Klehm Arboretum & Botanic Garden Remains Open Through Winter




Klehm Arboretum & Botanic Garden is excited to announce that the grounds and gardens of the 155-acre facility will continue to remain open to members and visitors for walking and hiking this winter season.

Klehm Arboretum & Botanic Garden’s grounds are open to the public Monday through Saturday, 9 am – 4 pm. The 1.8 miles of paved paths will remain accessible throughout the winter season, and restrooms will continue to be open at the Clarcor Pavilion located upon the grounds. The Main Visitor’s Center remains closed.


“During these unusual times, we are grateful that we are able to keep our grounds open to our community and be a safe place for everyone to enjoy the quiet beauty of nature that we experience this time of year,” said Executive Director Alex Mills.


Special QR-code signage has been installed at each end of the upper parking lot to allow non-members to utilize their smartphones to scan the code in order to pay daily admission at the time of their visit. Admission rates are $6 per adult and $3 per senior aged 62+, student, and child. This revenue helps the organization maintain and continue to grow the many gardens, landscapes and wooded areas that make up this unique and special place that has been a part of Rockford for over 100 years.


The non-profit organization also continues to operate its online giftshop (https://klehm-arboretum-botanic-garden.square.site) where Klehm merchandise and apparel is available for purchase and curbside pick-up. Annual memberships are available on Klehm’s general website (www.klehm.org/individual-and-family-membership) and offer free daily admission, among many other benefits.


Klehm Arboretum & Botanic Garden appreciates the support from the Rockford community, and looks forward to continuing to fulfill its mission: to maintain a living museum for the enjoyment, education, and inspiration of all people.


About Klehm Arboretum & Botanic Garden:

Klehm Arboretum & Botanic Garden is Rockford’s 155-acre “living museum” and operates as a private 501(c)(3) not-for-profit, membership based organization supported through membership dues, donations, sponsorships, grants, fundraisers and subsidies, in partnership with the Forest Preserve of Winnebago County.


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