Our History & Mission

36 years

Last year, 2022, celebrated 36 years of our support of the May Arboretum and Botanical Garden. We’re so proud to achieve this milestone in our Society’s history.

We couldn’t have done it without the ongoing drive and support of our leadership, members and donors.

We would like to extend a heartfelt thank you to each of our current members, past members,  leaders and donors for bringing the May Arboretum Society to this milestone anniversary.

Our Mission

Sustain and grow the Wilbur D. May Arboretum and Botanical Garden as well as promote its value through the creation of educational opportunities, which foster greater awareness, understanding, and appreciation of the role of plants in the high desert and mountain bio-regions. We also strive to promote the benefits that the Arboretum brings to our community and state.

A Brief History of the May Arboretum Society

The May Arboretum Society was established in 1986. In 1994 the Society was first granted 501(c)(3) status by the IRS as a not-for-profit charitable organization, and this status was confirmed in 2020. Through fundraising, educational events, donations, and volunteer hours, we support the continued improvement and growth of the Wilbur D. May Arboretum and Botanical Garden.