The Arboretum is a popular, much-loved landscape for photographers. Photography for personal noncommercial use is allowed without a permit.
Professional and amateur photographers taking posed or formal pictures (e.g., engagement, wedding, senior year, family) must obtain a permit and carry it while at the Arboretum.
You may purchase a one-session permit for $35. This is ideal for a one-time photo shoot of an individual or family. You must have a permit for each session with each client.
You may purchase an annual permit for $350 per year. The annual permit allows multiple sessions for one year starting from the permit purchase date. This is ideal for professional photographers and others who regularly use the Arboretum as a photoshoot location. An annual permit covers one photographer. A business with multiple photographers shooting different clients concurrently needs permits for each photographer. Please contact us for conditions before purchasing an annual permit.
If you fail to follow our policies you risk losing your photography privileges at the Arboretum and forfeiting the permit fee.
Stock and commercial photography require advance arrangements. Projects involving commercial or stock photography (such as photos taken for publications, catalog shoots, commercials, professional videos, and the like) should contact Tricia Nolan, (608) 265-9005, at University Communications and Marketing to review campus commercial use policies and location agreements. She will work with the Arboretum to set guidelines for your project.
Recreational or hobby use of drones/unmanned aircraft are not allowed at the Arboretum per the UW–Madison Unmanned Aircraft Systems (Drone) Hobbyist Policy.
For research and instructional drone use, see Research Vehicle Safety Oversight (Autonomous Vehicles) in the UW–Madison Policy Library.