COVID-19 Update

THE BOTANIC GARDENS’ PARKING LOTS AND BUILDINGS ARE CURRENTLY CLOSED TO VISITORS. THE UNIVERSITY OF WASHINGTON IS RESPONDING TO THE COVID-19 OUTBREAK IN COORDINATION WITH STATE AND LOCAL HEALTH DEPARTMENTS.

Washington Park Arboretum: The Graham Visitors Center in the Arboretum is closed. The parking lots at the Arboretum and the Japanese Garden are also closed. Notice from Seattle Parks and Recreation. Any further updates will be published on this page.

Center for Urban Horticulture:  Parking lots, Merrill Hall and all other buildings at the Center for Urban Horticulture are closed to the public. Any further updates will be published on this page.

Elisabeth C. Miller Library: The Library is closed to the public at this time. We will continue to answer reference questions via email or the online form. Borrowed books should be kept at home until the Library reopens to the public. No overdue fines will be charged.The Garden Lovers’ Book Sale is postponed.

UW Farm: Updated 3/18/20: The UW Farm will continue to operate, growing produce and maintaining the farm until further notice. Volunteer opportunities have been cancelled through April 24.

Adult Education Programs: Updated 4/3/20: In-person classes and workshops scheduled through May 5 have been rescheduled or cancelled. The May 19 Urban Forest Symposium has been postponed, and the new date will be announced when determined. If you were registered for a program during this time period, please check your email for details. For programs scheduled beyond this range, we are monitoring the situation and will make decisions as we have more information.

Family Nature Classes: Updated 3/31/20: We are monitoring the situation and will open registration as soon as we are safely able to run programs again. In the meantime, check out our Self-Guided Adventures to do with your family!

Fiddleheads Forest School: Updated 4/3/20: Fiddleheads Forest School is following Seattle Public Schools and will be closed until at least May 5th. We are monitoring the situation and will update families as decisions are made.

Earth Day Service Event: The Washington Park Arboretum’s annual Earth Day Service Event, originally scheduled for April 25th, 2020 will be postponed, due to public health guidance to prevent the spread of COVD-19. However, the spirit of Earth Day is not contained in a single day but is rather an ongoing celebration and commitment. In honor of the 50th Anniversary of Earth Day, we will seek to reschedule our Earth Day Service Event for some time in Summer 2020 as well as other special programs in the fall. We will announce the newly scheduled dates on our website, and our partners’ websites.

Arboretum Summer Camp and Fiddleheads Summer Sessions: Updated 3/31/20: We are currently planning to run summer camp as expected. Registration is still open for Arboretum Summer Camp. We will email registered participants if our plans are adjusted to protect the safety of our campers and our staff.