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The Arboretum is a popular venue for weddings and receptions, picnics, family reunions and athletic activities. If you are interested in reserving space at the Arboretum for your private event, please contact us at 217-244-8160. The Arboretum is located at 1800 S. Lincoln Avenue in Urbana, Illinois.


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The Arboretum is a popular venue for wedding ceremonies and receptions, providing a modest source of income with a facility usage fee of $800 per event. The lawns inspire the formal elegance of weddings throughout the Arboretum during the months of May to September.

If you are interested in reserving space at the Arboretum for your special event, please look through our wedding brochure, which features some commonly asked questions, and a map of our event areas. A schedule of booked events for 2013-2014 is listed below. Please note that the Arboretum is able to accommodate two weddings per day if the events are held in differing locations, however, please avoid dates currently reserved for athletic activities. When you are ready to schedule your wedding, complete and return the wedding contract, or call us for more information at 217-244-8160.

Public Use

Small group tours of all gardens are conducted by Diane Anderson, Arboretum horticulturist. Student organizations host back-to-campus receptions in the fall and picnics in the spring.Formal and informal athletic activities such as UIUC-sponsored cross country meets, student organizational races, frisbie, soccer, and football tournaments commonly occur on the grounds of the Arboretum.

No fees are requested for use of the grounds after hours for student activities. However, to book an athletic event during the day (such as 5K and 10K fundraising events, cross country track meets, departmental picnics) you must reserve space by submitting the Facility Use Form (please download the form to complete it).

Please note

The President's House often uses the northwest corner of the Arboretum as overflow parking for special events - we ask that you contact us to inquire about having a student-event after hours before making plans. Some dates reserved by the President for 2013-2014 are noted on the Schedule of Events posted above.

Arboretum Running Path


2014 Facility Use Form [PDF]

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