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  Cox Arboretum MetroPark
Cox Arboretum MetroPark
6733 Springboro Pike, Dayton, Ohio 45449
(937) 434-9005
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James M. Cox, Jr. Arboretum Foundation

In 1962, James M. Cox, Jr. donated 160 acres of land to establish an arboretum in our community. Since then, dedicated volunteers, community leaders, and Five Rivers MetroParks staff have protected the land and nurtured Cox Arboretum for the people of the Miami Valley and southwest Ohio to enjoy. The Arboretum is free and open to the public from dawn to dusk year-round.

The James M. Cox, Jr. Arboretum Foundation provides funding to the Arboretum and has generated more than $40 million toward its operation over the past 50 years. The Arboretum relies on the generosity of individuals, foundations, and corporations to carry out its mission and ensure a quality experience for visitors and participants in its educational programs. Funds generated through memberships, gifts, grants, and special events are combined with operational funding received from Five Rivers MetroParks, as well as more than 30,000 annual volunteer hours, to sustain this incredible regional facility for outdoor education and recreation.

Become a Foundation Member
Membership in the James M. Cox, Jr. Arboretum Foundation ensures the continued growth and beauty of the grounds, programs and experiences unique to Cox.

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Your support as a member of the Cox Arboretum Foundation is an important part of our success. Members receive benefits including:

  • Attendance at the members-only Pollinator Party and a special preview of the Butterfly House prior to the public opening
  • Arboretum Update! mailed to your house
  • Cox Arboretum Foundation complimentary member gift
  • Email notification of education programs, activities, and special events
  • 10% savings at the Cox Arboretum Garden Store

Membership Levels
Choose the membership level that best meets your needs:

  •  Benefits for one individual named on membership card
  •  Benefits for two individuals named on membership card
$100 LILAC

Dogwood membership benefits plus -

  • Complimentary Cox Select plant, available at the annual Wildflower and Native Plant Sale
  • Facility rental privilege
  • Reciprocal benefits at over 100 botanic gardens across the country
Lilac membership benefits plus -
  • Gift of Cox Select potted forced spring bulbs
  • Guided Arboretum tour led by a member of the horticulture team
  • Guided tour of the Butterfly House for you and your guests

Cherry membership benefits plus -

  • Private one hour consultation at Cox Arboretum with a member of our horticulture team
  • Membership in the American Horticultural Society
  • Subscription to The American Gardener magazine

Magnolia membership benefits plus -

  • Special Recognition in Arboretum Update! and at Fundraising Events
  • Personal consultation at your home with a member of the Cox Arboretum horticulture team
  • Facility rental privileges with special savings

Founders Society
The Founders Society, created in honor of Jean Mahoney and Jean Woodhull, is dedicated to creating the caliber of facility our founders set out to achieve -- now and in the future - opening the eyes, minds and hearts of all generations.

Exquisite garden designs and perfectly executed landscaping details to complement the natural beauty of the prairies, woodlands and water gardens. Large sweeps of carefully selected color and texture unearth a vision that previously existed only in the imagination. Enchanting views into unique and natural areas inspire the senses and enliven the spirit. A place where dreamers dream and gardeners grow.

The Founders Society is an exclusive category of membership for those dedicated to seeing this dream come true. Members will have a significant impact on the transformation of the grounds, contributing to a more positive experience for every visitor. Founders Society members also receive significant membership benefits.

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Thank you!


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Contact Information

(937) 434-9005

How can you be a part of the Cox Arboretum Foundation?
  • Become a member and renew each year. Download a Membership Form
  • Make a memorial contribution or planned gift. E-mail for more information
  • Provide in-kind support. Call the Arboretum at (937) 434-9005 to match your interests with our needs.

Thank you to the following organizations:

Along with the many individual donors and over 400 members who support the Arboretum, the following businesses and foundations have provided grants and sponsorships in the past year.

  • Cox Media Group Ohio
  • Chisano Marketing Group
  • Dayton Power & Light Foundation
  • Houser Asphalt & Concrete
  • Kohl's
  • Taft Stettinius & Hollister LLP
  • The Virginia W. Kettering Foundation
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