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Basic Member Dues

Sugar Maple - individual membership ($30)

Basic benefits include: seasonal Nutshell newsletter, the Annual Report, 15% discount at the gift shop and plant sales, discounted programming, free Daweswood House Museum tours, free catch-and-release fishing at Dawes Lake, a discount at select retailers, and reciprocal benefits at nearly 300 gardens in North America.  
Partner Specials
Note: Sugar Maple membership provides these benefits for only one named person.  See more options below.

Hickory - household membership ($50)

Basic membership benefits for all adults and children residing in the same household.
Note: Hickory membership is intended for households only. Organizations, clubs and businesses are encouraged to join the Chestnut Club, see below.

Supporting Member Options

Buckeye ($100)

Hickory (household) membership benefits plus one free plant at the spring plant sale, invitation to the spring plant sale preview reception and recognition in the Nutshell newsletter.

Beech ($250)

Buckeye level benefits plus invitations to exclusive events.

Sycamore ($500)

Beech level benefits plus $100 off one facility rental per year.

Bur Oak ($1,000)

Sycamore level benefits plus invitation to an annual reception with the Executive Director and Board of Trustees.
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Other Member Options

Chestnut Club - club/professional level membership ($75 and up)

Organizations have an exclusive category of membership.   Non-profit organizations, clubs and corporations with 30 or fewer members or employees may join for $75 per year.   Benefits include one free on-grounds program for your group and one free four-hour room rental during regular business hours (other hours are made available at an additional fee).   A membership card will be supplied to the head of the organization and is valid for a 15% discount in the gift shop for items purchased on behalf of the organization.   This level also permits the cardholder to use of Arboretum grounds for professional photography within our guidelines (see our FAQ page at dawesarb.org/about/faqs/ for more information).  For larger organizations, please stop by the Visitors Center or contact the Director of Development at development@dawesarb.org or 800.44.DAWES for details.
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Paw Paw (Monthly)

Paw Paw members are supporters of The Arboretum who have minimum monthly membership dues of $20 automatically billed to a credit card.   Members in this category receive special benefits.   Please stop by the Visitors Center or contact the Director of Development at development@dawesarb.org or 800.44.DAWES for more information.
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You can also join The Dawes Arboretum in person in the Visitors Center, by phone at 800.44.DAWES or by mailing payment to The Dawes Arboretum, Development Office, 7770 Jacksontown Road, Newark, OH 43056.

If purchasing two years of membership at once, receive a 10% discount on all membership levels (except Paw Paw and Chestnut Club).

College students and seniors (60+) may receive a 10% discount on a one-year membership. Please call The Arboretum or stop by the Visitors Center to utilize this discount.

The Dawes Arboretum is a 501(c)(3) non-profit operating foundation. Unless otherwise stated, goods or services provided by The Arboretum are of nominal value under applicable IRS regulations.

Tribute Gifts and Estate Planning

In addition to membership, memorial or tribute gifts are a thoughtful way to honor a loved one.  The Arboretum also appreciates all types of planned giving from Estates.