Matthaei Botanical Gardens and Nichols Arboretum

About Matthaei Botanical Gardens and Nichols Arboretum

University of Michigan’s Matthaei Botanical Gardens and Nichols Arboretum (MBGNA) stewards over 840 acres of land and water across four properties in and around Ann Arbor, with Nichols Arboretum and Matthaei Botanical Gardens serving as its two anchor locations. Click here to view our Strategic Plan. With more than 500,000 annual visitors, MBGNA is committed to becoming a transformative force for social and ecological resilience through the lands and waters we steward. We put that commitment into action by:
- Positioning humans as active participants within the natural world and compelling the university community and our publics to negotiate the full complexity that entails
- Advancing partnerships, programs, user experience, and all that we steward to catalyze equity and justice in a radically changing world
- Emerging as University of Michigan’s premier partner for research, teaching, and public impact in sustainability, climate-forward practices, and biocultural diversity
- Promoting healthier communities, cultures, and ecosystems through active care and cultivation of the gardens, fields, natural habitats, and dynamic systems that sustain our world.


Field Services

May 2018 - August 2018 Ann Arbor, MI
“As the "Woody Plants" intern, I enjoyed working with trees and shrubs (and occasionally herbaceous plants) over the course of the summer. I had the opportunity to not only learn the names and identifying features of a number of plant species, but get to know their growing patterns and environmental roles as well. The landscaping work that my fellow Field Services intern and I completed was also pretty enjoyable. ”
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