The 300-acre Overland Park Arboretum and Botanical Gardens is a year-round educational, recreational and cultural attraction for the Kansas City area. There is a FREE admission day each week and an annual membership is a great way to save money if you plan to visit several times through the year. Details are below.
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When you visit you can experience and explore 13 gardens with more than 1,700 kinds of plants; trails and paths; acres of prairie land with native grasses and wildflowers; birds, dragonflies, deer, snakes and other wildlife; art sculptors tucked in among trees and flowers; as well as educational activities and fun events.
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The Arboretum and cafe are open nearly every day of the year with extended hours for special events. The Arboretum is closed Dec. 25.
- Oct. 1 – April 9: 8 a.m. – 5 p.m.
- April 10 – Sept. 30: 9 a.m. – 7:30 p.m.
Admission is FREE for all visitors on Tuesday. On the other six days of the week, fees are:
- $3 for visitors 13 and older
- $1 for visitors ages 6 to 12
- FREE for visitors 5 and under and Friends of the Arboretum members
Friends of the Arboretum Membership
The Arboretum is open year-round so if you plan to go several times throughout the year a Friends of the Arboretum membership is a good investment. Besides FREE admission during normal operating hours, you’ll receive discounts to special events and classes, reciprocal membership to over 200 participating botanical gardens, an invitation to the members-only annual social event and eNewsletter updates. Membership levels are:
- Individual member: One membership card for an individual member – $35
- Member + 1: Two membership cards for two individuals living at the same address – $50
- Member + 1 Silver: Two membership cards for two individuals living at the same address and 20 guest passes – $75
- Family: Membership for two adults and dependent children – $75
- Patron: Two membership cards for two individuals living at the same address and 50 guest passes – $100
You can explore the Arboretum on your own anytime the facility is open. Guided walking tours are available for $10 per person. These tours are available Monday, and Wednesday through Friday, by appointment. Call (913) 685-3604 to schedule at least three weeks in advance.
The Arboretum is a wonder place for school field trips and out-of-the-classroom learning. The Friends of the Arboretum & Botanical Gardens provides backpacks full of learning resources to teachers for FREE. Each backpack contains enough of the following supplies for 30 students. To schedule your field trip and reserve your packets, call (913) 685-3604.
While many of the programs and events are free with admission, some have a participation fee. You can find specifics here. Advanced registration and RSVPs are encouraged. Here are the 2019 educational programs:
July 10 – Monoprinting with Nature
July 13 – Nature Story Time
July 13 – Whirlwind: Art in Motion Guided Tour
July 17 – Make a Fairy Garden
July 24 – Monoprinting with Nature
July 25 – Nature Story Time
July 25 – Wine Tasting on the Terrace
July 31 – Native American Craft Activity
August 7 – Make a Fairy Garden
August 10 – Nature Story Time
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