Recent Research Projects

Please help us protect and maintain the gardens and collections for the enjoyment for all visitors by observing the following:


Be Kind

  • Stay on walkways, nature trails and grass.  Footsteps elsewhere crush plants and damage soil.
  • Do not pick or collect materials from flowers, plants or trees. Leave everything here for others to enjoy.

Be Safe

  • No climbing on trees, walls, rocks, statues or exhibits. Climbing is invited on play structures and certain exhibits where noted by signs.
  • No wading in fountains, ponds or streams.

Be Respectful

  • Children must be accompanied by an adult.
  • Teachers and chaperones must stay with their group at all times.
  • Bicyclists are allowed on Three-Mile Drive; please use caution and share the road with motorized vehicles and walkers. Scooters, skateboards and in-line skates are NOT allowed.
  • No pets except dogs assisting people with disabilities.
  • Respect others in your group and other visitors.
  • No vehicle parking on the grass.

Animals and Tobacco


Arboretum buildings, gardens and ground are tobacco-free.


No pets or horses are allowed on Arboretum grounds, except dogs assisting people with disabilities. Dogs are allowed on designated All About Dogs Day events in April and November.

Photography & Drone Use


Photos and video for personal use are welcome. If you are using a tripod, please download the tripod policy.

If you are a professional photographer: professional portrait photographers are required to purchase special-use permits for shooting on the Arboretum grounds. Special guidelines apply.

We are only allowing a maximum of three (3) Daily Photography Permits on one day with no exceptions. A separate fee schedule applies to commercial photographers filming for advertising or marketing purposes.

For further information, contact the Reservations at 612-301-7601.

Drone Use

The Arboretum does not allow the use of drones or drone photography.


Drones may be permitted from media organizations with specific permission from Arboretum Marketing & Communications or Guest Services at pre-designated times.

Arboretum Operations and Research staff may request and schedule drone flyover footage of Arboretum property and construction projects.