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Frequently Asked Questions

The Dawes Arboretum would like to thank you for all of your great questions.  We will continue to be transparent and have an open dialogue regarding our Spring 2019 admissions plan.  Please continue to look for updates on this information and please feel free to call The Arboretum at 740-323-2355 with any further questions.


Will members have to pay to get into the Arboretum?

No, free admission is a benefit of membership.

What does a membership cost?

A Family membership costs $60 per year, and Individual+1 memberships are $40 per year.

Can my grandchildren get in free with my membership?

Our $40 individual membership is now our Individual+1 membership. Members at this level can bring one guest for free each visit to The Arboretum.

Our $60 Family membership now includes six family members.  A combination of six parents, grandparents, kids, grandkids and/or nanny can come to the Arboretum without paying admission if they have a family membership.

When will you start charging admission?

The Dawes Arboretum began charging admission fees to non-members on April 15, 2019.

What will admission cost?

Arboretum admission is $10 for adults and $5 for children ages 5 -15. Children younger than 5 will be admitted for free.

Will there be a discount for seniors?

Seniors will receive a discounted admission of $8 on the first Wednesday of each month.

What about people who cannot afford to pay the admission fee?

Free admission passes will be available for check out at the Licking County Library, the Muskingum County library, the Granville Public Library, Alexandria Public Library, Homer Public Library, Perry County District Library and Pataskala library.

Free admission passes for foster care families will be available through Licking County JFS.

Those with a SNAP card will be offered discounted admission, daily.

Our first free access day was our new Founders Day Celebration on June 8.

Visitors will also be able to visit more than 300 acres of Arboretum grounds at the Red Barn Reserve and Dutch Fork Wetlands free of charge, year round.

If I register for a class or program, will I have to pay an admission fee on top of the program fee?

No, Arboretum admission will be included with the registration fee for the program.

Why are you making this change?

This is an important step for The Arboretum, because it will increase our ability to impact even more people with our mission and it will provide the stability necessary to manage our plant collections, gardens and natural areas at an appropriate level for current visitors and future generations.

How is the Arboretum funded?

As a nonprofit The Dawes Arboretum receives no federal, state or local tax revenue in support of its operations.  The funding for the Arboretum comes from an endowment, memberships, donations and other miscellaneous user fees.

What about prom and homecoming photos?

We will offer free access for homecoming photos on September 28 from 4pm to 6pm. We offered free access for 2019 prom photos from 4 to 6:30pm on April 27, May 4 and May 11.

Where can I find the IRS form 990?

The 2017 and 2018 Form 990 is available at https://www.guidestar.org/profile/31-4379601.

Will I have to pay to visit the Beard Green cemetery?

We will provide access to the Beard Green Cemetery to those who are descendants of individuals buried there.  Email information@dawesarb.org for additional information.

If I rent a shelter house, will guests to my event have to pay admission?

Guest passes will be included with the rental fee.

If I have my wedding at The Arboretum, will my guests have to pay to attend the ceremony?

Guest passes will be included in each wedding package.

Will our school have to pay admission for a field trip?

Our school field trip pricing will remain unchanged.

What about photographers that have a membership?

Access will be available. Photographers will receive six shoot passes that will admit 10 people free of charge per pass as part of their membership.  Additional shoot passes can be purchased at a discount.

Can I visit my tribute bench or tree?

Yes. Free access to your Dawes Arboretum tribute bench or tree will remain. Please contact Leigh Ann Miller at lamiller@dawesarb.org for additional information. 

Will I have to pay to go to Arboretum East?

Because parking for Arboretum East and the walking path to access this area are located on The Arboretum’s main grounds, visitors will have to pay to access Arboretum East.


Updated December 2019