook is provided, which includes the History of the Arboretum, Trail Map and Garden Areas, Calendar of Events, and Frequently Asked Questions. Volunteers take a Safety Class at a later date.

Event volunteer opportunities include:

  • Spring Plant Sale
  • Fall Bulb Sale
  • Terra Luna
  • Luminary Walk
  • Friend-raising activities and exhibits

Arboretum volunteer opportunities include:

  • Gardeners
  • Greenhouse
  • Greeters
  • Tour guides
  • Prairie restoration
  • Committees and specialized tasks
    • Bird Committee
    • Education Committee
    • Train Garden Committee

Volunteer benefits include invitations to events such as garden dedications, volunteer appreciation events, and being part of helping the Arboretum grow.

Learn  more about volunteering

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Or contact the volunteer coordinator. Call (913) 685-3604 or email.

Visit Us

8909 W. 179th St.,
Overland Park, KS 66013
$3.00 Age 13+
$1.00 Age 6-12
Free Age 5 and younger

Always free for members of Friends of the Arboretum.

The Arboretum is open 7 days a week, all year long.

Summer Hours:
April 1 - August 31, the Arboretum will be open:
Early on Wednesdays, 7am-5pm
Late on Thursdays, 9am-8pm

The Arboretum will close at noon on Saturday, June 24.

Holiday Hours:
The Arboretum will be closed Thanksgiving Day and Christmas Day.
New Year's Day will be open 9am - 2pm

Free Admission Days 2023 - First Tuesday of each month:
January 3
February 7
March 7
April 4
May 2
June 6
July 5
August 1
September 5
October 3
November 7
December 5

Monday 9am - 5pm
Tuesday 9am - 5pm
Wednesday 9am - 5pm
Thursday 9am - 5pm
Friday 9am - 5pm
Saturday 9am - 5pm
Sunday 9am - 5pm