Fullerton Arboretum Robert Freeman and Jason Hund

Mission Statement:

"Provide our visitors the opportunity to gain knowledge and appreciation of the plant world through collections that preserve and promote stewardship of worldwide plant diversity and regional agricultural heritage. Serve faculty, students and the broader community through education and scholarly activities." - Arboretum Pamphlet

Location: 1900 Associated Rd. Fullerton Ca 92831 Parking Lot right next to Baseball Field
Hours: Grounds: Monday - Sunday 8:00 A.M. - 4:30 P.M. Office: Monday - Friday 8:30 A.M. - 4:30 P.M. Closures: New Year's Day, Green Scene Set Up Day, Thanksgiving Day, and Christmas Day
Brief History: In the 1970's an orange grove developed diseases which would have ultimately led to the trees dying. Faculty and students developed an idea to build an arboretum in order to replace the groves while educating the local community on a variety of plant species. Faculty wives were able to rally support from the community and the Arboretum was built.

Member Benefits:

  • Free admission every visit
  • Reciprocal gardens admission (250+) public gardens across the United States
  • Bi-weekly Email newsletter
  • Subscription to Arboretum magazine
  • 10% off plant purchases
  • Reduced member price for classes and event tickets
  • Double discount days at the Nature Center

Arboretum consists of 8 different garden sections: Conifers, Native Gardens, Mediterranean, Palms, Desert, Orchard, Woodlands, and Subtropical.

Students can use the Arboretum to learn about different plant species and to get a better understanding about plant environments.

Top left to Bottom Right: Desert, Orchard, Woodlands, and Subtropical

The Arboretum holds special events through out the year. Some of these events include:

  1. VeggiePalooza - Purchase Vegetables from local growers
  2. California Native Plant Sale - Purchase local plants for growers
  3. Cactus and Succulent Sale - Purchase cacti and succelents
  4. Green Scene - Local plant vendor and pottery sale
  5. Victorian Tea - Dress up theme with tea
  6. Brews and Blues - Local beers and music

Event benefits for students would include the opportunity to meet people within the school faculty and community that could potentially benefit them for future career and or relationships.


Permits are required to take photos in the arboretum. Permits can be purchased for $100 and are valid for 90 minutes. One permit reserves 3 areas between the hours of 9 am and 3 pm. Group photos are limited to 10 people per picture.

The Facility Rental Manager can be reached at (657) 278-4791 for more information on permits.

Weddings & Event Services

*List of Event Fees and Suggested Vendors
Arbor Location

Weddings, receptions, and other social events are held between the hours of 9:00 am and 11:00 pm only.

Rental Fees

Ceremony only: $1,100 - $1,500

Social Event/Reception: $2,250 - $4,000

Additional Fees

Event Insurance: $79 - $148

Damage Deposit: $600

Catering/Alcohol: $85/hour (max. 4 hours)

Rehearsals: $50/hour (after 5:00 pm)

Equipment Rentals: Create-A-Party (services required for all events)

For all additional info on Wedding & Event Servies, contact: Shannon Niemeyer (657) 278-4159


The arboretum offers educational courses and recreational, outdoor activities for various prices (discounted for members). Some of the current sections being offered include:

  1. Birds of Prey
  2. Botanical Illustration
  3. Steve Gerischer's Gardening in So-Cal Series
  4. Wine and Food Pairing
  5. Culinary
  6. Medicinal and Edible Plants of So-Cal
  7. Plants of Disneyland
  8. Composting Classes
  9. Nature Photography
  10. Yoga in the Garden

JEEP & CEEP Services are educational programs that teach 3rd graders and junior-high students about plant-life at the arboretum, while fulfilling educational requirements for:

  • Life Sciences
  • Investigation and Experimentation
  • Physical Sciences

So far over 6,000 children have completed the program. Teachers can complete certification by simply filling out an application and submitting it before the deadline.

Visit fullertonarboretum.org and follow the links under the "Education" Tab for more info


The Historical "Heritage House"

Free Tours (open to the public) are held each Second and Fourth Saturday of the month, at 10:00 am. They require no prior registration. Just show up at the Nature Center and be ready to learn.

*For groups of 5 or more people, however, prior booking of up to 2 months in advance may be required.*

Guided Nature Tours are for guests age 5 and up. Allows for up to 15 people per tour.

Guided Heritage House Tours (pictured above) are for guests age 8 and up. Allows for up to 10 people per tour. * Saturdays & Sundays, 2:00 - 4:00 pm only*

Interviewee: Irene (Front Desk Receptionist, Front Office Location) (657)278-3407

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