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The mission of the Arboretum at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign is to discover, interpret, and disseminate knowledge in the plant sciences and applied arts by providing an aesthetically enriched setting for education, research, conservation and enjoyment.

In all things of nature there is something of the marvelous—Aristotle

Giving to the Arboretum

For 80 years, the University of Illinois Foundation and the University of Illinois have worked together to secure and manage private gifts from donors who are committed to the University and advancing its excellence in teaching, research, and public engagement.

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Help us purchase much needed equipment

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Preserve the arboretum for future generations

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Help us with specific needs to help everyday operations

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Subsidize educational and research initiatives

Donor Spotlight

Commemorative gifts are a thoughtful way to honor or memorialize a loved one while supporting a cause you believe in. Your memorial gift can establish an endowment, renew a scholarship, or help fund other projects.

Frank Kari
Dr. Frank W. Kari
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Unveiling Ceremony
Kari Walkway
Kari Walkway

The Dr. Frank W. Kari Walkway was dedicated on September 27, 2012. The project, made possible through the generous Kari family trust in Frank’s name, greatly enhances accessibility by providing safe and sturdy sidewalks around this living laboratory.

It also enhances the Arboretum’s value as an outdoor classroom with the addition of more than 20,000 native plants. It also enhances the Arboretum’s value as an outdoor classroom with the addition of more