Dear Community,

At a recent meeting with nearby neighbors, we learned that, despite good intentions, the Arboretum has made mistakes, failing to communicate and engage as well as we should have. Our walk has not matched our talk. We have listened. We will keep listening. We are ready for change.

We, the staff and Board of Awbury Arboretum, are collaborating with neighbors to schedule small group discussions regarding existing construction projects. We also are creating new committees, with more opportunities for neighbors as active participants, that will address future projects as well as the composition of the board of directors. We invite you to join us. Please look for meeting dates and times in our upcoming emails and newsletters.

Earlier this year, when we redesigned our logo and selected our new tag line, Nature for All, we meant it. We are committed to free access for our immediate neighbors, for school groups, for Philadelphia households, and for the wider community that travels here from the Greater Philadelphia region, every day, year round, sunrise to sunset. 

Please do not hesitate to reach out with your questions or concerns. We welcome your input. 

Most sincerely, Heather Zimmerman

Executive Director,

AWBURY Arboretum

A Nature Sanctuary in the
Heart of Germantown

Tucked away in the historic Germantown neighborhood of Northwest Philadelphia, Awbury Arboretum is a vibrant landscape with a rich history. Once the private enclave of an extended Quaker family, Awbury Arboretum has been open to the public free of charge as a public park and arboretum for over 100 years. Its 56-acre historic landscape now stands as a green oasis in a densely populated urban environment.

Nature, history, and community intersect at Awbury, and the Awbury Arboretum Association is committed to stewarding the relationships between these three pillars of our mission, and continuing to tell its story.

Please take some time to explore the Arboretum online, and then come experience it in person. We know you’ll be glad you did.


The grounds of Awbury are free and open to the public every day, dawn to dusk. Click here to learn more about hours and admission.

Francis Cope House - Awbury Arboretum - Philadelphia, PA

The Francis Cope House

The Cope House is home to Awbury’s administrative offices, as well a social event venue, workshops, dinners, wellness classes, and other community programs.


AdventureWoods is a natural materials playground space located in Awbury’s Secret Garden.

The Farm at Awbury

From gardening to goat walks, festivals, workshops, cooperative farming, and much more, there’s always more to discover at The Farm at Awbury.
Wetlands at Awbury Arboretum | Philadelphia, PA

Pond & Meadows

Currently undergoing an exciting restoration, Awbury’s wetlands reflect the plan of landscape architect Arthur Cowell and connects to the Wingohocking Creek.
Visiting Awbury

Upcoming Events

And don’t miss these great recurring events:

Sunday Fun Days

Every Sunday from 1:00-4:00 PM, June 6th – October 31st

Every Sunday is a Fun Day at The Farm at Awbury Arboretum!  Free family-friendly activities every weekend: See the goats and chickens, take wellness classes, go on farm tours, and get your hands dirty in gardening workshops.

Family Programming w/ Let’s Go Outdoors

Alternating Saturdays and Sundays, click here to view schedule.

In celebration of the Year of Water at Awbury, family programming will be offered in our Pond and Wetlands area. 

Blues Concert Series, w/ the Phila Blues Society

One Friday/month, May – Sept 2021, click to view schedule

This summer join the Philadelphia Blues Society for Live Blues Music at the Farm – great bands – great people – great fun!

AdventureWoods Open Public Hours

Every Saturday & Sunday from 10:00 AM-2:00 PM, April – October

Awbury’s natural materials playground is free and open every Saturday & Sunday, weather permitting. Kids are free to have fun and learn, all while exercising and enjoying the outdoors!

The Awbury Community Concert Series

Summer and Fall 2021, click to view schedule

Jazz, samba, classical, and more!  Join us at the Cope House tented patio for this exciting seriers, created to help musicians impacted by the Covid shutdown.

Wellness Classes

Many classes each week; click to view the schedule

Connect with nature and to seek wellness at Awbury!  We invite you to join us for yoga, walking groups, Qigong, Afro House dance, karate, and more!  Visit our website and Facebook page for the latest schedule.

What Is An Arboretum?

An arboretum is a type of botanical garden dedicated to the collection and study of “woody” plants (trees and shrubs). We like to tell the children who visit for our educational programs to think of an arboretum as a “tree museum.”

To be more specific, an arboretum is a place that has intentionally preserved specific trees and shrubs for educational and scientific purposes. At Awbury Arboretum, visitors are welcome to view and study the specimens in our plant collection at any time during open hours, free of charge. Awbury also provides educational classes and events for all ages with a mission to connect our community to the Arboretum’s landscape.


Maps Of Awbury Arboretum