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What is the East Texas Arboretum?

This special 100 acres of native Texas land situated in a northwest corner of Athens, Texas will be preserved for generations to come. (Map the Arboretum's Location)  The Arboretum is open to the public and everyone is invited to enjoy this beautiful oasis. So come on out and experience the unique beauty, learn about the ecological importance of America's native flora and enjoy 2 miles of naturalistic hiking trails, live (enclosed) honeybees and our Historic Wofford House Museum.

We can all learn to become a source of inspiration and guidance for others who would like to help preserve our priceless natural resources. You are invited to become a Member of the East Texas Arboretum to support the goal of educating the public and knowing you are making the world a better place through your support of environmental stewardship.  Become an Arboretum Member, visit the Membership Page for list of benefits and an application form.  To schedule tours, rent facilities and Arboretum Information call the Office - 903-675-5630.

Registered Non-profit:

The East Texas Arboretum and Botanical Society (ETABS) is registered with the IRS as a 501(c)(3) non-profit organization. It is dedicated to the preservation of the natural environment and the creation of formal and informal plant collections arranged in formal and informal gardens and a native plant area with nature trails.

Annual Arboretum Memberships, private contributions, donations, memorial brick and tree donations provides 100% of the ETABS annual operating budget.
Join the other supporters and become an Arboretum Member.  View the membership benefits and various membership levels on the Membership Page.


  • Formal Gardens
  • Historic Wofford House Museum
  • Historic Discovery Barn
  • Little Red School House
  • Children's Play Garden
  • Demonstration Windmill & Pond
  • Bee Hives, Bat House
  • Arbors, Picknick tables
  • Pavillion, Meeting Rooms, Classes, Gift Shop, Restrooms

Hours of Operation:

Spring & Summer - 7:30 am to 7:30 pm
Fall & Winter  -  8:00 am to 6:00 pm
Open 7 days a week. (Closed for Special Events)

Daily Admission:    

$2 per person, over 12 years of age.
Free to Arboretum Members.


While the Arboretum is pet friendly, the City of Athens' leash law does apply, NO exceptions because The Arboretum is inside the city limits and for the comfort and safety of other guests!  Be responsible, respect and obey the law. Thank you!

Arboretum operations are funded through annual memberships, generous donations, fundraising events and rentals. Your membership and generous contributions are greatly appreciated. 

The Arboretum is a no-profit with IRS - 501(c)(3) status. (Tax ID Number: 75-2390840).

Note: Arboretum Members enjoy many benefits. Become a member & lend your support!