Become a Member

A Gabis Arboretum provides free admission and reciprocal benefits to more than 300 other arboreta and gardens nationwide. It’s perfect for outdoor lovers, bird watchers, hikers, dog walkers, photographers and more!

Become a Member


$50 ($40 for seniors age 55+ and PNW employees)

Membership Benefits

  • Free admission to all passengers in the member’s car
  • 10% discount in the Gabis Arboretum Store for those in the member household
  • Reciprocal admission privileges at other arboreta and public gardens throughout the United States*

*We strongly advise that you call the arboretum or garden that you plan to visit to verify reciprocal benefits.

Members will be provided one membership card in the household name. All passengers in the member’s car will be granted free admission. Membership benefits will be applied to everyone in member’s household. Additional cards may be purchased for $5 each.

Gift Memberships

Treat a loved one to a Gabis Arboretum gift membership! Not only will the recipient receive all of the membership benefits (listed above) but you will have the pleasure of knowing that your gift helps protect 300 acres of green space!

Want to give your gift membership to the recipient yourself? During your purchase, you can determine if the membership package will be mailed to you or the recipient.

Holding on to the gift membership for a week or two? Memberships are valid for one-year from activation date. You will be given the option to choose the activation date upon check-out.

Additional Options

Business Membership

$280 per year (includes six membership cards)

A business membership allows cardholders free admission for a carload on the day of their visit. You can have the cards available for check-out by employees and clients–it’s perfect for hotel hospitality or businesses with clients!

Professional Photographer Permits

Those wishing to take professional photographs on Gabis Arboretum’s property have the option to purchase an annual permit or a one-day permit. All group photo sessions must contact the arboretum office in advance to make a reservation: 219-462-0025 or

Photographer Day Permit

$50  ($50 fee covers photographer admission, 1-day photography permit, and 2 free carload passes for clients. Additional arboretum admission fee of $10 per carload applies to clients. Arboretum members are free. Specific day does not need to be selected at time of purchase)

Photographer Annual Permit

$150 per year (includes photographer admission and permit for 1-year from date of purchase and 6 free carload passes for clients. Additional arboretum admission fee of $10 per carload applies to clients. Arboretum members are free.

Get a Permit

Thank you for choosing Gabis Arboretum as your photography destination. We believe the arboretum is a special place and a spectacular location to capture the beauty of our hard work and dedication to plants and trees.

Amateur photographers and garden guests are welcome to shoot photos throughout the arboretum as long as they are for their personal use and enjoyment, rather than for commercial or gallery use.

All other photography sessions, personal or promotional/commercial, requires a reservation and Photographer Day Permit or Annual Photographer Permit. If you are holding a special event and renting facilities at the arboretum, the permit fee is waived on the day of your event.

All group photo sessions require a reservation. Due to demand, photo reservations must be confirmed one week prior to the photo session.

Photographer permit holder will receive a wristband or lanyard to be displayed whenever on site.

Photographer Permits do not include any arboretum membership benefits.

Contact to schedule a photo session.

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